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Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series

The Forest Service Urban Forest Connections webinar series brings experts together to discuss the latest science, practice, and policUrban Forest Connections Webinar Series Graphicy on urban forestry and the environment. Our webinars are organized by themes into three mini-series per year.

For 2022, the themes are:

  • Racial equity and environmental justice (Spring 2022)
  • Mitigating urban heat (Summer 2022)
  • Climate change resilience and adaptation (Fall 2022)

Tune in every other month on second Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 2:15pm ET.

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Upcoming Webinar Series

Mitigating Urban Heat

Climate change will likely lead to more frequent, more severe, and longer heat waves during summer months. These extreme heat events often affect our most vulnerable populations first. Urban heat islands occur when cities replace natural land cover with dense concentrations of pavement, buildings, and other surfaces that absorb and retain heat. Trees, green roofs, and vegetation can help reduce urban heat island effects by shading building surfaces, deflecting radiation from the sun, and releasing moisture into the atmosphere. Join us for our summer webinar series addressing this important topic.

June 8th, 2022: Engaging Community Residents in Heat Mitigation and Canopy Expansion 

The West Mesa River Community Heat Action Project, a recent initiative of the Rio Reimagined partnership, focuses on addressing heat mitigation along the eastern reach of the Salt-Gila River corridor through Metropolitan Phoenix. The two-year project (2020-2022) engaged over 350 residents, 8 faith-based organizations, 15 social service organizations, and 34 local businesses, with more than 300 trees planted to date. In this webinar, Paul Coseo and Cecilia Riviere will share strategies and lessons learned from the multi-faceted project, which included social vulnerability mapping, tree inventory, community engagement, education, and implementation of urban canopy to cool local river neighborhoods. 

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+1 872-395-5961, 862045389#   United States, Chicago

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August 10th, 2022: Save the Date - More information coming soon!

Past Webinars