November 15: Preparing for Climate Change
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 will:
- Provide information on the current and anticipated effects of climate change on the Twin Cities region and its urban forests and natural areas
- Describe resources and tools that can be used to integrate climate change into urban forest management
- Outline adaptation concepts and strategies in the context of sustainable forest management
- Highlight real-world examples of adaptation projects
This session is 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.
November 16: Forest Adaptation Planning & Practices
This active, hands-on training will be held for a limited number of participants. Urban forestry professionals and planners will incorporate climate change considerations and identify actions for adaptation into their own real-world projects.
This session is being organized by the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science, US Forest Service, the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee, the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Leslie Brandt - Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science & US Forest Service
Leslie serves as coordinator for the Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework. She has led trainings for the general public and urban forestry professionals on climate change impacts and adaptation in the Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Philadelphia, and Twin Cities regions. She also coordinates the Central Hardwoods Climate Change Response Framework in Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri and is currently involved in a climate assessment for the state of Indiana.