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Urban Forest Connections Webinars Series

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Lara Roman, USDA Forest Service

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

September 9, 2020 | 1:00-2:15pm ET

New guidance for tracking long-term tree survival, growth, and health
Lara Roman, USDA Forest Service
Natalie van Doorn, USDA Forest Service
Dana Dentice, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Field monitoring of urban trees is essential to learn how urban forests change over time. Many arborists and urban forest managers worldwide seek to understand how their tree systems are faring in terms of growth, health, and mortality. The Urban Tree Growth & Longevity Working Group of the International Society of Arboriculture has developed standard protocols and effective strategies for long-term data collection. This new guidance, which includes a Field Guide, Resource Guide, and companion training videos, gives detailed instructions for how to record a small set of variables consistently over time that will support adaptive management. The intended users are any urban forestry professionals who intend to carry out field-based tree monitoring, whether with arborists, interns, or citizen scientists. Dr. Lara Roman will lay out the key practices and components of the Field Guide.  Dr. Natalie van Doorn will go deeper into specific tips for successful implementation. And Dana Dentice will illustrate how these protocols have been put to work in training volunteers in Philadelphia to successfully monitor young tree health and survival.

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Future Webinars

  • October 14, 2020 | 1:00-2:15pm ET
  • December 9, 2020 | 1-2:15pm ET

Past Webinars

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2020 Webinars

Redlining's Intensifying Harm: Rising Temperatures, Hotter Neighborhoods, and How Trees Can Help
August 12, 2020
Vivek Shandas, Portland State University
Cate Mingoya, Groundwork, USA

Rx for Hot Cities: Urban Greening and Cooling to Reduce Heat-Related Mortality in Los Angeles and Beyond
July 8, 2020
Edith de Guzman, TreePeople & Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative
David Eisenman, MD, MSHS, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine & UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters
Larry Kalkstein, Applied Climatologists, Inc. & Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative

The Science and Practice of Managing Forests in Cities
June 10, 2020
Sarah Charlop-Powers, Natural Areas Conservancy
Clara Pregitzer, Natural Areas Conservancy
Rich Hallett, USDA Forest Service

Addressing Loss of Tree Cover in Urban Watersheds: The Importance of Local Codes and Policies
May 13, 2020
Karen Cappiella, Center for Watershed Protection
Lydia Scott, Chicago Region Trees Initiative

CommuniTree: A Model for Engaging Communities in Tree Planting and Maintenance Projects
April 8, 2020
Drew Hart, USDA Forest Service Daiva Gylys, Student Conservation Association

A Call to Action for Ash Tree Conservation and Resistance Breeding
March 11, 2020
Kathleen Knight, USDA Forest Service
Jennifer Koch, USDA Forest Service
Jonathan Rosenthal, Ecological Research Institute

Phytoremediation of Soils using Fast-Growing Trees in Vacant Lots and Landfills
February 12, 2020
Ron Zalesny, USDA Forest Service
Sam Eanes, The Greening of Detroit
Fai Foen, The Greening of Detroit

Investigating the Stormwater: Quantity and Quality Impacts of Urban Trees
January 8, 2020
Bill Selbig, USGS
Rebecca Dohn, City of Nashville

2019 Webinars

Scaling-Up Your Urban Wood Opportunities: A Role for Everyone
December 11, 2019
Kathryn Fernholz, Dovetail Partners, Inc.
Jennifer Alger, Urban Salvaged and Reclaimed Woods

Leveraging Outdoor Green Space for Improved Health
October 19, 2019
Michelle Kondo, USDA Forest Service
Elisa Sarantschin, The Schuylkill Center

Breeding and Restoring the Next Generation American Elm
September 11, 2019
Carrie Pike, USDA Forest Service
Leila Pinchot, USDA Forest Service
Charlie Flower, USDA Forest Service

Quantifying Rainfall Interception in the Urban Canopy
August 14, 2019
Jon Hathaway, University of Tennessee

Creating Equitable Career Pathways in Urban Forestry
July 10, 2019
Sarah Anderson, American Forests
Devon Buskin, The Greening of Detroit

Planning in the Wildland-Urban Interface
June 12, 2019
Miranda Mockrin, USDA Forest Service
Joe DeAngelis, American Planning Association
Molly Mowery, Wildfire Planning International

More Than Good Looks: How trees influence urban stormwater management in green infrastructure practices
May 8, 2019
Andrew Tirpak, University of Tennessee
Lyn Rutherford, City of Chattanooga, TN

