Speaker Information

  • Bob Bell

    Supervising Program Manager
    Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

    Bob Bell is the Supervising Program Manager for Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Transmission Vegetation Management Program. He has a B.S. in Forest Science from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico. He is a Certified Arborist and Utility Specialist. Bob is Past President of the Utility Arborist Association, the Missouri Community Forestry Council, and Think Trees New Mexico. He is a past Director of the Midwest Chapter, ISA.

    Presentation Description

    Many utility companies harbor a deep secret. While they preach the virtues of Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM); some stretches of their critical electrical corridors remain overgrown. In 2007, PG&E determined that over 2000 miles of its critical corridors fit this description and required reclamation. The company discovered that in the minds of land agencies, communities and customers… change is not always good.

  • James Chatfield

    Associate Professor
    Ohio State University Extension

    Associate Professor, Ohio State University Extension, Department of Horticulture and Crop Science & Department of Plant Pathology. Three decades working with diverse audiences teaching and learning about tree care, tree problem diagnostics, tree selection, and now community forestry and the benefits of trees. Present hundreds of why trees matter and other tree-related programs in Ohio and around the U.S., Canada and overseas, as well as numerous writings for arborists and the general public.

    Presentation Description

    Due to a September 2010 tornado over 1000 large trees were lost at the Secrest Arboretum of The Ohio State University in Wooster, Ohio. Partnerships for renewal were profound: public donors, the green industry, student and youth groups, from six figure donations to single trees. A key was seven figure insurance recovery from a Lost Tree Inventory based on landscape value (ISA) and ecological audits (i-Tree). Two thousand new trees by September 16, 2012.

    The Secrest Arboretum of the The Ohio State University in Wooster OH has long held important collections of many woody plants including extensive collections of crab apple, yew, birch, a shade tree evaluation plot, and many other trees. On September 16, 2010 a 130 mph tornado stormed through the Arboretum with the loss of over 1000 trees greater than 6" dbh. The value of these plants, with an ISA landscape value of over $1.5 million, as well as the loss of environmental services of these trees was devastating. What came next , including the replanting of over 1000 trees within one year of the tornado (2000 planned in two years) is inspirational. Through partnerships with Master Gardeners (over $100,000 in cash and volunteer hours), green industry companies and organizations, youth groups from OSU and College of Wooster students (Tree Campus USA) to Brownies, this event has transformed the Arboretum outreach and connectedness to its numerous communities. From better understanding of trees for the public, to illustrating the value of inventories for the values of trees (including insurance recovery), even for bettering the science of tornado studies and the biology of natural disturbances, this natural disaster is teaching valuable long-term lessons.

  • Owen Croy

    Manager of Parks
    City of Surrey

    Owen Croy has a degree in forest science, supplemented by additional studies in landscape architecture and plant science. He is a Certified Arborist/Municipal Specialist, and has worked in the forest industry and the federal Plant Protection Service. Hired hired as the City of Surrey’s arborist in 1992, he has served since as the Manager of Parks for 17 years, responsible for a rapidly growing 6500 acre park system. He has serves on committees of several arboriculture organizations.

    Presentation Description

    The City of Surrey has a unique decade-old partnership with several non-profit organizations that are deeply committed to the stewardship of Surrey's urban forests and other natural areas. Learn how Surrey's staff facilitated the development of the Surrey Natural Area Partnership, how the program has grown over the years, the terrific accomplishments of SNAP, how the program is funded and what it takes to keep the partnership thriving and operating at peak performance.

    Facilitated by the City of Surrey's Urban Forestry Section, local community groups formed Surrey’s Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP) in 2001 to promote the stewardship of Surrey's urban forests. City staff assist partner groups in applying for grants to hire university students who carry out tree stewardship, habitat restoration, environmental education and environmental outreach. Students work with the community to reach their goals of restoring, enhancing and protecting Surrey's urban forests and work to increase awareness of these areas. A SNAP Coordinator works from the City's offices, where they direct the work of the SNAP's student employees and also direct a team of over 30 seasonal volunteers (Eco Rangers) who help to make the program a success by improving the health of nature in the city! This talk will focus on the methodolgy used in carrying out the initial community development work that brought various non-profit stakeholders together in the SNAP program, how the program was grown over time, and the ongoing efforts to sustain and nurture the partnership. The audience will gain an understanding of the key ingredients required to establish, grow and sustain a committed partners for the betterment of urban forests and natural areas.

  • Akeem Davis

    Mentor & Tree Planting/Maintenance Manager
    Urban ReLeaf

    Has been working at Urban ReLeaf for 12 years. As tree planting/maintenance manager he supervises volunteers during tree planting and maintenance events which includes watering, pruning, re-staking, and cleaning the areas around newly planted trees. He’s currently 23 years old, resides in North Oakland and attends Merritt College. My major will become business administration once he transfers to Cal State East Bay. He aspires to become a general manager in the NBA.

  • Jamal Davis

    Mentor & Events Coordinator
    Urban ReLeaf

    Has been working at Urban ReLeaf since 1998. In the past he was the tree care/maintenance manager. Recently his position has switched to event coordinator where he organizes tree plantings in public spaces. He currently attends Alameda College for an AA degree in Business Management and plans on transferring to Cal State East Bay to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Business. He plans on opening a night club for the Oakland young adult population.

