Seminar, Urban forest and pest management. A Canadian perspective

A seminar with Philip van Wassenaer and Alex Satel

The seminar presented by Philip and Alex will be divided into four parts, each corresponding to the now well-known acronym UFMP (for Urban Forest Management Plan). In this seminar, however, the acronym represents Understanding, Forest assessment, Management, and Pests.

Understanding: this introductory section of the seminar will define the concepts of urban forests and urban forestry from an international perspective. The presenters will explore some of the most pressing challenges facing urban forests in Canada around the world, and introduce approaches to addressing these challenges.

Forest assessment: Philip and Alex will review the tools and technologies used by Canadian municipalities to develop a better understanding of their urban forest resources and to make better management decisions. This section will discuss practical applications of tools such as urban forest inventories, canopy and plantable spaces analyses, and the Criteria and Indicators framework for urban forest management assessment and monitoring, among others. Case studies from a number of Canadian municipalities will be presented to illustrate the discussion with real-world examples.

Management: this section of the seminar will outline a proven and established framework for the development of a comprehensive and strategic urban forest management plan. Philip and Alex will review tools for urban forest baseline conditions assessment, strategies for stakeholder engagement and consultation, and methods to develop effective and implementable strategies to achieve urban forest sustainability.

Pests: in the final section of the seminar, Philip and Alex will reflect on the devastation wrought on North American urban forests by emerald ash borer (EAB), an invasive insect pest that now threatens Europe. The seminar will investigate how affected Canadian municipalities have addressed this pest through monitoring, control, and collaboration efforts, and how strategic planning can help mitigate the impacts of future urban forest pest and disease outbreaks.