Creating Partnerships for a Healthy Urban Forest

Today, close to 150 urban forest practitioners — including arborists, land managers, designers, municipal planners, program managers, volunteers and advocates — from around Washington will come together for this year’s Urban Forest Symposium, hosted at the Center for Urban Horticulture.

This year’s theme is “Collective Action: Partnerships for a Healthy Urban Forest.” Truly successful tree-planting efforts require cross-sector coordination that can only come through meaningful partnerships. In order for large-scale change, diverse groups of partners providing different insight and knowledge need to be involved for projects to be both equitable and effective.

In coordination with generous sponsorships from UPS, The Nature Conservancy, Brown-Forman, and Brightside planted trees for a community-wide planting day in West Louisville, Kentucky. Photo credit: © The Nature Conservancy (Devan King)

Presentations at today’s symposium will touch on how they navigate partnerships to implement tree projects in the region. Speakers include: David Cohen from the Intertwine Alliance; Eric Higbee from the Pomegranate Center; a panel featuring City Habitats partners; Nalini Nadkarni from University of Utah; and others. Sponsors include the City of Seattle’s Office of Sustainability & Environment, King County Parks, The Nature Conservancy, West Seattle Garden Tour and others.