  • Jan Davis

    Assistant Director
    USDA Forest Service

    Jan Davis serves as an Assistant Director on the Cooperative Forestry Staff in the State and Private Forestry Deputy Area of the USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC. She is the National Program Leader for the agency’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. Davis is a newly appointed Society of American Foresters Fellow. She is a Cum Laude graduate of Stephen F. Austin Arthur Temple School of Forestry in Nacogdoches, Texas.

  • Anne Fenkner

    Greenprint Regional Coordinator
    Sacramento Tree Foundation

    Anne Fenkner is a Greenprint Regional Coordinator with the Sacramento Tree Foundation.

    Presentation Description

    Fruit trees can have a great impact on the health of urban communities. The Sacramento Tree Foundation is developing a unique new partnership with the CA Department of Public Health to increase access to fruit trees and health education in our region.

    By working with the California Department of Public Health, the Sacramento Tree Foundation is able to connect to people with limited food budgets to increase their access to fresh fruit, make healthy choices when selecting what to eat and increasing physical activity for overall health and well being. This collaboration is allowing us to reach into the least affluent neighborhoods and communities to provide workshops that include cooking demonstrations, food tasting and fruit tree planting and care. At the end of the workshop, participants receive free fruit trees to help them grow their own fruit at home. This innovative partnership helps leverage the missions of both our organizations while empowering positive change in our neighborhoods.

  • Burnell C. Fischer, Ph.D.

    Indiana University

    Dr. Fischer is a Clinical Professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University, Bloomington. Fischer leads an interdisciplinary team of urban forestry/urban ecology researchers at the Center for the Study of Institutions, Population and Environmental Change. He also teaches courses in urban forestry and urban ecology.

  • Connie Gallippi

    Senior Policy Consultant
    Conservation Strategy Group

    Connie Gallippi is Senior Policy Consultant at Conservation Strategy Group, the premier environmental consulting and lobbying firm in California. Connie Gallippi provides lobbying and strategic consulting assistance to clients on state policy and funding programs related to sustainable communities. Connie has over 12 years of experience in the environmental field and extensive knowledge of California legislation in urban forestry, urban greening, stormwater management, land use planning, and climate change.

    Presentation Description

    This session will review a number of public policy and funding advocacy efforts in California. Attendees will learn about different opportunities to build urban forestry into policies and funding mechanisms, including efforts around water, climate, land use planning, transportation, and more. Session will cover tips on working with elected officials and agency staff, messaging and communications, coalition building, political strategy, and more.

    The speaker will present a number of different examples of how to build urban forestry into public policies and funding opportunities, including efforts around water, climate, land use planning, transportation, and more. Session will provide significant insight on building partnerships in these efforts by covering tips on working with elected officials and agency staff, messaging and communications, coalition building, political strategy, and more. Specifically, the speaker will share mini case studies on how urban forestry contributed to the following efforts:

    • Strategic Growth Council—a multi-agency council established to shift state government policies and expenditures towards sustainability objectives and assist local governments in planning and building sustainable communities.
    • Cap and trade program implementation—California’s climate change program is entering into its first year of receiving revenue from the sales of auction permits under a cap and trade program. The Legislature is determining how to spend the revenues on projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    • Arbor Week Resolution—officially establishing Arbor Week in state statute and launching a statewide campaign.
    • Regional and local sustainable communities planning—incorporating urban forestry into state mandated planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a regional and local scale.
  • Michael Galvin

    Director, Consulting Group
    SavATree—The Tree and Shrub Care Company

    Mike Galvin is the Director of the Consulting Group at SavATree, providing arboricultural consulting services to a variety of clients. He is a Registered Consulting Arborist and has worked in the NGO and public sectors. He is a 2011 winner of the ISA True Professionals of Arboriculture award and past reciepient of the TCIA Advancing Arboriculture and PatFelix Volunteer of the Year awards.

    Presentation Description

    Hardware and software systems are changing at a staggering rate. Licensing for proprietary systems is expensive and usually carries a steep learning curve. How do you know if you have invested in one that will give you a good return on investment? One way to answer this question is not to buy one. There are a number of free, web-based tools that can be used anywhere by anyone with a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. For many NGOs, these tools will address any data-collection situations to be performed by non-experts. As virtually everyone has internet access, they also provide excellent tools for collaborating over time and distance. We will demonstrate examples of how we use these tools for planning, field data collection, data analysis, and transmission of results.

  • Ian Hanou

    Owner, Principal
    Plan-It Geo, LLC.

    Ian Hanou will organize the panel and stakeholder group. He has a B.S. degree in Forest Management & GIS from Colorado State University and has developed, managed and executed over 40 urban forestry projects involving canopy cover assessment, ecosystem services analysis, management planning, implementation and goal setting. His network of contacts across the country includes local, state, and federal natural resource managers as well as non-profits, academic and industry partners.

