Concurrent Sessions - Group C

S-C5: Building Resilient People, Communities, and Sustainable Green Infrastructure

Omni Shoreham January 8, 2019 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Extreme weather events have challenged the nation’s communities to respond and adapt.  Research and practitioner experience has demonstrated that natural resource stewardship activities can play a key role in helping community and individual long-term recovery from natural disturbances such as hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and wildfire, as well as from human-caused disasters, such as terrorism and other forms of violence.  The act of coming together, working side-by-side, and creating change helps individuals and communities recover emotionally, psychologically, and/or spiritually. And the resulting stewardship and restoration of public spaces can help communities become stronger than before the trauma by strengthening social cohesion through acts of shared creation, memorialization, storytelling, and care. The US Forest Service and partners have worked together to co-develop and strengthen local approaches that grow more resilient people, communities, and the natural resources that sustain them.  In this panel, the District of Columbia Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the nonprofit Casey Trees will lay out the scope of the problem and their response, and the Forest Service will introduce recent study findings and new products that will help communities to focus and prioritize local investment in people and green infrastructure to sustainably mitigate storm impacts over time.


Session Organizer(s):

  • Carlos Rodriguez, PhD, Deputy Chief of Research and Development, USDA Forest Service
  • Phillip Rodbell, National Program Leader, Urban Forest Research



  • Earl Eutsler, District of Columbia Department of Transportation, Director, Urban Forestry Administration
  • Jessica Sanders, PhD, Director of Science and Policy, Casey Trees
  • Nancy Sonti, PhD, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service
  • Carlos Rodriguez, PhD, Deputy Chief of Research and Development, USDA Forest Service