Green Readiness, Response, and Recovery: Stewardship of natural resources in the context of disturbance
April 10, 2019
Jonathan Halfon, FEMA
Traci Sooter & Nancy Chikaraishi, Drury University
Lindsay Campbell, USDA Forest Service

2018 Webinars

Rekindling the Forest in Our City: A story of research, responsibility, and care
December 12, 2018
Kristen King, NYC Parks
Sarah Charlop-Powers, Natural Areas Conservancy
Erika Svendsen, USDA Forest Service

New Developments in Urban FIA: Forest Inventory, Landowner Survey, Wood Flows, and online app
October 10, 2018
Nancy Sonti, USDA Forest Service
Rebekah Zehnder, Texas A&M Forest Service

Construction Damage, Severe Storms, and Tree Failure Analysis
September 12, 2018
Eric North, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Larry Costello, University of California Emeritus & Oracle Oak LLC

A New Road to Funding Urban Forestry Projects through Carbon Credit Generation
August 8, 2018
Mark McPherson, City Forest Credits
Anna Mackey & Collin McMichael, TreeFolks

NUCFAC Highlights: Growing the managers of tomorrow's sustainable urban forests
July 18, 2018
Lisa Ortega, National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Cindy Blain, California ReLeaf
Susan Day, Virginia Tech

Emerald Ash Borer Cooperative Management: Ideal and in-practice
May 9, 2018
Robert Haight, USDA Forest Service
Jeff Hafner, Rainbow Treecare

Community Food Forests
April 11, 2018
Catherine Bukowski, Virginia Tech &
Ann Audrey, Linking Edible Arizona Forests (LEAF)

The Green Heart Project: Studying the impact of trees and green space on cardiovascular health
March 14, 2018
Ray Yeager, University of Louisville
Chris Chandler, The Nature Conservancy

Making Urban Trees Count: Quantifying and crediting stormwater benefits
January 10, 2018
Karen Cappiella, Center for Watershed Protection
Justin Hynicka, American Forests

2017 Webinars

Tree Selection for the 21st Century
December 13, 2017
Greg McPherson, USDA Forest Service

Integrating Trees into Stormwater Management Design and Policy
October 11, 2017
Chris Kaeff and Craig Frye, SD1, Northern Kentucky
Laurence Wiseman, CenterLine Strategy LLC

Adapting Landscape Plants, Policies, and Management to a Water-Limited Future
September 13, 2017
Tom Brown, USDA Forest Service
Heidi Kratsch, University of Nevada, Reno

NUCFAC Highlights: Cultivating and activating a natural infrastructure workforce
July 19, 2017
Lisa Ortega, National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Sara Lamback, Jobs for the Future
Dave Gamstetter, Cincinnati Parks

Citizen Science and Open Data in Urban Forestry: Opportunities and challenges
June 14, 2017
Lara Roman, USDA Forest Service
Deborah Boyer, Azavea

Tree Risk Assessments: Cutting edge science meets practical applications
May 10, 2017
Gregory Dahle, West Virginia University
Andrew Koeser, University of Florida Gulf Coast Research & Education Center
Mark Duntemann, Natural Path Urban Forestry

Smart Growth for Dallas: Leveraging GIS and local partnerships to drive urban forestry investments toward climate equity
April 12, 2017
Jad Daley, The Trust for Public Land
Robert Kent, The Trust for Public Land
Matt Grubisich, Texas Trees Foundation

Let Them Climb Trees! The decline of play outdoors and the rise of sensory issues
March 8, 2017
Angela Hanscom, TimberNook

Give Me the Numbers: How trees and urban forests really affect stormwater runoff
February 8, 2017
Eric Kuehler, USDA Forest Service
Aarin Teague, San Antonio River Authority

Integrating Experts, Communities, and Online Resources for Equitably Expanding Urban Tree Canopy
January 11, 2017
Angie DiSalvo, Portland Parks & Recreation
Vivek Shandas, Portland State University

2016 Webinars

Climate Change & Urban Environments: Adaptation through diversity
December 14, 2016
Leslie Brandt, USDA Forest Service
Justin Evertson, Nebraska Forest Service & Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

Unearthing Potential: Vacant land challenges, solutions, and opportunities
October 12, 2016
Kevin Schronce, City of Flint, Michigan
Amber Knee, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Michelle Kondo, USDA Forest Service

Revitalizing Urban Watersheds: Innovations from the 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

2015 Webinars

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

2014 Webinars

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

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