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[POSTPONED] Biodiversity Symposium

Casey Trees

Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

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Due to predicted inclement weather this event has been postponed for a TBD date. Registered participants should check their email for updates. 

Biodiversity Symposium

In partnership with the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Pogo Tree Experts, Casey Trees is hosting a Biodiversity Symposium where four experts in the field will discuss topics related to biodiversity and our urban forests while stressing the importance of diverse urban canopies at multiple scales in the face of challenges including climate change and invasive plants and pests.

The Double Lives of Pollinators: Their Roles in Maintaining Biodiversity in Urban Forests

Michael Raupp, PhD, Professor of Entomology and Extension Specialist at The University of Maryland will examine the fascinating relationships between flowering plants and their insect pollinators. Unique adaptations between plants and insects will be explored and mysteries of plants as master manipulators of insects will be revealed.

Chicago's Urban Forest: Current Status and Future Challenges

Andrew Bell, PhD, Curator of Woody Plants at the Chicago Botanic Garden, will provide an overview of the current status of Chicago’s urban forest from diversity to health, and highlight current efforts to protect and expand this indispensable natural resource. Results from recent studies will be discussed including an assessment of genetic diversity within three commonly planted street trees in the region and an ongoing investigation of the potential effects of climate change on Chicago’s urban forest by mid and late century.

Can We Return Diversity to the Urban Forest?

Richard Olsen, PhD, Research Geneticist for the United States National Arboretum, will provide a historical perspective on planting the urban forest, the rise and fall of particular tree species, and limiting factors on why some native tree species are not planted in the urban forest.  Current research at the US National Arboretum, with regards to breeding and selecting work on native tree species will be highlighted. 

Your Role in Building Biological Corridors: Networks for Life

Doug Tallamy, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Entomology and Wildlife Ecology department at University of Delaware, will discuss how we can reconnect viable habitats by expanding existing greenways, building riparian corridors, and by changing the landscaping paradigm that dominates our yards and corporate landscapes. This biodiversity is essential to sustaining human societies because it is other living things that run our ecosystems and isolated habitats cannot support populations large enough to survive normal environmental stresses.

Getting There

Take the Red Line to the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop or the Cleveland Park stop (both Red Line). The Zoo entrance is halfway between these stops and both are a short walk from the Zoo. Metrobus lines L2 stops at the Zoo's Connecticut Avenue entrance and the H2 stops at the Zoo's Harvard Street entrance. The pedestrian entrance is on Connecticut Avenue. Parking at the National Zoo costs $16 for the first three hours, and $22 for more than three hours.

The class will start in the Zoo's Visitor Center which is right off of the Connecticut Avenue entrance.

Who Should Attend?

Open to the general public for anyone interested in learning more about the importance of biodiversity in our urban forest. Practitioners in the field of urban forestry, landscape architecture, and other related fields will benefit from this more advanced discussion of the benefits of a diverse urban forest. 


All attendees will be provided with a light breakfast and a lunch. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs. 

Continuing Education Credits

ISA and SAF Continuing Education Credits are pending. 

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Thanks to our partners, the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Pogo Tree Experts, for helping sponsor this training opportunity.

Have questions about [POSTPONED] Biodiversity Symposium? Contact Casey Trees

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