Where Women Choose to Walk: Paths to Improving Cities and Nature Series Underway

Dr. Adrina Bardekjian and Liza Paqueo are fabulous speakers and facilitators.

The monthly discussion series, “Where Women Choose to Walk: Paths to improving cities and nature,” is open to everyone at no cost. Participants are from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds ranging from the global north and global south, working in various sectors of urban environment and natural resource management including: forestry (urban and rural), mining, watershed, disaster, conservation, eco-tourism, stewardship, and more.

Please join them on March 8th for their next episode of “Where Women Choose to Walk: Paths to Improving Cities and Nature.” In celebration of International Women’s Day, this discussion will focus on motherhood in all its glory and struggles; topics include work-life-family balance; careers and workplace policies for support; identity shifts and cultural contentions; raising environmentally-inspired children; and alternative livelihoods during the pandemic.

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Yale Forest Forum Webinar Series on The Promise and Practice of Community-Based Forestry


Click here to see the full roster of talks and to register

The Yale Forest Forum (YFF) has a free spring speaker series underway, hosted by The Forests Dialogue and the Urban Resources Initiative, on The Promise and Practice of Community-Based Forestry. Join the series every Thursday through April 29 from 11:30am-12:10pm ET. (Note that there will be no webinar on April 8.) YFF talks are free and open to the public.

This Thursday, February 18th, Yale School of the Environment URI GreenSkills Manager Caroline Scanlan presents on “A University Model for Clinical Urban Community Forestry Training.” You can read about Caroline’s work in her recently published paper in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry.

More about the series:

Community-based forestry intends to create pathways for local people to have decision-making control of forest management. The key strategy of community-based forestry is to equitably empower all local stakeholders through a long-term, landscape-based, and inclusive approach to supporting local communities to secure their land and resource rights, stop deforestation, find alternative livelihoods, and foster gender equity.

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The Nature of Cities Online Festival 22-26 February 2021

At nominal cost, or free for those who need assistance:

The Nature of Cities (TNOC) Festival pushes boundaries to radically imagine our cities for the future. A virtual festival that spans 5 days with programming across all regional time zones and provided in multiple languages. The festival focuses on facilitating transdisciplinary dialogue, small group workshops, arts engagement, and fostering a collaborative spirit around urban solutions. It will even have online field trips in various cities! Participants will include a wide range of ways of knowing and modes of action: biophysical and social scientists, architects, artists, landscape architects, activists, planners, policymakers, practitioners, elected officials, engineers, and so on.

The core theme is “Better Cities for Nature and All People.” Do we truly believe in the benefits of nature for health, happiness, climate change mitigation, resilience, sustainability, and biodiversity? Then we must ask: who deserves to enjoy these benefits? Everyone. Does everyone? No. Thus, we want to view our work through a lens of justice and equity: how do we create cities that are full of nature that supports our global needs for resilience and sustainability, and the nature of which is available to all for increased livability?

TNOC Festival is our community’s effort to be fierce in finding new ways to engage internationally and be more inclusive. Last June in Paris, hundreds from 52 countries  joined us for TNOC Summit (catch the vibe of that event here). The meeting was a huge success, but it also left us with a lingering thought: How many thousands couldn’t come because of the physical and economic toll it takes to travel? How much carbon pollution? We can do better.

TNOC’s Global Festival comes to you online, and offers us the ability to truly connect local place and ideas on a global scale for much broader perspectives and participation than any one meeting in any one city, could ever achieve. Join us.


Free DEC ReLeaf Webinar on Urban Forest Health on Jan 28th

NYSDEC will host the first NYS ReLeaf webinar of 2021 on January 28th at 1 PM on Urban Forest Health.

Jess Cancelliere and Rob Cole will give an overview of DEC’s Forest Health Program, including the Diagnostic Lab and the services it offers. They’ll also talk about Beech Leaf Disease and White Pine Decline, two issues likely to impact urban forests across New York in the coming years.

This webinar is approved for ISA and DEC Pesticide credits.

To register for the free event please visit: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e0d534d38a2f88b4fa36a4cb40278e74c



Biocultural Stewardship in UCF Webinar Dec 9

Biocultural stewardship: Transforming our urban and community forestry practices

December 9, 2020 | 1:00-2:15pm ET

For details and to register (the webinar will also be recorded)

Diverse perspectives and approaches to learning and knowing can strengthen our work in urban and community forestry. Indigenous and local knowledge is embedded in the concept of biocultural stewardship – an approach to working with communities recognizing that the stewardship of place is inseparable from the stewardship of people, and that cultural resources are as important as natural resources.

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View Two “Creating Connections: Volunteers and Professionals” Webinars

The recent NYC ReLeaf two-part webinar series on Creating Connections: Volunteers and Professionals can still be viewed. Council Cofounder and Environmental Educator Nancy Wolf gave high marks to the series, noting, “I thought Maritza and Suzannah’s presentation [on Environmental Education in a Natural Setting] was simply the best I have ever seen/heard about how volunteers can be part of professional work in natural areas.”

View Part 1: 

  • Virtual tour of Snug Harbor presented by Greg Lord – Director of Horticulture, Staten Island Botanical Garden
  • NYC Soils presented by Rich Shaw – Retired, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Environmental education in a natural setting presented by Suzannah Abbate – Director of Education & Engagement, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden and Maritza Cuevas – Director of Education, Greenbelt Conservancy

View Part 2:

  • Urban forests: A nexus of carbon, climate, and community – Andrew Reinmann – Assistant Professor, Environmental Sciences Initiative, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Hunter College
  • Seeing the forest for the money trees (Play Fair) presented by Emily Walker – Director of Outreach and Programs, New Yorkers for Parks and Sarah Charlop-Powers -Executive Director and Co-Founder, Natural Areas Conservancy
  • Virtual tour of the Greenbelt Native Plant Center presented by Nate McVay – Nursery Manager, Greenbelt Native Plant Center, NYC Parks

Building & Maintaining Your Healthy Community Forest Webinar

This webinar is hosted by Southern Adirondack ReLeaf and is free and open to all.

10/28 9 AM Southern Adirondack ReLeaf – Building and maintaining your healthy community forest

Registration Link: https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecb9b4b40ae24efe4267132ebeea8cbce

Join NY ReLeaf for a webinar on building and maintaining your healthy community forest! Starting a new program or maintaining a fledgling program to care for your community trees on streets and in parks can be a challenge. Join us to learn about the steps to becoming a Tree City USA, the different kinds of awards, and the benefits of becoming a Tree City USA, how to find and apply for funding for your program, and a forest health update! The southern Adirondacks have had several notable outbreaks this year of invasive species that threaten trees – including Hemlock wooly adelgid and emerald ash borer. Preparing early to manage these threats can be key to keeping your community forest healthy! ISA and CNLP credits pending.

  • Becoming a Tree City USA – Andréa Nieves, Education assistant and Tree City Coordinator, Urban Forestry Program, NYS DEC
  • Finding and preparing for grants – Christina McLaughlin, Partnership coordinator, Urban Forestry Program, NYS DEC
  • Forest health update – Rob Cole, Forester, Invasive species and forest health, NYS DEC