Why We Should Care About Trees in Our Cities

03-09-17 11:00 am - 03-09-17 12:00 pm
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
799 Pinkerton Run Road, Oakdale, PA, United States


Why We Should Care About the Trees in Our Cities:

A scientific review of the benefit of trees


Thursday March 9th

11am – 12pm

Bayer Welcome Center Meeting Room

FREE members only class

Learn about the growing body of scientific literature which demonstrates that trees provide numerous benefits to humans and the environment in which we live. Trees make people healthier and happier as well as our neighborhoods safer and more social. Additionally, trees clean the air, help us focus, provide economic benefits, and they capture our imaginations and inspire us. Because of these innumerable benefits, trees should be incorporated into urban spaces. However, trees face additional challenges in a city environment that they do not experience in wild environments, and the presence of trees are often considered a luxury rather than a necessity. Further, cities are growing larger, increasing the need for thoughtful management of green space. Therefore, learn about how we can take action to protect, care for, and plant trees in our urban forests.

Jessica Turner-Skoff started at the Morton Arboretum in January 2016 after completing her dissertation in Biology at West Virginia University.  She received her Masters in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland-College Park.  Jessica has a diverse background, ranging from research experience in the eastern deciduous forest and northern Alaska to communicating science and promoting conservation with numerous stakeholders.  She was a Phipps Botany in Action fellow for three years.

As The Morton Arboretum’s first ‘Treeologist,’ Jessica supports the Arboretum’s mission and vision to be a center of tree expertise by communicating and sharing expert knowledge.  While centered in the Science and Conservation Department, she works closely with Education, Collections, and Marketing to help catalyze tree advocacy by creatively making tree science, horticulture, and conservation relevant and accessible to target audiences.  One of her priorities is to engage the next generation of tree scientists by developing and participating in STEM programs at The Morton Arboretum. In addition to her role as a Treeologist, she serves as an Auxiliary Board Member at The Chicago Council on Science and Technology, on the Advisory Council of the Seed Your Future Campaign and the Priority Plant Species of the Chicago Area for the Chicago Wilderness. She also serves on the Education and Outreach Work Group for Chicago Region Trees Initiative and as an Adjunct Professor for Association of Colleges in the Chicago Area (ACCA).