February 17, 2011
Natural disasters can wreak havoc on the lives and landscapes of impacted communities. Hurricanes, floods, ice storms, tornadoes, and other serious natural hazards have the potential to devastate cities large and small, and to destroy the urban forest in the process. Natural hazard management presents the tools to properly prepare for and respond to the threat of major storms, beginning with a “right tree, right place” approach for planning prior to planting. Coordinated efforts among city leaders and urban forestry managers– including elected officials, nonprofits, municipal agencies, utilities, tree care companies, and citizen foresters– can help minimize damage by and to trees during natural disasters.
Storms Over the Urban Forest Resource List
Alessandra Jerolleman, Executive Director, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (Covington, LA)
The Natural Hazard Mitigation Association brings together individuals working in the field of hazard mitigation, to serve as a source of training and technical information and achieve greater awareness of the social component of hazard mitigation decisions. Executive Director Alessandra Jerolleman has managed community outreach and natural hazard planning programs in Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, and Iowa, working with wide-ranging partners in the private, non-profit, and academic sectors.
Anna America, Executive Director, Up With Trees (Tulsa, OK)
After a destructive 2007 ice storm devastated the city’s urban forest, Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor announced a ReGreen Tulsa plant to replace the estimated 20,000 trees lost in the storm. Local nonprofit Up With Trees partnered with the City in the three-year, $4 million effort, planning to plant on public and private property and engaging community support. Residents in areas hit hardest by the storm received education and trees through Up With Trees’ NeighborWoods program.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Assessing the urban forest for natural hazard considerations
* Best practices for natural hazard mitigation
* Coordinating among public, private, and nonprofit partners
* Devising a hazard management plan for your city’s tree canopy
* Planning for advance preparation, immediate response, and post-event recovery
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 Approved: 1 Hour