Join Dovetail Partners at the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting on March 29th


Dovetail's Executive Director to speak on urban forest assessments and urban tree use


(Minneapolis, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners on Tuesday, March 29th in San Francisco, California at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Annual Conference. The AAG Annual Meeting is geared towards geographers, GIS specialists, environmental scientists and other natural resource leaders. Attendees are presented each year with the latest information in geography research and applications, sustainability and GIScience. This year's meeting will feature over 6,600 presentations, posters, and field trips by leading researchers, scholars, and experts.


Dovetail's Executive Director, Kathryn Fernholz, will be taking part in a morning Paper Session on March 29th titled "Trees in the City 2: Ecological, social or economic benefits and costs of urban forests". This session will address a growing trend over the past decade of many North American cities re-investing in their urban forests. The session will highlight justifications for urban forestry investments, including concepts such as the potential of increasing ecosystem services, using trees as green infrastructure to reduce the demand for gray infrastructure, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and/or addressing existing uneven access to a natural amenity.


As part of this session, Kathryn will be presenting an abstract titled "Urban Forest Assessments and Urban Tree Use: Lessons Learned from Minneapolis/St. Paul (MN), Raleigh (NC) and Richmond, (VA)". This presentation will provide an introduction to the clustering concept of economic development and address some of the key findings from recent urban forest policy and program studies completed in three states - Minnesota, North Carolina, and Virginia. The presentation will also provide examples of approaches being used in communities to address urban forest management, urban forest assessment tools, and increased opportunities for economic, social and environmental benefits. The work shared in this presentation has been supported by the North Carolina Forest Service, Virginia Department of Forestry, the USDA Forest Service, Wood Education and Resource Center, and the US Forest Service, Southern Region.


Kathryn Fernholz is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a wide range of roles. With a consulting firm, her work included natural resource inventories, comprehensive planning, environmental impact assessments and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While working for the Community Forestry Resource Center, she developed and managed a group certification project for family forests and worked to increase local capacity to provide forest management and marketing services that are compatible with certification standards. She is also an experienced Forest Management Certification Lead Auditor. Kathryn has a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources.


The 2016 AAG Annual Meeting will take place from March 29th-April 2nd at Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Additional information and registration can be found here:


About the American Association of Geographers
The American Association of Geographers is a nonprofit scientific and educational society founded in 1904. For more than 100 years the AAG has contributed to the advancement of geography. Its members from more than 60 countries share interests in the theory, methods, and practice of geography, which they cultivate through the AAG's Annual Meeting, scholarly journals and an online newsletter.