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Widening the Funnel: Issues and Actions for Addressing Low Urban Tree Diversity
Monday, February 13, 2023, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST
Category: Events

Low urban tree diversity continues to be a challenge for urban forest management and community resiliency. This session will explore the activities that link tree supply from the nursery industry to the role of landscape designers in determining public tree diversity, which ultimately are managed by urban and municipal foresters. Urban forest tree diversity in a global and North American context will be presented, including the people and processes that influence diversity. Actionable steps will be provided to aid in expanding urban tree palettes. Summary findings from a series of national focus groups concerning urban tree stakeholders will identify themes that affect the work of municipal arborists and the ability to realize sustainable design goals related to tree selection and planting. Attendees will see how issues at multiple levels limits tree diversity.

After the session, attendees will:

  1. Be able to articulate ways in which low tree diversity can increase risk for a community in economic terms, in canopy coverage, and in human health and well-being.
  2. Identify the role of municipal arborists in promoting urban tree diversity along with allied professionals in the green industry.
  3. Articulate specific steps that can be taken – now and in the future – to respond to systemic processes that limit urban tree diversity.

This Learning Series webinar is approved for one (1) ISA CEU.

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