JOB:Executive Director - Trees Forever
The ideal candidate will provide vision and leadership to the board and team, and actively participate in development and fundraising. The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and serves as the primary liaison between staff and board. The Executive Director serves as a member of the Trees Forever Board of Directors and may serve as a Trustee on the Trees Forever Foundation.
Forest and Natural Area Stewardship During Covid-19 Date: December 1, 2020 @ 1:00-2:30pm Central Description: During COVID-19, forests and natural areas have provided important recreational and psychological respite to an expanded visitor base. At the same time, challenges have resulted due to this increased use both on the landscape and on those who manage them. Join us to discuss how land managers are handling this expanded interest and some of these challenges.
John Ball, Forest Health Specialist SD Department of Agriculture,
Extension Forester SD Cooperative Extension
Urban Forestry / Greenspace Management Survey
Do you manage urban greenspaces? We want to hear from you!
Dr. Rachel Schattman (University of Maine), Dr. Tony D’Amato (University of Vermont), and Dr. Eric North (University of Minnesota) are conducting a survey of urban foresters and greenspace managers. The purpose of the research is to understand urban managers’ perceptions of changing environmental and tree/forest health conditions, management decisions, and challenges to adopting new practices. You must be at least 18 years of age or older to participate in the survey.
We hope you will take the time to share your thoughts and experiences with us. The anonymous survey will take ~30 minutes to complete. We hope that you will participate, and we also encourage you to send this invitation to two or more colleagues.
Thank you in advance for your time,
Rachel Schattman, Tony D’Amato, and Eric North
Research Consent Information: http://agroecolab.com/irb-mcsten-urban (Please download a PDF version of this information for your records). Urban Forestry / Greenspace Management Survey
You are invited to take part in the research study “Do Urban Foresters Need Their Own Professional Credential?”, being undertaken by Oregon State University and the University of British Columbia. The purpose of this research is to understand how people working in the urban forestry field view the issue of credentialing, and if there is a perceived need for a specific Urban Forester Credential in some form.
This study (IRB-2020-0726) is open to anyone who self identifies as an urban forestry professional. The principal investigators and research contacts for this study are Dr. Paul D. Ries (email@example.com) of Oregon State University and Dr. Susan D. Day (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the University of British Columbia.
Urban Forestry Today Webinar Series Next Webinar: Title: Tree Biomechanics: Responses to Wind and Gravity Date: Thursday November 5, 2020 @ 11am Central Description: Dr. Karl Niklas, Cornell University, will discuss the science of tree biomechanics and detail how plants respond to everyday forces like gravity and wind.
Grants & Funding
Tree-Plenish - Building Sustainable Communities by Leveraging the Power of Youth
Do you know any high school students that are passionate about the environment? Tree-Plenish gives students the opportunity to make their schools more sustainable and is the perfect way to stay engaged during the COVID era. With Tree-Plenish’s financial and logistical support, you can plan a tree-planting event in your community to replenish the environment with the amount of paper that your school used during the past academic year. To learn more, fill out this short interest form and we will schedule a quick call!
Request for Applications for U.S. Forest Service Community Forest Program 2021 - Due January 11, 2021
The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program) of the Forest Service offers a unique opportunity for communities to acquire and conserve forests that provide public access and recreational opportunities, protect vital water supplies and wildlife habitat, serve as demonstration sites for private forest landowners, and provide economic benefits from timber and non-timber products.
Green Futures Program - Apply Now! Tree Trust's Green Futures Program provides funds to plant trees in public spaces around the metro area.
New Technical Guides and Videos for Urban Tree Monitoring from the USDA Forest Service
These guides are designed around the collection of longitudinal field data – tracking the fate of individual trees – and will enable urban tree professionals to assess mortality and survival rates, tree growth rates, vigor changes, and population size changes. Many cities and towns want to track the trees that they plant and manage, but are not sure how to get started. That’s where our products come in!
Urban Tree Monitoring: A Field Guide provides detailed field protocols for a limited suite of variables, including trunk diameter and location, which we call the Minimum Data Set. The Field Guide includes a cheat sheet and sample data collection sheet. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/60818
Urban Tree Monitoring: A Resource Guide provides in-depth discussion of tips and strategies for designing and implementing a monitoring project. The Resource Guide includes guidance about consistently defining “tree”, potential ways to expand beyond the Minimum Data Set, training field crews, and structuring longitudinal databases. https://www.fs.usda.gov/treesearch/pubs/60832
We also have five training videos that provide broad overviews of best practices for monitoring: