2020 i-Tree Academy Starts January 22 – Registration Extended to Jan. 10
A new on-line course, called the i-Tree Academy, will be offered in 2020 and registration is now open! The NYSUFC is a member of the i-Tree Academy Planning Team, with our Executive Secretary Liana Gooding as point person. Full Details here
The class starts January 22, will be 5 months in length and includes a bi-monthly, online web session, completion of self-paced learning modules, assignments, and completion of a final student project. Students will be able to focus on a specific urban forestry issue of interest to them.
i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, software suite from the USDA Forest Service, Davey Tree Experts and other partners that provides urban and rural forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree tools can help strengthen forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying forest structure and the environmental benefits that trees provide.
Thousands of communities, non-profit organizations, consultants, volunteers and students around the world have used i-Tree to report on individual trees, parcels, neighborhoods, cities, and even entire states. By understanding the local, tangible ecosystem services that trees provide, i-Tree users can link forest management activities with environmental quality and community livability. Whether your interest is a single tree or an entire forest, i-Tree provides baseline data that you can use to demonstrate value and set priorities for more effective decision-making.
The goal of the course is to develop a cadre of individuals who can use i-Tree to complete community projects, or conduct basic i-Tree training for others. A planning team, led by Dr. David Bloniarz (U.S. Forest Service Research) and Al Zelaya (Davey Tree Experts) developed this course to introduce i-Tree tools to novice and intermediate users. The Academy instruction will be done by experienced members of the i-Tree project team, focusing on the key i-Tree software tools which can be used to inventory, assess and report on the value of urban forests.
Registration is $100 and is due by January 10 to the New York State Urban Forest Council.
We are hoping to get diverse participation from many States, communities and audiences, and expect the 45 spots to fill up quickly.
This flyer provides more detail on the course, along with registration and contact information. We think you will find this training useful. If you have any questions on the i-Tree Academy, please let us know!
Sincerely, the i-Tree Academy Planning Team
Dr. David Bloniarz – U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Al Zelaya – Davey Tree Expert Company
Liana Gooding – New York State Urban Forestry Council
Mollie Freilicher – Massachusetts Urban & Community Forestry Program
Elise Schadler – Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program
U.S. Forest Service, Urban & Community Forestry Program Staff; Lauren Marshall, Donna Foster, Julie Mawhorter, Drew Hart, John Parry