July 17, 2008
Trees and landscape features that are located within the public right-of-way and adjacent to roadways in urban environments are often perceived by transportation officials as a safety risk. Tree plantings may be limited or prohibited by public works or transportation professionals due to concerns. But there are many community benefits that result from having roadside landscapes. Armed with that information, advocates of urban forestry are encouraging roadside plantings that balance transportation mobility, accessibility needs, public welfare, and community livability.
Trees and Transportation Resource List
Pam Helfer, Field Director, Trees Forever (Marion, IA)
Since 1996, Trees Forever has helped small communities in Iowa envision and design community-wide landscape improvements that enhance transportation corridors. The program called, Iowa’s Living Roadways, and it provides resources and assistance with planning, landscape design, and funding opportunities for planting native grasses, wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Dorothy McDaniel, Executive Director, Trees Columbus (Columbus, GA)
Trees Columbus, in partnership with Columbus Consolidated Government, received three $1 million grants from the Georgia Department of Transportation to create a tree-lined entryway to the city along Veterans Parkway between 13th Street and the Civic Center. They also worked with local partners to have I-185 declared a Scenic Byway and to seek further protection for public right-of-way trees through advocacy and litigation.
Brown Bag attendees will learn:
* Creating a design and selecting plants at highway projects.
* Involving volunteers and educating the community.
* Seeking funding and writing grants.
* Opening doors through board members who are DOT officials.
* Participation of city and state DOT officials.
* Interacting with business representatives (ex. billboard industry).
* Suing the state when laws are disregarded.
* Management and maintenance of a planting site.
* Finding native plants to purchase.
About the Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Brown Bag Lunch 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