Celebrating Every Kid in a Park

every-kipAs part of President Obama’s historic commitment to protecting our natural treasures and ensuring all Americans have the opportunity to experience our great outdoors, the Every Kid in a Park initiative gives fourth graders and their families free access to all of America’s public lands and waters for a full year. Now in the program’s second year, Every Kid in a Park is connecting hundreds of thousands of youth across the country to the great outdoors. 

Building on this work, today, we are thrilled to announce an inter-agency commitment to continue the program for the next five years and a new virtual reality video featuring the First Lady and Modern Family’s Nolan Gould. 

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Explore Urban Tree Diversity in Australia

Diversity in canopy structure
Diversity in canopy structure

The organizing committee for the 2nd International Conference on Urban Tree Diversity (Melbourne, Australia; February 22-24, 2106) has announced an extended call for 40 additional speaking opportunities.

The conference will explore all aspects of urban tree diversity… family, genus, species, location, perspective, and management.  Conference partners include: City of Melbourne, Arboriculture Australia, International Society for Arboriculture, University of Melbourne, and the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub.

The five plenary speakers include: Susan Day (Virginia Tech, US), Diane Pataki (University of Utah, US), Cecil Konijnendijk (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden), C Y Jim (Hong Kong University, China), Anne Jaluzot (Tree Design Action Group, UK)

Abstract submissions for oral presentations are being accepted until 23 October 2015.  Abstracts on all aspects of the benefits that trees provide in the urban landscape are welcome.

Visit www.urbantreediversity.org for additional conference information and http://urbantreediversity.org/submit-an-abstract/ for abstract submission.

Partnership Spurs Diversity Outreach Projects in Texas

YEARS AGO, John Warner, an urban district forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service and a longtime InterfaceSouth partner, recognized that landownership patterns in the southeastern part of the state around Houston were changing rapidly. Latino, Chinese, and Vietnamese families from Houston were moving to the interface and buying 5–20 acre tracts of forestland within his rapidly growing multi-county district. He realized that the agency was going to have to change its communication approach to reach many of these new forest landowners. “As an agency, we know how to communicate with traditional landowners,” says Warner. “However, outreach to different ethnic groups is something new for us.”

In 2007, an opportunity to reach these new landowners presented itself when Warner met Tamberly Conway, a graduate student in the College of Forestry and Agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University. Conway was working with Latino Legacy, a program established by the university and funded by the USDA Forest Service’s [USFS] More Kids in the Woods program to connect Latino communities with the public lands and forestlands in the Houston area through bilingual conservation education programming. (Conway has since been hired by the USFS as a conservation education specialist working remotely in Texas for the USFS’s office in Washington, D.C.).

 To view the full article and learn more about recent activities of the Centers for Urban and Interface Forestry, visit our latest issue of Leaves of Change at: http://www.interfacesouth.org/products/leaves/partnership-spurs-diversity-outreach-projects-in-texas/index_html