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February 5, 2020
Over the course of two days, 100+ professionals from across the Chesapeake Bay watershed gathered for the second Urban Tree Canopy Summit, held at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge in Laurel, Maryland on January 14 and 15.
There were many objectives of the summit, including:
The weather outside may have been overcast and drizzling, but the energy inside the beautiful Visitor’s Center was light and energetic. The day started off with a welcome from Dr. Charles Glass, Deputy Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources. Dr. Glass delivered some inspiring words, helping frame the need for more trees in order to tackle both stormwater pollution problems and increase public health challenges in urban areas.
Dr Charles Glass, Deputy Secretary of Maryland Department of Natural Resources helps open the day with his thoughts on the effectiveness of trees in both stormwater reductions and public health.
Sessions covered a lot of ground, and you can view the agenda here.
Some of the highlights of the Summit included:
We concluded Day 1 with a panel on “Addressing Issues of Equity: Community Case Studies.” From right to left, the panel included Sarah Anderson from American Forests, Ruby Stemmle from EcoLatinos, Brenda Richardson from Chozen Consulting LLC, and Mark Conway from the Baltimore Tree Trust. — at Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge.
Everything we do is in partnership, and we could not have held such a successful event without the assistance of our incredible partners Julie Mawhorter, US Forest Service, and Rebecca Hanmer, Chair of the Forestry Workgroup of the Chesapeake Bay Program. In addition to these partners, we are thankful to the other planning partners from around the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including:
Funding was generously provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), who continues to support our work in convening voices in order to deliver resources and build the capacity to increase urban tree canopy cover across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
The intense two-day agenda was jam-packed with information and resource sharing, networking, and learning of all kinds. All of the participants walked away from the event with new contacts, new ideas, and a renewed inspiration to continue their important work. The overall message of the day – more trees, please!
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