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Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series

Urban tree canopy

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.

Next Webinar

The Power of Tree Canopy Data to Plan, Prioritize, and Inspire Stewardship

Part I: Research Foundations
October 14, 2015 | 1:00-2:15 pm ET
Tom Jacobs, Mid-America Regional Council
Morgan Grove, USDA Forest Service
Dexter Locke, Clark University

An Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) assessment is an important first step to conserving and strengthening a community’s forest or tree resource. A UTC assessment describes existing tree cover for a particular area and serves as a baseline for setting tree canopy goals and measuring progress. When analyzed with other ecological, social, and economic data together with stakeholders, a UTC assessment can take a community beyond simple tree canopy targets to strategic, focused planting and stewardship activities that achieve broader sustainability goals. This two-part webinar series will provide the foundation for urban managers and planners to visualize, identify, and communicate investment needs for the planting and care of community trees and forests.

Part I: Research Foundations will introduce the science and motivating questions behind UTC data collection and analysis, illustrating the value of integrating tree canopy data with ecological, social, and economic data to achieve municipal goals. Tom Jacobs will provide an introduction to UTC assessments through a case study and description of the need for UTC information, the collaboration process, and key UTC products. Morgan Grove will describe the science behind UTC assessments and how data integration, analysis, and stakeholder engagement promotes collaborative action across sectors and disciplines. Dexter Locke will introduce cutting edge, social market research that informs effective outreach strategies for urban tree stewardship across different neighborhoods.

Please also tune in to Part II: Connecting with the Community, which will bring UTC experts together to demonstrate how tree canopy data can empower decision-making and strategic action at regional, state, and city neighborhood scales.

Part II: Connecting with the Community
October 28, 2015 | 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Jarlath O'Neil Dunne, University of Vermont
Ian Hanou, Plan-it Geo
Earl Eutsler, Washington DC Department of Transportation

View the webinar notice (Part I) »

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The October 14th webinar is limited to 100 computer log-ins – please join in groups where possible. Connect early to ensure your spot! The phone lines will be open to all.

Future Webinars

No November webinar. We’ll be at Arbor Day Foundation’s 2015 Partners in Community Forestry Conference – see you there!

December 9, 2015 | 1:00pm-2:15pm ET
January 13, 2016 | 1:00pm-2:15pm ET
February 10, 2016 | 1:00pm-2:15pm ET

Past Webinars

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

Questions, Feedback and Webinar Updates

We would like to hear from you! Contact us to share your feedback, ask questions, request special accommodations, or to sign up for future webinar notices and updates. Suggestions for future webinar topics are welcome.

Educational Credits

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

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