Trees offer a range of ecological benefits that include, but are not limited to, the reduction of stormwater runoff. As cities grow or redevelop, there are opportunities to reduce reliance on traditional gray infrastructure elements (e.g., drains and pipes) through the use of trees, green infrastructure, and knowledge of the site’s traditional natural hydrology. This session with highlight a recently completed, Forest Service-funded tool which helps urban foresters, planners, and civil engineers work together to identify the natural pathways of water and determine how best to treat water onsite using green infrastructure elements and the urban forest. Insights from Tampa, FL (United States) and Milwaukee, WI (United States) case studies will be shared.
Rob Northrop, Hillsborough County Urban Forestry Extension Agent
Andrew Koeser, UF Urban Landscape Management Assistant Professor
UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology