Presenters: Clara Pregitzer, PhD, Deputy Director of Conservation Science at the Natural Areas Conservancy
Natural Areas account for the majority of urban parkland in the U.S. However, this type of parkland is not well described, or understood at a national scale. The Natural Areas Conservancy has worked with 17-U.S. cities to form the Forests in Cities Network to advance the science and practice of managing the vital forested natural areas. Seattle has been a leader in this network and contributed case studies and lessons learned from local efforts. We will provide an overview of several resources developed by the network including a newly released Urban Silviculture Guide that connects rural forest practices to urban settings. We will also describe a catalogue of resources compiled by the network to help make the case, assess, advocate for more resources, and manage urban natural areas. Finally we will share an overview of a cooling study that 12 cities participated in (including Seattle) to quantify the impact of healthy urban natural areas to cooling cities and mitigating urban heat.