About Key Urban Forestry Organizations in the District of Columbia
District Governmental Agencies
District Department of the Environment (DDOE)
The District Department of the Environment is responsible for natural and indoor environments in the District of Columbia, including management of fisheries and wildlife. DDOE's work includes direct assistance to residents and businesses, policymaking, and monitoring and enforcement. For more information, please visit http://ddoe.dc.gov.
District Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
The Department of Parks and Recreation provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers, as well as coordinates a wide variety of recreation programs. For more information, please visit http://dpr.dc.gov.
University of the District of Columbia Cooperative Extension (UDC CES)
The Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) unit of UDC CES provides the D.C. community with environmental education programs, including horticulture, water quality, and pesticide and pest management. For more information, please visit www.udc.edu/ces/.
Architect of the Capitol (AOC)
AOC has served the United States as builder and steward of many of the nation's most iconic and indelible landmark buildings, including the U.S. Capitol, Capitol Visitor Center, Senate Office Buildings, House Office Buildings, Supreme Court, Library of Congress, U.S. Botanic Garden and Capitol Grounds. Today, the AOC serve in diverse roles applying both modern techniques and historical tradecrafts in the care and preservation of the Capitol Campus. For more information, visit www.aoc.com.
National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC)
The National Capital Planning Commission is the federal government's planning agency for the National Capital Region. The 12-member Commission meets monthly to adopt, approve, or provide advice on plans and projects that impact the nation's capital and surrounding areas. The Commission is supported by a staff of planners, architects, urban designers, and other professionals. Visit www.ncpc.gov for more information.
The Smithsonian Institution – the world's largest museum and research complex—includes 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoological Park. The Institution also manages a number of outdoor museums known as the Smithsonian Gardens. All have been designed to complement the museums they border and to enhance the overall museum experience. For more information, visit www.si.edu.
United States Botanic Garden (USBG)
The United States Botanic Garden, located on the National Mall, is one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. It informs visitors about the importance and often irreplaceable value of plants to the well-being of humankind and to earth's fragile ecosystems. The Garden highlights the diversity of plants worldwide, as well as their aesthetic, cultural, economic, therapeutic and ecological significance. For more information, please visit www.usbg.gov.
United States National Arboretum
The National Arboretum serves the public need for scientific research, education and gardens that conserve and showcase plants to enhance the environment. Located in northeast Washington, D.C., there are research locations in Washington, D.C.; Beltsville, Md.; and McMinnville, Tenn. For more information, please visit www.usna.usda.gov.
United States National Park Service
The National Park Service manages various public park properties throughout Washington, D.C., including national monuments and neighborhood parks. More information is available at www.nps.gov.
Casey Trees is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit established in 2002 committed to restoring, enhancing and protecting the tree canopy of the nation's capitol. For more information, please visit www.caseytrees.org.
Earth Conservation Corps (ECC)
The Earth Conservation Corps is a nonprofit youth development and environmental service organization located where the heavily polluted Anacostia River flows through the nation's capital's most disadvantaged communities. Since 1992, ECC has been successfully reclaiming two of America's most endangered resources — youth and the environment. For more information, please visit www.ecc1.org.
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG)
The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is a regional organization of Washington area local governments that provides a focus for action and develops sound regional responses to such issues as the environment, affordable housing, economic development, health and family concerns, human services, population growth, public safety and transportation. For more information, please visit www.mwcog.org.
Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places and the planet itself. Efforts in Washington, D.C. focus on environmental justice and community development associated with ecological restoration. For more information, please visit www.sierraclub.org.