DECEMBER 2018 Forested Watersheds and Urban Forest Patch Connectivity in Bloomington, IN
Stephanie Freeman-Day with Burney Fischer assisting completed the on-line course “Adapting Urban Forested Watersheds to Climate Change” offered by the USFS Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science (NIACS) and running from November through December 2018. Our project builds upon and complements the Bloomington Urban Forestry Strategic Plan 2014-19, the recent completion of the City’s Sustainability Action Plan (Fall 2018) and the recently awarded contract to conduct a citywide street tree re-inventory and canopy cover analysis for the City of Bloomington (2019). The specific patches considered for this project are Griffy Nature Preserve and the Clear Creek watershed, which will be connected via both streetscape and forest patch restoration with attention to tree species composition that addresses environmental change impacts and vulnerabilities. The final PPT presentation outlines the project. A more complete white paper proposal from the project will be presented to the Bloomington Tree and Environmental Commissions as well as other entities in winter/spring 2019.