August 18, 2011
In the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster, surviving trees can become visual symbols of the catastrophic loss a community has experienced. Residents’ responses to trees downed by hurricanes, tornadoes, or ice storms can vary from fear of replanting to impassioned calls for immediate replacement. Successful revitalization after a storm requires government, private, and nonprofit actors to distinguish between immediate responses and fully developed recovery plans that evaluate damage, assess community needs, and ensure best practices for replanting.
Storms Over the Urban Forest Resource List
Donna Coble, Executive Director, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri (St. Louis, MO)
In the wake of the devastating tornado that struck Joplin in May 2011 and two other tornadoes that ravaged different parts of Missouri earlier in the year, the statewide nonprofit Forest ReLeaf is coordinating with state government and nonprofit partners to implement a unified, effective response.
Tim McDonnell, Community Forestry Coordinator, Kansas Forest Service (Haysville, KS)
After a May 2007 tornado destroyed 95% of Greensburg, Kansas, partners from across the state including the Forest Service and K-State Extension worked to ensure that re-planting was pursued properly. Lessons learned from managing the outpouring of support after the storm informed the city’s green development plans.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Messaging and reaction in immediate aftermath
* Phased response plans
* Managing incoming support, and asking for more
* Engaging cross-sector partners
* Ensuring tree planting standards and best practices
About the Webcast Series
The 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-CF Approved: 1 Hour