    Presentation Description

    Canopy assessment is a widely used planning tool that inherently involves partnerships across disciplines and landscapes. A broad, diverse and unbiased panel will provide an update on the latest methods, tools, and approaches being used, discuss their challenges, successes, lessons learned, and highlight related resource & research needs. A supporting stakeholder group will assist in conducting a national survey beforehand. The panel will share the results and use them to help drive the topics that are presented.

    This panel discussion will avoid the “how to” of Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) assessment and instead share stories of implementing canopy results through partnerships, give tangible assessment options for communities of different sizes and demographics, discuss related federal or state initiatives, and identify needs of planners and resource managers. Experiences will include both GIS-based techniques and assessments using the i-Tree software suite. The panel and supporting stakeholder group includes local, state, federal, non-profit, private industry, and academic representation. A survey will demonstrate trends (tools, methods, and processes communities are using), technical assistance needs, and increase attendee engagement. The panel and stakeholder group will teleconference several times beforehand to discuss experiences, recommendations, needs and desired outcomes.

    The survey and panel will answer questions like

    1. What resources are available or needed to conduct and implement canopy assessments.
    2. What methods, products, & resources are available and valuable for setting canopy goals.
    3. What sustainable partnerships have canopy assessments helped develop to meet regulatory goals across disciplines.
    4. What policy and planning outcomes have been generated, using what products and strategies.
    5. What barriers in current government thinking and regulation still need to be addressed before canopy goals can be accepted by “the establishment”?
  • Dean Hay

    Director of Green Infrastructure
    The Greening of Detroit

    Dean Hay is the Director of Green Infrastructure at The Greening of Detroit, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting planting, environmental education and environmental advocacy in the City of Detroit. As Director of Green Infrastructure, Dean oversees program development and management, staff supervision, budgeting, grant writing and acquisition, with a budget of $1.2 million per year. Dean has a Masters of Landscape Architecture and 16 years of municipal, commercial and residential design experience. As an ISA Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist Dean has provided 10 years of consulting municipal arborist services in communities throughout Southeast Michigan as well as providing forest and resource management planning on public and private land. Dean has served as a member on the Greening of Detroit Board of Commissioners as well as being a planting volunteer since 1996. Dean currently serves on the Michigan Urban and Community Forestry Council that works to advance the conservation and maintenance of urban forests throughout Michigan. He also serves on the board of Moross Greenway Project, a 501c3 organization established to develop a natural landscape along Moross Road, an entry gateway along the eastern boundary of Detroit.

    Presentation Description

    The Greening of Detroit has implemented three Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants to establish New Growth Forests and Dendroremediation forests on vacant land throughout the City of Detroit. Shifting politics, city budgets, diverse neighborhood leadership, unknown site contamination loading and land availability are but a few of the many challenges our project managers have overcome. Flexibility, persistence and nurturing community partnership have proven to be the best planning tools in our arsenal. Emerging technologies in the development and monitoring of these specialized forest ecosystems will serve as an intensive model in Detroit and across the nation. Attendees will gain learn project management skills in adverse political conditions, technical knowledge of the development of stormwater and Dendroremediation forests, developing critical partnerships and community organization methods.

  • Andrew Hillman

    NYS Urban Forestry Council

    Andrew Hillman is a business developer for Davey Resource Group. As a senior consulting urban forester, Mr. Hillman assists municipalities, engineers, developers, universities, and non-profit organizations to develop and implement community forestry projects, including tree inventories, urban tree canopy assessments, i-Tree analyses, and tree preservation plans. Mr. Hillman has over 25 years of experience in urban forestry. Prior to joining Davey, he was City Forester for the City of Ithaca, New York. Before that he managed the urban forestry program for Oswego, New York. Mr. Hillman has served for many years on the ANSI A300 Committee which develops the national tree care performance standards. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist, is a Past President of the Society of Municipal Arborists, a current member of the SMA Executive Board, and an instructor at their Municipal Forestry Institute. Mr. Hillman is President of the New York State Urban Forestry Council.

  • Jennifer Hinrichs

    Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition

    SUFC is uniquely positioned to advance the Vibrant Cities initiative on multiple and complementary levels. As a convener of diverse interest groups around urban forests, green infrastructure, and healthier communities, SUFC has the collective expertise, resources and connections to ensure the Vibrant Cities vision is actively pursued and realized. To this end, the Partners Conference is an invaluable opportunity to report out and engage more partners in the initiative. The SUFC will have at least two co-presenters representing Vibrant Cities. Biographical information on each presenter will be submitted upon finalizing the session and discussion with the selection committee.

    Presentation Description

    Members from the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC) will introduce the growing Vibrant Cities initiative and explain how this inclusive, national movement has the potential and momentum to elevate efforts across the community forestry landscape and beyond.

    The presentation will include the following elements:

    1. Brief overview of Vibrant Cities (from the report recommendations and vision) AND the resulting movement to achieve this vision.
    2. Where the Initiative is NOW.
    3. Where is it going.
    4. What is needed to get it there.

    The presenters will use audience members to visually depict the extent of current stakeholder involvement as well as work to reach those in the room not currently engaged by self-identifying recommendation areas where they have an active interest. Vibrant Cities (both the report and advancing the larger movement) is the direct product of partnerships. These partnerships include the expected, logical collaborations we expect within the urban forestry and green infrastructure communities but also some that really push against more conventional thinking. While Vibrant Cities views a sustainable community through the lens of urban forestry, it provides a visionary image of urbanized areas that attracts city managers, economists, labor/job advocates, public health experts and many other sectors we need to successfully engage.

