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2019 Training Schedule and Field Season Update!

Chicago, IL - August 13 & 14
HTHC will train advocates working with the Imani Village, on the South Side of Chicago. Their project will inventory and check tree health in 2 neighborhoods and complements data collection from 2018. HTHC is partnering with TNC Illinois, Trinity United Church of Christ, and Morton Arboreteum. If there is enough interest, a separate training session may be scheduled for anyone interested in being trained on HTHC's methods! 

Boise, Idaho - August 20
HTHC will be in Boise for a training on August 20, hosted by our partners, TNC Boise and the Treasure Valley Tree Council. This will be part of the Treasure Valley Municipal Forestry Workshop, 9am-5pm (with HTHC's training starting at noon, and a demo of Tree Plotter in the morning). Location: Boise Depot meeting room, 2603 W Eastover Terrace, Boise ID 83706.

Albuquerque, New Mexico - September 25
HTHC, partnered with Corazon Latino, will host a train the trainers event for community groups in Albuquerque, supporting TNC New Mexico's work to improve the tree canopy in Albuquerque. Location and schedule TBA. 

For more information about the upcoming HTHC trainings, email Rachel Holmes, HTHC Coordinator, for more information ( 

HTHC has been busy in 2019 with trainings and supporting field work in Wilmington, Delaware; supporting the Green Heart Project in Louisville, KY; Albuquerque, NM; and partnering with Texas Trees Foundation, the City of Dallas, and Groundwork Dallas in Dallas, TX. Check out our social media feeds (on the right) for some pictures!


The Nature Conservancy’s Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities (HTHC) Tree Health initiative seeks to protect the health of our nation’s trees, forests, and communities by creating a culture of stewardship that engages people in long-term stewardship and monitoring of the trees in their respective communities. 

This Initiative utilizes citizen science principles and actions in partnership with the US Forest Service to improve the long term health of urban forest resources and to address the threat that non-native tree pests pose to our trees and forests. This initiative strengthens urban tree stewardship efforts by: creating and enhancing partnerships to achieve mutual urban forest management goals; assisting the urban forestry community in its assessment of the vulnerability of trees to potential threats; developing information, training materials, and tools to promote best management practices for the stewardship of trees; engaging corporations, community members and youth in urban forest management activities such as tree-planting, stewardship, and tree health monitoring; and conducting outreach to diverse audiences to raise public awareness about the importance of trees and what people can do to ensure we have vibrant and healthy urban forests for generations to come. For more information, please visit our About page

For more information about HTHC, please visit our About page

Interested in how HTHC’s protocols and methods work to give users and researchers vitally important tree health data? Visit the How HTHC Works page.

Want to see if HTHC can work for your needs? Visit the Is HTHC Right for Me page

Email Rachel Holmes, HTHC Coordinator, for more information on the Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Tree Health Initiative.
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