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Easy as One, Two, Tree: Calculating Tree Benefits
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 5:30 PM-7:30 PMFree
Missouri Botanical Garden
Ridgway Visitor Center
4344 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110 United States
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A Wild Ideas Worth Sharing Speaker Series Event
FREE and OPEN to ALL, but Registration is Required by Mon, Feb 11. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. CLICK HERE to REGISTER.
Growing scientific research demonstrates the positive impact of trees on public health and well-being; and we know trees provide significant ecosystem services on a project, but these benefits are often overlooked. Now, using tools in the iTree suite of software from the USDA Forest Service, planners and designers can easily calculate the air, water, and energy impacts of existing, proposed, and newly planted trees on a project.
Using this data, we can show how trees improve key community challenges like air and water quality, crime, residential home values, youth education, and local economies. As the St. Louis region continues to invest in strategic community planning, we can leverage the quantitative and qualitative benefits of trees as a tool to improve environmental conditions and overall well-being of vulnerable communities in low canopy areas—elevating trees from a nicety to a necessity.
5:30 p.m. Check-in and Networking
6:15 p.m. Formal Presentation
Meridith Perkins, Senior Urban Forestry Consultant, Davey Resource Group
Meridith manages the Missouri Urban Forestry Consortium for the Davey Resource Group. She has spent 20 years helping municipal governments across the country better understand, care for, and benefit from their community trees. Meridith has a forestry degree from the University of Missouri and is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist, qualified as a Tree Risk Assessor and Municipal Specialist.
Tom Ebeling, Community Forester, Forest ReLeaf of Missouri
As Community Forester for Forest ReLeaf, Tom’s responsibilities include community outreach and education, volunteer coordination, oversight of the Plant MOre Trees app, assisting with forestry programs operation, and teaching forestry related courses. Tom holds a Bachelors in Urban Forestry and a Minor in Plant Sciences from the University of Missouri, Columbia.
Submitted for approval of 1 GBCI CE Hour and 1 AIA LU/HSW
Special thanks to Great Rivers Greenway for sponsoring this event!
Easy as One, Two, Tree is a Wild Ideas Worth Sharing Speaker Series event of the BiodiverseCity St. Louis network in partnership with The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter. The series shines the spotlight on local and global issues and initiatives that advance biodiversity conservation in significant and novel ways.
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