“The Urban Forest Strike Team: Responding to Community Crisis”
Thursday, November 12, 2009, 11:00 AM (Eastern)
with Leslie Moorman, NC DENR and Eric Kuehler and John Parry, US Forest Service
Storms and other natural disasters in the all parts of the country cause significant damage every year to communities and their urban forests. In many cases communities lack the staff to evaluate tree damage in a timely way. To assist with this need, the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Center for Urban Forestry Research & Information along with some Southern State Forestry Agencies, including the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources, has developed a process, the Urban Forest Strike Team method. Qualified urban foresters and arborists who are trained in this method, become Strike Team members and are eligible to volunteer in communities in-state and regionally, to provide assistance following disasters that affect urban forests. The focus is to evaluate public trees for removal or pruning needs to eliminate risk to the public and to reduce the loss of additional trees during the response phase of the disaster.
Please plan to join this informational webcast which will feature members of the Southern and Northeast Strike Teams. Sponsored by the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station, the USDA FS Northeastern Area, and the Urban Natural Resources Institute, this webcast will provide an overview of this important initiative. There is no cost to attend this informative session, which will last about one-hour.
Please visit http://www.unri.org/webcasts/ for more information on session and webcast connection information..