ACTrees Participates in National Academy of Sciences Workshop

Washington, DC (February 25) – This week, the National Academy of Sciences will bring the science community together with practitioners for a participatory workshop on the ecosystem services provided by urban forests. ACTrees and several of its member organizations were selected to participate in this invitation-only workshop, which will examine current capabilities for quantifying the ecosystem services of trees and canopy cover, including analytic tools and technologies, as well as key research needs in support of urban forestry management and broader sustainability goals.

National Academy of Sciences buildingsThe workshop, “Urban Forestry: Toward an Ecosystem Services Research Agenda,” will include participation from Carrie Gallagher, ACTrees Executive Director, and the following ACTrees’ members:

Casey Trees
City of New York, NY 
City of Washington, DC
Delaware Center for Horticulture
Denver Mile High Million
Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs (ACTrees Board Member Burnell Fisher)
Sacramento Tree Foundation
Texas Trees Foundation
The Morton Arboretum
Trees Forever

The National Academy of Sciences / National Research Council have organized the workshop to support the following objectives:

  • Explore the role of trees within the greater urban ecosystem and the linkages/trade-offs among different types of ecosystem services within this larger context.
  • Review our current understanding of the different types of ecosystem services provided by urban forestry, and discuss research needs for improving this understanding.
  • Highlight key tools available to track and quantify ecosystem services, and identify gaps in our ability to model, measure, and monitor such services.
  • Identify effective management strategies and key challenges in implementing successful urban forestry programs.

The February 25-26, 2013 workshop is sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service and the National Science Foundation. Plenary sessions of the workshop will be webcast.

Related Resources
Urban Forestry: Toward an Ecosystem Services Research Agenda