Originally published on The Nature of Cities: May 8, 2018 Over the past four years in leading the Engagement and Research portfolio at Tree Canada, I have had the opportunity to watch the organization grow, contribute to designing programs that move beyond tree planting efforts, and to create a network of knowledge sharing for Canada’s urban… Continue reading Over the Years We Grow: National Scale Progress in Engagement and Research at Tree Canada
Last week at the International Society of Arboriculture Ontario Chapter (ISAO) Annual Conference in Huntsville, Ontario, I had the opportunity to present my two sociological research studies to over 550 delegates: First, an overview of findings from my doctoral work about arborist perspectives on language, labour, agency and education in southern Ontario; and, second, the preliminary… Continue reading Inspiring communities and influencing change: Towards a deeper understanding of arborist roles
This past week I had the opportunity to participate in the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS) International Round table workshop and pubic event called, “Do Rainbows Come in Green? Urban Forests and Multicultural Citizenship”. The three-day workshop was coordinated by Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, and held in Vancouver at the University… Continue reading Diversity in urban forestry
As published on The Nature of Cities: July 23, 2017 One adage I want to share after finishing the US Forest Service Inaugural International Urban Forestry Seminar is: look more closely, think more deeply. This was something that one of the presenters said to us on our first day in Chicago and it stuck with me… Continue reading Look More Closely, Think More Deeply: Experiences from the 2017 US Forest Service International Urban Forestry Seminar
When Fleming College Professor of Urban Forestry, Katrina Van Osch-Saxon, first asked me to speak at the one-day Women in Trees Conference and Awareness Day on Earth Day 2017, I didn’t know what to expect or what I could offer. When I first started my career in urban forestry I often found myself surrounded mostly… Continue reading Women in Trees: Sharing Experiences and Lessons Learned
Lately my husband has been baking. A lot. He bakes all sorts of tasty treats, but mostly he has been experimenting with different breads and baguettes, some include: parmesan, rosemary & olive oil, cinnamon raisin, cardamom & fennel – and the list goes on. With an air of indifference, our cat trails footprints of flour… Continue reading Baking memories
As published on Tree Canada’s blog.
As part of my work with Tree Canada in directing the Canadian Urban Forest Strategy(CUFS), our current efforts under the Research Working Group (WG3) include developing partnerships with national organizations on a variety of projects to tackle urban forestry questions. Tree Canada focuses on urban forestry at the national level and the Canadian Urban Forest Network (CUFN) and Strategy (CUFS) are programs by which many identified needs are being operationalized. Recently, I have had many inquires about research needs in Canada.
While there are online sources of information to procure this knowledge, I want to take the opportunity to share some results of a report we conducted. In 2015, Tree Canada conducted a national urban forestry needs assessment for Canadian municipalities (Bardekjian, Rosen & Kenney, 2015). In addition to collecting information on budgets and plans, content of the survey captured:
- Level of importance placed on external partnerships (42% of respondents indicated that their partnerships were comprised of other levels of government);
- Methods for engaging citizens in urban forestry (62% of respondents indicated that tree-planting events were their go-to approach);
- Pressures and obstacles facing urban forests (urban development, 35%, and lack of planning, 23%; and
- Research needs (both applied and social)
With respect to research needs, the top three identified applied scienceresearch needs were: developing better urban soil conditions; improving resilience to pests and diseases; and better identifying urban tree species for climate adaptation. The top three identified social science research needs were: exploring community perspectives; exploring multi-purpose greenspaces; and analyzing and advocating for public health benefits of trees.
To provide an effective response to these identified needs, results revealed that better communication is needed to share knowledge and vision for future collaboration. In addition, better collaboration between research institutions, municipalities and communities can nurture stronger awareness for social inquiry that can impact community stewardship. Thus, addressing identified research needs can improve the connection between research and practice (Bardekjian, Rosen & Kenney, 2015).
More recently, in a series of e-lectures hosted in November in partnership with the Canadian Institute of Forestry, Jacques Larouche from Laval University presented some of his results of a comprehensive national research survey that he conducted for this Masters thesis (Larouche, 2016). A summary paper is forthcoming to the CUFN listserv.
Within the national research working group that falls under the Canadian Urban Forest Strategy (http://www.cufn.ca/working-group-3) we are trying to bridge the demand of such research needs by municipalities, with researchers and scholars. Some research groups include:
- Our research team based out of the University of British Columbia and led by Dr. Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch (http://urban.forestry.ubc.ca/)
- The Canadian Urban Forest Research Group based out of Dalhousie University and led by Dr. Peter Duinker (https://canadianurbanforest.ca/)
- The Urban Forest Research & Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group based out of Ryerson University and led by Dr. Andrew Millward (http://www.geography.ryerson.ca/millward/)
- The Centre for Forest Interdisciplinary Research (CFIR) based out of the University of Winnipeg and led by Dr. Ryan Bullock (http://www.uwinnipeg.ca/cfir/)
With the many research groups becoming better established and as the need for research in urban forestry grows alongside the desire to be part of that movement, how can we organize ourselves to better collaborate?
Tree Canada has made much progress in the last three years in moving efforts of the Canadian Urban Forest Strategy forward and throughout 2017 the strategy will be revised for the 2018-2023 term. As part of revising the CUFS, Tree Canada is exploring the notion of forming a national coalition of individuals and groups at a more formal level to better advocate for urban forests nationwide.
The Canadian Urban Forest Network is one of the systems and tools that is currently being better developed to help produce and share knowledge among communities across Canada. In addition, the Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC) serves to foster dialogue on a variety of topics – the next conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2018.
As part of my work with Tree Canada in directing the Canadian Urban Forest Strategy (CUFS), our current efforts under the Research Working Group (WG3) include developing partnerships with national organizations on a variety of projects to tackle urban forestry questions. Tree Canada focuses on urban forestry at the national level and the Canadian Urban Forest Network (CUFN) and Strategy (CUFS) are programs by which many identified needs are being operationalized. Recently, I have had many inquires about research needs in Canada.
While there are online sources of information to procure this knowledge, I want to take the opportunity to share some results of a report we conducted. In 2015, Tree Canada conducted a national urban forestry needs assessment for Canadian municipalities (Bardekjian, Rosen & Kenney, 2015). In addition to collecting information on budgets and plans, content…
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