The Sixth Annual Urban Forest Symposium: Climate Change and the Urban Forest, will be held May 28 at the University of Washington Botanic Gardens’ Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle.

Cost is $75 per person, with lunches available for $15 (free lunch for the first 100 registratnts).

This year’s urban forest symposium takes an in-depth look at climate change and considers the impact to the urban forest. Learn about the climatic changes our region can expect and strategies that can be used to plan and manage for a healthy and resilient urban forest. Presenters will discuss the expected changes to the climate, urban forest responses, and what urban foresters and advocates can do to prepare. Presentations will be relevant to urban foresters, landscape professionals, restoration ecologists, tree care professionals, consulting arborists, sustainability professionals, urban planners, landscape designers, landscape architects, municipal managers, and tree advocates.

Presenters include: 

Greg McPherson, Research Forester, Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics – Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service

Jim Robbins, journalist and author of The Man Who Planted Trees

Nick Bond, Washington State Climatologist and Principal Research Scientist for the UW Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean

Nancy Rottle, RLA, ASLA, Associate Professor at University of Washington and founding Director of the UW Green Futures Research and Design Lab

Tom Hinckley, Professor Emeritus, University of Washington School of Environmental and Forest Sciences

Drew Zwart, Ph.D. Plant Pathology and Physiology, Bartlett Tree Experts

Municipal Representatives on putting urban forest-related climate change plans into action


Sponsors include the Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment, and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Supporters include The Davey Tree Expert Co., Thundering Oak Enterprises, Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc., Trees for Life, and Colin Moseley.

For more information, or to register, e-mail, call 206-685-8033 or visit