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Join us in Cleveland, Ohio

November 20-21, 2019

2018 Conference Agenda

date  Wednesday, Nov 7, 2018

  • 7:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Registration Opens
  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast With Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 08:30–10:10 a.m. Welcome to Orange County, California!

    Join Dan Lambe for his annual challenge speech and welcome addresses from national, state, and local partners.

    Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation | Beattra Wilson, USDA Forest Service | Ken Pimlott, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection | Clay Rogers, The Irvine Company
    Dan Lambe is the president of the Arbor Day Foundation, founded in 1972, which has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Dan leads the strategic development of programs and partnerships through which the Foundation strives to educate, recognize, and empower people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

    Beattra Wilson is the Acting Assistant Director of Cooperative Forestry at the USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC. As national program leader of the Urban and Community Forestry Program, she oversees program administration, strategy and partnership development for national, regional and state urban and community forestry programs. She holds degrees in Urban Forestry and Public Administration.

    Ken Pimlott is the Director of the California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and California state forester. Over his subsequent 29 years of service with CAL FIRE, he has held a variety of resource management and fire protection positions within the department. He served as co-chair of the 2010 Strategic Fire Plan Steering Committee and represents CAL FIRE on the California Fire Fighter Joint Apprenticeship Committee Board of Directors. He also served as past chair of the Council of Western State Foresters. Ken holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Fire Technology from American River College, a Bachelors Degree in Forest Resource Management from Humboldt State University, and is a registered professional forester.

    Clay Rogers is the landscape manager for the Office Properties division of The Irvine Company in Irvine, California. He and his team manage approximately 32 million square feet of landscape and an urban forest of 50,000+ trees. Clay is a certified arborist and proud alumnus of Cal Poly–San Luis Obispo.

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    How We Got Here: Reflections on Urban and Community Forestry in the U.S.

    In 1978, the USDA Forest Service and other partners convened the first National Urban Forestry Conference. The conference set the stage for urban and community forestry and led to many of the programs for research, technology transfer, and community assistance that we have today. As one of those original attendees, Jim has witnessed the evolution of this discipline over his 40-year career. He will share his experiences and insight about the growth and development of urban and community forestry in the U.S.

    James Clark, HortScience | Bartlett Consulting
    Since 1991, James Clark has been a principal with HortScience, Inc., an arboriculture and urban forestry consulting firm, now a unit of Bartlett Consulting. Jim is a co-author (with Nelda Matheny and Richard Harris) of "Arboriculture: Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs, and Vines." He has served on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Western Chapter of ISA, and the American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA). He is currently ASCA's representative to, and chair of, the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers.

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    Why Loving Trees Will Save Our Souls

    Our current global environmental crises, particularly climate change and deforestation, are the result of our culture being physically and mentally separated from the natural world. Gescheidt makes the case that we have plenty of knowledge. But we lack a different, critical component: caring. We will only protect what we love, so we must rekindle our personal, daily connection to trees. Join the discussion on why we can't just think of them as a valuable asset but feel as if our lives depend upon them -- because they do.

    Jack Gescheidt, Founder, The TreeSpirit Project
    Jack Gescheidt is an environmental artist, photographer, activist, and creator of the world's largest collection of fine art photographs dramatizing the vulnerability of trees and forests -- and the human beings whose fate is intertwined with them. His images support a mission: to raise awareness of the crucial role of forests in Earth's ecosystem as well as in our personal lives. Jack travels and speaks on how trees are not only essential ecologically to our planet, but also for the psychological, emotional, and spiritual health of its human inhabitants.

  • 10:10–10:40 a.m. Beverage and Networking Break with Exhibitors
  • 10:40–11:15 a.m. Invasive Forest Pests in California: Case Studies of Management Without Regulation

    Thousands of urban, woodland, and riparian trees in southern California have been ravaged by Fusarium Dieback, a new vascular disease of angiosperm trees, and the invasive shot-hole borers that vector them. This presentation -- hosted by the Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects and Diseases -- will cover the biology and management of the two species of invasive shot hole-borers that spread Fusarium fungi as well as the management challenges posed by the lack of regulations.

    Leigh Greenwood, The Nature Conservancy | Dr. John Kabashima, University of California Cooperative Extension Service | Kevin Turner, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
    Leigh Greenwood has worked for The Nature Conservancy's Forest Health Protection Program since 2007. Her work focuses on bringing stakeholders together to achieve common goals in forest health, including managing the international Don't Move Firewood campaign and Firewood Outreach Coordinating Initiative. Leigh has a Master of Science in wildlife biology from the University of Montana in Missoula.

    John Kabashima, MBA, Ph.D., is the Emeritus Environmental Horticulture Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension Service. John's research and extension programs have included the management of insects, diseases, and weeds in horticulture production systems and urban landscapes, biological control of exotic pests, water use and water use-related problems of landscapes, nurseries, municipalities and at the watershed level. John received his Bachelor of Science in agricultural biology from Cal Poly Pomona, and an M.S. in pest management from the University of California Riverside.

    Kevin Turner is working as a forester II for Cal Fire. Kevin retired from Cal Fire in 2010 but was soon hired by University of California Riverside to help coordinate the Goldspotted Oak Borer Project. In 2017, Kevin returned to Cal Fire, where he continued to coordinate invasive pest issues in Southern California. Kevin is a California Registered Professional Forester and a Licensed Pest Control Advisor. He received a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from California State University Fresno.

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    Rebuilding Communities Through an Urban Wood and Land Restoration Economy

    Since 2012, the USDA Forest Service has been working with municipal and nonprofit partners to catalyze a diversified urban wood economy using wood from the deconstruction of abandoned rowhomes and "fresh cut" wood from urban tree operations. Learn about the project that aims to divert wood from these two traditional waste streams and capture its value with the goal of creating a diversified regional wood economy that promotes sustainability, creates jobs – especially for people with barriers to employment – and improves lives.

    Sarah Hines & Dr. Morgan Grove, USDA Forest Service
    Sarah Hines has spent her career at the Forest Service linking scientists and scientific information with communities and decision makers. She works at local and regional scales to promote stewardship of everything from our National Forests to the local parks and forests in communities. She has worked for the Research & Development branch of the Forest Service in Philadelphia, Colorado, and Baltimore. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts in biological anthropology from Harvard and M.S. and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan.

