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Resilience: Our Forests and Their Champion Trees

May 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm

Location: Online

Please join us for this live webinar on Wednesday, May 12th at 7:00 pm EST.


Trees provide a number of critical services to communities, yet we are losing them at a staggering rate. Join us for a lecture from City University of New York professor, Dr. Andrew Reinmann, in which we explore the many ways that trees improve a community’s health and wellness, and the important role that urban and suburban forests play in addressing the impacts of climate change.

Dr. Reinmann will also present the results from a recent research project that examined forests in urban and suburban areas and assessed the associated benefits of forests across Westchester County. This project helps to provide recommendations on where more trees can be planted, what tree species are likely to thrive in a changing climate, and how local communities can participate in restoring forest cover.

Following Dr. Reinmann’s presentation, we will highlight ways to get involved in our new citizen science project: The New Canaan Champion Tree Project. You can help us to identify New Canaan’s oldest and largest tree specimens, and create a catalogue of mighty maples and hearty hemlock. Don’t worry: if you can’t make the presentation, we’ll also have information about this citizen science project on our website.

Dr. Andrew Reinmann is an ecologist and biogeochemist who focuses on plant ecophysiology and the terrestrial carbon cycle. He is particularly interested in understanding the effects of environmental change (e.g., climate change, urbanization, and land cover change) on the drivers of plant-mediated controls of terrestrial carbon cycling, and nitrogen dynamics as a limiting nutrient, across a continuum of human-disturbed ecosystems. His research draws from multiple disciplines and combines field observations, ecosystem experiments, and laboratory analyses with GIS, remote sensing, and modeling. Reinmann currently has projects in forested and human dominated landscapes throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. For his latest CV, click here.

New Canaan Library is a proud recipient of the American Library Association’s “Resilient Communities” grant and has partnered with New Canaan Land Trust and Planet New Canaan to organize public programming centered around films which explore climate change and community resilience. These films and the accompanying programs provide a fascinating window into what you thought you knew about climate change, and inspire participants to take local action to mitigate its consequences. 

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May 12, 2021
7:00 pm
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