18 Shade Planning for America’s Schools Chapter 2 R ESOURCES FOR N ATURAL S HADE S OLUTIONS United States Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service www.csrees.usda.gov/qlinks/ partners/state_partners.html This site provides links to the county offices of the Cooperative Extension Services system in each state. The Cooperative Extension Services system has field agents assigned to each county. That agent will be able to answer your questions regarding the best species to plant for the application that you are considering; provide you with sources for the trees, shrubs and vines; and offer detailed instructions on the proper way to plant and care for them. United States Department of Agriculture U.S. Forest Service/Urban and Community Forestry www.fs.fed.us/ucf/ The goal of the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program is to provide technical and financial assistance to help improve the livability of cities and communities by managing urban forest resources to promote a healthy ecosystem. This Web site provides links to the regional coordinators. U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service www.plants.usda.gov The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about plants of the United States and its territories. The databse includes names, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, and links to related Web sites with information on the region-specific culture for each species. Treelink www.treelink.org This Web site provides information, research, and networking for people who work in urban and community forestry. Tips on grant writing and fund-raising are also included. The National Arbor Day Foundation www.arborday.org The National Arbor Day Foundation helps individuals and groups plant and care for trees and encourages the celebration of Arbor Day to advance global environmental stewardship for the benefit of this and future generations. The International Society of Arboriculture www.treesaregood.com The International Society of Arboriculture is a worldwide professional organization dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation for trees. The Web site was created to provide the public with quality tree care-related information. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Landscaping with Native Plants Ariel Rios Building 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20460 Phone: (202) 272-0167 www.epa.gov/glnpo/greenacres/ nativeplants/factsht.html This Environmental Protection Agency site promotes landscaping with native plants and discusses the environmental benefits of using native plant material. Topics discussed include attracting birds and butterflies and being considerate of local weed laws. The Wild Ones Handbook is a compendium of practical information for landscaping with native plants. Commercial Products Disclaimer The list of product manufacturers and retailers is provided for general information purposes only and does not represent an inclusive list of vendors. Furthermore, reference to any specific commercial products or services by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The list of product manufacturers and retailers contains URL addresses to Web sites and information created and maintained by private organizations. These links are provided for convenience of reference only. CDC does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. The inclusion of URL addresses to particular Web sites is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed or products or services offered by the author of the site or by the organization operating the server on which the site is maintained.