Resilient Design

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-C02 - Urban Forests: Maintaining a City of Trees Despite Changing Environments

Monday, October 23
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


This session explores the multifaceted strategies for urban forest management. Panelists will expand on the significant value of urban forests, including increased property values, energy conservation, stormwater treatment, air pollution reduction, and wildlife habitat. They will also discuss real-world solutions for preservation, planning, and maintenance to replenish aging urban forests.

Learning Objectives:

Jeremy Klemic

Associate, PLA, ASLA
SWA Group

Jeremy is a project manager and field specialist. His work through SWA directly addresses issues of drought and preservation of native landscapes in Southern California. His portfolio includes the City of Thousand Oaks Urban Forestry Master Plan, City of Santa Monica (Palisades Park, Chain Reaction Park, Reed Park, Public Safety Facility, North Beach Trail), and numerous water conservation landscape renovations for Cal State University Long Beach. As a member of SWA’s Field Group, Jeremy has performed Construction Observation and Administration services in the United States and internationally for civic, higher education, hospitality and resort renovation projects.


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Brian McKinnon

Manager Of Grounds & Landscaping Services
California State University Long Beach, Physical Planning / Facilities Management

Brian is a certified arborist, with a qualified applicators license, serving CSULB for over 27 years. He supervises a staff of 48 department employees and oversees the implementation of the Landscape Master Plan. The campus spans ~322 acres with over 7000 trees, encompassing a multitude of old growth groves. Brian manages the protection, maintenance, and replacement of the university’s urban forest. He is currently utilizing a variety of techniques to battle multiple pests and diseases exacerbated by recent drought conditions. He also champions the landscape portion of the university’s water action plan; renovating high water use planting into sustainable landscape.


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Greg McPherson

Research Forester
United States Forest Service

Dr. Greg McPherson is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Southwest Research Station located in Davis, CA. He works with a team of scientists to measure and model effects of trees on energy use, urban heat islands, air pollutant uptake, carbon sequestration, and rainfall interception. Their research is helping justify investments in urban forest planning and management. In 2000, Greg received the International Society of Arboriculture's L.C. Chadwick Award for Research. Greg was a co-founder and Chair of the Tree Growth and Longevity Working Group and serves on the California Urban Forest Advisory Council.


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Kevin Wilson

Public Works Superintendent
City of Thousand Oaks Public Works Department

Kevin Wilson is a certified arborist, municipal specialist, qualified tree risk assessor and state certified pesticide applicator. He also holds the position of chapter president of the Maintenance Superintendent’s Association. Kevin currently oversees the maintenance regimen for over 27,000 street trees in the City of Thousand Oaks and ~145 acres of open spaces and roadsides. He has been recognized as having a Model Urban Forestry Program by the American Public Works Association and was presented with the Exceptional Urban Forestry Program Award (2015) and the Best Urban Forestry Program of the Year Award (2011).


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MON-C02 - Urban Forests: Maintaining a City of Trees Despite Changing Environments

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