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City of Philadelphia

Urban Forestry & Ecosystem Management

Through the Urban Forestry and Ecosystem management Division, Philadelphia Parks Recreation protects and manages Philadelphia's natural resources for the benefit of the citizens of the city and the region.
Within the Urban Forestry and Ecosystem Management Division of PPR resides the expertise of 17 years of natural land management of nearly 6,000 acres of parkland and a century of responsibility for the hundreds of thousands of street trees in the City of Philadelphia.

Parkland Forest Management Framework
The Urban Forestry & Ecosystem Management Division released the Parkland Forest Management Framework in April 2013, an innovative action plan that guides restoration efforts in the city's natural areas. As part of the Framework, PPR has launched three pilot restoration projects in Cobbs Creek Park, Wissahickon Valley Park, and Pennypack Creek Park. For more information, please check out the documents below and visit our research website Philly Forest Science.

Watershed and Estuary Parks

Most activities occur primarily on the 5,600 acres of natural lands in the system's seven largest watershed and estuary parks.

  • Cobbs Creek Park
  • East & West Fairmount Park
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park
  • Pennypack Creek Park
  • Poquessing Creek Park
  • Tacony Creek Park
  • Wissahickon Valley Park