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Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series

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Join us for our monthly webinar series!
Second Wednesdays | 1:00 – 2:00 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.

Next Webinar

February 11, 2015 | 1:00-2:00 pm ET

Restoring Urban Ecosystems with Trees: Cleaning and greening
Ronald S. Zalesny Jr., Research Plant Geneticist, USDA Forest Service
Richard A. Hallett, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service

Trees can be used to clean contaminated soil and water and create forests in our urban areas. This helps meet the global need for technologies that simultaneously enhance ecological restoration and increase green space in our communities. In this webinar, we present examples of phytoremediation (using plants to clean soil and water) and afforestation (creating forests) projects designed to provide ecosystem services across a variety of urban sites, from brownfields to parks. Ron Zalesny will describe phytoremediation, a class of phytotechnologies that uses the natural filtering ability of trees to remove pollutants from liability lands while moving from ecosystem degradation to restoration. Rich Hallett will introduce the concept of anthropogenic succession to support the creation of forests in cities. The speakers will highlight the potential for using phytoremediation plant selection techniques to select species and varieties that are uniquely adapted to specific urban afforestation sites. Combining these concepts could lead to hyper-performing urban afforestation projects that will have reduced recurring maintenance costs coupled with the ability to take up harmful compounds in tree tissues.

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Future Webinars

Wildlife Conservation in Cities and Suburbs: Research, programs, and tools
March 11, 2015 | 1:00-2:00pm ET
Susannah Lerman, USDA Forest Service & University of Massachusetts
Naomi Edelson and David Mizejewski, National Wildlife Federation

April 8, 2015 | 1:00-2:00pm ET
May 13, 2015 | 1:00-2:00pm ET

Past Webinars

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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