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Workshop: Neighborhood Ecosystems

Fri Mar 05 | 12pm-3pm | Virtual

This online workshop addresses neighborhood ecosystems and their holistic management for a better quality of life. The interconnected and nested layers of soil and water, insects and wildlife, and trees and atmosphere in a community will be highlighted. Educators from the University of Georgia trained in entomology, community forest ecology, urban forest management, landscape architecture, and wildlife, fisheries, and water management will present a suite of six presentations which will help participants better design and manage their own greenscapes and community green infrastructure following a sustainable ecological approach.

The first presentation, Understanding Ecological Connections, focuses on the structure, function, and interactions within a community forest’s ecological volume – canopy, roots, and stems. Next, Planning the Urban Forest, discusses the ways a community’s entire tree canopy can be planned and managed to mitigate environmental risks and achieve ecosystem benefits. Managing Your Yard for Wildlife will discuss enhancements to your backyard habitat that encourages wanted wildlife while discouraging unwanted species. Managing Your Backyard for Insect Habitat addresses how insect communities in yardscapes can enhance your appreciation of these amazing animals and encourage homeowners to take positive steps to provide habitat. It's All Downhill: Enjoying and Stewarding Water Resources focuses on managing urban water resources within the urban forest landscape. Finally, Fish Need Trees: Watershed Protection and Planning discusses water quality impairment and water resource connectivity.

By the end of this workshop, participants will better appreciate the importance of interwoven ecological threads tied to overall community forest health and function, and become familiar with tools needed to address each ecosystem component which impacts neighborhood and community ecological health.

Register here.

Presenters from the University of Georgia:

  • Jason Gordon, Assistant Professor of Community Forestry
  • Michel Thomas Kohl, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management, & Wildlife Extension Specialist
  • Elizabeth McCarty, Assistant Professor, Forest Health Specialist
  • Jon Calabria, Associate Professor in the College of Environment and Design
  • Kim D. Coder, Professor of Tree Biology & Health Care, University Hill Fellow for Distinguished Public Service & Outreach
  • James Leon Shelton, Associate Professor, Fisheries