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New Products Showcase Webcast Series Begins March 10th

A new webcast series, “New Products Showcase: Tools for Urban and Community Forestry”, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area and the Northern Research Station, begins on March 10, starting at 1:00 PM (Eastern).  This series will introduce newly developed products, including publications, web resources and other leading edge tools that have been developed by the Forest Service and its partners.  This first ‘showcase’ features a  a far-reaching new publication available from the American Planning Association.  The culmination of a three-year research project, Planning the Urban Forest: Ecology, Economy and Community Development is a best-practices manual, and a potential college level text that details the integration of urban forestry into municipal planning activities.

This report, prepared by the American Planning Association (APA) in collaboration with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and American Forests (AF), and supported by the U.S. Forest Service, addresses the need for planners to adopt a green infrastructure approach and presents guidelines for incorporating trees into the planning process.

Presenters for this ‘New Products Showcase” include the co-authors James Schwab (APA) and Cheryl Kollin (AF) with Phillip Rodbell of the Forest Service.

Urban forests provide enormous environmental, social, and economic benefits. In addition to aesthetics, urban forests conserve natural ecosystems and sustain clean air and water. They reduce stormwater runoff, cool the urban heat island, reduce air pollution, and provide wildlife habitat. Yet the tree canopy in many U.S. metropolitan areas has declined significantly over the last few decades due to increased urbanization.

The solution is far more complex than planting more trees, however. Urban forestry professionals and advocates must maximize green infrastructure (the natural environment) while reducing the costs of gray infrastructure (the built environment). While both are important, communities that foster green infrastructure are more livable, produce fewer pollutants, and are most cost-effective to operate.

This webinar will give an overview of the publication and delve into the recommendations and case studies provided.  For additional information on the publication please visit


New Products Showcase Webcast Connection Information
March 10th, 1:00 PM (Eastern) 

Internet Log-in and Telephone Dial-up Details

  • Telephone dial-up: Call Toll-Free Number: 1-800-369-1916
  • Audience Passcode: DBLONIARZ
  • Internet login: Navigate to
  • Conference Number: PW5665276
  • Audience Passcode: DBLONIARZ
  • Please note: Telephone and internet connections are available beginning 15 minutes to the start of the call.
  • Important: Please check your browser’s compatibility prior to the webcast by clicking here and then choosing “Check Your Browser” from the NetMeeting page. You will then be ready to join the conference on the day of the presentation.
  • The webcast will last approximately 60 minutes.
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