Urban forestry improves life in our cities. Trees provide cooling shade, reduce glare, clean the air of pollutants, provide habitat for wildlife, and prevent soil erosion while enhancing the visual aesthetics the way no man-made feature can. Municipalities throughout the state are searching for ways to improve their communities with trees. The C. Beaty Hanna Center will house an Extension forester to help address this demand.
Human wildlife interactions are another area of major concern as we as a society seek to balance modern life with a concern for maintaining wildlife habitat. When humans interact with wildlife potential conflicts arise and we seek to address these concerns in an environmental and humane way.
FORESTER and WILDLIFE: An Extension forestry and wildlife specialist (David Hubbard) is on staff to:
- Provide urban forestry and wildlife-related educational programs for interested clientele
- Inform the general public of the Urban and Community Forestry Financial Assistance Program
- Assist clientele with urban forestry and wildlife concerns
- Work with local and state groups and organizations to identify best forestry practices
- Provide research based publications on forestry and wildlife related issues