In this session, participants will be introduced to the 1.7 million acres of natural forested land embedded within U.S. cities. These forest patches are unique spaces in cities and provide a raft of benefits to urban residents, such as carbon sequestration and storage, stormwater capture, and air purification to provide a place that enhances mental health and social cohesion. But despite their prevalence in cities and importance, these forests are often underfunded and lack consistent management. This session will create an opportunity for conservation professionals to share knowledge and experiences across the urban-rural landscape. The session will include an exploration of land use change patterns in cities highlighting case studies of natural areas loss, and successful conservation strategies. It will also explore various fundraising and financing tactics, including several innovative funding approaches. The session will also introduce attendees to two novel management resources: an online resource library for urban forest management and an urban silviculture guide, highlighting how rural forestry practices can be applied in urban forest patches.
Session Level: Basic Session Location: Marriott New Orleans