Urban Trees and Stormwater Management – Transitioning from Gray to Green

Trees offer a range of ecological benefits that include, but are not limited to, the reduction of stormwater runoff. As cities grow or redevelop, there are opportunities to reduce reliance on traditional gray infrastructure elements (e.g., drains and pipes) through the use of trees, green infrastructure, and knowledge of the site’s traditional natural hydrology. This session with highlight a recently completed, Forest Service-funded tool which helps urban foresters, planners, and civil engineers work together to identify the natural pathways of water and determine how best to treat water onsite using green infrastructure elements and the urban forest. Insights from Tampa, FL (United States) and Milwaukee, WI (United States) case studies will be shared.

Webinar Speakers

Andrew Koeser (Assistant Professor @UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology)
Dr. Koeser's work with CLCE addresses issues of sustainable urban horticulture, production, and landscape maintenance. He is also a Master Arborist, board-certified by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Rob Northrop (Hillsborough County Urban Forestry Extension Agent @UF/IFAS Extension)
Rob provides educational programs, technical assistance and planning services to governments, arboricultural and natural resource businesses, communities and homeowners on issues and practices related to urban and community forestry and tree care.

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