1. What is it about the urban forest and trees that draws you to this industry?
Growing up in the city, I always knew there was something special about being around trees. Before I could measure all the ecosystem services of an urban forest, I felt instinctively more calm, focused and peaceful in green spaces. Thankfully, I've found a professional industry and a wonderful company that enhance and celebrate this cherished resource.
2. Tell us about your favorite national park, or urban forest?
My favorite urban forest is the one out my front door; it always has been. Whether it is collecting brilliantly colored fall leaves on the sidewalk, snapping pictures of the delicate redbud blooms from my porch, picking my neighbor's juicy pears or cursing the Siberian elm seeds in my veggie garden, I connect with the landscape I interact with every day. Now here in St. Louis, I gaze out my 2nd story window at squirrels chasing up and down the mature pin oak while cardinals feed on the holly trees and doves roost in the southern magnolia.
And, for the record, I love so many of our national parks that it's hard to pick a favorite. Zion and Arches, though, are especially near and dear to my heart.
3. Why are you passionate about the Urban Forestry Consortium's mission and vision?
I believe supporting healthy city trees should be an obvious choice for every decision maker regardless of community population, budget, politics, or priorities. With the Urban Forestry Consortium we aim. "to reduce the cost and risks associated with urban forest management while increasing the tree values and benefits". We do this through partnerships and shared resources. Together, we can address regional urban forest challenges in ways no single city or township could alone. This is a win for the trees, a win for the cities, a win for the citizens, and a win for Davey. I guess I am drawn to the Urban Forestry Consortium because I like winning!
4. What else do we need to know about the Urban Forestry Consortium?
We grew out of a demand for high quality, cost effective municipal tree management solutions. Like all essential urban infrastructure, trees cost money. Urban forestry challenges such as winter storm recovery, emerald ash borer preparedness, hazard tree removals, tree inventory, and new planting typically develop on a landscape scale. So we approach management recommendations and services at a landscape level. This saves our members time and money.
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