The Congress theme is “The Urban Forest – Diverse in Nature”.
This event is also the 13th Canadian Urban Forest Conference, the Annual Conference of the PNW-ISA and the 3rd UTD Conference.

The committee is currently working on putting together a great program that will combine these three conferences together and allow the attendees to learn something new and relevant to their occupation.

The geographical focus of the event will be regional (BC, Pacific), national (Canada) and international (including US-Canada). Participants will include practitioners (arborists, urban foresters, park managers, landscape architects, foresters), policy makers, researchers, educators and not/for/profit organizations.

Subthemes will include:

  • People Diversity, City Diversity - how people and communities of different backgrounds perceive and use urban forests
  • Urban Forest Diversity - studying the different parts of the urban forest, and promoting diverse and resilient urban forests
  • Urban Forest Management: Diverse Challenges, Diverse Approaches the many different ways in which we manage our urban forests
  • Governance and Partnerships for Diverse Urban Forests - exploring different governance approaches and partnerships for successful urban forestry
  • Natural Diversity in Our Urban Forests the role of nature, and approaches for rewilding our cities
  • Diversity in Urban Forestry Education and Communication - training the arborists and urban foresters of the future, and telling about urban forestry and its benefits
  • Integrative Perspectives on Diversity in Urban Forestry

The committee has also started identifying and inviting keynote speakers.

A preliminary program at a glance has been included here for your reference and will be updated as the program develops. Please note this program is subject to change.