  • Tom Jacobs

    Director, Environmental Program
    Mid-America Regional Council

    Tom Jacobs is Director of Environmental Programs at the Mid-America Regional Council. He oversees regional efforts associated with green infrastructure, air and water quality, energy, and solid waste management. Tom has participated in national efforts associated with green infrastructure conservation with the USDA Forest Service, Transportation Research Board, National Association of Regional Councils and The Conservation Fund. He received Master's degrees in forest ecology from Duke University, and in environmental sociology from Cornell University.

    Presentation Description

    How can a metropolitan region advance a progressive community forestry agenda? This presentation outlines how a multi-agency partnership engaged stakeholders at the regional and local levels, and across multiple sectors (ie air and water quality, energy, land use, transportation). The initiative measured the value of forests using i-tree Eco, and then formulated a policy and planning framework to advance forestry and green infrastructure efforts – focusing on policy, planning, design, maintenance, and education/outreach.

    The Kansas City regional forestry assessment was built from a partnership among the USDA Forest Service, Missouri Department of Conservation, Kansas Forest Service, Davey Resource Group and Mid-America Regional Council. Collaboration and partnerships were elemental to every step of project development and implementation. Support by state agencies, from funding to technical support, complemented a collaborative process at the metropolitan scale lead by the regional council of governments. Initial i-tree model development (i-tree Eco, Hydro, and Grow Out) to assess to condition and value of the region's forests in a nine-county, 4,400 square mile area provided the basis for subsequent community conversations about how to best manage forest and other natural resources. Local stakeholders involved in an array of activities, directly or indirectly related to community forestry, were engaged in discussions about how forestry efforts might enhance related programs to conserve air and water quality, conserve energy, enhance multi-modal transportation plans, and support broader regional sustainability goals. Initial program outcomes include the (anticipated) adoption of a policy and planning framework for community forestry by the MARC Board of Directors. The framework supports both regional and local government efforts to substantially advance the practice of community forestry throughout the metro area.

  • Dana Karcher

    Market Manager
    Davey Resource Group

    Dana Karcher, Market Manager for the Davey Resource Group, works with communities to develop and enhance their urban forestry programs. With a background in non profit management and marketing, she applies those skills in assisting communities with unique solutions to their tree management issues. Ms. Karcher has a degree in Political Science, and is active in both municipal and utility arboriculture.

    Presentation Description

    Burbank California has a progressive, well developed urban forestry program. To take it a step further, they looked at methods to increase and measure the canopy of city owned trees. With the help of a consultant, they developed a "Report Card" that "graded" the tree canopy. By assigning letter grades, the City of Burbank was able to utilize their unique canopy study to develop planting and maintenance goals for their urban forest program.

    The City of Burbank California has a strong urban and community forestry program. The city's "Sustainable Burbank Commission" was created to advise and make recommendations to City Council on matters related to the implementation of the city's Sustainability Action Plan. This commission has set its sights on trees as critical to sustainability. Seeking to find a suitable methodology for community understanding and measurement of tree canopy, Staff developed the concept of a "Report Card" – a document that would assign letter grades to city maintained areas for tree canopy. This presentation will give background of the history of the Burbank program and the "politics of trees". It will examine the role of a committee, with very little background in trees, helping to drive the urban forest program and how they acquired that role. The presentation will also share the methodology for developing the report card including a layman's explanation of canopy studies, and how the grades were developed. Take away messages include how to the use a canopy study as more than a snapshot, how to measure canopy change in a unique and understandable methodology, and working through the politics of trees. The presentation highlights the unique relationship with the Sustainability committee, the long term relationship of the consultant and the city, and the use of the report card to promote urban forestry, strategic planting, and community involvement.

  • Brian Kempf

    Excutive Director
    Urban Tree Foundation

    Brian Kempf has worked to improve the quality of trees grown and planted in California for nearly 15 years. As founder and executive director of Urban Tree Foundation, Brian drafted the state wide tree specifications for nurseries that have become the standard for California. Brian speaks regularly to varying audiences regarding nursery trees, tree care and urban forestry funding. Brian received the 2011 Award of Merit from the West Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Brian received a degree from UC Davis in Geography with an emphasis in Regional Analyses.

    Presentation Description

    Dwindling state, federal and philanthropic dollars for public-benefit projects continues to create chronic funding challenges for urban forestry efforts. This presentation will demonstrate how strategic branding and marketing of urban forestry as a critical component to a broad array of projects can translate into successful opportunities in grant writing, program development and building non-traditional partnerships in the public and private sector.

