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Urban & Community Forestry

Tree Owner’s Manual for the Northeastern and Midwestern United States

simple tree graphicAbout the Tree Owner’s Manual

One common issue facing our urban forests is the fact that trees are dying prematurely. Many are planted improperly, setting them up for failure. Many do not receive regular maintenance. And few are adequately protected during construction projects. To help remedy this issue, the Forest Service has created this Tree Owner’s Manual.

Just like the owner’s manual that comes with automobiles and appliances, the Tree Owner’s Manual includes a parts list, instructions for installation, tips for troubleshooting common issues, recommended service, and more.

tree owner's manual cover graphicAs a small, black-and-white booklet, the Tree Owner’s Manual is inexpensive to reproduce so that it can be made widely available to garden centers, nurseries, landscapers, and arborists to hand out to customers. And like other owner’s manuals, hopefully it will be kept in a familiar spot and used as a reference over the course of the tree’s life.

Download a copy

You may print this either as a compact 5.5” x 8.5” booklet (10 pieces of paper, folded in half) or as an 8.5” x 11.5” document (20 pages, double-sided).

If you are interested in getting a supply to distribute, please contact Jill Johnson at 651-649-5253 to check on availability.

Now, for a wider audience, the Tree Owner's Manual—National Edition. Same easy style, same great information, but broadened to help tree owners in all climates across the United States.


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