Preparing Urban Forests in the Boston Region for Climate Change

January 24: Preparing for Climate Change

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stratton Student Center
Cambridge, MA
Urban and community forestry professionals face the tremendous challenge of developing and implementing management actions that help urban forests respond to climate change. This session:
  • Provided information on the current and anticipated effects of climate change on the Boston region and its urban forests and natural areas
  • Described resources and tools that can be used to integrate climate change into urban forest management
  • Outlined adaptation concepts and strategies in the context of sustainable forest management
  • Highlighted real-world examples of adaptation projects 
This session was geared to municipal foresters, planners, parks managers, consulting arborists, nursery professionals, and others who are interested in learning more about adapting urban forests to climate change. 
January 25: Forest Adaptation Planning & Practices (limited space available)
Cambridge City Hall Annex
Cambridge, MA
This active, hands-on training was held for a limited number of participants. Urban forestry professionals and planners incorporated climate change considerations and identified actions for adaptation in their own real-world projects. 
This session was being organized by the Northern Institute of Applied ClimateScience, US Forest Service, USDA Northeast Climate Hub, USDA Northern Forests Climate Hub, The Trust for Public Land, City of Cambridge, MIT Office of Sustainability, Massachusetts DCR, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Counci
Download slides from Day 1 presenters here
Paul Kirshen, Professor and Academic Director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab, UMASS Boston
Julie A. Conroy, AICP, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Patrick Roche, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Shaun O’Rourke, Green Infrastructure Director, Trust for Public Land
Katie Theoharides, Director of Climate and Global Warming Solutions,MAExecutive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Leslie Brandt, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, US Forest Service
Leslie Brandt, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, US Forest Service
JarlathO’Neil-Dunne. Director, University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Laboratory
David Bloniarz, Research Scientist, US Forest Service
Bob O’Connor, Director, Division of Conservation Services, MA EEA
Erin Lane, Coordinator, USDA Northeast Climate Hub
David Lefcourt, City Arborist and Tree Warden, City of Cambridge
Updated January 11, 2018.