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

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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

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


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.

Part II: Connecting with the Community will focus on the information provided by UTC assessments and how this new knowledge can inform strategic decision-making at the neighborhood level, as well as at state and regional scales. Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne will describe his UTC spatial analysis work, trends in UTC demand, and the value of high-quality data and products for informed decision-making. Ian Hanou will discuss examples of how UTC assessments are used and the impact of working directly with communities on their UTC information needs. Earl Eutsler will share how UTC information helped Washington, DC engage leaders and residents and focus resources on tree stewardship in under-served neighborhoods.

Presentations

Part I: Research Foundations

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Regional Forestry Initiative (PDF)
Tom Jacobs
Mid-America Regional Council

Increasing Urban Tree Canopy (PDF)
Morgan Grove, USDA Forest Service and
Dexter Locke, Clark University

Part II: Connecting with the Community

View the webinar podcast »

View the webinar transcript »

Urban Tree Canopy Assessment (PDF)
Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne
University of Vermont

Connecting Canopy & Communities (PDF)
Ian Hanou
Plan-it Geo

UTC Data Driven Strategies for Canopy Protection (PDF)
Earl Eutsler
Washington DC Department of Transportation