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The United States will become increasingly urbanized in the coming decades. As a result urban forests will become essential to counteract the negative impacts of urbanized, nature-poor environments.  This places urban forest managers and allied partners on the frontline of protecting and growing this critical resource in ways that ensure that communities are equitable, livable places into the future.

This years’ conference seeks presentations that address the critical threats to and interventions for sustainably managed urban and community forests.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborations across municipal departments, non-profits, or agencies that integrate trees into the planning, management, and rebuilding of infrastructure
  • Impact of a changing climate on management practices
  • Disaster preparedness and response
  • Latest research on environmental and public health benefits of urban forests
  • Managing urban heat islands
  • Use of urban forest inventory analysis to guide management and engage the public
  • Creative solutions to fund the urban forest

Proposal Details

Proposal Form: Complete the on-line form on the SMA website. Include all pertinent information about yourself and any co-presenter(s). Be sure to fill out all the spaces on the form. Only electronic submissions through the SMA on-line submission page will be accepted.

Learning Objective: All submissions must include a learning objective that conveys the presenter’s intent of what the attendees should learn from the presentation. When writing learning objectives use active verbs such as implement, evaluate, prepare, solve, identify demonstrate, discuss. Avoid verbs such as know, understand, or learn.

Session Format: Although PowerPoint presentations are common, other presentation formats are encouraged. Indicate the format of your presentation and any equipment needs.

Session Length: Presentation length should be 30 to 45 minutes with up to an hour for panel sessions. Workshops can be up to 4 hours in length. Length of sessions may need to be adapted to fit overall program.

Useful Information for Potential Presenters Proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm EDT on March 31, 2018. Successful presenters accepted for the program will be notified in April, and the conference program will be finalized in May.

Please direct questions about the call for presentations/workshops to Stephen Harris at sharris@syrgov.net

SMA Speaker Policy: It has long been a tradition at SMA that speakers are not paid an honorarium, reimbursed for travel, or given reduced registration rates. Most speakers have been from the field of urban and community forestry and have seen speaking at the Annual SMA International Urban Forestry Conference as a way to give back to their professional association, share their knowledge, and interact with their peer colleagues. As a non-profit association, SMA has been able to keep conference attendance costs down for our members due to the dedication and generosity of our speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors.