Indiana Urban Forest Council’s 19th Annual Fall Conference Boasts Keynote Pepper Provenzano of TreeLink

Carmel, IN (September 16, 2009)- On October 14th, 2009 the Indiana Urban Forest Council (IUFC) will hold its 19th annual Fall Conference: “Widening the Circle: How to Broaden the Urban Forest Community.” A wide array of urban forestry professionals from Indiana and across the nation will convene at the Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) headquarters in Indianapolis to share information about the vital role nonprofits play in increasing Indiana’s diminishing tree canopy cover.

Opening the conference will be Keep Indianapolis Beautiful President David Forsell, who will share strategies that KIB has implemented to make trees a working and valuable asset to the City of Indianapolis; which has resulted in community-wide buy in as well as the planting of more than 20,000 trees since 2006. Keynote speaker Pepper Provenzano created TreeLink, a nonprofit organization, whose website provides more than 2,000 information, networking, and communications resources for urban and community forests. He also created the TreeBank program now serving 55 cities.
USDA Forest Service representative Philip Rodbell will discuss urban forestry and nonprofits on the national front. Finally, the Indiana Urban Forest Council’s 19th Annual Urban Forestry Awards will showcase some of the best and brightest in urban forestry projects and programs across Indiana. Sponsors for the event include the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Urban Forestry Program, NUVO, the Indiana Arborist Association, The Home Depot Foundation, Alliance for Community Trees, Brehob Nursery, Davey Resource Group and Blue Grass Farms.
The program will be held at the newly LEED Gold certified Keep Indianapolis Beautiful headquarters in Indianapolis at 1029 Fletcher Ave. from 9-4 pm. The cost to attend is $110 for non-members, $80 for members and $30 for students with a valid student ID. Pre-registration is required by October 8th.
The IUFC is devoted to promoting public awareness about the benefits of urban and community trees in Indiana, while protecting, improving and expanding Indiana’s urban forest. Membership to the IUFC is open to anyone with a genuine concern or interest in the trees within Indiana communities. Applications and registration information for the Fall Conference are available from Ashley Mulis, Executive Director at (317) 489-8775.
Related Resources:
Muncie Free Press- Indiana Urban Forest Council’s 19th Annual Fall Conference
Indiana Urban Forest Council