Urban Forestry: Toward an Ecosystem Services Research Agenda

A National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Workshop Summary

February 25, 2014
1:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern

Last year the National Academy of Sciences convened a workshop to bring a diverse scientific community together with urban forestry and green infrastructure practitioners (and end users). The focus of the workshop was an assessment of how we currently quantify ecosystem services associated with the urban forest. The Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition and Alliance for Community Trees are facilitating a review of these workshop findings (see the full report), how they inform our work, and potential next steps.

Download the presentation slides here.

Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition

Laurie Geller, Senior Program Officer, National Academy of Sciences (Washington, DC)
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a nonprofit society of scholars dedicated to the furtherance of research, science, and technology for the general welfare of society.

Elizabeth Larry, National Program Lead, Urban Research, USDA Forest Service (Washington, DC)
The USDA Forest Service provides leading science and decision tools to inform environmental stewardship and improve ecosystem health and community well-being in urban areas.

dpatakiDiane E. Pataki, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Utah (Salt Lake City, UT)
Diane Pataki is an Associate Professor in the Dept of Biology, University of Utah with adjunct appointments in the Dept. of City & Metropolitan Planning and the USU Dept. of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. She received an MS and PhD at Duke University where she focused on forest-climate interactions. Her lab studies the environmental impacts of urban landscaping options in Salt Lake City and Los Angeles.

gallen_actreesGary G. Allen, Executive Director, Center for Chesapeake Communities (Annapolis, MD)
The Center for Chesapeake Communities assists local governments in their land management and watershed initiatives, providing communities with financial and technical support for their environmental protection and restoration efforts.

Webcast attendees will learn about:
* The workshop reporting findings including the current capabilities of the research or the “state of the science” of ecosystems services research
* The challenges of translating science into practice
* Potential practical and policy implications of research results
* Continuing the conversation with researchers and to providing input into how we use this information