Riparian Tree Planting for Healthy Watersheds

June 20, 2013
1:00-2:00pm EDT
National Webcast

As communities shoulder greater concern over water resources in urban areas, preserving natural buffer zones is a top priority. Riparian tree planting programs can help address pollution, erosion, flooding, water temperature, and litter issues along river banks. While riparian tree planting can pose challenges, and methods and conditions vary for each city, the outcome is clear: trees are critical for healthy watersheds.

Riparian Tree Planting for Healthy Watersheds Resource List

Suzanne Probart, Executive Director, Tree New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM)
Tree New Mexico partners with community and civic groups to coordinate restoration tree plantings along riverbanks in the greater Albuquerque area. The nonprofit employs a method called “pole planting,” credited with stabilizing new trees for successful establishment—about an 85% survival rate over several years.

Chuck Conner, Urban Forester, Missouri Department of Conservation (Kansas City, MO)
Heartland Tree Alliance serves a seven-county region in Kansas and Missouri, planting new trees in many urban tributaries each year. Partnering with municipalities and the Missouri Department of Conservation, the organization addresses drought and flooding concerns along the Missouri River through grant-funded riparian plantings.

Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Planting small trees and native species
* Minimizing erosion along urban banks
* Optimizing riparian tree survival rates
* Pest control along buffer zones
* Strategic planting to reduce stormwater runoff

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: 1 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 1 Hour