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February Meeting - Trees of Ill Repute

  • Mon, February 13, 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Surfside Race Place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

Robin Rivet
Trees of Ill Repute: Shifting From Maligned to Benign

Certified Arborist, Master Gardener, and urban forestry administrator, Robin Rivet, will discuss Trees of Ill Repute: Shifting From Maligned to Benign. Responding to the question "Can we mend our broken urban forest?"

Rivet will explore how the urban forest impacts a city's sustainability. She will share some ecological evaluation tools, discuss some lesser-known trees, describe best urban forestry practices, and talk about San Diego's Urban Mapping Project. Robin poses the question: "Our urban forest is broken, but can we mend it?" There's much more to trees than broken sidewalks and blocked views. Her presentation will explore the status of San Diego County's urban forest and how it may impact the future sustainability of our region's cities.

Some topics to be addressed include why so many trees fail or at least fail to flourish, what we can do better, why we need to, and what's on the horizon? Some cool tools to calculate the ecological value of trees and landscapes will be shared, and some of our region's lesser-known trees will be discussed and showcased. Attendees will learn how every urban tree can be counted and why it matters that we do so. Robin Rivet is a trained naturalist, landscape designer, and certified arborist, and a UCCE Master Gardener for over 15 years. Her undergraduate degree is in earth science and fine art, with post-graduate education in horticulture, arboriculture, landscape architecture, pest management and urban agriculture.

Robin holds lifetime certifications in utility forestry, and currently serves as the administrator for the Advice and Technical Center (ATAC) for Urban Forestry at the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), where she provides technical assistance for San Diego County residents, businesses, non-profits and municipalities. Previously, Robin was the CCSE program manager for the Cool Communities Shade Tree Program. Robin currently serves on the City of San Diego's Community Forest Advisory Board and is a charter member of the City of La Mesa's Environmental Sustainability Commission. She represents our region on the state policy advisory council for the California Urban Forests Council, and locally
assists the executive board on the regional urban forest council.

Robin helps tend a large home orchard and garden in La Mesa where the property is also a certified wildlife habitat. She writes the monthly"Trees Please" column for the San Diego Horticultural Society newsletter.


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