Make Room for T rees: The Urban Forest Continuum

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NOVA Urban Forestry Roundtable
November 18, 2011
Algonkian Regional Park
‘Prepare for the approaching challenges of maintaining and expanding the
urban forest canopy in Virginia. Using the continuum of development patterns
- rural to suburban to urban - and varying degrees of land use density, the
conference will articulate the challenges presented to ‘make room for trees’
while faced with constraints of space, money and municipal support ’
Partners and Sponsors
Many thanks to our Partners and Sponsors who have
made the 2011 NOVA Urban Forestry Roundtable
Conference possible:
Partners
Trees Virginia/NOVA Urban Forestry Roundtable
Virginia Department of Forestry
Virginia Cooperative Extension
Counties of Fairfax, Arlington
Town of Herndon
Four Oaks Consulting
Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects
Virginia Chapter of ASLA
Sponsors
Oak Level Casey Trees
The Care of Trees
Elm Level MAC-ISA
Dogwood
Level
Bartlett Tree Experts
Davey Resource Group
Continuing Education
5 Continuing Education Credits available from ISA, VSLD,
VNLA/VCH and SAF, Category 1-CF
5.5 CEU’s for LAs - Virginia Chapter of ASLA
www.treesvirginia.org
Upcoming
Roundtables
1Q: February 2012
Trees and the Planning Process
Committing to tree preservation and planting early in
the planning process makes common sense. What are
the impediments to following through? How can public
support be improved, citizens given an opportunity to
weigh in, conflicts with utilities, signs and public art be
proactively addressed? What gives the best bang for the
buck - LIDs, improved soil volume, changing regulations?
This Roundtable will extend the conversation generated
in the November Conference - Make Room for Trees.
Host: Prince William County
2Q: May 2012
Making Room for Trees on Private Property
Having explored the issues of growing canopy cover in
the public realm at the November conference, private
property most likely provides the greatest opportunity
for canopy expansion in the urban and suburban envi-
ronment. Panelists will discuss techniques to encourage
planting, such as the Casey Trees coupon program. Sepa-
rately, Roundtable attendees will formulate a strategy for
increasing private property planting at a regional scale.
Host: Interested in hosting?
3Q: September 2012
Benefits of Urban Trees: Economic and Social
Stress and crime reduction, combating ADHD, com-
munity and economic development, new research on
the benefits of urban trees beyond the familiar - im-
proving air quality, reducing ambient air temperatures,
reducing energy consumption in heating and cooling
homes, reducing stormwater runoff and stream ero-
sion, making streets more pedestrian-friendly, in-
creasing property values, enhancing wildlife habitat,
and giving residents opportunities to experience na-
ture - will be explored at the third quarter Roundtable.
Host: Interested in hosting?
4Q: November 2012
Trees, Stormwater and the Bay
What implications and opportunities do new state and
federal stormwater regulations and the Bay TMDL have
for trees? In the past, trees and stormwater facilities have
been viewed as incompatible, but trees are now being
viewed as part of the stormwater management tool kit.
What does this new inclusion offer to the challenge of
fitting trees into constricted, urban spaces?
Host: Interested in hosting?
Make Room for Trees:
The Urban Forest Continuum
NOVA Urban Forestry Roundtable 2011 Conference
8:15 AM Registration Open, Continental Breakfast, Networking
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Welcome
Larry Finch, Chair, NOVA Urban Forestry Roundtable
9:05 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction
Keith Cline, Urban and Community Forestry Program, U.S. Forest Service
Keith joined the U.S. Forest Service in 2004 and is currently a National Program Manager in the Urban
and Community Forestry Program in Washington D.C. He is a Past-President of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter
of the International Society of Arboriculture (MAC-ISA) and has been an ISA Certified Arborist (MA-
0030A) since 1988.
9:15 AM – 10:05 AM Keynote: Trees are Infrastructure
Pushing Boundaries; Looking Forward
William (Bill) Elmendorf, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
Bill is an Associate Professor, Extension Specialist Community and Urban Forestry at Penn State, from
which he received his Ph.D. in 2002. He received a B.S. and a M.B.A. from the University of Montana.
He is Chair Elect, Society of American Urban Foresters Urban Forestry Working Group; Chairperson,
Borough of State College Municipal Tree Commission; Executive Board Member, PennDel Chapter
International Society of Arboriculture. His academic interests include community forest management;
land-use planning and regulation for resource conservation; open space conservation; volunteerism; and
arboriculture and tree care.
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM
Panel 1 - Tight to Tighter: 20 Years of Challenges Ahead
Jim McGlone, Urban Forest Conservationist, VA Department of Forestry, Moderator