    Morgan Grove is a social scientist and the Team Leader for the Baltimore Urban Field Station of the USDA-Forest Service. He has worked in Baltimore since 1989, with the Forest Service since 1996, and has been a Co-Principal Investigator in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) since its beginning in 1997. Morgan is the lead author for The Baltimore School of Urban Ecology: Space, Scale, and Time for the Study of Cities. He has a B.A. in Architecture and Environmental Studies, a M.F.S. in Community Forestry, and a Ph.D. in Social Ecology from Yale University.

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    The (Hazy) State of the Science on BVOCs from Trees

    Ronald Reagan once famously quipped that trees pollute. Though widely derided at the time, there is some truth in those words. But the topic of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) emitted by trees, and a contributor to smog formation, is still a hazy one. How do BVOCs contribute to smog? How serious is the problem? Are there species differences? What other factors matter? In this presentation, we'll cover the state of the science: what we know and don't know, and how we can use that information to make tree planting decisions.

    Kelaine Ravdin, Urban Ecos
    Kelaine Ravdin is an urban ecologist whose work focuses on recognizing and maximizing the role of nature in achieving sustainability. She has a background in urban forestry and landscape architecture and has pursued research in these fields as a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin and with the U.S. Forest Service. In her current work, she offers ecological and technological consulting to make our cities greener, more sustainable, and more environmentally sound.

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  • 11:25 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Lightning Round: Technology Reboot Session includes four 7-minute presentations on a single topic
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    Vibrant Cities Lab: One Year Update

    Vibrant Cities Lab ( was launched at the Partners conference in 2017 and has since been embraced as a dynamic, free resource that delivers urban forestry's vast expertise in a concise, easily navigated way to those who make decisions about urban tree canopy. This presentation will provide updates on new content that has been added over the past year and give examples from across the country of how the site is being used to advance the work of professionals in urban forestry and allied disciplines.

    Ian Leahy, American Forests
    Ian Leahy has been director of urban forest programs at American Forests since 2014. Through the award-winning Community ReLeaf program, he has developed and implemented a theory of change model that helps cities nationwide build capacity for managing their urban forests. He has also helped advance the national movement through such products as the Vibrant Cities Lab. Prior to this, Ian served as the state urban and community forestry coordinator for the District of Columbia and studied natural resources policy and management at Cornell University.

    Explore the Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit 2.0

    Concerned about your area's shrinking tree canopy? If so, you can work with community stakeholders to develop your own urban forest management plan using the Urban Forest Management Plan Toolkit 2.0. This free online Toolkit is a roadmap that will lead concerned citizens, elected officials, arborists, and municipal staff through the process of developing a site-specific plan. The new 2.0 version of the Toolkit, launched in 2017, represents a complete revision of the original website.

    Nancy Sappington, Inland Urban Forest Council
    Nancy Sappington is an ISA-certified arborist and a certified tree risk assessor. She has more than 20 years of landscape design and tree consulting experience, and she has written extensively about the landscape industry. Nancy serves as president of the Inland Urban Forest Council and represents the organization on the California Urban Forests Council. She is the 2014 recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award from the California Urban Forests Council.

    Using Technology to Tell Your Story

    In late 2015, Seattle's DOT deployed a Tree Collection App to its Urban Forestry Staff that utilizes ArcGIS Online and Collector for ArcGIS. The app allows field staff to maintain the 150K plus inventory on mobile devices while in the field. The presentation will cover benefits gained by engaging staff, interns, and volunteers to collect data; the challenges of maintaining data quality; and creating a story map to present the updated data in a way that conveys the benefits of the urban forest and the goals of Seattle's urban forestry team.

    Nolan Rundquist, Seattle Department of Transportation
    Nolan Rundquist has served as city arborist for the Seattle Department of Transportation for nearly 20 years. He served on the Society of Municipal Arborists' committee that established the Municipal Specialist certification for the International Society of Arborists (ISA) and has also served on the ISA Test Committee and the Nominations and Elections Committee. During his tenure in Seattle, the Urban Forestry Section has made great strides to manage and improve the street tree population, including an update of the street tree ordinance and creation of a Street Tree Manual.

    Teaching with i-Tree to Grow a New Generation of Tree Stewards

    Project Learning Tree (PLT) offers engaging and effective programs for young people to learn about the value of trees. One of PLT's newest resources, Teaching with i-Tree, helps students identify trees, quantify the benefits they provide, and role play as a land manager to solve real world landscape design problems. Teaching with i-Tree guides students through the use of a state-of-the-art online tool, which can be used in classrooms or nonformal settings.

    Esther Cowles, Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.
    Esther Cowles is responsible for the organizational management, strategic planning, and governance of Project Learning Tree, the environmental education program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Previously, Esther worked as a senior research associate with PEER Associates, specializing in strategic planning, organizational development, collaborative processes, and program evaluation. Esther has worked as an educator, program designer, and executive director in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years, with 17 years at New Hampshire Project Learning Tree.

  • 11:25 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Trees and Climate Action

    Trees--when included in climate action plans--can contribute to greenhouse gas reduction targets and urban heat adaptation strategies, provide social benefits and ecosystem services, and drive urban forest management funding. Local advocacy is built on climate science, remote sensing data, projected impacts of climate change, professional education, collaboration with action coalitions and environmental groups, and engagement with elected officials.

    Dr. Anne Fege, City of San Diego Community Forest Advisory Board
    Anne Fege, Ph.D., MBA, is chair of San Diego's Community Forest Advisory Board, Adjunct Professor at San Diego State University, and retired Forest Supervisor of the Cleveland National Forest. Anne's natural resource career spans urban forestry, habitat conservation, wildland fire science and education, wilderness management, nature education, and research management. She is a lifelong Girl Scout, quilter, backpacker, and touring bicyclist.

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    Telling a Tree's Second Story: Sacramento Tree Foundation's Urban Wood Rescue Program

    Sacramento, CA, is fortunate to have a canopy of mature trees. Sadly, that canopy is aging, and there needs to be a focus on growing the future canopy of the city. As that replacement occurs, another opportunity arises. Sacramento Tree Foundation has implemented its Urban Wood Rescue program to divert felled trees from landfills to create a new lumber market. Started in 2015, the program has built strong partnerships and introduced the organization to new audiences while creating an additional funding stream and meeting carbon goals.

