USDA FOREST SERVICE
URBAN & COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROGRAM
COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC LANDS
WASHINGTON STATE DEPT. OF NATURAL RESOURCES
CITY OF SEATTLE
OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY & ENVIRONMENT
October 2022 Office of Sustainability & Environment
Office of Sustainability & Environment
Seattle photos: Urban landscapes Coffee Rain Diverse audiences
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ADF network (The why we host PCF):
The audiences we connect and convene Not sure how to show this image? Non- profits, cities, campuses I want this image to convey the uniqueness of our network and our leadership role. I want the audience to be reminded that we are this critical connector at the intersection of so much that happens in urban forestry
2022 marks a very special occasion for the Arbor Day Foundation Along with being the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, it also the 50th anniversary of our organization. Over the last 50 years we've grown to become the largest non-profit dedicated to tree planting
In the last 50 years, we have planted more than 500 million trees And we’re very proud of that accomplishment And we’re here today to connect with you. To understand how this work might help support you as you work to reach your own goals
Speaking of 50, next I’m going to bring up our newly appointed CEO, Dan Lambe. In his 50th year, Dan became just the third Chief Executive in our history He’s going to talk through some of the urgency we see with our work and some additional goals that the Foundation will be pushing towards
Greeting and Introduction Hello, I’m Dan Lambe, CEO of ADF: the world’s largest member tree-planting NFP, creating transformational change since 1972. Thanks for joining us today. 2022 marks a very special occasion for the Arbor Day Foundation. Along with being the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day, it also the 50th anniversary of our organization.
Opening Question [in appropriate venues] Before we begin, I’m curious. By a show of hands, who here has had a tree in their life that’s deeply meaningful to them? [Call on a few people if time and setting allows.]
ADF Mission slide:
A slide with a background image that speaks to inspiring people to plant nurture and celebrate trees. Not a forest background. Some kind of background image that speaks to the diverse ways we engage so many to be tree planters Members, Tree City cities, ACT plantings, reforestation, etc.. Maybe even a dissolve type of creativity. This could be a slide that I use in multiple other presentations.
A Tree Can Be Brave We understandably feel anxious or uncertain when we consider the planetary scale. Trees do what needs to be done. They nurture life in an uncertain world. They reshape landscapes from humble backyards to whole continents. They save lives— More than 850 per year in the US alone by cleaning the air and preventing acute respiratory emergencies. Provide medicine to fight diseases Root structures stop flooding. I’ve seen the power of trees first-hand: bringing healing and hope to disaster-stricken communities in Easton, PA and Sierra Leone alike. [Quick personal example of impact]
A Tree Can Be Persuasive, inspiring change, creating impact, and inviting everyone to make a difference without hesitation or self-doubt.
A Tree Can Be A Jackhammer, pulverizing the shackles of concrete to make way for environmental justice that promotes unity, respect, and hope in underserved communities.
Jorge – on of the founders of the Overtown Green Haven Community Garden and new Brownsville Smile Haven Community Garden. Manages and maintains the gardens and food forests. Passionate about offering greater food security in Miami Dade Co. through planting and caring for fruit trees. All produce is given back to the community for free.
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2022 Historic Moment: We are at an inflection point? Mark your calendar Lets discuss whether I should reflect on 1990 and the history between an uptick in urban forestry funding and work?
Canada 2 billion trees
QUALITY NOT QUANTITY QUALITY AND QUANTITY
Not time for baby steps
We need you
Don’t be afraid – Mistakes will be made Fail quickly – learn and grow
You’ll succeed in pushing through the big plans you have for your community.
You’ll succeed in getting the budget you need to expand green infrastructure.
You’ll succeed in transforming your city into a healthy, equitable, and resilient environment for all residents.