Branching Out: Biodiversity in the Urban Forest

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Boston, MA
What makes one tree better adapted than another for a particular urban situation? Is an invasive tree in the city better than no tree at all? Does bio-diversity really matter in an urban environment? The answers to all probably begin with “It depends…” Jeffery Iles, Professor and Chair, Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University will help us think about the traits a tree needs in order to be an urban dweller and what characteristics we should consider in creating a diverse canopy. Based on data collected in a recent city-wide tree inventory, Jeff will suggest some unusual trees that could be planted to enhance the city’s canopy.

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, in partnership with Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition, presents a series of lectures to help make the greening efforts informed, strategic, and, as a result, successful. This series of lectures supports the work of the City of Boston and its partners in Boston’s Urban Forest Coalition in the effort to plant and care for 100,000 new trees to be planted by 2020.
The session will be 6:30- 8:30pm at Franklin Park Golf Clubhouse. Lectures are free, but advanced registration is requested. Please call 617-524-1718, x160 to register. Be a partner in the greening of Boston. Learn what you can do for the health of our neighborhood trees.
Related Resource:
Boston Urban Forest Coalition