Urban Forestry Career Day Success!

 The second annual Urban Forestry Career Day was held last Wednesday, August 15th, on a beautiful sunny morning in the Maple Woodland area of Troy Gardens. Over 20 participants attended five different workshops throughout the morning. Workshop presentations represented many professionals working in urban forestry or other natural areas careers, including Jeff Roe and Elizabeth Dierickx from the Department of Natural Resources, MaraLee Olson from Ziegler Design Associates, Garrett Hughes from Gere Tree Care, Anna Healy from the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, and Kate Heiber-Cobb from the Madison Permaculture Guild.

Youth from the Garden Fit program at the Goodman Community Center, Mentoring Positives, and Operation Fresh Start rotated through the half-hour long workshops, learning the tricks to climbing trees for pruning and maintenance, identifying Emerald Ash Borer and its destruction of our urban ash trees, how to design and restore native landscapes, and what exactly “permaculture” means. Check out the photos below!

After getting the chance to attend all five workshops, students and workshop leaders came together for refreshments and conversation, and to pick up college brochures and guides to finding a career in urban forestry and related fields. Students leaving the event remarked that they hadn’t known about all of the careers represented throughout the morning, and were encouraged to start thinking about their futures.

Thank you to all workshop leaders and participants for making the day a wonderful success!

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