City of Trees: Protecting the Urban Forest Through Changing Climates - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW) / 1.0 GBCI SITES-Specific CE

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Numerous environmental stressors impact the longevity of urban forests. Panelists expand on the value of canopy coverage, with topics including heat island reduction, storm water treatment, tree species selection, wildlife habitat, and human comfort. Learn from case studies and collaborations of successful planning, maintaining, and replenishing of urban forests.

The GBCI course ID for this course is 920026646, providing SITES-specific CE hours required to maintain SITES AP credentials. Participants will need to pass the exam at the end of the presentation in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants will need to self-report CE hours through their credentials account on

Learning objectives:

  • Gain knowledge regarding the inherent values of the urban forest for utilization in design practice, community education, policy promotion and client coordination.
  • Provision of metrics supporting urban forest management practices, current information regarding climate ready goals and updated best management forestry practices.
  • Understanding of the elements required to prepare and draft a successful Urban Forest Management Plan; including design intent, community engagement, civic involvement and potential funding sources.
  • Comprehensive steps for implementation of a successful Urban Forest Management Plan, and continued planning for maintenance of an urban forest.

Jeremy Klemic, ASLA

Associate Principal

SWA Group

Jeremy Klemic is an Associate Principal at SWA Los Angeles with over 20 years of experience as a landscape architect. At SWA, Mr. Klemic led the City of Thousand Oaks Urban Forestry Master Plan project, updating the City’s design standards for street trees, roadway medians, and planting palettes towards today’s climate conditions and sustainability standards. Jeremy has been engaged to speak on the topics of Urban Forestry and Wildfire Resilience at a variety of professional venues. His construction experience, attention to detail and scheduling expertise help to ensure that complex public projects are thoughtfully planned and brought to fruition.

Natalie van Doorn

Research Urban Ecologist, PhD

US Forest Service

Natalie van Doorn is a Research Urban Ecologist at the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station. She is interested in what drives change in urban and wildland forests and improving resiliency. Her research utilizes and builds on long-term data sets tracking populations and individual trees; measuring forest structure and dynamics. She is also a co-PI on the Climate-ready Trees study – a data-driven approach to evaluate the ability of promising underused species to tolerate stressors of future climates. Natalie earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from UC Berkeley in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, focused in forest ecology.

Carla Short

Interim Director of San Francisco Public Works

San Francisco Public Works

Carla Short is the Interim Director of San Francisco Public Works. She has been with the Department since Nov. 2004. Before being appointed by the Mayor, Carla was Superintendent of the Bureau of Urban Forestry. The Bureau of Urban Forestry maintains street trees and landscaped medians and open spaces throughout the city. We also build new landscapes and green infrastructure, repair sidewalks, build curb-ramps and maintain facilities. She holds a Master’s degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and has spent 20 years working on tree and forest conservation both domestically and internationally.


Video: City of Trees
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11 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  9/11 points to pass
11 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  9/11 points to pass Successful completion of this quiz is required to earn your PDH for this webinar.
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Certificate - LA CES PDH
1.25 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
1.25 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
Certificate - GBCI SITES-Specific CE
1.00 GBCI SITES-Specific CE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 GBCI SITES-Specific CE credit  |  Certificate available
Session Guide
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