    Urban Tree Foundation’s “From Bark to Bank” presentation will take attendees through a three-part process in which we will first address the issue of knowing your audience and the role this plays in soliciting funding your urban forestry project. We will speak to the need to brand urban forestry and its related benefits to the specific details of each individual projects. The next section will focus on multiple issue areas in which urban forestry can be the primary, secondary, or even tertiary element of multi-use, multi-benefit projects. Case studies will be included here to highlight how Urban Tree Foundation and others organizations have broken through traditional boundaries to secure urban forestry funding for infrastructure projects focused on stormwater management, river parkways, transportation enhancements, and environmental mitigation. Particular emphasis will be placed on the partnerships that were developed that made these projects successful. We will conclude with a quick summary of what needs to be in your “urban forestry toolkit” when seeking financial support for your project beyond the boundaries of traditional urban forestry. This includes tips on building on multi-agency partnerships, “framing” the role urban forestry plays in the project from the funder's perspective, and related references.

  • Geoff Kempter

    Asplundh Technical Services

    Geoff Kempter is Manager of Technical Services for Asplundh. He is currently a member of the ISA Board of Directors, and the ANSI A300 Committee. In the past, he has served as Chair of the ISA Certification Board, the TREE Fund Board, and as  Penn-Del ISA President.  He is the author of the ISA’s Best Management Practices Guide for Utility Pruning of Trees, and numerous other articles and publications. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan, and is a Certified Arborist.

  • Vicky Lawrence

    City Council; Tree Board Chair
    City of Libby, Montana

    Vicky graduated from Auburn University, Alabama, in 1971 with a BA in sociology and French. She spent 5 years in locations in Europe working in organic gardens, learning and acquiring an appreciation for plants. Since residing in Libby, MT, Vicky is a piano teacher and volunteer in many organizations, raised two daughters, and is now working on grandchildren. Vicky has been an active Tree Board member since 2005.

    Presentation Description

    Imagine almost every project in your town involving the EPA, because the soils are contaminated with asbestos and other hazardous materials. This community made national headlines when many of its residents became ill from exposure to asbestos. This presentation shows how much heart its residents have after being struck down and its progress towards creating a beautiful new park by seeking out available funds, strengthening existing partnerships, and forging new ones.

    With vision and determination, the City of Libby, Montana is working to transform an area of land that was bleak and virtually unusable into the pride of the town. Vicky Lawrence, an elected City Council official, founding Tree Board member, and resident of over 30 years in Libby, will take us through a brief history of the town and explain the development of the Riverfront Park project. Heavy in the mining and logging industry, many of Libby's residents worked either in the woods or in the local mines. Years later the impacts of exposure to asbestos have taken an unimaginable toll. The City of Libby is working to improve the image of the town through many beautification efforts, with tree planting at the forefront. Vicky will explain how the vision of the park began and various groups involved such as the Amish community, EPA, Burlington Northern Railroad, Montana DNRC and the Community Asbestos Memorial Project came together to make it all happen. Jamie Kirby of the MT DNRC will conclude the session with comments on the importance of partnerships and collaboration to help fund this effort and why Libby is recognized as a well-deserved Tree City USA community.

  • Gina S. Lovasi

    Assistant Professor
    Columbia University

    Gina S. Lovasi, an assistant professor in Epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, examines how modifiable built and social environments influence cardiovascular and pulmonary health. She received her PhD and MPH in epidemiology from the University of Washington. She works with the Built Environment and Health (www.beh.columbia.edu/about) project and the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health. She also co-directs the Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University.

  • Sarah Low

    Philadelphia Field Station Coordinator
    US Forest Service

    Sarah Low works for the US Forest Service as Coordinator of the new Philadelphia Field Station.  She focuses on bridging the gaps between policy, planning, and science, specifically as it relates to the interaction of people and nature.  Her passion for the natural world drives her interest in environmental conservation and community engagement.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Fish and Wildlife Conservation and a Master of Science in Watershed Science and Management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to taking the position with the USDA Forest Service, Sarah Low founded Strategic Nature, LLC, where she specialized in strategic planning around urban and community forestry, park planning, ecological restoration, and trail design. She has worked in ecological restoration, community forestry, and park management for over ten years and has worked for consulting companies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

    Presentation Description

    The competitive exclusion principle can be used to help us better understand why conflict arises between partnering organizations. The competitive exclusion principle tells us that no two species can occupy the same niche at the same time for an extended period of time without one out-competing the other. This theory can be applied to the competition between partner organizations who share similar missions and struggle to work together while also competing for resources such as funding, grants, donations, volunteers, and influence. This competition can result in slow progress on the initiative or environmental agenda at stake, a lack of cohesion among organizations and agencies, and a frustrated work force. During this presentation, we will offer recommendations on ways to prevent harmful competition from the beginning, deal with conflict as you move forward, build functional teams, cultivate trust, share resources, and, most importantly, get work done.

  • Edith Makra

    Community Trees Advocate
    Klehm Arboretum & Garden

    Edith Makra is Chairperson of the Illinois EAB Wood Utilization Team and a founding member of the Urban Forest Products Alliance. She led Illinois’s emerald ash borer readiness planning and helped secure significant resources to help communities manage it. In her previous work as regional Community Trees Advocate in Illinois and Urban Forestry Program Coordinator in Massachusetts she honed community outreach skills. Makra was Chicago Mayor Daley’s first urban forester and holds a B.S. in Forestry from University of Illinois.

