2013 Urban Forestry Institute

May 6-10, 2013
Nashville, TN

The 2013 Urban Forestry Institute is a week long, intensive training workshop designed to provide state agency foresters, municipal planners, and other related professionals working in natural resources with in-depth, current urban and interface natural resource management education and training.

This training will enable these professionals to better assist municipalities in planning to lessen the effects of changing land use and urbanization on the environment.  The Institute will include formal presentations and case studies from some of the leading researchers and practitioners in the urban forestry/urban planning field.  Focusing on urban forest adaptive management, planning, and technology, the workshop will walk participants through the urban natural resources planning process and provide abundant hands-on management plan writing exercises.

Over 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban or urbanizing areas.  Change in land cover from agriculture and forest land to developed land increases the amount of impervious surfaces, loss of forest cover, stormwater runoff, and pollution levels for both air and water.  Urbanization in the United States is projected to continue to increase in the near future.  The Urban Forestry Institute (UFI) will provide the most up-to-date tools and techniques to address these issues related to urbanization and improve the planning, management of our built environments.

Target audience:  This program is geared toward state agency foresters who provide technical assistance regarding urban forestry to local communities, allied professionals (i.e. horticulturists, landscape architects, municipal arborists, etc.), and community planners who have an interest in learning how to effectively plan and manage their city’s natural resources.

Application process:  Because of limited space for this institute, target audiences will be given first priority for this training.  Applications will be accepted until March 8, 2013.  Accepted applicants will be notified by March 15 and will be sent a registration form at that time.

Location:  Holiday Inn Express Downtown, 920 Broadway, Nashville, TN; A limited block of rooms will be available for the Urban Forestry Institute for $107 per night from Sunday to Thursday night of that week.  The hotel offers a complimentary, full breakfast every morning.

Registration fee:  $275 per person; This fee will cover all lunches and break items

Continuing education credits:  Society of American Foresters – 32.5 Cat. 1 – CF; International Society of Arboriculture – applied for

Agenda and Application for Registration