    Bethany Hannah & Jennifer Szeliga, Sacramento Tree Foundation
    Bethany Hannah joined the Sacramento Tree Foundation in 2017 and oversees all aspects of its Urban Wood Rescue program. She is also the founder of The Smokey Generation, a project that shares stories about wildland firefighters. She is a former U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management hotshot firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician. Bethany has a unique background that meanders between wildland firefighting, consulting, teaching chainsaw workshops, and more. The common thread: she loves helping people and thrives on finding solutions to make this world a better place, even if it means going about it unconventionally.

    Jennifer Szeliga is the director of urban forest renewal at the Sacramento Tree Foundation and has been with the organization since 2015. She facilitates the Foundation's restoration work, nursery team and the Urban Wood Rescue program, weaving these efforts together to create the best urban forest in the nation. Prior to coming to the Tree Foundation, she spent more than 16 years working with the AmeriCorps NCCC. Jennifer received her bachelor's degree in environmental studies and master's degree in organizational management.

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  • 11:25 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Continental Dialogue Closing Session included with registration for the Continental Dialogue meeting
  • 12:00–1:30 p.m. Boxed Lunch included with conference registration
  • 01:30–04:30 p.m. Save Our Water...and Our Trees! Water is life. In recent years, California has been gripped by persistent drought conditions that impact every aspect of human activity in the state, including mandatory restrictions. Discover how those restrictions have led to innovative solutions for maintaining new and existing trees as well as the long-term challenges of using reclaimed water.

    The Irvine Ranch In the early 1960s, the Irvine Company drafted a sophisticated Master Plan to guide the orderly development of the entire Irvine Ranch property. The plan continues to provide a framework for measured, balanced, and smart growth.

    What's Bugging Us Now? Join local experts on an exploration of how invasive insect pests in Orange County are being managed, including research, education, treatments, and more.

    Tree Campus USA, Anteater Style! Join staff from the University of California–Irvine on a walking tour of campus to learn about the school's history, physical design, green infrastructure, and sustainability efforts.

    Made in the Shade This interactive session will combine a short film screening with panel and group discussions to solve common challenges associated with residential tree programs.
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. Partners in Community Forestry Networking Event included with conference registration

date  Thursday, Nov 8, 2018

  • 7:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Registration Opens
  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast With Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 8:30–10:00 a.m. Welcome to Irvine, California!
    Donald P. Wagner, Mayor, City of Irvine (invited)

    Tree Equity: Career Pathways

    Urban forestry is uniquely positioned in conservation to address socioeconomic inequality. Even more than other green infrastructures, trees can support every facet of people's lives. Yet we have not fully engaged these complex issues to develop replicable solutions. This presentation will look at tree equity holistically, exploring where we currently stand and how to address workforce and funding issues to improve underserved communities and the lives of those residing in them.

    Sarah Anderson, American Forests
    Sarah Anderson is founder & CEO of Lillie Leaf Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm that helps national urban greening stakeholders to develop new ways of addressing equity, access, inclusion, and justice in their work. Sarah's experience includes developing and administering national programs, managing constituent engagement for associations, and facilitating local and national professional development events. Most recently, Sarah serves as project lead for the Career Pathways initiative at American Forests. Sarah has a Bachelor's degree in Urban & Environmental Studies, a certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Master's degree in Public Administration from Bowie State University.

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    Inequity in Urban Tree Canopy: Current Patterns and Future Scenarios

    The distribution of urban tree canopy is often highly unequal across cities and metropolitan regions. This inequality has been related to socio-economic factors and legacies of development and underlying regional ecology. We will briefly present results of an analysis of continental scale patterns in urban tree canopy inequity within and among cities and metro regions using iTree Landscape. We will then illustrate how attendees can utilize this tool to conduct similar analyses for their own area of interest.

    Elliott Volin & Dr. Robert Fahey, University of Connecticut
    Elliott Volin is a graduate student in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. His research is focused on understanding continental-scale patterns in urban tree canopy and assessing drivers of inequity in urban tree canopy across socio-economic and biophysical regions.

    Robert Fahey is an assistant professor in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. His research is focused on better understanding how to promote resilience in urban trees and forests in relation to global change and other stressors. Bob has been involved in a number of urban forest-focused research projects including a lead role in the pilot Urban Forest Climate Change Response framework developed for the Chicago metropolitan region.

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    Evidence-Based Equity: Portland's Strategy for Expanding the Benefits of the Urban Forest

    Just plant more trees, right? Not so fast. Learn how Portland, Oregon, has built the case for a more equitable urban forest through canopy studies, an equity review of current planting programs, inventory of nearly 250,000 trees, and a year-long listening project to hear from historically underserved communities about the barriers to tree planting and maintenance. This evidence-based approach to expanding the benefits of the urban forest has resulted in new strategies, lasting community partnerships, and a few surprises.

    Angie DiSalvo, City of Portland Parks and Recreation–Urban Forestry
    Angie DiSalvo is the outreach and science supervisor with Portland Parks & Recreation–Urban Forestry, where she manages citizen science, policy, and education programs. Her work focuses on improving tree canopy where Portlanders need it most: right outside their front doors. Some of her recent projects include street and park tree inventory, planting strategy, heritage trees, and permit compliance. Angie holds a Master of Science in forestry and a Master of Education in counseling from Northern Arizona University as well as a Bachelor of Science in environmental science from Wright State University.

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    Coming to Terms with "Green Gentrification"

    Advocates for parks, open space, and urban forestry are increasingly confronted by legitimate concerns about "green gentrification." Sometimes those fears can put a stop to improvements in green infrastructure in disadvantaged communities that have not benefited historically from such investments. Revitalization efforts along the Los Angeles River provide case studies for how to authentically address concerns about "green gentrification" and develop policies, programs, and initiatives to help lift up communities in place and avoid displacement.

    Jon Christensen, University of California, Los Angeles
    Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, the Department of History, and the Center for Digital Humanities at UCLA. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies in the IoES, and a senior fellow in UCLA's cityLAB. He is editor of LENS Magazine and an advising producer for KCET/Link's "Earth Focus" programming.

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  • 10:00–10:30 a.m. Beverage & Networking Break With Exhibitors
  • 10:30–11:05 a.m. Island Life: Community Forestry From a Pacific Island Perspective

    Developing a community forestry program in the Pacific islands poses unique opportunities and challenges. Learn first-hand from state urban and community forestry coordinators and island partners about their priorities, cross-collaborations, and project goals. A focus of these presentations will be discussing collaborative approaches to working in culturally unique communities and their adaptation of existing tools to work in the Pacific island setting.

