Green Cities Toolbox

The Green Cities Toolbox is a collection of resources for city staff, restoration practitioners, and volunteers engaged in community-based stewardship of urban forested parklands and natural areas. Topics include restoration best management practices and planning tools, information on native and invasive plants, as well as engaging and working with volunteers.

Tools of the Restoration Trade
Photo by Laura Marchbanks
  • Restoration planning & implementation

    Tools and expertise to plan and implement restoration at the park or site-level. Includes step-by-step guides for site planning, best management practices (BMPs) for invasive plant removal, native plant installation, mulching, and maintenance.

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  • Native plants

    Native plant identification and propagation resources such as image libraries, keys, databases, and how-to guides.

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  • Invasive species

    Resources on the identification and management of aggressive non-native plants and insects.

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  • Restoration monitoring

    Protocols and instructions for implementing short- and long-term monitoring of restoration sites.

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  • Community engagement & volunteer management

    Best practices for engaging youth, families, and diverse communities in stewardship activities as well as tips for recruiting, managing, and retaining volunteers and running successful community restoration events.

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  • Site safety

    Information on Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and other safety issues to consider in community-based stewardship.

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  • City–specific volunteer resources

    For current stewards and volunteers: Visit your Green City Partnership webpage for reporting forms, maps, and other documents specific to your Green City.

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