2012 Urban Forest Symposium @ UW Center for Urban Horticulture

Amnesty and the University of Washington are hosting the 2012 Urban Forest Symposium on Monday, May 14, from 9:00 am through 4:00 pm at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St.

The cost is $45 per person. Lunches are available at a cost of $15. Free lunch for the first 50 registrants, provided by Davey Tree Expert Co., Trees for Life, Thundering Oak Enterprises and Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc.

Register online at www.uwbotanicgardens.org, or print and mail or fax registration form and payment to:

  • UW Botanic Gardens, Urban Forestry Symposium Box 354115, Seattle, WA 98195-4115 Fax: (206) 685-2692

For more information contact: Jean Robins at 206‐685‐8033. To register use www.uwbotanicgardens.org

Sponsors of the event include the UW Botanic Gardens, Plant Amnesty, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, USDA Forest Service, the Northwest Horticultural Society and King County.

Mobilizing Volunteers for the Urban Forest

The 2012 Urban Forest Symposium will address the concerns of municipalities, NGOs and educational groups whose work involves volunteer planting and care for the urban forest. This year’s speakers understand what it takes to have a truly successful program. The keynoter, world renowned speaker and grassroots organizer Andy Lipkis, will take us on the inspirational journey from the founding of the Los Angeles’ Tree People who planted one million trees for the 1984 Olympics to the influential, 10,000 volunteer organization it is today.

Throughout the day representatives from a variety of non‐profit organizations will share what has, and what has not worked to motivate volunteers and secure funding. The technical track will cover how to avoid common problems with volunteer tree planting projects and how to set your project on track for long‐term success. It will also have the latest on best practices for tree planting.

The day’s activities include:

  • Keynote address by Andy Lipkis, founder of the Tree People of Los Angeles
  • Concurrent Sessions: Engaging Volunteers – the big picture. Joanna Nelson de Flores, Green Seattle Project Manager at Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy) and Mark Mead, Senior Urban Forester, City of Seattle Planting Projects. Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County Dept. of Natural Resources & Parks
  • Concurrent Sessions: Engaging Volunteers – an on the ground perspective. Nancy Whitlock, Executive Director of The Nature Consortium and Chris LaPointe, Volunteer Program Manager at EarthCorps Planting Projects. Linda Chalker‐Scott, Author, Associate Professor and WSU Extension Urban Horticulturist
  • Poster session – growing volunteer programs in a climate of change. Cindy Spiry, The Snoqualmie Tribe; David Warren, Vashon Forest Stewards; Matt Mega, Seattle Audubon; Gail Savina, City Fruit; David Kimmett, King County Parks and Linda Holman, Lake Forest Park Stewardship Foundation.
  • Small group discussion. Topic – Tree Preservation, regulation vs. incentive, what will work?
  • Panel discussion: Topic – fundraising and finance strategies in a recession. Nancy Whitlock, founder of The Nature Consortium; Cass Turnbull, founder of Plant Amnesty; Sarah Weigle, Student Conservation Association [invited]; Ken Pritchard, Grants Coordinator at King County Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks

The 4th Annual Urban Forest Symposium is funded in part by the USDA Forest Service, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Community Forestry Division and the Northwest Horticultural Society. Free lunches are supplied by The Davey Tree Expert Co., Trees for Life, Thundering Oak Enterprises and Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc.

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