July 2, 2014 – A team representing four universities has launched Urban Forestry 2020, a multistate research and networking project examining the challenges faced by the urban forestry profession and devising strategies for advancing the profession.
The team is led by researchers at Virginia Tech, with co-investigators from the University of Maryland, Virginia State University, and West Virginia University.
Urban forestry is the management of trees and green spaces in communities to enhance quality of life and protect the environment. While it has advanced rapidly as a profession over the last 20 years, there are many issues that need to be faced to move the profession forward, according to Lead Investigator Susan Day, associate professor of urban forestry in the Department of Forest Resources and Environment in Virginia Tech’s colleges of Natural Resources and Environment, and Agriculture and Life Sciences. (continue reading.........)