Our Woodland Legacy Symposium

Join Trees Forever and our partners for the 2017 Our Woodland Legacy Symposium: Trees, Land, Water and Community on scheduled for December 7 at the Cedar Rapids Country Club.  The Symposium is a forum on current issues facing communities striving to conserve woodland areas and to improve the environment in our urban and rural areas.  Our goal is to engage policy makers and the public, support smart growth development, and quantify the benefits of trees and natural areas.


Trees, Land, Water and Community


Join us for a conversation with two experts on how trees and green space improve our health, help our community with important functions, such as stormwater management, and more.


Keynote Speakers


Trees, Water, and Wellness: Green Infrastructure and Human Health Co-Benefits


Green infrastructure is a proven method to address concerns of air quality, energy use, and water quantity and quality. Many installations in cities and towns focus on environmental services performance. Meanwhile, nearly 40 years of research demonstrate that nearby nature experiences, especially including trees, provide many human health and wellness benefits. Can green infrastructure be co-designed to generate environmental and public health co-benefits? Dr. Wolf will summarize the latest research on trees and wellness, and share her recent work on green stormwater infrastructure as the source of aesthetic and health-promoting benefits.


Back by popular demand, Dr. Kathleen Wolf is an internationally-known Research Social Scientist at the College of the Environment, University of Washington. She is also a research associate with the US Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station on urban forestry studies. Dr. Wolf's research explores the human dimensions of urban ecosystems. She has also worked professionally as a landscape architect and as an environmental planner. Kathy's professional mission is to discover, understand and communicate human behavior and benefits, as people experience nature in cities and towns. Moreover, Kathy is interested in how scientific information can be integrated into local government policy and planning. She has served with national organizations that promote nature in cities, such as the Transportation Research Board national committee on Landscape and Environment,  the Sustainable Sites Initiative, and the TKF Foundation. You can view her research at www.naturewithin.info; and the Green Cities: Good Health project at: www.greenhealth.washington.edu



Green Infrastructure for 21st Century Cities


Peter’s presentation, both practical and technical, will  address the many proven benefits of green infrastructure practices, including being less resource-intensive than gray infrastructure-only solutions.  Peter will also take a deep look at roots and soils, and help us to understand how green infrastructure can manage everyday stormwater problems, while saving the full capacity of gray infrastructure for emergency high intensity storms (“Rain Bombs”).


Peter MacDonagh, FASLA, PLA, ISA, LEED, RHS.  Director of Science & Design, Kestrel Design Group (1990 to Present) & Adjunct Practice Professor, University of Minnesota (1999 to Present)

Peter has more than 30 years of experience providing ecological and sustainable site design for stormwater management, lake and river restoration, natural areas management plans, botanical inventories, urban forests, green roof installations and mining reclamation.  A Registered Landscape Architect in seven states and one Canadian Province, he was inducted as a Fellow of the ASLA in 2013.  Peter has more than 30 regional, state, national and international awards and thousands of projects using trees and soil for stormwater management.




Trees, Land and Water for Municipal, Commercial and Residential Developments

 - A discussion of best & worst practices, results, and ordinances


 Trees, Land and Water for Homes and Neighborhoods

- A discussion of examples, and the impact of individual and neighborhood efforts


For a more detailed agenda, click here.




$75 non-members

$50 members

$25 students/AmeriCorps


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"As an educational forum, Our Woodland Legacy Symposium is nothing short of a remarkable confluence of nationally renowned thinkers and local environmentalists, planners, developers, public health professionals and public officials."

Les Beck

Director of Linn County Planning and Development