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Green Readiness, Response, and Recovery: A Collaborative Synthesis



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General Technical Report - Proceedings

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Northern Research Station


Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-185. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 358 p.


A collection of case studies, interviews, and personal reflections inspired by a national workshop, Green Readiness, Response, and Recovery: A Collaborative Synthesis includes lessons learned from a diverse group of practitioners and researchers about the ways in which environmental stewardship has served as a catalyst for revitalizing communities. Its focus is on practical solutions from various sectors on how to best prepare for, respond to, and recover from disturbances. The book contains a wide range of examples, including social and environmental disturbances and disasters, urban and rural geographies, and various modes of action, from small nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to government agencies. This volume is a shared endeavor by the USDA Forest Service and the TKF Foundation as they work to understand, cultivate, and celebrate the persistence of community, nature, and the human spirit.

Foreword: The value of stewardship in times of recovery
Foreword: Invaluable resources
Response, recovery and greening in the red zone: Lessons for policy and practice
A green recovery in Cunningham Park: Drury University responds to the Joplin tornado
Codesigning a workshop garden
Response and future readiness: Vegetation mitigation after destructive wildfire
Restoring and growing the Twin Cities' community forests in times of change; An interview with Karen Zumach, Tree Trust, St. Louis Park, Minnesota
Worcester's response to Asian longhorned beetle: Reforestation, stewardship, and sustainability
Reflections on two decades in the field of place-based environmental and community change; An interview with Rick Magder
Seattle's community emergency hubs: Public spaces as post-disaster organizing tools
Designing and managing resilient recreation landscapes
Public life: Case study from Charlotte, NC
Recognizing urban environmental stewardship practices as indicators of social resilience: The case of living memorials
Cultivating sacred kinship to strengthen resilience
Extension disaster education and green readiness, response, and recovery: Synergies and partnerships
Disaster recovery steps to maintain and improve urban forest resilience
Coordinated disaster recovery: The National Disaster Recovery Framework in action
Leveraging partnerships for long-term recovery and smart growth resiliency
Helping communities build climate resilience with a toolkit of scientific and local knowledge
Meaningful nature places: experiencing sacred in the everyday
Beyond trees: growing international stewards in nontraditional ways
How arts and cultural strategies can accelerate environmental progress
A proposed multi-agency program for stewardship science
Epilogue: Tracing the lines between storytelling, science, and recovery outcomes


Campbell, Lindsay K.; Svendsen, Erika; Sonti, Nancy Falxa; Hines, Sarah J.;Maddox, David, eds. 2019. Green Readiness, Response, and Recovery: A Collaborative Synthesis. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-185. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. 358 p.


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