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From tree Inventories to Free Beer: Broadening Community Involvemnt in Urban Forestry

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From tree Inventories to Free Beer: Broadening Community Involvemnt in Urban Forestry

  1. 1. From Tree Inventories to Free Beer: Broadening Community Involvement in Urban Forestry Eric North - Research Fellow - nort0105@umn.edu - Partners in Community Forestry November 2016
  2. 2. Learning Objectives • Gain insight into training volunteers for more complex tasks • Translate your passion and interest in trees beyond tree enthusiasts
  3. 3. A Disastrous Opportunity Community Engagement and Preparedness (CEP)
  4. 4. Know Your Objectives! Urban and Community Forestry Inventory: Accuracy Community: Engagement
  5. 5. Tree Inventories • 14 Communities ~140 volunteers • Tree ID – Genus vs. Species • Tree measurements - DBH & Crown • Condition Rating – beyond good/fair • Data entry – paper to computers
  6. 6. Inventory Purpose? • Data • Continued involvement
  7. 7. Training Technical Assistance Field Classroom
  8. 8. Manuals First approach - Detailed specifics - 62 pages, few images Second approach - Less is more - 25 pages, many images
  9. 9. Tree ID First Approach - Detailed, species level ID Second Approach - Basics, genus level -
  10. 10. Tree Measurements • DBH and Crown Width
  11. 11. Condition Rating: Beyond – good/fair/poor • Crown rating • Stem rating • Numeric scale
  12. 12. Data Entry
  13. 13. Web Resources www.mntreesource.com
  14. 14. Volunteer Performance: Raw data Know your objectives: 100% accuracy?
  15. 15. Value of Engagement
  16. 16. Volunteer Demographics
  17. 17. A Delicious Opportunity • Minneapolis: 8,000 trees a year • New tree survival • Craft breweries community-based
  18. 18. Program
  19. 19. Adoptions • ~500 individual adopters • Over 500 trees adopted • 7 breweries, 1 coffee shop • Other partners
  20. 20. Two Objectives: Increase young tree survival & Urban forestry awareness
  21. 21. Brewing a Better Forest Adopters
  22. 22. Summary • Sustained programs – Inventories, ongoing projects – Older, more established in the community • Outreach programs – Tree watering, maybe tree planting – Younger, community establishment varies • Lots of opportunity for community engagement with urban forestry
  23. 23. Thanks • Gary Johnson - Professor of Urban and Community Forestry • Andi Dierich - DuPage County Environmental Coordinator (former Graduate student) • Nick Bancks - Graduate student • Minnesota communities and the many volunteers, undergraduates • University of Minnesota – Department of Forest Resources • Minnesota DNR - Eric North nort0105@umn.edu - - Department of Forest Resources -

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