Free Urban Forest Connections Webinar: The Science and Practice of Managing Forests in Cities

The past few months have highlighted the importance of parks and nature in cities. Urban natural areas are critical as refugia, protecting biodiversity and mitigating the impacts of climate change all while contributing to the health and wellbeing of nearby residents. However, natural areas are threatened by development as city populations grow, and are susceptible…

Free Webinar: The Influence of Municipal Pruning Practices on Urban Forest Health and Storm Resilience

Municipalities across the U.S. are increasingly challenged to fund and perform systematic tree pruning activities that enhance urban tree health and longevity, maximize ecosystem service benefits, improve climate and storm resilience, and minimize public risk. Only (46%) of 667 U.S. communities surveyed in 2014 reported completing tree pruning on a systematic basis. Dr. Richard Hauer…

Greenspace Preservation in Distressed Communities

Dr. Cassandra Johnson, Research Social Scientist with the USDA Forest Service, will present research findings on the tension between distressed social conditions and environmental preservation in Atlanta’s South River watershed. Allen Doyle with the South River Forest Coalition will outline recent efforts the coalition has made to establish the “South River Forest,’ which could include…