2012 Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Conference – Community Natural Areas: Restoration, Management & Enhancement
Thursday, June 7, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM (PDT)
CEUS TO BE AWARDED
Continuing education credit hours will be available as follows:
- ASLA Landscape Architects - 5.0 PDH
- ISA Certified Arborists - 5.0 CEUs
- SAF Certified Foresters - 5.0 CFE Cat. 1
8:30 Welcoming Remarks ‐ Rick Zenn, President, Oregon Community Trees, and Doug Decker, State Forester,
Oregon Dept. of Forestry. Rick and Doug will welcome attendees and provide an overview of the day’s program, and urban forestry in Oregon.
Keynote Address — Bringing Nature Home, Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware. Because our yards and neighborhoods are part of the terrestrial ecosystems that sustain humans and the life around us, it is essential that we keep them in working order. Dr. Tallamy will discuss the important ecological roles of the plants in our landscapes, emphasize the benefits of designing landscapes with these roles in mind, and explore the consequences of failing to do so. Landscaping in this crowded world carries both moral and ecological responsibilities that we can no longer ignore.
10:00 Break ‐ and visit with our exhibitors
10:30 Pacific Northwest Perspectives on Managing Community Natural Areas
Urban Landscapes: The Puzzling Process of Prioritizing for Conservation Purposes ‐ Theresa Burcsu, Research Faculty, Institute for Natural Resources, Portland State University. One of the recommended conditions for successful conservation in urban landscapes is to understand “what kind of nature exists.” Theresa will describe methods and outcomes of mapping and prioritizing terrestrial and aquatic resources for conservation purposes within the Portland‐Vancouver metropolitan area and its surrounding land.
Urban forestry leaders can play an important role in prioritizing actions by providing data and local knowledge about urban forests to the mapping process. The result would be added value to prioritization maps and, once prioritized areas are placed into conservation status, improved longevity of conserved forests and aquatic resources that are ecologically linked with these forests.
Sizing Up Restoration ‐ Methods for Economical and Effective Site Assessment, Planning and Implementation of Large‐Scale Projects ‐ George Kral, Forester, Ash Creek Forest Management LLC, Tigard, OR.
George will discuss methods for assessing resource conditions at potential restoration sites, developing restoration plans and budgets, and implementing projects in a manner that increases effectiveness and controls costs. He will focus on the application of forestry and agricultural techniques in the implementation of ecologically and botanically‐based project designs.
12:00 Lunch - including State Urban Forestry Awards Presentations
Your registration includes a buffet lunch (Vegetarian options available) that you can enjoy while learning about great urban forestry projects and activities from around Oregon.
1:15 Lessons Learned ‐ Our afternoon session will provide a glimpse into successful community natural areas management, restoration, and enhancement projects across the state, with a specific emphasis on “howto” and “lessons learned.”
Managing forests in Metro’s natural areas: Lessons learned ‐ Lori Hennings, Senior Natural Resource Scientist, METRO, Portland, OR. The principles of forest management in Metro’s natural areas are the same as forests everywhere. However, the human element always complicates things, and there are 1.5 million people in the Portland region’s urban growth boundary. Issues with hazard trees, fragmentation, invasive species, disturbance and unauthorized use are elevated. Lori will share her experience on urban forest management and discuss some implications of climate change and a rising population on Metro’s forest management practices.
Riparian Restoration in the Bear Creek Watershed of Southern Oregon ‐ Craig Harper, Natural Resources Program Manager, Rogue Valley Council of Governments, Central Point, OR ‐ Successful riparian restoration in the Rogue Valley is challenging. The hot, dry summers, heightened fire risk, and highly variable soil conditions are some of the factors that decrease survivability. Craig will describe successful projects, failures, and lessons learned in the Rogue Valley.
Riparian Re‐vegetation on Private Lands ‐ Julie DiLeone, Technical Assistance Program Manager, East Multnomah SWCD, Portland, OR. To complement the restoration of public lands, we are working in priority areas on private properties to restore native plants in riparian areas. From outreach to planting to maintenance, we have learned and continue to learn about both the human and ecological aspects of establishing these riparian forest buffers.
2:45 Community Based Approach to Urban Forest Restoration: a Non‐Profit Perspective – Nelson Salisbury, Ecologist and GIS Specialist, EarthCorps, Seattle, WA. For nearly 20 years, EarthCorps has been a leader in local environmental restoration in the Puget Sound region and in building global community. Their involvement with the Green Cities Partnership exemplifies a varied approach to managing urban forests on a regional scale and with diverse stakeholders. EarthCorps leads volunteer events, manages crews of AmeriCorps and International volunteers, works with municipalities to map and track restoration using the latest technology, and has created a citizen‐science based forest monitoring program.
The Conference will be held in Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center in Portland. To get to the Center by mass transit, take the MAX light rail to the Washington Park stop, which lets you off right at the front door of the Center. By car, proceed west on Hwy 26 west from I-405 in downtown Portland, and take the “Zoo/Forestry Center” exit. Follow the road past the Zoo on your right, and after the first curve in the road the Forestry Center is on your left. Miller Hall is set back among the Center’s buildings, and parking is right across the street.
If you sell a product or service related to urban forestry, consider having a vendor table at this event. The cost is $150, which includes one conference registration. A non-profit exhibit space rate is also available. For more information, contact Rob Crouch at 503-823-4443 or Robert.Crouch@portlandoregon.gov.
No hotel room block has been established for this event. There are no hotels adjacent to the World Forestry Center meeting location; however, the MAX light rail line station is right across the street. There are many hotels in downtown Portland that are convenient to the MAX light rail line and you can be at the World Forestry Center in a matter of minutes.
Visit www.travelportland.com for hotel suggestions from Travel Portland.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Continuing education credit hours for planners, foresters, landscape contractors, and certified arborists will be applied for related to this conference.
ABOUT THE WORLD FORESTRY CENTER
Founded in 1964 in Portland, Oregon, the World Forestry Center is a nonprofit educational institution. Our mission is to educate and inform people about the world's forests and trees, and their importance to all life, in order to promote a balanced and sustainable future. Our 20,000 square foot museum Discovery Museum is located in Portland's beautiful Washington Park. Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, you'll marvel at the intricate hand carvings and grand entry outside, and delight in all new exhibits inside. All new hands-on, interactive exhibits are family friendly and designed to engage visitors to learn about the sustainability of forests and trees of the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The Center also manages demonstration Tree Farms and the World Forest Institute. To learn more about the Center, visit www.worldforestry.org.
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Oregon Community Trees
The mission of Oregon Community Trees is to promote healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness, and advocacy.