    Presentation Description

    In the Midwest, emerald ash borer (EAB) is devastating urban forests causing problems beyond just the loss of ash trees. High volumes of dying trees create wood disposal woes. And the sudden loss of cherished trees stirs emotions. At the same time, growing interest in green building, sustainable cities and the “buy local” movement create opportunities to market useable forest products from felled trees. These conditions brought about successful partnerships in Michigan, Illinois and other Midwestern states. The Ash Utilization Options Project and the Illinois EAB Wood Utilization Team grew as collaborations among state and federal agencies managing invasive forest pests, conservation, and wood industry development; and local non-profit and government organizations and businesses. Both programs enjoyed local and regional successes such as the Rising From Ashes furniture show and the Urbanwood.org retail marketplace. But they joined together with Wisconsin to tackle larger hurdles—like barriers to green building markets. A USFS funded project soon led to the Urban Forest Products Alliance, a loose national dialogue called that is helping to connect other urban wood projects around the country. The presentation will demonstrate the growth of these partnerships and spark attendees to make connections in their own communities to consider full-circle urban forestry.

  • David Nowak

    Project Leader
    US Forest Service

    David J. Nowak is a Project Leader with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Syracuse, NY. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change, and its effect on human health and environmental quality. He has authored over 200 publications and leads teams developing software tools to quantify ecosystem services from urban vegetation (e.g., UFORE and i-Tree programs).

    Presentation Description

    The urban landscape is changing. Not only do the processes of urbanization alter surrounding rural landscapes, but within already established urban and community areas the amount of tree cover and types of trees are changing. Monitoring of tree cover in numerous cities and urban tree populations in Syracuse, NY, Baltimore, MD and Sacramento, CA will be presented to discuss how urban forests are changing and how city partners can work toward healthy and sustainable urban forests.

    One of the main goals of partnerships and collaboration in relation to urban forests is sustaining healthy and vibrant urban forests. However, there are numerous natural and human-made forces that are changing the urban forests as we know it. These forces include urban development, tree removals, tree planting, storms, invasive plant, invasive pests and natural regeneration. All of these forces combine to alter the urban forest through time and create the urban forest of the future. This presentation will present new data on how our urban forests are changing in the United States and ideas on various groups can partner with cities to develop sustainable management plans to ensure desired and healthy amounts of canopy cover for future generations.

  • Gretchen Riley

    Staff Forester
    Texas Forest Service

    Gretchen Riley, Staff Forester for Texas Forest Service, provides coordination and assistance for various urban forestry programs. She holds a Masters in Forestry from Texas A&M University and is an ISA Certified Arborist. She spent nine years as an ecological consultant in Florida, focusing on natural resource preservation and development mitigation. Gretchen is a folk artist and writer who likes to feature trees in various media.

    Presentation Description

    Urban forestry projects require vision that is often difficult to share with decision-makers. Learn how to create a clear picture of proposed plantings or downtown revitalization that may be incorporated into stakeholder meetings or documents to help others “see” your vision. CanVis visualization software enables users with minimal computer skills to create realistic simulations of proposed landscape changes using their own digital images. Examples of projects in Galveston and Port Arthur, TX will be highlighted.

    Partnerships and collaborations are about achieving mutual goals and vision. Vision is an image of how the future could look. Often there are only brief opportunities to share that vision with potential partners. Photos can help—after all, a picture tells a thousand words—and they are portable, meaning the vision can be passed to others and on again. But how does one get a photo of the future? CanVis visualization software allows the user to simulate future changes by adding trees, herbaceous vegetation, and hardscape to an existing photo. This presentation will introduce the free CanVis visualization software and provide a basic understanding of how to use it. The participant will gain insight into the potential uses of this software. Presenter will demonstrate the step–by–step process for a single digital image and showcase simulated tree plantings of Galveston and the revitalization of Port Arthur, TX.

  • Dr. Matt Ritter

    Professor of Botany
    Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo

    Matt Ritter is a botany professor in the Biology Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He is the author of two books including A Californian's Guide to the Trees among Us. He is also a contributing author to the second edition of The Jepson Manual (the flora of California) and The Flora of North America Project, is the chair of the City of San Luis Obispo Tree Committee, editor-in-chief of Madroño, the journal of the California Botanical Society.

    Presentation Description

    At Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, faculty and students in the Biology and Computer Science Departments collaborated to create a novel method for computer-based tree detection from readily available satellite images.  The process works by using an algorithm that filters images, labels pixels as part of a tree or not based on color sampling, and finally performs a canopy circle-fitting function. Using this method we are able to obtain accurate measurements of the number of trees, exact GPS locations of trees, and approximate canopy sizes of every individual tree in any given satellite image. We applied this method to detect and compare trees in numerous zip codes in the Los Angeles basin.  Our results show that there are significant differences in quantity and size of trees in different, yet closely located, zip codes. Larger trees and a greater number of trees is positively correlated with mean house values and mean resident incomes in different zip codes. This method has the potential to quickly and inexpensively provide a large quantity of valuable information about the number and quality of trees in urban areas.

