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Save The Elms Program (STEP) Citizen Scientist Training

Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento

Saturday, July 15 9:00A - 11:00A

Sacramento’s elm trees are disappearing! Join the Sacramento Tree Foundation and the City of Sacramento in monitoring our remaining public elms for the problematic Dutch elm disease (DED), a fungal disease with no known cure that has taken the lives of thousands of elms around Sacramento since the 1990s. DED-infected trees will be removed by the City to prevent the further spread of this unwelcome pest. This training will give you the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to monitor elms for DED symptoms using your mobile device. STEP Citizen Scientists commit to monitoring selected elm trees three times between May and October.

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Sacramento: City of Trees? Addressing the Inequitable Distribution of our Region’s Urban Forest

West Sacramento Community Center, West Sacramento

Friday, July 28 8:30A - 10:30A

Recently, a new project launched by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) confirmed the long-held belief that Sacramento is the “City of Trees.” Using Google Maps’ street view data to measure tree cover in 17 cities around the globe, Sacramento was found to be number one in the United States and ranked third overall. While exciting news, there is still much work that needs to be done. Trees are integral to human health. People who reside in neighborhoods with more trees have lower rates of obesity, are more active, show lower levels of depression, and live longer lives. Unfortunately, the Sacramento Region suffers from stunning inequity when comparing the canopy cover of different neighborhoods, preventing many from reaping the benefits of our glorious canopy. Join us as we explore a brief history of Sacramento, highlighting the lack of investment in certain communities. Learn how urban greening dollars are working to build community engagement while expediting tree planting in under-canopied neighborhoods. Discuss how we can plan for the future, making sure that trees and green spaces are at the forefront during the design of new communities instead of merely an afterthought.

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Caring for Trees in Low Water Landscapes Workshop

Folsom Public Library, Folsom

Saturday, August 12 10:00A - 12:00P

During the drought last year, many trees died due to insufficient water. Many trees were also stressed and weakened due to these problems, resulting in many more trees blowing over in strong winds in the winter months. At this workshop, you'll learn how to keep your trees alive and healthy in a low-water landscape. Learn how to identify water deficiency in young and mature trees and how to correctly water these trees.

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Learn at Lunch: The Problem with Trees on Levees

Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento

Thursday, August 17 11:30A - 1:00P

The California Urban Forest Council, Sacramento Region Chapter “Learn at Lunch” series provides advanced educational opportunities for urban forestry professionals and the public. Learn at lunch presentations are provided every 2 months. Sessions are free. ISA CEU's are requested for each session. (Lunch is not provided. Please bring your own food and beverage.)

This session will be presented by Alison Berry, Ph.D. of the College of Biological Science at UC Davis.

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Public-Private Partnerships for Developing Affordable Housing

West Sacramento Community Center, West Sacramento

Friday, August 25 8:30A - 10:30A

Since 2012 and the changes to redevelopment agencies in the State, affordable housing has been more difficult to finance and construct. Developers and local agencies have had to be more creative about assembling funding sources, leveraging new financial tools, and being more collaborative. Public-private partnerships (PPP) within the Sacramento region have successfully tackled the issues of affordable housing and can help guide future projects. The West Gateway Place project was the first project in the State with an Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grant to break ground. The first vertical project in the new Downtown Railyards will be an affordable housing project that leverages the previous investments in infrastructure and will benefit from future public and private funding for parks, schools, and other urban amenities benefiting these future residents.

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Carolyn Coleman: Closing Keynote Speaker at APA State Conference

APA State Conference, Sacramento Convention Center, Sacramento

Tuesday, September 26 10:15A - 11:45A

For this session, the Speaker Series will join up with the 2017 State APA Conference to hear from Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director of the California League of Cities. Ms. Coleman will speak on important issues facing our cities and will draw upon the Conference theme “Capitalizing on our Diversity”. She brings 25 years of experience as a leader and an advocate in the public and private sectors to her role as executive director of the League of California Cities. She joined the League of California Cities in December 2016 after a decade with the National League of Cities (NLC) in Washington, D.C. as senior executive and director of federal advocacy. During her tenure at NLC, she oversaw the organization’s advocacy efforts and worked closely with city leaders and the 49 state municipal leagues throughout the country to advance NLC’s priorities in matters before Congress, the Administration and the courts. Prior to working with NLC, Coleman served as deputy mayor for the city of Indianapolis where she focused on economic development, infrastructure and community engagement. She previously practiced law and held marketing leadership positions in the private sector.

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Integrating Rural and Urban Planning: Working Together to Support California’s Diverse Communities

West Sacramento Community Center, West Sacramento

Friday, October 20 8:30A - 10:30A

The rural areas of California have never been more important to the overall economic and social health of the state of California. As the state struggles with the issues of drought, groundwater management, climate change, forest health and fire prevention, and economic development, the diverse rural regions of California provide many opportunities for statewide solutions. State and regional planning rarely consider rural issues to the degree urban communities are studied and planned. In order for California to successfully address these challenges and benefit all residents, policymakers and planners need to understand the interconnections between rural and urban communities and engage with and invest in rural communities to develop strategies and programs that meet their needs. This session will explore tools and opportunities that could strengthen the health and prosperity of rural California and increase statewide sustainability.

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Learn at Lunch: Tree Selection for the 21st Century

Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento

Thursday, October 26 11:30A - 1:00P

The California Urban Forest Council, Sacramento Region Chapter “Learn at Lunch” series provides advanced educational opportunities for urban forestry professionals and the public. Learn at lunch presentations are provided every 2 months. Sessions are free. ISA CEU's are requested for each session. (Lunch is not provided. Please bring your own food and beverage.)

This session will be presented by Greg McPherson, Ph.D. of the U.S. Forest Service.

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Report Card 2007-2017: What does it means for 2017-2027?

West Sacramento Community Center, West Sacramento

Friday, November 17 8:30A - 10:30A

How has the Sacramento Region made progress on sustainability, climate change, smart growth over the last 10 years? This session will retrospectively examine what we’ve learned in the last ten years, and how these lessons can inform the planning profession in the next year. We’ve promoted smart growth principles, the Blueprint, sustainable practices and climate action. We’ve experienced the great recession and a severe drought. We’re dealing with significant changes at the national level and assessing what it means for Sacramento and California. What have we learned and how can we apply lessons learned to the future? If only we had a crystal ball!

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