April 16, 2009
Urban Forest Councils are collaborative organizations comprised of individuals, citizen groups, nonprofits, businesses, and agencies from around a state that share an interest in urban and community forestry. They exist to help communities strengthen the efforts of local groups by serving as a resource, a forum for networking and discussion, and an advocate of the urban forest. The Councils may do this by hosting conferences and workshops across the state for training and networking opportunities, promoting the benefits of urban forest management and healthy community forests to the general public, and educating elected officials and decision-makers about important issues affecting the future of trees in the state. Additional programming may include basic tree care workshops, publications, awards, and landmark or historic tree registry.
Advancing Your Mission with Support from Your Urban Forest Councils Resource List
Mary Lynne Beckley, Executive Dir., GA Urban Forest Council (Decatur, GA)
Mary Lynne Beckley is Executive Director of the Georgia Urban Forest Council. The Georgia Urban Forest Council’s mission is to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees, and to be a broad based leadership resource in promoting the importance of trees throughout Georgia by leveraging user-friendly technology, influencing the policy-making process, and providing cutting edge programming. They offer a variety of programs and opportunities, including Basic Tree Care Workshops, Educational Quarterly Meetings, publications such as TreeTalks and informational brochures, the Annual Conference, an Annual Awards Program, and the Landmark and Historic Tree Register.
Bill Hascher, President, NC Urban Forest Council (Raleigh, NC)
Bill Hascher is President of the North Carolina Urban Forest Council. The North Carolina Urban Forest Council is a nonprofit organization that helps communities strengthen the efforts of local groups by serving as a resource, a forum for networking, and discussion and an advocate of the urban forest. The Council seeks to encourage and support these communities in their urban forest management efforts. NCUFC hosts conferences and workshops across the state for training and networking opportunities. They also co-sponsor conferences with others in the green industry. Their members promote the benefits of urban forest management and healthy community forests. They educate elected officials and decision-makers about important issues affecting the future of trees in North Carolina’s communities.
Webcast attendees will learn how urban forest councils can help them with:
* Grant opportunities.
* Training and educational programs, most offering CEUs.
* Annual conference and awards programs.
* Workshops and seminars.
* Networking opportunities with urban forestry professionals, organizations, cities, and counties.
* Up-to-date urban forestry news, research and information.
About the Third Thursday Webcast Series
The Third Thursday Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
CEU Approved: 1 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 1 Hour
Meeting Number: RW7671501