  • Lydia Scott

    Community Trees Program Manager
    Morton Arboretum

    Lydia Scott is the Community Trees Program Manager at the Morton Arboretum. Her position at the Arboretum requires that she work collaboratively with the many municipal, regional landowners to provide information and assistance with respect to the care and planting of trees. She has nearly twenty years experience in the municipal setting as an Environmental Services Supervisor and working with partnerships. She served for more than 10 years on the Chicago Wilderness Executive Committee and is currently a member of the Chicago Wilderness Coordinating Council and Co-Chair of the Sustainability Team. She has been a president and vice president of the Special Recreation Association of Central Lake County and the Upper Des Plaines Watershed Partnership. She is a Board member of Conserve Lake County. She is currently completing her Masters Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois.

    Presentation Description

    The Chicago region is comprised of seven counties, 284 communities and more than 9 million people. There are urban, suburban and rural communities within this region—each with their own understanding and goals for the region’s forest. In 2010, the Morton Arboretum conducted a tree census to determine the state of the region's forest. The census provided the framework and baseline for the formation of a regional partnership on trees. The “Regional Tree Initiative” was formed by bringing together key forestry and environmental leaders from across the region with the objective to develop a plan that would improve the health, vitality and canopy of the region's forest. Key to the success of the Regional Tree Initiative are the committees tasked with review and implementation. These committees are also comprised of partners from across the region. Committees include policy, research, green infrastructure, industry and associations, community outreach, education and marketing. Participants in this session will learn how the Regional Trees Initiative was formed, the results of the 2010 Chicago Region Tree Census and who the key partners are with respect to decision making and how this important collaboratin will lead to implementation resulting in an increased, vital, healthy forest for the Chicago region.

  • Paula Short

    Montana U&CF Coordinator
    Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, Missoula, MT

    Paula Short spent seven years in urban and community forestry in Montana, including four as the Montana U&CF Coordinator. She has also been a commercial radio broadcaster for nearly 20 years. Paula has a BS in Forestry from the University of Montana and an MFA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University.

  • Dan Staley

    DCS Consulting Services

    Dan Staley is an urban planner specializing in green infrastructure on Colorado's Front Range. He studied urban forestry at UC Davis and specialized in urban ecology and environmental planning at the University of Washington, Seattle. Dan's recent papers explore green infrastructure solutions for solar power collection, the urban heat island, and sustainable street design. Dan is also a volunteer interpretive naturalist, sharing his love of nature’s processes nature with children and adults alike.

    Presentation Description

    As new techniques and polices are implemented to advance roadway design, practitioners are increasingly relying on woody plant material to meet design and environmental objectives, with these designs having varied outcomes on plant health. If properly planned for and maintained, urban trees in modern roadway and parking designs can effectively help mitigate transportation network externalities by their provision of environmental services. The benefits of healthy tree canopy in transportation networks far outweigh the costs and pay dividends many times over. This presentation details an innovative transportation network design solution set to effectively provide for green infrastructure needs in modern urban environments. This paper's solution set contains effective strategies across multiple scales and contexts to provide high quality green infrastructure in modern road and parking lot design. These recommendations include new municipal code language, useful visual aids, and design standards that can be implemented across scales. The audience will be able to advocate for designs and recommendations that will result in increased road safety, enhanced¬¬¬ aesthetics, reduced infrastructure conflicts, improved stormwater interception, and a transportation network that is supportive of community sustainability goals.

  • Scott Steen

    Executive Director
    American Forests

    Scott Steen joined American Forests as CEO in December 2010. Scott has expanded the organization’s efforts to protect and restore forests and raise public awareness of the significant environmental and social benefits of healthy forests and the mounting threats they face. Scott has refocused American Forests' mission, strengthened the scientific underpinnings of the organization’s work, rebuilt and expanded its urban forests program, and rebranded the organization to appeal to a broader and more diverse audience.

    Presentation Description

    Spotlighting Urban Forests Success Stories is based on a project developed by American Forests over the past year in partnership with the US Forest Service to generate public awareness about the benefits of urban forests. American Forests' CEO, Scott Steen, will make the presentation. The Success Stories will explore urban forest challenges that cities have faced and examine how partnerships, public policy and influential leaders have helped overcome those challenges. The presentation will help attendees gain an understanding of strategies to improve urban forests that have worked well in cities across the country, lessons learned from those strategies, and tools and criteria that are available for measuring the benefits of their urban forest. The successes of Ten Top Cities will be identified and documented using a method developed by American Forests to assess criteria reflecting the health and benefits of urban forests in some of the most populous cities in the country and to rank those cities with the help of a panel of knowledgeable partners. Materials that can be shared include a publication and 3-4 minute video on the Success Stories and a resource guide on tools to measure ecosystem services of urban forests.

  • Gregory Tarver, Jr.

    Director of Education
    Urban ReLeaf

    Gregory Tarver Jr. is a certified arborist, urban forester, educator, and doctoral candidate in the Nature & Society Geography Program at University of California, Davis. He received a B.S. degree in Natural Resource Conservation from the University of Montana in 1998, and a M.S. in Urban Forestry from Southern University and A & M College in Louisiana in 2005. His current focus is working with youth and young adults in urban forestry, arboriculture and urban environmental education to build community based capacity for civic-oriented environmental stewardship.