Susan Stein, Sustaining America’s Urban Trees and Forest, U.S. Forest Service
Susan’s 20-year tenure at the Forest Service includes her current service as the Open Space Coordinator
and management of the Forests on the Edge project, with the goals of making data on the importance
of forests and the impacts of forest development available to a broad audience. She graduated from the
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Meredith Upchurch, DDOT, Washington, DC
Meredith coordinates low impact development stormwater projects and green infrastructure strategies
for the public right-of-way. She has worked with city engineers, planners, and private development to
plan, design, or install more than thirty LID projects. She has Masters Degrees in Landscape Architecture
and Natural Resources from Virginia Tech, a Bachelors Degree in Engineering from Duke University, and
certificates in Woody and Herbaceous Plants from George Washington University.
Ben Thompson, City of Falls Church Arborist
Ben brings over 15 years of experience to Falls Church, as a community forester, land manager and
municipal arborist. He has two degrees in forestry - a Masters from the University of Florida and a
Bachelors in Urban and Community Forestry from Unity College in Maine. He is an ISA Certified Arborist
and a graduate of the 2007 Municipal Forester Institute.
11:10 AM – 11:30 AM
Break and Networking
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Panel 2- Space at a Premium: Tysons Corner Case Study
Tracy Strunk, Fairfax County Planning and Zoning, Moderator
Tracy is Senior Staff Coordinator with the Zoning Evaluation Division of the Department of Planning and
Zoning. She is serving as lead staff person on the Tysons Core Team, a cross-department group of staff
brought together to focus on the zoning cases now proposed in the Tysons area. Tracy received her
Masters of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina.
Lucia Hall, RLA, ASLA, Fairfax County Office of Community Revitalization and Reinvestment
Lucia is leading the team writing the Tysons Corner Urban Design Guidelines, debuting in January 2012. As part of
that effort, she spent the last two years working on the urban design components for the new Comprehensive Plan
amendment for Tysons and is currently assisting in the review of new rezoning cases for Tysons. She received her
BA from Goucher College and a Master in Landscape Architecture from UVa.
William (Bill) Caldwell, AIA, AICP, LEED, AP, Managing Director for Edens & Avant
Bill oversees pre-development, entitlement design and construction for Edens &Avant. A member of the Advisory
Group for the Tysons Corner Urban Design Guidelines, he brings 20 years of experience in master planning, urban
design and architecture to the discussion. Bill received his Master of Architecture from the University of Miami
and a Bachelor of Science degree in Design from Arizona State University.
Hugh Whitehead, Fairfax County Urban Forestry
Hugh has been an Urban Forester for Fairfax County for the past 13 years. Prior to that, he worked as a tree
preservation specialist in the private sector. His work for Fairfax County has included plan review for several
Tysons Corner projects and consultation on the Tysons Corner Urban Design Guidelines tree planting details. Hugh
has been a Certified Arborist since 1992 and has been certified as a Municipal Specialist since 2006. He graduated
from VPI&SU with a BS in horticulture. His passion is to work with organizations, citizens and county agencies to
achieve Fairfax County’s adopted 30-year Tree Canopy Goal of 45%.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Buffet Lunch
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM
Private Property Synopsis
Cindy Musik, Ph.D Candidate, Graduate Student, Virginia Tech
1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Panel 3 - Moving Forward: Making Room
Jay Banks, Four Oaks Consulting, Moderator


Bill Elmendorf - The Tree Commissioner Factor

John Noelle, City of Alexandria - The Municipal Factor
John is the City Arborist for Alexandria. He received his M.P.A degree from George Mason University, with a
concentration in Local Government, an M.S. in Biology from Western Illinois University and a B.S. in Biology from
Loyola University of Chicago.
Ray Mims, Conservation and Sustainability, U.S. Botanic Garden - The Big Picture
Ray oversees the development and implementation of sustainability efforts, conservation partnerships and
threatened plant collections at the United States Botanic Garden. He has been involved with the development of
the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) and led the efforts to translate SITES into a tool for homeowners and Federal
Agencies. He returned to school in 1994 to study horticulture at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.
2:45 PM – 3:15 PM
The Vibrant City of Tomorrow - with Room for Trees
Monica Lear, Ph.D, DDOT, Washington, DC

Monica is Deputy Associate Director and State Forester in the Urban Forestry Administration in the District of
Columbia Department of Transportation. In the past she has served as the Assistant Director of Horticulture and
Quarantine Programs at the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry in Baton Rouge, LA and as an urban
horticulture extension agent for Virginia Cooperative Extension in Arlington, VA and the LSU AgCenter in New
Orleans, LA. She has earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Plant Health and a BS degree in Horticulture from Louisiana
State University. She is currently the council member representing state forestry agencies on the National Urban
and Community Forestry Advisory Council to the Secretary of Agriculture, a member of the National Association
of State Foresters Urban and Community Forestry Committee and vice-president of the Northeastern Area
Association of State Foresters.
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM
Next Steps
Larry Finch, Chair, NOVA Urban Forestry Roundtable