Project Canopy

  • Asian Longhorned Beetle.  Photo Credit: USDAgov

    Asian Longhorned Beetle. Photo Credit: USDAgov

  • Flowering tree along street with red brick building behind it. Photo Credit: mjs_2009

    Flowering tree along street with red brick building behind it.
    Photo Credit: mjs_2009

  • Tree lined lane. Photo Credit: Justin Russell

    Tree lined lane. Photo Credit: Justin Russell

  • Trees in winter. Photo Credit: Kimberly Ballard

    Trees in winter. Photo Credit: Kimberly Ballard

About Project Canopy Maine

Project Canopy is about people. It educates people about the benefits trees provide, and how trees make people's lives better. It connects people who have a particular expertise to people who need that expertise. It helps build bridges with town and city governments, and it knows how to communicate in a local, political environment. And just as important, Project Canopy helps people talk about success stories, so that they can find the motivation --- and inspiration --- that is crucial for developing creative, long-term community forestry programs. 

The Maine Forest Service has an incredible reservoir of knowledge and expertise. The challenge for us is to get that knowledge to the people who can use it. Any long-term community forestry program needs commitment and understanding from many different corners. Project Canopy's role is to get people in different corners talking to each other, so that awareness about trees can grow by leaps and bounds. We do that by using down-to-earth strategies, and deploying technical experts into the field to lend hands-on assistance.

For example:

  • Helping recruit and organize volunteers;
  • Providing model community tree ordinances;
  • Assisting in fund-raising efforts;
  • Training tree stewards;
  • Providing street tree inventory software;
  • Helping communities appoint/elect a community tree warden;
  • Linking communities to other Maine communities with successful tree programs;
  • Providing lists of local foresters and arborists;
  • Building bridges to national community tree organizations;
  • Assisting in development of a long-term community tree plan;

And much more.

Project Canopy is a cooperative effort of the Maine Forest Service.


Several Maine Forest Service programs are wholly or partially funded by the USDA Forest Service under various authorities.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination: write
USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
14th and Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-9410
or call (202)720-5964 (voice or TDD).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.