Due to the rapid pace of changes in technology and the influence of allied professions on the overall structure and health of urban forests, continuing education for today’s urban forest professional is more important than ever. Recognizing the need to stay abreast of the latest science and best management practices, the Forest Service Southern Region Urban Forest Program, and the Southern Group of State Foresters hosted a week long Urban Forestry Institute, early May in Nashville, TN.
The Urban Forestry Institute began in the 1990s when the Forest Service provided funding for the University of Florida to develop and deliver the Institute. The Institute included upper division and graduate level courses focused on urban forestry biology and culture, urban forest management and planning, and managing in the wildland-urban interface. This year’s Institute wove together the technology of urban forest inventory and assessment, with local land use planning and public policy to inform development of scenario-based urban forest management plans.
Professional planners, city foresters, and faculty from the University of Florida, Auburn University, Clemson University, Southern University, and Louisiana State University served as instructors. Over 40 participants from municipalities and state forestry agencies attended the workshop.
For more information contact: Eric Kuehler, firstname.lastname@example.org.