2022-23 Forests and Climate Learning Exchange Series: Dimensions of Urban and Community Forestry

In this webinar, speakers Asia Dowtin from MSU Forestry Department and Beattra Wilson from the USDA Forest Service present, "Dimensions of Urban and Community Forestry".

2022-23 Learning Exchange Series June webinar. Speakers Asia Dowtin from MSU Forestry Department and Beattra Wilson from the USDA Forest Service present,


Dimensions of Community and Urban Forestry


  • Asia Dowtin, Assistant Professor of Urban Forestry, Michigan State University Department of Forestry
    • Asia Dowtin is an Assistant Professor of Urban Forestry in the Michigan State University Department of Forestry. Her work explores the relationships that exist between urban forest structure, spatial context, and water and nutrient cycling in metropolitan areas. Through this work, she aims to broaden our understanding of the influence that species composition, related physical tree traits, and surrounding land use have on urban forest function and ecosystem service provision. Her work at Michigan State University includes research, teaching, and extension related to urban and community forestry, with her extension efforts largely focused on creating educational and workforce development programming for K-12 students and adult learners. She holds a B.S. in Meteorology from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Physical Geography from the University of Delaware. In her free time, Asia puts forth exceptional effort to find great places to eat around the Lansing and Detroit, Michigan areas (and is always open to new suggestions!).

  • Beattra Wilson, Assistant Director for Cooperative Forestry, USDA Forest Service
    • Beattra Wilson is the Assistant Director for Cooperative Forestry at USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC. As national lead for the agency’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, Ms. Wilson oversees program policy, budget, partnership development and strategic and equitable delivery of federal and state urban forestry programs. Under her leadership, the Urban and Community Forestry Program budget has surged from $32 million dollars to over $1.5 billion dollars in the fiscal budget and the Inflation Reduction Act funding.  Over the years, Ms. Wilson has built a solid career administering conservation cooperative assistance programs at regional and national offices, and has served on boards and committee to advance environmental justice, conservation workforce diversity and customer experience. Ms. Wilson has completed White House detail assignments to the Council on Environmental Quality and Office of Management and Budget and co-chaired the Secretary of Agriculture’s Executive Committee for 1890 Land Grant Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Ms. Wilson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Forestry and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

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