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Our Woodland Legacy Symposium

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  • 12/12/19
  • 8:30 - 4 p.m.
  • $25 – $75
  • All Ages
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  • Educational

Event Description

Trees Forever, the City of Cedar Rapids and the Holloway Environmental Trust announce Dr. George Hess with North Carolina State University’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources will be the keynote speaker at Our Woodland Legacy Symposium.

The symposium is on Thursday, December 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cedar Rapids Country Club, located at 550 27th St. Dr. SE.

This event brings together municipal and county leaders, business leaders, educators, engineers, developers, planners, architects, conservationists and activist citizens. Together we explore sustainable community development, considering the impact of trees and other green infrastructure on our local communities’ livability, economy, wellness, and our children’s ability to learn and thrive. 


Keynote Speech: Bringing Open Spaces to our Urban Lives

George Hess, Ph.D., North Carolina State Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources

Natural areas and green spaces in cities support healthy cultures, people, and environments. Our challenge is to reach “beyond the choir” and connect the dots in compelling and inclusive ways that bring everyone on board with the need to conserve nature in the city. Why? Because green spaces help protect clean water and natural habitats, provide opportunities for local farms and food, connect people with nature, and support public health and economic vitality. Dr. Hess will summarize research that supports these benefits, share initiatives that spread the message of conservation to the non-conservation communities, and review practices that make it work.