The Society of Municipal Arborist Conference is virtual this year and on the theme of Environmental Equity; the cost is $50 for SMA Members and $145 for non-members. You can see the full conference program above or on the SMA website here.

Sessions include Workforce Equity: Filling the Gap with Carlos Campero, Director of Conservation Programs at Los Angeles Conservation Corps; Closing the Green Gap: Making Equitable Investments in Portland’s Urban Forest with Jennifer Karps, Integrated Solutions Coordinator, City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services; A Tale of Two Cities: Tree Planting during Redlining Compared to Equity-based Delivery of Tree Planting with David Jahn, City Forester, Des Moines, IA and Leslie Berckes, Director of Programs, Tree Forever; Investing in Trees for Health, Safety, and Equity: Creating the First Urban Forestry Master Plan for Columbus with Rosalie Hendon, Environmental Planner, Columbus, OH; and Data and Beyond: Building Equitable Urban Forestry Programs with Emily Okallau, Chicago Region Trees Initiative Community Coordinator, Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL. There will also be a panel of these presenters in the late afternoon that will give you a chance to ask questions of these experts.