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Diversifying Our Urban Forest: People, Partnerships and Trees


We know the importance of our Urban Forest, but how can we prepare for a dynamic and resilient future while engaging diverse groups in the urban and community forests? As urban areas become more diversely and densely populated, our community forests become even more important for human health and biodiversity. What are some strategies we can use in planning, partnerships, and implementation to ensure the health of these forests?

Our esteemed speakers at “Diversifying Our Urban Forests: People, Partnerships and Trees” shall reflect the best thinking on these issues, informed by theory, research, and practice.

Thursday, June 1, 2017 8:00AM – 4:00PM

Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center in Portland, OR
4033 SW Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221


Keynote Address

Improving Human Health through Diverse and Healthy Urban Forests

Dr William Sullivan, Professor and Head of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois.

Dr. William Sullivan, researches the ways in which everyday contact with nature influences human functioning. Recently completed studies examined the results of everyday contact with nature on aggressive and violent behaviour, crimes and other anti-social behaviours, and on the strenght of social ties amongst neighbors in inner city neighborhoods.

Dr William Sullivan key research interests are: How do landscapes that we design, especially urban landscapes, impact the health and wellbeing of people?


URBAN FORESTS: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape.
Presenter and Author: Jill Jonnes
The history and stories of city trees in America from 1800 to 2016, told through the stories of the presidents, plant explorers, visonaries, citizen activists, and scientists who have passionately promoted the greening of our cities through two urban tree movements – first in the progressive era and second (after losses of so much urban canopy to Dutch Elm Disease) beginning in 1980’s and gaining momentum in an era when amazing science and technology is transforming our knowledge and approach to urban forests.
Jill Jonnes will be available to sign copies of her 6th book “Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape.”  Copies will be available for purchase.


25 years of Urban Forestry – a look back, and a look forward.
Presenter: Paul Ries – Oregon State University and Oregon Department of Forestry
Paul Ries will take us on a journey through the past 25 years of Urban Forestry, up to where we are today. This presentation will discuss how the views and values of the Urban Forest has shifted, to where we now look at managing this resource for the next 25 years.
Applying Systems Thinking to Urban Forestry – Putting your knowledge systems to work.
Presenter: Richard Reid
Since its inception the knowledge and application of systems thinking has increased exponentially.  Systems thinking allows us to explore why we experience the ‘here we are again’ feeling and design improved systems to help us move forward.  The intersection of trees, people and partnerships is complex.  Richard will present on how systems thinking is a powerful tool that can help guide us through.


Tree Diversity Panel (Moderated discussion)

Lea Wilson (City of Portland) – Conscientious Street Tree Planting
Martin Nicholson (Portland Parks and Rec at Hoyt Arboretum) – Preserving Tree Genetic Diveristy
John Goetz and Tori Yoder (Clean Water Services) – Understory Species increase
This panel will culminate in a discussion on the issues surrounding low urban tree diversity, and strategies available for increasing urban tree diversity and resilience. Questions and interaction from conference attendees is encouraged.
Equity Panel (Moderated discussion)
Noah Enelow (EcoTrust) – Jobs and Equity.
Jennifer Karps (City of Portland) – Planting Equity
Dr William Sullivan (University of Illinois) – Keynote speaker
The panel discussion will draw from each speakers aspect on the myriad of urban forestry benefits, and how these can be equally distributed across communities.  Questions and interaction from conference attendees is encouraged.
*Note – Continuing Education Units are pending with professional organisations.  These will be updated once confirmed.

We look forward to seeing you!

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