    Miranda Hutten, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region | Dr. Heather McMillen, State of Hawaii, Division of Forestry & Wildlife | Denis Sene, Jr., American Samoa Community College Department of Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources
    Miranda Hutten is the urban and community forestry program manager for the Pacific Southwest Region of the USDA Forest Service. Her goal is to further partnerships with states, cities, communities and nonprofit organizations to increase awareness of the importance of trees in sustaining healthy cities. Miranda is a graduate of the School of Environmental and Public Affairs at Indiana University with master's degrees in both natural resources management and applied ecology.

    Heather McMillen brings a passionate, biocultural lens to her work. She is broadly interested in how diverse perspectives can improve our understanding of our reciprocal relationships with nature and offer insights on thoughtful ways of living in the world. Heather just began a position as the Hawaii urban and community forester and previously worked as a U.S. Forest Service research social scientist with the New York City Urban Field Station. Her formal training is in anthropology (Ph.D.), conservation biology, and ethnobotany.

    Denis (DJ) Sene is from the island of American Samoa and is the current urban community forestry coordinator and acting forestry program manager for the Islands Forestry Program. He coordinates conservation education events, tree planting activities, watershed restoration, and more. DJ received his Bachelor of Science in natural resources and environmental management from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and is currently enrolled in Oregon State University's Forest and Climate Change Certificate Program, planning to receive his master's degree in 2019. He is an active member of many local environmental groups such as the Le Tausagi Environmental Group, Land-Based Sources Pollution Group, and the Governors Climate Change Task Force. During his free time, DJ enjoys hiking and spending quality time with friends and family.

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    Green Gentrification: Enough is Enough

    Recently, some urban forest nonprofits have been charged with "green gentrification" due to their work in underserved communities. This session will present various perspectives on how to address this hot topic and how solutions will require broader coalitions. Gentrification is a complicated issue, with most anti-displacement solutions found in the housing sector -- and rent control on a tree doesn't work! Come join this interactive session to discuss integrated, cross-disciplinary strategies so you're not caught off-guard on this issue.

    Cindy Blain, California ReLeaf | Viviana Franco, From Lot to Spot | Dr. Winifred Curran, DePaul University | Emi Wang, Greenlining Institute
    Since joining ReLeaf in 2014, Cindy Blain has prioritized urban forest programs that bring health and economic benefits to underserved communities that have low tree canopy. With coalition partners, ReLeaf has brought significant California Cap & Trade funding to urban forest programs and is currently partnering with the tree care industry on workforce development in California. Her experience includes six years at Sacramento Tree Foundation and 10 years at Tandem Computers. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University and an MBA from Georgia State University.

    Win Curran is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at DePaul University. As an urban geographer, her research has focused on understanding the effects of gentrification on the urban landscape, looking at labor, policing, education, environmental gentrification and the gendering of urban policy in New York, Chicago, London, and Mexico City. She is currently working on a book about gender and gentrification.

    Viviana Franco is the executive director of From Lot to Spot in Los Angeles. She founded the nonprofit in direct response to lack of green space and the quality of life impact in low-income neighborhoods. She has a Master's degree in urban planning from UCLA and 10 years of experience in community planning.

    Emi Wang is the environmental equity manager at the Greenlining Institute in Oakland, CA, engaging stakeholders around opportunities to access climate investments in communities of color and low-income communities, where the impacts of climate change and pollution hit the hardest.

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    Managing Tree Risk for Public Agencies

    The management of the risk associated with publicly owned trees is poorly understood. The goal of this session is to bring clarity to municipal tree managers' understanding of how tree risk is managed at the system level. In this session, attendees will hear about model urban forest programs in California that are defensible while maintaining the benefits that trees provide. There will also be a review of how the reduction of tree risks can be quantified to illustrate a proactive program.

    Michael Palat, West Coast Arborists, Inc.
    Michael Palat currently works as an area manager for West Coast Arborists, Inc., overseeing public agency contracts in San Diego County. He is also an associate faculty instructor of arboriculture at Mira Costa College. He is the current chairman of the San Diego Regional Urban Forests Council and is active in the Professional Tree Care Assoc. of San Diego as well as the Western Chapter ISA. He is also a current board member for Tree San Diego, a local nonprofit. Mike holds a bachelor's degree in parks and recreation management from California University of Pennsylvania.

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  • 11:15–11:50 a.m. Growing Partnerships: Building Urban Forestry Capacity in Small Communities

    This presentation describes a model for building effective public/private/nonprofit partnerships that results in successful and sustained community forestry at the local level. It simultaneously promotes the use of innovative urban forestry assessment tools in seven rural Michigan communities, while developing local capacity to implement best management practices (e.g. prioritized tree planting). This project represents a beginning-to-end community forestry project using modern urban forest management tools and community engagement.

    Melinda Jones, ReLeaf Michigan | Kevin Sayers, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
    Melinda Jones is the executive director of ReLeaf Michigan, a statewide nonprofit tree organization. Melinda previously worked in various management positions at DTE Energy, from line clearance foreman to director of catastrophic storms, before assuming the her current position at ReLeaf Michigan. She is a founding member and has served in various positions with ReLeaf Michigan over the past 30 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in forestry from Michigan State University and is a recipient of the Sharon Lilly Award of Distinction from the International Society of Arboriculture.

    Kevin Sayers has been the state urban and community forestry coordinator for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) since 2002. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with a master's degree in forestry. Kevin administers the state urban forestry program at the DNR in Lansing, which provides technical, educational, and financial assistance to communities and partners throughout the state. Prior to working for the DNR, Kevin worked in the tree nursery industry and with the City of Lansing.

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    A Risk Prioritization Approach to Urban Forest Management

    The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has shifted the standard for urban tree care from one prioritized by the public (through service requests) to one that integrates modern tree risk assessment practices into a comprehensive urban forest management program. This presentation will provide an overview of the process through which this innovative program was developed and implemented .

    Jennifer Greenfeld, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
    Jennifer Greenfeld is the assistant commissioner of forestry, horticulture, and natural resources for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (NYC Parks). In this role, she protects, restores, expands, and manages New York City's urban forest, natural spaces, and green infrastructure. Over the last 20 years at NYC Parks, Jennifer has led critical efforts to plant, care for, and study the urban forest of New York City.

