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NUCFAC Highlights: Growing the managers of tomorrow's sustainable urban forests

Arborists working on palms along a city street
West Coast Arborists, Inc.

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

The role of urban forests continues to expand as society recognizes the potential contribution of green infrastructure to global sustainability, human health, and quality of life. At the same time, new knowledge and technology are expanding urban forest management options. How will career and employment opportunities develop in this new and challenging environment? Cindy Blain will provide an update on recent work to integrate tree care jobs with urban forest community engagement and the complementary social, economic, and tree literacy benefits – especially in disadvantaged communities, which need tree canopy the most. Susan Day will present project findings from Urban Forestry 2020, a recently concluded research initiative investigating the state of the urban forestry profession. She will also share strategic recommendations relating to professional identity, networking, higher education, and student recruitment. Urban Forestry 2020 was made possible in part by funding from the U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant program. The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) sets the categories for this grant program based on the Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan and recommends to the Forest Service innovative urban and community forestry research and projects that should be considered for funding. Council Member Lisa Ortega will open the webinar with a brief overview of NUCFAC and its national research agenda.

Presentations

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National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council: Stewarding a vision for the future
Lisa Ortega
Interim Chair
National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

Integrating Tree Care Jobs & Urban Forest Community Activism
Cindy Blain
Executive Director
California ReLeaf

Urban Forestry 2020
Susan Day
Associate Professor
Virginia Tech

Resources

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026)
Developed by and for the urban forestry community, the plan provides specific goals, actions, and recommendations for improving the status of urban and community forestry for the United States and its territories. The plan also identifies research needs, messaging and communications needs, and innovative funding and collaborative opportunities for urban forestry initiatives.

Urban Forestry 2020
A website detailing the Urban Forestry 2020 project, including study findings, data visualizations, recommendations, and publications.

California ReLeaf: Green Jobs
This webpage provides information and links to the Merritt College Urban Arboriculture Program, as well as educational resources for potential job seekers.

Outside Careers
This website from the Tree Care Industry Association provides information on tree care careers with videos and links to promotional materials.

US Forest Service Resources

NUCFAC Highlights: Cultivating and activating a natural infrastructure workforce
This July 2017 Urban Forest Connections webinar explores the potential for green infrastructure projects to spur job creation.

National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC)
More information on NUCFAC, including current Council activities and past meeting notes.