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Conference Highlights Pittsburgh’s Urban Forestry Efforts

About 500 government officials, non-profit staffers, utility company representatives, and academics will be in Pittsburgh from November 6th-7th to talk about the latest research in urban forestry.

Dan Lambe, the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Vice-president of programs, said the Partners in Community Forestry National Conference will focus on new programs and policies that strengthen community forests.

He said Pittsburgh is a great place to host the event because of the progress local institutions have made in urban forestry.

“There are fantastic partnerships going on in the community amongst the city forestry staff, organizations like TreePittsburgh and utility companies,” said Lambe.

Lambe said one of the most interesting presentations will be by Dr. William Sullivan, Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Sullivan’s research deals with exposure to trees and reductions in stress levels.

Lambe said there will also be tours of city projects.

“There’s a Nine Mile Run restoration tour, which is going to be looking at some of the aquatic ecosystem restoration programs in Pittsburgh’s Frick Park,” said Lambe. “They’re also going to be doing some evaluation of commercial corridor tree plantings in Downtown Pittsburgh and around Point State Park.”

The conference runs from November 6th-7th with registration costing $369.