Charlotte, North Carolina

November 5-6, 2014

ACTrees Day 2014 – Restoring Communities: Trees for People, Wildlife and Landscapes


Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 8:30 a.m. –4:30 p.m. | The Westin Charlotte | Register Now


Event Info

Science and practice show that restoring nature to cities creates healthier habitats for people and wildlife while also enhancing aesthetic beauty, environmental quality, social cohesion and economic vitality. Using cross-sector partnerships and innovative programs, ACTrees member organizations are restoring trees and green infrastructure to urban areas—and reaping the benefits.

Join us for ACTrees Day 2014 to learn how creative local organizations are embracing the concept of restoring nature to cities, racking up remarkable results for their communities and their organizations.

The agenda is a blend of plenary presentations and breakout sessions. Registration cost includes breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks and luncheon with keynote speaker.

Registration Fees

ACTrees Member Rate: $125
ACTrees Friend Rate: $175

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Tuesday November 4, 2014

  • 8:00–8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30– 10:00 a.m. Welcome & ACTrees Business
  • 10:00–10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:15–10:45 a.m. Tree Care Roundtable
    Extend Your Resources With Volunteers Beth Corrigan, Community Trees Program Coordinator, The Morton Arboretum
    You Wouldn’t Tell a 3-year-old to Move Out and Get a Job: The Unfair Burden We Put on Young Trees Blake Watkins, Tree Care Coordinator, Friends of the Urban Forest
    Neighborhood Level Planning for Urban Forestry Initiatives Jen Kullgren, Community Forester, Tree Pittsburgh
    Fundraising: Plant All Day, Party All Night Anna Dooley, Executive Director, Greenscape of Jacksonville
  • 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Engaging Diverse Communities Panel
    Growing Deep Roots in a Historically Underserved Neighborhood Owen George, President, Trees NC
    Growing One Park: Structuring Programs to Engage Diverse Community Members in Urban Forestry and Greening Valerie Rupp, Assistant Director of Community Greening & Great Parks Programs, Parks & People Foundation
    Connecting with New Communities: TreePeople’s Experience in Underserved Neighborhoods Rachel Malarich, Forestry Senior Manager, TreePeople
    Working With Urban Youth in Community Forestry Sue MacQueen, Executive Director, UC Green
  • 12:00–1:15 p.m. Lunch with Special Guest Speaker Eric Rutkow Providence Ballroom — 1st Floor

    Eric Rutkow is renowned as a “promising young historian.” His first book, American Canopy: Trees, Forests, And the Making of a Nation, tells the extraordinary story of the relationship between Americans and trees across the entire span of the nation’s history. Like bestsellers Second Nature from Michael Pollan and Cod by Mark Kurlansky, Rutkow reconceives America’s historical relationship with the trees and forests that shaped the development of the nation. Have your copy of American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation signed by Eric after the presentation. Copies will be available for purchase.

  • 1:15–1:45 p.m. Community Groves Roundtable
    Small Trees, Big Flavor: Fruit Tree Growing in Cities and Backyards Sam Bishop, Director of Education, Trees New York
    Fruit for Families Anne Fenkner, Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, Sacramento Tree Foundation
    Local to Regional Partnership Why Your City Government Needs You: Advocating at the Local Level Lee Mueller, Program Director, Urban Forest Project, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks & Dotti Clune, Chair, Grand Rapids Urban Forestry Committee
    Green City Partnerships: Building a Regional Network to Restore and Maintain Urban Forests and Natural Areas Jennifer Chang & Andrea Mojzak, Green Cities Project Managers, Forterra
    Trees and People: Assessing Urban Greening Organizations’ Neighborhood Tree Planting Program Outcomes – An Interactive Session with Researchers Burney Fischer, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, School of Public & Environmental Affairs; Co-Director, Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. The Need for Trees! A Workshop on National Urban Forest Research Planning Kathleen Wolf, Ph.D., Research Social Scientist, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington
  • 3:00–3:15 p.m. Break
  • 3:15–4:00 p.m. Trees, Trails and Wildlife Corridors Greg Levine, Co-Executive Director and Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta
    Drought Busters—Using Roadside Barriers and Working with Municipal Partners to Respond to LA’s Water Woes Torin Dunnavant, Senior Manager, Community Engagement, TreePeople
    Urban Forests as Citizen Science Laboratories Stephanie Juchs, Community Education Coordinator & Dr. Jessica Sanders, Director of Technical Services and Research, Casey Trees
    Greening Minneapolis Through Strategic Partnerships Karen Zumach, Community Forestry Manager, Tree Trust
  • 4:00–4:30 p.m. Closing