Community Landscapes Symposium 2019

Trees are the foundation of Delaware’s open spaces. At this day-long symposium presented by the Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, Symrna Shade Tree Commission, and DCH, you’ll learn how to be more effective at managing landscapes in your own community, whether you’re a property owner or working with a homeowners’ association or municipality. Topics include tree inventories, trees and climate, ordinances, contract management, ecology, planting, pruning, and stewardship. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited.

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Smyrna Police Dept., 325 W. Glenwood Ave., Smyrna, DE 19977
Cost: Free and Open to the public

Sign up at the DCH Registration Link


8:30 am – Check-in, breakfast

9:00 am  – Opening Remarks

9:15 am Dr. Neil Hendrickson, Bartlett Tree Laboratories
“Climate Disruption: how our landscape plants might respond as extremes become the norm.” 

10:05 am Jeremy Hager, Land Care Advisory Group
“Managing Trees and Shrubs in Urban and Suburban Environments: Tools to quantify, prioritize, and budget for community landscape management.”

11:10 amMatthew Sarver, Sarver Ecological
“Delaware Trees, Birds, and Insects.”

12:00 pm – Networking Lunch

12:50 pm Sam Seo, The Delaware Center for Horticulture
“Tree Stewardship Workshop: Kicking your volunteer program into high gear.”

1:20 pm Richard Pratt, Governor’s Council on Forestry
“Tree Biology 101 & Natural Target Pruning.”

2:00 pm Nancy Gregory, Univ. of Delaware Cooperative Extension 
“Diseases of Trees in Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic: Emerging threats to our landscapes.” 

2:45 pm Kesha Braunskill, Delaware Forest Service
“Delaware State Forestry Urban and Community Program Update” 

Click here for the event flyer and agenda

Contact: Samuel Seo , Community Forester
Phone: 302-658-6262 x112
Address: 1810 N. DuPont St
Wilmington, DE 19806

2019 Urban and Community Forestry Grants

Delaware’s Urban and Community Forestry Program is dedicated to preserving and enhancing community forests, which are critical to our quality of life. Trees provide countless benefits such as cleaner air and water, wildlife habitat, lower energy costs, natural beauty, and improved property values. To help communities achieve these worthwhile goals, Delaware offers an annual competitive grant program available to municipalities, homeowner associations, and nonprofit groups for tree projects on public lands. In 2018, the program awarded more than $58,000 for 16 tree projects in the First State.

Applicants can get up to $5,000 in grants for community tree projects.

Thanks to federal funds, this year the Delaware Forest Service will award more than $50,000 to municipalities, homeowner association or nonprofits in the First State for tree planting projects on public lands or open space. Grants can also be used to prepare or update a professional tree inventory for the community. Recipients must match all grants on a 50-50 basis with either cash (non-federal funds) or in-kind services, which can include volunteer or staff time, equipment rental, or supplies.

Applicants must schedule a site visit with the Delaware Forest Service and apply for the grant using the new online application form**
This year’s application deadline is March 1st.

click the button above to begin the online application process

** Online applications require a Google Account.
Read instructions here on how to set up an account.

Video on “How to Complete the online 2019 Urban and Community Grant Application”

The Delaware Urban and Community Forestry Program’s competitive grants are open to municipalities, community associations, and certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the State of Delaware. Grants range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $5,000 in one of two project categories: tree planting or tree management (professional tree inventory ONLY). All applications require 50-50 cost-share match in either cash or in-kind services within program guidelines.

Applications are limited to one project in one project category and are judged on a competitive basis by a grant committee of the Delaware Community Forestry Council. Eligible projects must be performed on public lands within the community. Priority is given to first time applicants, Tree Friendly Communities, and applicants that have passed an Urban Tree Canopy Goal Resolution (only applies to Municipalities).

Grant Guidelines and Forms

  • 2019 Grant Requirements and Application (PDF) (Word)
  • 2019 Volunteer Tracker Form (Excel)
  • Final Signature Page – Required (Word)

Resource Links

Core Requirements

  • Grant requests from a minimum of $500 to maximum of $5,000
  • Only one project submission in one category: tree planting or tree management (inventory)
  • Project must take place on public land or community open space
  • Applicants must have an Employer Identification Number (EIN) – no payment will be made to individuals.
  • All applicants must schedule a site visit before submitting project

Scheduling Site Visits

  • Contact: Kesha Braunskill at
  • Contact: Michael Martini at
  • Site visit MUST be scheduled a minimum of a week in advance
  • No site visits will be done after February 22, 2019
  • Appointments will be made on first come first serve basis
  • Final day to make an appointment will be February 15, 2019