FCCP Launches New Professional Intensive Course on Urban Forests and Climate Change

“Urban Forests and Climate Change”, explores the ways in which urban forestry can improve climate change resilience while providing myriad benefits to both ecological and social communities.

Grey concrete pathway between green trees during daytime.
Reforma, Avenue in Mexico City. Photo by Enrique Amaya on Unsplash.

The Michigan State University Forest Carbon and Climate Program has launched a new intensive course, “Urban Forests and Climate Change”, set to begin January 9th, 2024. This professional training opportunity equips participants with the knowledge necessary to understand and articulate the impacts urban trees and forests have on ecological health, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and social outcomes for communities. It also explores the critical roles that urban forest management, decision-making, and wood use play in contributing to these outcomes. The course identifies obstacles and opportunities unique to the urban environment and addresses emerging science regarding the ways in which urban forest maintenance and management can be employed as a tool to improve community resilience to climate-induced stressors.

Course content was co-developed with MSU faculty as well as the Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS), a collaborative, multi-institutional partnership led by the USDA Forest Service. Course development was made possible through funding from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), American Forests, and the USDA Forest Service Eastern Region State, Private, and Tribal Forestry.

If you’re interested in learning more about the development of this course, visit the FCCP Projects + Research page. Unique graphics communicating complex themes in urban forestry are currently available for download from the FCCP Open Resource Library Images + Graphics page.

Main Course Page

Did you find this article useful?