After exploring our site, if you still have questions you may contact the City Forester:
Gene Dempsey, City Forester
Office of Sustainability, Department of Public Works
101 NE 3rd Avenue, Suite 1400
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
The following websites and other sources offer general information on tree selection, planting and care.
Every Thursday, Gene writes a special blog dedicated to trees. He may introduce a new variety, cover a helpful technique, or share information about how trees are planted, used and celebrated around the world. Click through to his blog and select the "Tree Thursday" topic in the menu on the right side of the page..
View the City of Fort Lauderdale's Homeowners and Trees brochure. Copies are available by contacting our Forester.
Organizations and Agencies
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) offers a variety of helpful brochures and information on their website. For example, you can read more about the benefits of trees or tree values. A second website of theirs, Trees Are Good, focuses on tree selection and care and has useful information for any property owner.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service offers extensive information on its Trees for People - Urban Forestry 101 webpage. Here you will find information on utilizing trees to save energy, improve air quality, reduce stormwater run-off, promote placemaking, improve the economy and create walkable communities. Students who are interested in a career in forestry will also find plenty of useful links.
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida offers a great amount of technical, scientific and practical advice for hobbyists, professionals and property owners. Check the tree section of their website for helpful brochures, directories and other information such as Caring for your palms and advice on invasive vs. native plants. They offer almost 700 Tree Fact Sheets! Industry professionals, teachers, hobbyists and anyone with a love of trees and plants can register for the Florida Master Naturalist Program to obtain continuing education credits or just expand knowledge of Florida's ecology, natural history and environmental issues.
Since 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has inspired people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. They administer the Tree City USA program which the City of Fort Lauderdale has proudly participated in for over 35 years. Their website offers the home gardener, commercial operator, teacher or community worker a plethora of information on selecting, planting, and caring for individual trees, landscapes, urban orchards, forests. They have one of the best Tree Guides online.
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Forestry (DOF), offers information about tree planting and care from the single tree through to complete forests. You can use their website to learn about Florida's forests and our Champion Trees. The DOF supports the citizens of Florida as well as professionals in the field. Information on seedling care and planting is especially useful. Students interested in a career in Forestry should contact them for more information on openings and training. They also offer educational opportunities for teachers and members of the community.
Broward County partners with the University of Florida to offer extension education through 4-H programs and others related to urban horticulture, commercial horticulture, and food and nutrition. Throught their NatureScape Broward program, the County offers information and training on Florida-friendly planting, such as Native plants to attract garden birds. They also certify landscapes at homes, schools and businesses throughout our region.