HF&G at the Alliance for Community Trees event & Partners in Community Forestry Conference
In early November, Courtney Blashka, Diana Sette, and Adi Shiloh, members of Holden Forests & Gardens’ community forestry team, and Sandra Alboro, part of the HF&G research team, headed Irvine, California for the 2018 Partners in Community Forestry Conference! The trip also gave them the opportunity to attend a Alliance for Community Trees’ event the day before the PCF conference.
The Alliance for Community Trees’ event was spent focusing on “how to create community through programs, projects, and development of [our] organization[s].” Lectures included topics such as:
Your Trees, Your Community, Your legacy
Creating a Community that Supports Your Mission
Sink or Swim: Mission Sustainability in a Post-Disaster Environment
Shifting Community Perception of Healthy Riparian Forest on Private Land
Community Engagement as if Your Nonprofit Depended on it
Many more topics were covered than those listed here, as well as networking opportunities, and a fun Family Feud style game to end a full, informative day. Staff members from other non-profit organizations, municipal government offices, CDCs, and state forestry departments attended, both as audience members and presenters.
Learning and networking opportunities such as this give staff the opportunity to bring back new ideas to benefit our region.