  • Bill Toomey

    Director Forest Health Protect
    The Nature Conservancy

    Bill Toomey is currently the Director of the Forest Health Protection Program for The Nature Conservancy. He has worked as an environmental consultant, as a Sr. Environmental Specialist for the City of San Jose managing the residential recycling and composting program and has served as the Executive Director of the Highstead Foundation and Arboretum. Bill received a B.S. in Biology from Fairfield University and a M.S in Soil Science and Ecology from North Carolina State University.

    Presentation Description

    Today many of North America’s trees and forests are needlessly being destroyed by non-native insects and diseases. Since 2006 the Continental Dialogue has been bringing together diverse groups to develop collaborative efforts to reduce the threat to our trees and forests from non-native insects and diseases. Learn how this national partnership’s work can help your efforts to maintain a healthy urban forest in your community.

    Today many of North America’s trees and forests are being destroyed by non-native insects and diseases. These invaders are removing entire species of trees from our forests and neighborhoods—threatening air, water, economies, and the quality of life in our communities. Since 2006 the Continental Dialogue has been bringing together diverse groups to develop collaborative efforts to reduce the threat to North American forests from non-native insects and diseases. The partnership focuses on minimizing new introductions of high impact non-native forest insects and diseases to North America; improving the effectiveness of detection and eradication systems in order to prevent the survival of newly introduced invaders; significantly reduce the spread of established populations of non-native forest insects and diseases; and increasing engagement by key constituencies affected by or that play a role in the arrival and establishment of non-native forest insects and diseases. Attendees will learn about specific initiatives that are being advanced including: prevention initiatives, the healthy urban tree initiative and the slow the spread Don’t Move Firewood campaign.

  • Teresa Trueman-Madriaga

    Executive Director
    Smart Trees Pacific

    Teresa Trueman-Madriaga has worked in the urban forestry industry for 20 years, received eight urban forestry awards, served on NUCFAC for two terms, Chairs Honolulu's Mayor's Arborist Advisory Committee, sits on numerous boards and in 2007 returned to school at the University of Illinois at Chicago for a graduate certificate in Emergency Management and Business Continuity. In addition to managing the urban forestry program in Hawaiʻi, Teresa is the Executive Director of Smart Trees Pacific.

    Presentation Description

    Hazardous events are on the rise and pre-storm planning is imperative, without it you're running blind. Few have adequate resources for storm response. This Forest Service NUCFAC awarded grant's goal was to develop an emergency operations planning toolkit for storm response. Three hundred sixty seven surveys and 70 interviews provided an exceptionally clear understanding of the expectations, requirements and recommendations for a document that could be useful to the industry.

    FEMA encourages States, local governments, private sector and non-profit organizations to take a proactive approach to emergency management. Urbanization is increasing in coastal areas at an alarming rate and the majority of Americans live in areas at a moderate to high risk of a disaster. Lesson learned from past storms and disasters have not created a sense of urgency. With more frequent and intense storms urban foresters must act now and plan for these events. This project started out as a quest to bring emergency management planning skills to the urban forestry industry. A one-size fits all emergency management template was abandoned early on. A hybrid document based on industry recommendations and standard operating procedures was requested. Extensive feedback from 367 survey responders and 70 interviews included everything from developing a wide range of communication tools; providing methods to deal with FEMA; developing templates for mutual aid agreements, contracts, checklists, safety protocols, vendor agreements, and response plans; understanding hazards; establishing training programs and practice drills; and training in ICS. As Thomas Munn, OH said, “The more you train and plan for disasters, the less you bleed in battle.”

  • Jim Zwack

    Director of Technical Services
    They Davey Tree Expert Company

    Jim Zwack has a B.S. in urban forestry from the University of Minnesota and an M.S. in tree physiology from Iowa State University. He is the Director of Technical Services at the Davey Institute. He has previously chaired the Education Committee for the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture, served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Commercial Arboriculture, and is currently the Chairman-Elect of the industry non-profit the TREE Fund.

    Presentation Description

    The emerald ash borer is a pest of historical significance. While EAB biology and devastation have been well-documented, less has been presented about how this pest brings diverse industry and non-industry groups together. EAB is an urban forestry problem, but it is also a social issue, an environmental risk, and an economic challenge on a broad and deep scale. This presentation will highlight 12 industry and non-industry entities, with emphasis on successful interactions and opportunities for future partnerships.

    The death of millions of ash trees caused by the Emerald Ash Borer is bringing diverse industry, and non-industry, groups together in new ways. It is the prevalence of ash, the tenacity of the pest, and the sheer economics of the problem that are forcing arborists to plan, engage, and act differently than before. The purpose of this presentation is to share how 12 industry and non-industry entities have become activated by the Emerald Ash Borer, and to explain what actions various members of these are taking to combat this problem. These entities include: Municipal foresters, mayors and community finance personnel, private arboriculture firms, universities, industry associations, utilities, consultants, non-government organizations, vendors/manufacturers, citizen groups, state/federal governments, and the media. References will be based on a broad view of Emerald ash borer experiences with emphasis on interactions between these entities, success stories, and opportunities for future partnerships. Listeners will gain insight into the challenges and opportunities presented by managing the emerald ash borer from some of the hardest hit regions of the country.

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