Join us for these exciting FREE events coming up as part of our program in partnership with the Local Government Commission!

How to Properly Manage Your Urban Forest in a Time of Drought – Online Workshop

Date: Tuesday, August 4th

Time: 1:00-2:00pm

Join us for this informative online workshop as we receive an update on the Governor’s Executive Drought Order, and hear from representatives at the local level on strategies that local governments can take towards meeting these water mandates while preserving their tree inventory.
Register for this online workshop here:

This is a free workshop but registration is required.
Additional online workshops coming soon! Stay tuned for more details!

Putting the Green Back in Urban Greening: Funding Opportunities for the San Joaquin Valley – Workshop

Date: Thursday, August 6th

Modesto Centre Plaza
1000 L Street
Modesto, CA 95354

Time: 9:00am-1:30pm
This workshop will provide support to communities in the San Joaquin Valley that are grappling with a number of pressing challenges related to health and the economy. Urban greening is an effective way to increase community engagement, help to create vibrant communities and long-term solutions and benefits for residents.

Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to and engage with experts on how developing urban forestry best management practices can complement existing programs, how to pursue current and future funding opportunities that will help to stimulate the local economy and how to develop eligible projects that bring the most bang for the buck in a time of drought.

Topics to be covered:

– Economic benefits of urban forestry
– Developing projects while in drought
– Case studies of urban forestry success in the Valley
– Funding strategies and technical support

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Geoffrey Donovan – Forester Researcher, USDA Forest Service
Dr. Donovan has years of experience researching the economics of wildfire management and, more recently, urban forestry. Dr. Donovan will be discussing his findings on the impacts of trees on housing prices, rental prices, and crime.



Additional Guest Speakers Include:
Guy Anderson, Regional Urban Foresters, CAL FIRE
Mike Willett, Public Works Director, City of Patterson
Dana Karcher, Project Developer, Davey Resource Group
Julie Saare-Edmonds, Senior Environmental Scientist, Department of Water Resources (Invited)
Patrick Faretta, Public Works Director, City of Atwater (invited)
Jim Williamson, Co-Founder, Tree Partners Foundation (invited)
Register for this workshop here:
This is a free workshop but registration is required.

Presented by the California Urban Forests Council and the Local Government Commission



The organizers are in the process of pursuing Continuing Education Units from the International Society of Arboriculture.

Don’t miss out on these FREE events that will be packed with useful tools and resources for urban greening! Local government staff, non-profits, grassroots organizations, consultants and others are encouraged to attend. Feel free to share this announcement with your colleagues and staff!

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