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  • 11:15–11:50 a.m. Lightning Round: Outreach & Engagement session includes four 7-minute presentations on a single topic
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    Improving our Understanding of Neighborhood Tree Planting Preferences

    Findings from a 'plant your street' observational study exploring public preferences for tree selection and planting are reported. Using eight selected species of trees, categorized as fruit-bearing, flowering, climate-adaptive, or carbon-capturing, participants were invited to place trees on their own residential lot and adjacent lots in a game. Results suggest preferences for the various types of trees through their selection, placement, and remarks offered by participants.

    Dr. Nora Davis, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
    Nora Davis is a research social scientist at the Pacific Southwest Research Station, based out of the Los Angeles Center for Urban Natural Resources Sustainability. She has a Ph.D. in social ecology from the University of California–Irvine. Her current research focuses on the relationship between humans and the environment, and she is currently working with local government, nonprofits, and schools to develop research on preferences and messages related to urban tree canopy, urban nature and health, and a large-scale analysis of emotions in natural areas.

    Using Community-Based Social Marketing to Engage Residents in Caring for Newly Planted Trees

    How can you get residents to water and care for their newly planted tree? Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Urban Center, TreePeople was able to utilize community-based social marketing (CBSM) to develop and test two strategies for resident engagement in tree care in an environmental justice community. This session will share an overview of the CBSM methodology, the process and outcomes from the pilot, and an update on how Koreatown Youth and Community Center is adapting the materials for use in another neighborhood.

    Rachel Malarich, Koreatown Youth and Community Center
    Rachel Malarich is the environmental services manager for Koreatown Youth and Community Center. She has been working in urban forestry in the Los Angeles area for more than a decade, focused on serving and increasing tree canopy in high-need communities. She engages deeply on urban forestry policy issues facing the area, particularly through the City of Los Angeles's Community Forestry Advisory Committee. Rachel is also a Street Tree Seminar board member, an ISA-Certified arborist, and the former director of forestry for TreePeople.

    Get Your Message Out! Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively

    Are you reaching the right audience to have the greatest impact managing our forests and other natural resources? Tools for Engaging Landowners Effectively teaches you a simple six-step process that can help you leverage your resources to successfully reach a larger, more diverse audience than before. Through this process, you learn techniques to identify your target audience and create outreach materials and plans that speak directly to the issues they value, resulting in better implementation of your program goals.

    Malia Nanbara, State of Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife
    Malia Nanbara is the statewide service forester for the State of Hawaii Division of Forestry and Wildlife. She works with the private landowner forestry assistance programs throughout the state, including the Forest Stewardship Program, the Hawaii Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, and the Forest Legacy Program. She has a degree in environmental studies from University of California Santa Cruz.

    Plant Protection at Public Gardens

    The Plant Protection Program of the American Public Gardens Association delivers activities and resources that engage public gardens in forest health protection and plant conservation. We partner with the USDA-Forest Service to provide member gardens customizable interpretive materials designed to be displayed in public green spaces, along with outreach materials targeted to young audiences through our Plant Heroes™ youth program. We will give an overview of our programs and highlight ways for organizations to make use of these resources.

    Marisol Mata, American Public Gardens Association
    Marisol Mata became the Plant Protection Program Coordinator for American Public Gardens Association in October 2017. Her work includes developing and coordinating the Sentinel Plant Network training workshops (a USDA-APHIS partnership), creating outreach and education materials for the Plant Heroes™ youth program, and developing forest health initiatives to increase public awareness on the consequences of pest and pathogen introductions (a USDA-Forest Service partnership). Marisol was born and raised in Tucuman, in northwestern Argentina. She holds a Licentiate Degree in Biological Sciences from the Universidad Nacional de Tucuman, and most recently earned her Masters in Science in horticulture at North Carolina State University.

  • 11:50 a.m. –1:00 p.m. Plated Lunch included with conference registration
  • 1:00–1:35 p.m. Maryland's Work2Live WELL: A New Workforce Development Program

    Maryland's Work2Live WELL (Water, Environment, Land, Life Skills) program is an eight-week workforce development and skills accelerator program that provides entry for unemployed, underrepresented, and underserved youth into natural resources career fields. It is administered through Maryland Department of Natural Resources. This presentation will focus on the forestry and tree care training provided to Baltimore City youth.

    Marian Honeczy, Maryland Forest Service
    Marian Honeczy has worked at Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service since 1992, first as a regional urban forester and now as supervisor of the Urban & Community Forestry Program, where she oversees the implementation of four urban forestry laws. She is also responsible for the agency's volunteer program and for achieving the urban tree canopy goals of the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Agreement and the 2013 Forest Preservation Act. Marian received a Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture from Rutgers University.

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    Where Are You on the Urban Forestry Program Continuum?

    Building and sustaining an urban forest program within a local government is one of the most challenging and rewarding opportunities in our profession. The underlying theme of trying to build a better urban forestry program is one of capacity. This presentation will demonstrate the effective usage of the Urban Forestry Program Continuum tool by using case studies to explore how various communities have successfully built their programs, added capacity, and advanced their programs.

    Josh Behounek, Davey Resource Group
    Josh Behounek is the coordinator of urban forestry services for the Davey Resource Group throughout the Eastern U.S. and an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri. Josh is an ISA-certified arborist and a municipal specialist and is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. He is on the ISA Test Committee, is past-chair of Missouri Community Forestry Council, and has participated in three Tour des Trees events. He has experience inventorying, climbing, planting, pruning, mulching, spraying, writing about, and hugging trees.

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  • 1:00–1:35 p.m. Lightning Round: Tree Inventory session includes four 7-minute presentations on a single topic
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    Finding the Magic (and Opportunities) in Your Urban Forest Inventory

    In recent years, powerful software for data analysis has been developed in the business world. These tools can be used for ill (ahem, Facebook!) but they can also be put to use in benevolent and exciting ways that benefit the urban forestry community. In this presentation, San Francisco's recent street tree inventory will be used as an example to explore how a "big data" tool can help you dig deeply into your inventory and uncover exciting new information.

    Kelaine Ravdin, Urban Ecos
    Kelaine Ravdin is an urban ecologist whose work focuses on recognizing and maximizing the role of nature in achieving sustainability. She has a background in urban forestry and landscape architecture and has pursued research in these fields as a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin and with the U.S. Forest Service. In her current work, she offers ecological and technological consulting to make our cities greener, more sustainable, and more environmentally sound.

