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Managing Historic Grasslands in an Era of Climate Change

Historic urban grasslands include greenspaces of historic value designed for passive and active recreation in the human built environment. Urban grasslands such as cemeteries and parks present unique challenges to landscapes designed in the early anthropogenic-influenced natural world. These grasslands now exist in a time of unprecedented environmental and social pressures that often require resilience that test the limits of infrastructure and maintenance.

Long-term Impacts & Management of Emerald Ash Borer

The results of 14 years of monitoring ash mortality and forest ecosystems in Ohio and Pennsylvania show how EAB has impacted these landscapes. Rare “lingering” ash trees have been identified and studied to understand long-term survival prospects for ash. Integrated pest management strategies, including breeding of ash trees with tolerance to EAB, show promise in management of EAB.

Presented by Kathleen Knight, PhD, Research Ecologist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station

Why do Tree Branches Fail?

We will explore how researchers from ecology, forestry and arboriculture have utilized biomechanics to understand how trees contend with the forces mother nature can throw at them during their long-life span. Biomechanics approaches integrate biology and engineering principles to explore how organisms deal with their environment. We will explore two studies that examine how loads move through a branch union/fork.

Engaging While Closed 3: Technology Techniques

Questions about tech? This is a power-packed session covering live vs. recorded modalities of delivery, who's using what tech, and how are you dealing with accessibility issues like closed-captioning for those without tech access.

Carissa Dougherty, Head of Knowledge Management at The Morton Arboretum

Mitchell Dickerman, Head of Information Technology at Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

Moderator: Karin Davidson-Taylor, Royal Botanical Garden


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