Urban Forestry Institute takes place in Nashville, TN

2013 Urban Forest InsititueDue 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, ekuehler@fs.fed.us.

2013 Urban Forestry Institute – Registration Deadline Extended Until April 26

Over 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban or urbanizing areas.  Change in land cover from agriculture and forest land to developed land increases the amount of impervious surfaces, loss of forest cover, stormwater runoff, and pollution levels for both air and water.  Urbanization in the United States is projected to continue to increase in the near future.  The Urban Forestry Institute (UFI) will provide the most up-to-date tools and techniques to address these issues related to urbanization and improve the planning, management of our built environments.

The UFI is a weeklong, intensive training workshop that will take place in Nashville, TN, May 6 – 10, 2013.  The workshop is designed to provide state agency foresters, municipal planners, and other related professionals working in natural resources with in-depth, current urban and interface natural resource management education and training.  This training will enable these professionals to better assist municipalities in planning to lessen the effects of changing land use and urbanization on the environment.  The Institute will include formal presentations and case studies from some of the leading researchers and practitioners in the urban forestry/urban planning field.  Focusing on urban forest adaptive management, planning, and technology, the workshop will walk participants through the urban natural resources planning process and provide abundant hands-on management plan writing exercises.

Target audience:  This institute is geared toward state agency foresters who provide technical assistance regarding urban forestry to local communities, allied professionals (i.e. horticulturists, landscape architects, municipal arborists, etc.), and community planners who have an interest in learning how to effectively plan and manage their city’s natural resources.

Location:  Holiday Inn Express Downtown, 920 Broadway, Nashville, TN; A limited block of rooms will be available for the Urban Forestry Institute for $107 per night from Sunday to Thursday night of that week.  The hotel offers a complimentary, full breakfast every morning.

Registration:  The registration fee is $275 per person. This fee will cover all training materials, lunches and breaks. You may register on-line at: http://treesvirginia.org/joomla/. Please register by April 26, 2013.

Continuing education credits:  Society of American Foresters – 32.5 Cat. 1 – CF; International Society of Arboriculture – applied for

For more information about the Urban Forestry Institute, visit the Trees Virginia website at http://treesvirginia.org/joomla/.