SMA's Urban Forest Foundation

The Urban Forest Foundation, Inc (UFF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating and supporting projects and programs that advance the dissemination and implementation of research developed in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry to benefit people, trees, and the urban environment. The UFF is governed by the Board of Directors of the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA).


All of UFF’s activities serve two fundamental purposes:

  1. To promote the education of people who practice municipal arboriculture and manage the urban and community forest.
  2. To promote public understanding of the value of urban trees.

UFF engages in the development, support, and promotion of urban forest training and the dissemination of technical and operational information. While much research is being conducted and funded through various foundations, there is not currently an entity that transfers currently research/technology into programs for practitioners who will benefit from the research/technology. UFF will engage in activities designed to fill this void. Activities include developing curriculum for training programs; facilitating the exchange of information among practitioners; planning workshops, seminars, institutes, and programs; training trainers to teach/lead these programs; and promoting the educational programs of the UFF and the Society of Municipal Arborists.

Donations made to UFF will provide funding for such successful SMA programs as the Municipal Forestry Institute and the Municipal Arborist Exchange Program, as well as the development of new programs designed to improve education of municipal forestry professionals.

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The Urban Forest Foundation is exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions are deductible as charitable contributions under the law. The Foundation’s Federal ID # is 32-0254877.