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Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series

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Join us for our monthly webinar series!
Second Wednesdays | 1:00 - 2:15 pm ET

The Forest Service's Urban Forest Connections webinar series brings experts together to discuss the latest science, practice, and policy on urban forestry and the environment. These webinars are open to all. Past webinar presentations and recordings are available below.

This webinar series is presented by the Forest Service's National Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team.

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Next Webinar

October 12, 2016 | 1:00-2:15pm ET

Unearthing Potential: Vacant land challenges, solutions, and opportunities

Kevin Schronce, City of Flint, Michigan
Amber Knee, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Michelle Kondo, USDA Forest Service

Post-industrial urban areas across the U.S. have experienced population decline, leaving them with derelict, vacant, and underutilized land. For both residents and visitors alike, these vacant properties cause major health and safety issues, contribute negatively to a sense of community well-being, and cause spiraling neighborhood decline, including lower property values and neighborhood disinvestment. Urban planners, community organizations, and government officials have the opportunity to assist communities in reclaiming or repurposing this vacant land, either for temporary or permanent uses. This webinar will present research findings and model approaches to addressing issues associated with commercial and residential vacant properties, with an emphasis on zoning and urban greening strategies. Kevin Schronce will present innovations from the Imagine Flint Master Plan for a Sustainable Flint, and will share how Flint, Michigan is poised to implement this 20-year community plan through the efforts of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority. Amber Knee will share work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia LandCare program, which stabilizes and maintains 12,000 vacant lots in low income areas. Michelle Kondo will present new findings on the economic, public health, and public safety benefits of managing vacant land that may help you to advocate more effectively for green space, even in the most unlikely of places.

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Future Webinars

December 14, 2016 | 1:00pm-2:15pm ET
January 11, 2017 | 1:00pm-2:15pm ET
February 8, 2017 | 1:00pm-2:15pm ET

Past Webinars

Urban Waters Federal Partnerships
September 14, 2016
Surabhi Shah, Environmental Protection Agency
Sarah Low, USDA Forest Service
Tracy Stanton, Green-Duwamish Urban Waters Partnership

NUCFAC Highlights: Climate change impacts and adaptive strategies
July 13, 2016
Lance Davisson, National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Wayne Zipperer, USDA Forest Service
Graeme Lockaby, Auburn University
Andy Whitman, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences

Urban Green Spaces for Food and Foraging
June 8, 2016
Marla Emery, USDA Forest Service
Lincoln Smith, Forested, LLC

Using Moss to Detect Air Pollution in Portland, Oregon: Details of a groundbreaking study
May 11, 2016
Rob Mangold, USDA Forest Service
Sarah Jovan, USDA Forest Service
Katie McClintock and Julie Wroble, US EPA Region 10

Monitoring Urban Trees: Survival, growth, and energy-saving performance
March 9, 2016
Lara Roman, USDA Forest Service
Yekang Ko, University of Texas, Arlington
Pete Smith, Arbor Day Foundation

The Forest at School: Implications for learning
February 10, 2016
William Sullivan, University of Illinois

The Effect of Urban Tree Canopy on Microclimate and Heat Islands
January 13, 2016
Austin Troy, University of Colorado Denver
Sara Davis, City and County of Denver

Remove and Repurpose: Increasing the value of urban wood
December 9, 2015
Steve Bratkovich, Dovetail Partners
Dave Gamstetter, Cincinnati Park Board

The Power of Tree Canopy Data to Plan, Prioritize, and Inspire Stewardship
Part I: Research Foundations
October 14, 2015
Tom Jacobs, Mid-America Regional Council
Morgan Grove, USDA Forest Service and Dexter Locke, Clark University

Part II: Connecting with the Community
October 28, 2015
Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, University of Vermont
Ian Hanou, Plan-it Geo
Earl Eutsler, Washington DC Department of Transportation

Urban FIA: Bringing the nation's forest census to urban areas
September 9, 2015
Mark Majewsky, USDA Forest Service
Dick Rideout / Andrew Stoltman, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Chris Edgar, Texas A&M Forest Service

Resilient Cities: Strengthening resilience through green space and stewardship
June 10, 2015
Samuel Carter, The Rockefeller Foundation
Lindsay Campbell, USDA Forest Service

The Science and Future of i-Tree
May 13, 2015
David Nowak, USDA Forest Service

Emerald Ash Borer: Status, management options and cost calculators
April 8, 2015
Deborah McCullough, Michigan State University
Cliff Sadof, Purdue University
Richard Hauer, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Wildlife Conservation in Cities and Suburbs: Research, programs and tools
March 11, 2015
Susannah Lerman, USDA Forest Service & University of Massachusetts
David Mizejewski and Naomi Edelson, National Wildlife Federation

Restoring Urban Ecosystems with Trees: Cleaning and greening
February 11, 2015
Ronald S. Zalesny Jr., USDA Forest Service
Richard A. Hallett, USDA Forest Service

Social Networks and Knowledge Systems for Urban Stewardship and Sustainability
January 14, 2015
Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson, USDA Forest Service
Erika S Svendsen, USDA Forest Service

Seeing the Future Forest: CanVis & CommunityVis scenario planning tools
December 10, 2014
Gretchen Riley, Texas A&M Forest Service
Lance Davisson, Treasure Valley Canopy Network

Tree Risk Assessment for Municipalities
November 12, 2014
Jerry Mason, Mason & Stricklin, LLP
Paul Ries, Oregon State University

What California Climate Policy Means for Urban Forests
October 8, 2014
Chuck Mills, California ReLeaf
John Melvin, CAL FIRE
Greg McPherson, USDA Forest Service

Urban Forests for Human Health and Wellness
September 10, 2014
Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington
Teresia M. Hazen, Legacy Health

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Educational Credits

International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists are able to earn 1.0 CEU per webinar.

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