Annual Conference

Building Resilient Community Forests
Georgia Urban Forest Council’s
28th Annual Conference & Awards Program
Jekyll Island Club Resort
Jekyll Island, Georgia
November 14-15, 2018

In this historic setting on Georgia’s enchanting coast, we’ll hear outstanding talks from noted speakers on the coming hurricanes, sea level rise, and the effects on trees; healthy root systems; tree species selection and pruning for resilient trees; combatting invasive species; the ecology of live oaks; and more. 

Talks include “The Coming Hurricanes, Sea Level Rise, and Effects on Community Trees” with Dr. Kim Coder; “The Impact of Light Pollution on the Urban Ecology and Human Health” with Puneet Dwivedi, Ph.D.; and “Biophilia and Biophilic Design”* with Dan Slone, partner and co-founder of Vertical Vision PLC. Learn more here. Registration is already open, and block of rooms has been reserved for conference attendees.

Included in the conference experience will be a tour of Jekyll’s forest of pines and live oak killed by wave action, Jekyll’s live oaks affected by salt spray, and a viewing of the “Captain Wylie Scenic Corridor” tree plantings funded in part by Georgia ReLeaf.  We’ll enjoy our annual Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon in the elegant Grand Dining Room and our evening reception in the Crane Cottage Courtyard. http://www.jekyllclub.com/ Don’t miss this educational and enjoyable event! See agenda here. Up to 11 ISA CEUs will be available, as well as a certificate of attendance for landscape architects.  Foresters:  7 hours, category 1 and 2.5 hours, category 2 SAF Continuing Forestry Education.
Eventbrite - GUFC Annual Conference and Awards Program - Jekyll Island Club Resort

Please remember that sleeping room reservations are a separate fee.  Click here for lodging information for conference attendees.

*Biophilia is the notion that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. Biophilia is informing the architecture of new world headquarters buildings, urban wildlife plans, human health discussions and social trends such as ‘forest bathing.’ In this talk Dan Slone, a leader in resilient community design, will explore the emerging role of biophilic design and the implications of nature affinity for society and the future design of human habitat. Dan will also examine the ways in which the biophilia hypothesis allows us to weave together our economic and spiritual discussions of diverse, thriving plant and animal communities.

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