March 20, 2014
The many benefits we enjoy from urban trees—including improved air quality, safer streets, and stormwater management—all depend on urban tree health. Increased human mobility and climate change are threatening the health of our urban forests, leaving many native trees susceptible to invasive species and pests. Environmental organizations at all levels are taking clear action to address these potential dangers. Canopy assessment is often the first step, guiding grassroots organizations, municipalities, and citizens to establish initiatives to protect their trees from further harm. Pest awareness campaigns, identification tools, and volunteer invasives removal training are proving to have a measurable impact on canopy health in several cities across the country.
Rachel Holmes, Conservation Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy (New York, NY)
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. Their Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities initiative improves the health of America’s trees by engaging people in hands-on tree care and inspires a new generation of environmental stewards.
Joanna Nelson de Flores, Green Cities Program Director, Forterra (Seattle, WA)
Forterra’s Green Cities Program implements public-private partnerships to restore and maintain urban forests, natural areas, and greenspaces. The program enhances the long-term sustainability of urban greenery areas through activities like invasive plant removal.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Assessing existing canopy health to inform municipal plans
* Educating the public on early methods of pest identification
* Engaging volunteers in responsible methods of clearing invasive species
* Strategic communication between stakeholders for greater awareness and engagement in pest and invasive identification
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast held at the lunch hour. 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: 0 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 0 Hour