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How does a cross-sector partnership collaborate to retain forestland in the South?

Keeping Forests is a regional partnership with the mission to conserve the 245 million acres of remaining southern forests by supporting private landowners and shedding light on why this land matters. Our partners represent a wide diversity of stakeholders and interests ranging from conservationists to private landowners to global corporations and government agencies. In this discussion, our partners will share Keeping Forests’ strategic approaches, successes and lessons learned in 2020, and chart a path forward for 2021.

Bartlett Tree Experts Series: Boxwoods

Boxwoods: The Good, the Bad, and the Alternatives

Andrew discussed the ever evolving soap opera of the Boxwood World. Andrew will begin with a rough outline of the pests and pathogens that are plaguing this landscape staple and end with a few alternative plant species to diversify your landscape.

Speaker: Andrew L. Loyd, PhD, Plant Pathologist at Bartlett Tree Experts, Bartlett Tree
Research Lab

Millions, Billions, and Trillions - Do You Have the Tools to Keep New Trees Alive?

To keep pace with the increasing impacts of climate change, people across the country are planting more and more trees. But how will you track these trees to make sure you get the optimal return on this investment of time and resources? Join us for a presentation and demonstration of Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities (HTHC), a free app and suite of resources developed in partnership by The Nature Conservancy and the USDA Forest Service. Drs.

So What? - Using Interpretive Themes to Improve All Aspects of Visitor Experience

A strong interpretive theme statement provides a clear big idea and the "so what" message that can help deepen visitor experience. Interpretive themes are typically used for signage projects and programming, but they can be used for so much more. In this session, we will explore a case study of how a garden used an interpretive theme statement to implement their annual theme project titled "Come to Your Senses" in marketing, horticultural displays, events, and programs.

Presenters:

Jennifer Dick, RBG Ontario

Pamela Murray, Milner Gardens

New guidance for tracking long-term tree survival, growth, and health

Field monitoring of urban trees is essential to learn how urban forests change over time. Many arborists and urban forest managers worldwide seek to understand how their tree systems are faring in terms of growth, health, and mortality. The Urban Tree Growth & Longevity Working Group of the International Society of Arboriculture has developed standard protocols and effective strategies for long-term data collection. This new guidance, which includes a Field Guide, Resource Guide, and companion training videos, gives detailed instructions for how to record a small set of variables consis

Education Community Town Hall: Pivoting School Field Trips

While many public gardens are open for visitors, many schools started the fall teaching remotely or having limited in-school time. Educators are thinking of and creating ways to continue to serve school groups amidst the ongoing pandemic. A number of gardens are switching to virtual field trips; some are hosting small groups on site. We’ll explore the changing scene in offering school programs. Kathy Johnson of Chicago Botanic Garden and Karin Davidson-Taylor with Royal Botanical Gardens will share what they have planned.

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