    Street Tree Inventories: Balancing Data Needs and Data Quality

    This presentation reports on data quality from three types of street tree inventories conducted to inform municipal tree management: traditional field-based surveys by experts, citizen science inventories conducted by nonexpert volunteers, and virtual surveys conducted remotely using Google Street View imagery. Each survey contains error and uncertainty, particularly for more detailed data values requiring more expertise to collect accurately. Ideas for conducting simpler inventories that still meet data needs for management will be outlined.

    Dr. Adam Berland, Ball State University
    Adam Berland is an assistant professor of geography at Ball State University. He studies the patterns and drivers of change in the spatial distribution of urban trees using field data and geospatial technologies. Dr. Berland holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota.

    The Stumps Project: Master Gardeners as Citizen-Scientists in Urban Forestry

    Measuring the extent of wood decay in urban trees is a useful metric in urban forest management, but only limited information is available. Surveying stumps of recently removed trees for wood decay could provide a fast, albeit non-random, sampling scheme. In this project, Master Gardener volunteers were trained to systematically evaluate stumps for wood decay, and use an on-line form for "stump-side" data entry in the field. We will share preliminary results and the management implications of using volunteers collect this data.

    Dr. Igor Lacan, University of California Cooperative Extension
    Igor Lacan is a University of California Cooperative Extension Advisor for the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in urban forestry. Focusing on urban trees and urban water, Igor develops research projects on emerging issues in urban landscapes, and produces extension materials that transfer findings from the University of California and other academic sources to the practitioners, while serving as a technical resource for landscape professionals, planners and architects, local governments, and tree-focused non-governmental organizations. Igor holds PhD, M.S., and B.S. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!).

    Modeling Urban Palm Populations to Estimate Potential Losses From Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle

    The coconut rhinoceros beetle is a large beetle native to southern Asia that has recently been discovered in Hawaii. If introduced and established in the U.S. mainland, this palm-killing insect poses a major risk to urban palm populations in the south and west. Communities where palms dominate the street tree population are at particular risk. We model the abundance of street palms across the southern and western U.S. to estimate the potential losses that state and local governments may face from this pest.

    Mark Ambrose, North Carolina State University
    Mark Ambrose received his Master of Science in forestry from North Carolina State University, with a focus on growth and yield modeling and tropical forests. Since 1999, Mark has worked at NC State doing cooperative research with the USDA Forest Service's Forest Health Monitoring Program. He has focused on discerning long-term trends in forest mortality and analyzing patterns of tree diversity in urban forests.

  • 1:45–2:20 p.m. Healing Our Earth and Healing Our Veterans

    This presentation will showcase the creation of an arboretum at McGuire Veterans Hospital to serve as a healing landscape. The arboretum had two primary purposes: to revitalize an impaired landscape and heal disabled veterans. The partnership with the hospital included hiring veterans to design the arboretum. This project was one of several to restore the health of the Goode's Creek Watershed. The arboretum was dedicated by Congress to honor the founder of the POW-MIA program, Phyllis E. Galanti.

    Karen Firehock, Green Infrastructure Center, Inc. | Lara Johnson, Virginia Department of Forestry
    Karen Firehock directs the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) which maps, conserves or restores natural resources in both wild and urban landscapes to create more resilient communities. She has authored numerous green infrastructure books such as Strategic Green Infrastructure Planning: A Multi-Scale Approach. She is a faculty member at the University of Virginia and has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Management as well as a master's degree in environmental planning.

    Lara Johnson is an urban and community forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry, working with groups to develop goals and projects for community-based forestry across Virginia. Prior to working for the Department of Forestry, Lara worked as a GIS consultant and an urban forestry specialist in Virginia. She holds bachelor's degrees in environmental science and environmental planning and policy as well as a Master of Science in forestry, all from Virginia Polytechnic and State University.

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    Why the Experience of Tree Inventory May Be More Valuable Than the Data

    We know urban tree inventories provide valuable data to guide management, but a unique inventory project in New Mexico's historic districts is demonstrating how the inventory process can provide additional value through psychological and social experience. This inventory method goes beyond the typical 'snapshot in time' inventory to connect with trees through culture, history, and community values. This connection helps us better understand our relationship to the urban forest over time, establishing sustained support for community trees.

    Amy Bell, Groundwork Studio | Jennifer Dann, New Mexico State Forestry
    Amy Bell is principal of Groundwork Studio, a landscape architecture firm focused on site design integration and community building through strengthening sense of place. Amy's goal as a landscape architect is to improve the connections we have to our surroundings in order to improve ecological literacy, resiliency, community, and stewardship. Amy holds a master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of New Mexico, is a licensed landscape architect in New Mexico and Texas, and became an ISA-certified arborist in 2015.

    Jennifer Dann is the urban and community forestry program manager for New Mexico State Forestry, working with communities statewide on education, planning, and management related to community forests. She has a master's degree in environmental management and planning with an emphasis in urban forestry and is an ISA-certified arborist.

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  • 1:45–2:20 p.m. Lightning Round: Municipal Forestry session includes four 7-minute presentations on a single topic
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    Tree Board Members: Who Are They? Why Should We Care?

    Come hear the results of the first-ever national tree board member census. With the assistance of the Arbor Day Foundation, an online survey link was sent to Tree City USA tree boards. Survey questions covered demographics, training and orientation, motivations for serving, and other factors. This presentation will summarize the data, describe the trends it reveals, and discuss challenges for the future of participatory democracy in the form of tree board involvement.

    Dr. Paul Ries, Oregon State University
    Paul Ries directs the Graduate Certificate in Urban Forestry Program at Oregon State University, where he teaches online courses in urban forestry and arboriculture. He is the principal consultant at Insightful Nature LLC, a natural resources consulting, communications, and training company. Paul holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in natural resources and a Doctorate in educational leadership. He has more than 30 years of experience in the natural resources and urban forestry fields and was president of the International Society of Arboriculture in 2017-18.

    Growing Relationships for a Greener Future

    The City of Detroit has seen decades of decline and disinvestment, leading to the reduction of budgets, workforce, and ultimately the delivery of service. This general lack of resources has translated into skepticism and distrust of basic organizational functionality. As the city transforms with renewed energy, the Forestry Division is using the Mayor's tree planting initiative to actively work to combat negative perceptions, build trust, and develop strong resident advocates for the future.

