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Our mission:

Promoting healthy and sustainable urban and community forests which contribute to clean air and water, economic stability, and beautiful green places in which all Mississippians and future generations will live, work and play.


Mississippi Urban Forest Council 2010 Annual Report: click here.


Who We Are:
The Mississippi Urban Forest Council (MUFC) is a volunteer based nonprofit organization formed in 1991 by the US Farm Bill to provide educational and assistance in community and urban forestry. 

Our Mission Statement:
Our mission is to foster and promote proper management of urban and community forests for social, economic, and environmental benefits to people through innovation leadership, communication and educational services.
Goals of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council: 

  • Foster interaction between professional and individuals involved in the management  and care of community and urban forests
  • Identify needs at a state level to promote the proper planning, selection, planting, management and protection of community forests
  • Stimulate citizen interest and action in community forest
  • Provides resources to Mississippi communities to enhance community forests for economic, social and environmental enhancement
  • Provide support and counsel to the Mississippi Forestry Commission in the development of an urban forestry program that meets the needs of the public and strives to provide services to various interest groups and community leaders
  • Assist Mississippi communities in reforesting  with tree planting and technical training


The Council:
MUFC is a nonprofit organization supported by members including communities, businesses, civic groups and individuals with an interest in community forestry.
The Council was formed in 1991. Governed by a board of directors, the Council supports community projects and provides education and assistance to citizens and communities statewide.

Partners and Network:
MUFC works in partnership with the Mississippi Forestry Commission and other state, federal and private agencies and businesses.


MUFC's State and National Network

Arboretums Statewide
American Forest
American Planners Association, Mississippi Chapter
American Society of Landscape Architects, Mississippi Chapter
Alliance for Community Trees
Arbor Day Foundation
Mississippi State Extension Service
MS State College of Forest Resources
Colleges and Community Colleges Statewide
Forest Legacy
Garden Clubs of Mississippi
Mississippi Landscape and Nurserymen’s Association
International Society of Arboriculture
Keep Mississippi Beautiful
Land Trusts of Mississippi
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Nine Counties, One Vision
Southern Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture
Professional Arborist of Mississippi


Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
Mississippi Department of Transportation
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources
Mississippi Association of Supervisors
Jackson County Supervisors
Mississippi Conference of Black Mayors
Yazoo-Mississippi 4Delta Levee Board
Mississippi Forestry Commission
Mississippi Forestry Association
Mississippi Electric Power Association
Mississippi Development Authority
Mississippi State Legislature
Mississippi Municipal League
Tree Boards – Statewide
United States Congress
Urban Land Institute
US Green Builders Council


Mississippi Urban Forest Council Board of Directors 2015                                                          Advisors and Committee Members, Non-voting


President - Stephen C. Grado, CF/FCA #1155
Mississippi State University, College of Forest Resources

Connie Boyd, Secretary
Sandersville, MS

Robbie Brown
MS Municipal League

Mayor Tim Waldrup
City of Ellisville

Jim Ewing
Jackson State University

David Knight
City of Tupelo

Corey Proctor
Forrest County

Andy Parker
City of Hattiesburg

Chuck Gautier
City of Ridgeland

Mayor Ross Knox
City of Pelahatchie

Emily Loden-Jones
Itawamba Community College

Renee Havens
City of Southhaven


Executive Director:
Donna V. Yowell
164 Trace Cove Drive
Madison, MS 39110
(601) 672-0755 Cell
(601) 856 -1660 Fax


Todd Matthews
MS Forestry Commission

George Lamar Ewing, III, ASLA
City of Jackson

Laura Beiser

Jim Heinzel
Compton Engineering

Bob Brzuszek
MSU, Dept. of Landscape Architecture

Jason Gordon
MSU, College of Forest Resources

Temple Turner
MS Forest Commission

Gretta Boley
USDA Forest Service

Kevin Hall
City of Pascagoula