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Natural disasters ranging from hurricane storm surges to drought-induced wildfires have ravaged urban forests across the United States this past year. While it is uncertain when the next storm or fire will cause disruption, urban forests are sustained systems which are altered and even defined by cycles of disturbance. As an urban tree manager, how do you effectively prepare for the inevitable? How do you respond to unmitigable risk? In the face of devastating loss, can cities rebuild to make a more resilient urban forest?
The Florida Urban Forestry Council and the University of Florida/IFAS GCREC, with support from the Florida Forest Service, International Society of Arboriculture – Science and Research Committee, Arboriculture Research and Education Academy, is bringing researchers and industry experts with first-hand experience together to help define best practices for Natural Disaster Preparation and Response. From identifying what pre-storm data will help with cleanup to navigating the FEMA reporting process, this conference will provide attendees with valuable management insights from an international panel of experts.