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Urban Forestry Update – September ’08

Thursday, September 18th, 2008


?The Landscape Below Ground III Conference?
Lisle (near Chicago), Illinois, USA October 6-8, 2008?
Since 1993, the Landscape Below Ground conferences have provided a forum for presentation of the latest research and management practices on all aspects of tree root development in urban soils. Their impact on arboriculture and urban forestry has been significant. In this tradition, the third Landscape Below Ground Conference will be presented by The Morton Arboretum and the International Society of Arboriculture on October 6-8, 2008 in Lisle, Illinois. There will be over 47 speakers from 11 countries. For complete program schedule, registration and hotel information, see http://www.LandscapeBelowGround.org ??

The 4th International Conf. on Monitoring ?and Management of Visitor Flows in Recreational and Protected Areas (MMV4) ?
Montecatini Terme, Italy, 14-19 October 2008?
The MMV conference provides a forum for experts to exchange ideas and experiences related to the monitoring and management of visitors in recreational and protected areas. For further information, see http://www.mmv4.org. ??

Third ASEM Symposium on Urban Forestry
Guangzhou, China, November 12-13, 2008
The symposium will focus on Urban Forestry and Life Quality. A pre-conference tour will be organised on November 11th. You can read more here: http://www.lknet.ac.cn/%5CasemUF3.doc. Please note that the event is only open to experts from the 17 Asian and 28 European ASEM member states.

The 12th European Forum on Urban Forestry – ‘Changing city, changing forest’?
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 27-30 May 2009 ?
The 12th EFUF will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest), one of Europe’s best-known city forest landscapes. The Forum will look back and develop directions for present and future large metropolitan green areas. More information will become available at http://www.efuf.org. ?


Urban Wildscapes
This new book, based on the Urban Wildscapes conference held in Sheffield during September 2007, contains new contributions from Chris Baines, Catharine Ward Thompson, Tim Edensor, Christopher Woodward, Ian D Rotherham, Steve Hinchcliffe, Andreas Langer, Cathy Dee, John Deller, Helen Morse Palmer, Marion Shoard, as well as the project partners, Anna Jorgensen, Marian Tylecote and Katy Atkinson. It is currently only available in electronic form and can be downloaded from the revamped Urban Wildscapes website – www.urbanwildscapes.org.uk. It is designed to viewed on screen, but a text only version will be added next week for anyone who wants to print out the whole book or an individual chapter.

Urban Forestry and Urban Greening Issue 4 of 2008
This new issue will soon be available online, at www.sciencedirect.com (search for Urban Forestry and Urban Greening). The issue includes, among other, an article about how Finnish teenagers use and perceive their local urban green space. You are very welcome to submit scientific articles, review papers, as well as book reviews via http://ees.elsevier.com/ufug. This site includes a guide for authors.


Exchange Program of the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) SMA is offering an exchange program for municipal arborists located around the world. SMA and contributing sponsors will fund airfare and basic expenses for professional exchanges within the next year, which will take place in spring or summer of 2008. Each participant will spend at least one week visiting and working with another city’s forestry department. An “exchange” may be “two-way,” meaning that paired participants take turns hosting the other, or “one-way,” where a selected participant only visits a willing host city identified and approved by SMA. More information about the programme is available for download here. An application form is available here. Deadline for applications is September 26, 2008.


Two books published by Springer during late May look at various aspects of urban forestry:

- ‘Forest policies and social change in England’ (by Sylvie Nail) uses England as a case study to explore the relationships between forests, society and public perceptions, raising important questions about forest policy and management both now and in the future. The book includes chapters about the emergence and role of community and urban forestry in England. For more information, see: http://www.springer.com/life+sci/forestry/book/978-1-4020-8364-8

- ‘The Forest and the City: The cultural landscape of urban woodland’ (by Cecil Konijnendijk) discusses the relationship between cities and their forests over time, focusing on socio-cultural links. Chapters look, for example, at the spiritual and health links between urban dwellers and local forests, city forests as wild side of town and settings for art, and the role of city forests in community building. For more information about this book, see http://www.springer.com/life+sci/forestry/book/978-1-4020-8370-9?detailsPage=toc