As most of us know, healthy urban forests require a strong investment, and not just from the individuals and communities who benefit directly from these forests, but also from the professionals providing the expertise and care to support them. With that in mind, are you a landscape architect, city planner, public works employee, or designer working in urban forest management or arboriculture? Do you wish you knew more about what it takes to select, plant, and maintain trees in urban areas, to ensure their maximum benefit? Well, now you can with eLearn Urban Forestry, a state-of-the-art online learning opportunity designed specifically for those working in but not classically trained in urban forestry.
eLearn Urban Forestry is accessible online, at your convenience, from the comfort of your desktop, laptop, or Flash-supported mobile device. All content can be accessed for free or inexpensively for continuing education units with Society of American Foresters and the International Society of Arboriculture.
eLearn Urban Forestry covers everything from understanding the biology of a single tree to managing the urban forest as a whole from an ecosystem perspective. Topics covered include:
Module 1: Costs and Benefits of the Urban Forest
Module 2: Tree Growth and Development
Module 3: Urban Soils
Module 4: Site, Tree Selection, and Planting
Module 5: Arboriculture
Module 6: Assessing and Managing Tree Risk
Module 7: Tree Disorder, Diagnosis, and Management
Module 8: Trees and Construction
Module 9: Public Policy and Urban Forestry
Module 10: Urban Forest Management
You can access eLearn Urban Forestry a number of ways, depending on your needs. Access eLearn Urban Forestry for free volunteer credit and/or a certificate of completion by visiting campus.extension.org. Access the site for credit from the International Society of Arboriculture and Society of American Foresters, by visiting cfegroup.org. You can also review modules for free by visiting elearn.sref.info.
By: Sarah Ashton, Education Program Specialist, Southern Regional Extension Forestry