2014 SUFC Annual Meeting and Reception
Scan of Urban Forestry Outreach Campaigns
SUFC commissioned Fifth Estate Communications to conduct a scan of five urban forestry outreach campaigns, including
public awareness efforts, tree-planting initiatives and a capital campaign, as part of their discovery work for the
Vibrant Communities Strategic Communications Plan. The goal of the scan was
to gather messaging and communications strategies and tactics from each campaign, and to capture best practices and
lessons learned. Fifth Estate identified clear trends emerging around successful programs, including creating a “cycle
of value,” providing multiple points of engagement and meeting people where they are, geographically and emotionally.
Thursday, April 24, 2013 SUFC hosted an informational conference call on the USDA Forest Service federal budget for the Urban and Community Forestry Program FY 2014.
This STAKEHOLDER call was presented by Jan Davis, Acting Director of Cooperative Forestry, overseeing Urban and Community USDA Forest Service.
Next, SUFC policy leaders discussed the SUFC Appropriations recommendations by the Coalition and hosted a Q and A session.
Are You Climate-Smart? How Urban Trees Build Climate Preparedness WEBINAR
Webinar summary: What roles do urban trees play in reducing climate change impacts in urbanized
communities? Webinar speakers touch on climate-induced stormwater flooding, reducing thermal pollution
in local waterways, and minimizing heat island effects.
Moving from a national perspective to an exciting region-specific project, learn about the
(Climate Preparedness and Response) pilot program developed by King
County Washington and National Wildlife Federation. Hear how this model utilizes various assessment
tools and helps provide landowners (from backyards to forested acreage) with tailored actions steps and
resources to make their property more resilient to the impacts of climate change. The tools are applicable
to private lots, schools, businesses and public parks.
iTree: How it is being used and what's new
On October 10, 2011, the SUFC hosted an interactive webinar on the iTree with experts: Keith Cline (USDA Forest Service, Urban and
Community Forestry Program), Scott Maco (Davey Tree), Jerri LaHaie (Society of Municipal Arborists), and Dr. Dave Nowak (USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station). The webinar
provided an overview of how iTree is a collaborative tool, the range of the iTree suite tools and specifically iTree Hydro. To hear the
presentations and Q and
A, click here
For recent SUFC member policy and education outreach efforts, see Take Action