    Todd Mistor, City of Detroit
    Todd Mistor has a degree in forestry from Michigan State University and has worked for the City of Detroit for more than 10 years. Urban areas and urban living have always been been of particular interest, and Detroit has been a dynamic laboratory for observation and experimentation.

    Clueless! How Many Employees Does it Take to Build an Urban Forestry Program?

    This presentation intends to inspire communities by sharing the City of Rock Hill's successes and challenges in developing its urban forestry program. The completion of several small projects with grant funds created momentum with minimal impact on the city's budget. These projects and funding led to new opportunities and diverse collaboration, bringing new tools and resources to the city's forestry program.

    Matt Clinton, City of Rock Hill, SC
    Matt Clinton has 21 years of professional urban tree experience, including 10 years as a park supervisor over grounds maintenance. In his 13 years with the City of Rock Hill, Matt has supervised development projects totaling more than $18 million, including the expansion of a 12-acre garden and 250-acre outdoor recreation center. Matt has a Bachelor of Science in forest resources with a minor in urban forestry from Clemson University and is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture, Trees South Carolina Board, and Katawba Valley Land Trust Board.

    This American Forest

    "Today on This American Forest, our theme is Using Native Trees to Diversify the Urban Forest...." In a fun take on the radio program This American Life, this session will be presented in the style of a radio interview. We will present some of the history behind what trees are classified as native to an area and the basic concepts of ecosystems and urban ecology. Strategies will be presented on how, when, and where native species can be successfully incorporated in urban landscapes.

    Dr. Eric North, University of Nebraska–Lincoln | Graham Herbst, Nebraska Forest Service
    Eric North is an assistant professor of practice at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he teaches classes in arboriculture, dendrology, tree biology, and urban forestry. Currently, his research is focused on the resilience of urban trees to urban environments. Eric is a local tree board member, a founding member of Brewing a Better Forest, an ISA-certified arborist, vice president of ISA's Arboriculture Research and Education Academy (AREA), a member of the ISA Science and Research Committee, and a lover of trees.

    Graham Herbst is a native Nebraskan and graduate of the Horticulture Program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. After working in the landscape and arboriculture industries, he moved to the Nebraska Forest Service to promote innovative urban forestry projects as the community forestry specialist for eastern Nebraska. Graham loves growing trees and food at home, connecting people and information through social media, and bringing the family out to plant trees and explore each corner of the state.

  • 2:30–3:05 p.m. Projects and Programs for New Funding from Carbon+ Credits

    Finding funding streams for urban forestry projects is a constant struggle. This session will present an overview of urban forest carbon credits, followed by descriptions of a planting project in Austin, TX, and a preservation project in King County, WA. Presenters will describe evaluating a project, steps to implementation, and opportunities and challenges for larger-scale programs.

    Mark McPherson, City Forest Credits | Thais Perkins, TreeFolks | Charlie Governali, King County, WA
    Mark McPherson is a Seattle lawyer and business person who has been active in urban forestry for many years, including participation in the Urban Forestry protocol working group at the Climate Action Reserve in 2013-14. He drafted the first conservation easement for the City of Seattle Heritage Tree Program and was given a Founder's Award by PlantAmnesty of Seattle for his legal work in many cases involving urban trees. Prior to forming the nonprofit Urban Forest Carbon Registry (dba City Forestry Credits), Mark practiced law, managed a business, and co-founded a website. Mark has a law degree from Harvard.

    Thais Perkins is the executive director of TreeFolks, Central Texas's urban forestry nonprofit. Her background includes an M.S. in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University and published ecological research from the Douglas-fir forests of Oregon and the cypress-tupelo swamps of southern Louisiana. She has extensive experience in environmental regulatory policy from her work at the City of Austin's Watershed Protection Department, and in nonprofit leadership and management. Thaïs also serves on the ACTrees Advisory Board.

    Charlie Governali is a Land Conservation Projects Manager at the King County Department of Natural Resources & Parks. He and his team are working to advance a 65,000 acre land conservation initiative for the Seattle metro area and surrounding rural and resource lands. Previously, Charlie was an analyst and environmental projects manager at a global farmland and forestland investment management firm. He also conducted grant-funded work on ecosystem services modeling and natural infrastructure for water at the World Resources Institute and Stanford's Natural Capital Project. Charlie's academic training is in Ecology, with research focuses in forest disease dynamics and ornithology, and field experience across several continents.

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    Planting for the Future: Diversity in Urban Forests

    Diversity in urban forests has been a primary concern as nonnative pest and changes in climate reduce the size and function of our urban forest, yet creating a diverse forest has been difficult for many communities. Dutch elm disease spurred many communities to diversify, and emerald ash borer serves as a reminder that diversity is not a set-it-and-forget-it endeavor. This presentation will use tree inventory data from urban and rural communities to develop a diversity framework beyond a simple list of species to plant.

    Dr. Eric North, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Eric North is an assistant professor of practice at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where he teaches classes in arboriculture, dendrology, tree biology, and urban forestry. Currently, his research is focused on the resilience of urban trees to urban environments. Eric is a local tree board member, a founding member of Brewing a Better Forest, an ISA-certified arborist, vice president of ISA's Arboriculture Research and Education Academy (AREA), a member of the ISA Science and Research Committee, and a lover of trees.

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  • 2:30–3:05 p.m. Lightning Round: Youth Programs session includes four 7-minute presentations on a single topic
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    Partnering With the Next Generation

    The Baby Boomer generation of professional arborists are retiring in large numbers, which provides an opportunity to prepare the next generation of arborists. One approach to doing this is creating a nonprofit/arborist/student partnership. Professional arborists provide leadership and financial stability within a nonprofit structure for students to gain experience in urban forestry. Students, in turn, create their own educational organizational structure for leadership and job experience opportunities, integrated with the nonprofit group.

    Cheryl Elgersma, Your Children's Trees @ University of California at Santa Barbara | Ken Knight, Your Children's Trees
    Cheryl Elgersma is President of the student-led urban forestry organization, Your Children's Trees, at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), serving the UCSB campus and delivering educational outreach to the larger Santa Barbara community. Cheryl will graduate in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Sciences.

