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…

Webinar: Engaging Community Residents in Heat Mitigation and Canopy Expansion

The West Mesa River Community Heat Action Project, a recent initiative of the Rio Reimagined partnership, focuses on addressing heat mitigation along the eastern reach of the Salt-Gila River corridor through Metropolitan Phoenix. The two-year project (2020-2022) engaged over 350 residents, 8 faith-based organizations, 15 social service organizations, and 34 local businesses, with more than…

Mitigating Urban Heat Threats through a Community-Driven Framework

Extreme urban heat disproportionately affects poorer and communities of color in Richmond, VA, which is tied to long-standing histories of marginalization (such as the practice of redlining). This places these communities at a heightened state of precariousness in the face of worsening climate extremes, such as more frequent heat waves. Consequently, cities must manage and…

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