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Millions, Billions, and Trillions - Do You Have the Tools to Keep New Trees Alive?

Research field assessing tree health
The Nature Conservancy

Millions, Billions, and Trillions - Do You Have the Tools to Keep New Trees Alive?
October 14, 2020

Michelle Johnson, USDA Forest Service
Rich Hallett, USDA Forest Service
Rachel Holmes, The Nature Conservancy

To keep pace with the increasing impacts of climate change, people across the country are planting more and more trees – trillions of trees even. But how will you track these trees to make sure you get the optimal return on this investment of time and resources? Join us for a presentation and demonstration of Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities (HTHC), a free app and suite of resources developed in partnership by The Nature Conservancy and the USDA Forest Service. Drs. Michelle Johnson and Rich Hallett of the USDA Forest Service will share the science behind the HTHC non-stressor specific health monitoring protocol, talk about what you need to get started on your own tree health monitoring project - for new trees and/or mature trees – and describe an opportunity to have your data used to answer questions about the relationship between tree stewardship and health. Rachel Holmes of The Nature Conservancy will provide examples of how HTHC has touched down in cities across the country, and discuss new resources and enhancements available for training civic scientists to monitor tree health and detect pests using our app and dashboard, focusing on creative ways to leverage these tools to support your planting efforts this planting season and beyond.


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Millions, Billions, and Trillions - do you have the tools to keep new trees alive?

Part 1: The Science of Stewardship
Dr. Michelle Johnson
Research Ecologist
USDA Forest Service

Part 2: The Science of Tree Health Monitoring
Dr. Rich Hallet
Research Ecologist
USDA Forest Service

Part 3: Monitoring Standards in Action
Rachel Holmes
Urban Forestry Strategist
The Nature Conservancy


Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

Healthy Tree Healthy Cities website and app

Assessing the tree health impacts of salt water flooding in coastal cities: A case study in New York City

Citizen science and tree health assessment: How useful are the data?

Comprehensive methods for earlier detection and monitoring of forest decline

Why count trees? Volunteer motivations and experiences with tree monitoring in New York City

STEW-MAP in the New York City region: survey results of the Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project

Tree Health Training Videos on the USDA Forest Service YouTube Channel

Tree Health Metrics Factsheet