    Since 2014, Ken Knight has served as volunteer president of Your Children's Trees, a 501 (c)3 nonprofit urban forestry organization serving Santa Barbara County. Between 2001 to 2014, Ken served as executive director of Goleta Valley Beautiful, an urban forestry and educational nonprofit responsible for planting and caring for more than 4,000 trees in public places. Ken has also been an independent registered consulting arborist, providing expert consulting services to more than 300 clients.

    Career Day Presentations: Urban Forestry Is Not Just a Job!

    Career day presentations can encourage young people, but giving a career day presentation is more than just telling kids what you do. It's also about selling urban forestry and inspiring young people to be more aware of their local environment and their own urban forests. Even if they don't become urban foresters, a talk on career day can spur them to learn more about urban forestry. A great career day talk will also create a new generation of advocates and supporters of urban forestry.

    Walt Warriner, Warriner Associates
    Walt Warriner works as a consulting arborist in Hawaii and southern California. He works with municipalities, developers, and contractors in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world to preserve mature trees during development. Aside from preserving specimen trees, Walt's goal is to encourage younger generations to play an active role in protecting our environment. He's a certified arborist, registered pesticide applicator, pest control advisor, qualified tree risk assessor, and certified urban forester. His education includes agriculture, accounting, and landscape architecture.

    Green Careers in Green Spaces

    Are you thinking about how we nurture the next generation to enter green careers? Providing youth with first-hand experiences in green jobs can inspire them to become stewards of our trees and forests, and help to nurture an enduring connection to nature. Project Learning Tree's newest unit, Green Jobs in Green Spaces, is designed for use with high school-aged learners and may be used in a variety of settings.

    Esther Cowles, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.
    Esther Cowles is responsible for the organizational management, strategic planning, and governance of Project Learning Tree, the environmental education program of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Previously, Esther worked as a senior research associate with PEER Associates, specializing in strategic planning, organizational development, collaborative processes, and program evaluation. Esther has worked as an educator, program designer, and executive director in the nonprofit sector for more than 25 years, with 17 years at New Hampshire Project Learning Tree.

    A System for Training Youth to Prune Lots of Trees

    Ten thousand trees have been planted in Syracuse since 2010. That is a lot for a city of 140,000 people and 34,000 street trees. With large cohorts of trees becoming newly established, the need for first and second pruning cycles is urgent, especially for structural pruning of shade trees. This presentation will discuss how the Parks Department collaborated with the Onondaga Earth Corps to train young adults to prune 2,500 young trees to high professional standards and incorporate this work with other community-based stewardship programs.

    Taveon Stenson, Onondaga Earth Corps
    Taveon Stenson is an Assistant Crew Leader for Onondaga Earth Corps, a youth conservation program that engages youth in hands-on community and environmental service learning projects in Syracuse, NY. Crew members participate in urban forestry projects, such as tree inventories, neighborhood outreach, tree planting, and tree care.

  • 3:05–3:30 p.m. Refreshment & Networking Break With Exhibitors
  • 3:30–5:00 p.m. The Los Angeles Urban Center: Advancing Social and Ecological Resilience

    The Los Angeles Center for Urban Natural Resource Sustainability functions through a partnership between the USDA Forest Service, City Plants, the City of Los Angeles, and the California Department of Forestry. The center serves as a research and information destination hub, guided through its executive oversight committee and input from stakeholder engagements. Learn how it thrives through a story of 'we,' with a shared crafting of priorities, strategic direction, and programming with partners on the executive team.

    Dr. Patricia Winter, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station | Elizabeth Skrzat, City Plants
    Pat Winter is a research social scientist with the Pacific Southwest Research Station. She has a doctorate in psychology from Claremont Graduate University. Her research is focused on increasing environmentally responsible actions, managing natural resource recreation opportunities for a diverse public, trust between publics and managing agencies, perceptions of and reactions to risk, and increasing socioecological resilience.

    Liz Skrzat is the executive director of City Plants, a nonprofit that works with the City of Los Angeles to plant and distribute 20,000 trees each year. She has dedicated much of her professional life to environmental causes and started with the program in 2012. During the past six years, Elizabeth worked to bring City Plants into the 21st century and diversify its revenue sources. She has played a principal role in raising $19 million for tree planting in Los Angeles.

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    Social Impact Bonds and the Urban Forest

    The most common financing tool used by cities for capital improvements is the municipal bond, approved by citizens and backed by the power of local taxation to repay the loan. But what if you could use this same bond market for improving--not just the physical environment of your city--but its social fabric? In Baltimore, "social impact bonds" are being evaluated to expand urban wood reclamation, while offering skills training to inmates in a pre-release program in order to improve their chance of success after leaving prison.

    Todd Appel, Quantified Ventures
    As Chief Operating Officer for Quantified Ventures LLC, Todd Appel leads client delivery across all Quantified Ventures business verticals. Todd joined Quantified Ventures from IBM, where he was a leader in the IBM Smarter Cities Initiative, structuring complex projects to improve delivery of government health, transportation, public safety and education programs through predictive data analytics. He led strategy and business development for IBM's entry into the intelligent transportation market, and also led a global deal structuring team. Todd holds a Masters Degree in International Development from Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California-Berkeley.

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    Why Should a Guitar Company Care About the Urban Forest?

    Taylor Guitars was founded in 1974 and has grown into the leading global builder of premium acoustic guitars. An industry innovator, Taylor is dedicated to the pursuit of best practices in forest management, new models of reforestation, and bringing ethically harvested tonewoods to market. With international experience in combining sustainable wood sourcing with community development, the company is now turning attention to the urban forest as a way to bring awareness to a home-town audience about the importance of sustainable practices.

    Scott Paul, Taylor Guitars
    Scott Paul is the Director of Natural Resource Sustainability for Taylor Guitars in El Cajon, CA.

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  • 5:00–6:00 p.m. Listening Session: Workforce Development in Urban & Community Forestry

    Your national urban and community forestry coalition--the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC)-- is focused on ensuring ongoing support, protection, and sustainability of the field. Recently, several SUFC Members have started workforce development initiatives and partnerships to address the shortage of skilled workers in urban and community forestry. Join SUFC for a dialogue on workforce development in our field, and voice your ideas to help advance our common agenda.

    Paul Ries, SUFC Co-Chair | Gerry Gray, SUFC Co-Chair & Utah Division of Forestry, Fire & State Lands | Brigitte Orrick, The Davey Tree Expert Company | Ian Leahy, American Forests | Sarah L. Anderson, Lillie Leaf
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