NOVEMBER 2018 Adapting Bloomington’s Urban Forest to Climate Change
Stephanie Freeman-Day with Burney Fischer assisting are taking the on-line course “Adapting Urban Forested Watershed to Climate Change” offered by the USFS Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and running from November through December 2018. This is a second offering by NIACS of their Climate Change Response Framework specifically for an urban forestry audience. Stephanie’s project for the course is “Assessing Potential Urban Forest Patch Connectivity in Bloomington IN.” The initial idea is to build upon products like the Bloomington Urban Forestry Strategic Plan 2014-19; the recent completion of the City’s Sustainability Action Plan and soon to be, announced citywide street tree re-inventory and canopy cover analysis. A pilot area will be selected and we will use urban forest data (tree canopy cover, patch species composition, etc.) to make recommendations for the rehabilitation of the urban forest based on climate change impacts and vulnerabilities. A white paper from the project will be presented to the Bloomington UF Tree Commission.