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Urban Ravine Symposium

Thursday, October 10, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

TBG’s 4th annual symposium delivers a full-day of ravine exploration, learning and networking. In addition, participants have the option to attend a second day of plant-focused programming with the Urban Tree Workshop led by Henry Hughes from the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Register for both events and save!

Through tours, talks, displays and networking, this event will contribute greatly to the growing enthusiasm and expertise for urban ravine restoration. Check-out the exciting presentation line-up – a little science, a little art, and a whole lot of inspiration! Keep checking this page as more details become available.

Click here for the symposium agenda.
Click here for speaker and tour guide bios.

SYMPOSIUM HIGHLIGHTS

NEW! WATCH THE SYMPOSIUM VIA FREE LIVE STREAM
We recently received funding to livestream and record our Ravine Symposium. This will greatly extend the reach of our ravine discussions. If you are unable to attend this event in person, please consider joining the livestream on Thursday or accessing the recordings in a few weeks’ time.

Livestream instructions: Click here to go to the webcast portal home page; register to access the webcast, or log in if you have already registered; click on the live event.

KEYNOTE

Centennial Trees: Propagation and Planting Locally Sourced Native Trees

Henry Hughes initiated Birmingham Botanical GardensCentennial Trees more than ten years ago and continues to coordinate this program despite his recent retirement. In this inspirational keynote address, Henry will tell the story of grandmas, school kids, city officials and others who came together to grow and care for a native forest in a busy city.


INTERACTIVE SESSION

Connect to Protect – From Strategy to Implementation

How do we build upon the great thinking and work that has already taken place regarding Toronto’s ravines and coordinate results-based action? Ravine advocates will present ideas and engage discussion on how to best support the Toronto Ravine Strategy and enhance the overall protection and restoration of nature in these beloved places.


MINI SCIENCE FAIR

Propagation of Chautauqua oaks
Mary Jane Clark and Elias Abraham, Niagara College School of Horticulture

Soil remediation – essential for ecological restoration
Melanie Sifton, Forestry at Daniels, University of Toronto

The relationship between street tree health and urban stressors
Menilek Sisay Beyene, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough

Floristic quality as a monitoring indicator to inform natural areas management
Katherine Baird, Forestry at Daniels, University of Toronto

Deadwood invertebrates across an urbanization gradient
Praveen Jayarajan, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough

Cool Canada: Monitoring restoration and conservation using thermal imaging
Jonas Hamberg, School of Environment, Resource and Sustainability, University of Waterloo

Delineating seed source species and seed stands based on monitoring data
Mamta Goyal, Forestry at Daniels, University of Toronto

Indicators of natural cover quality: Evaluating vegetation composition in Toronto
Graham Ricketts-Moncur, Forestry at Daniels, University of Toronto

Monitoring urban forest naturalization plots
Janice Lam, Forestry at Daniels, University of Toronto

Japanese knotweed in Toronto’s ravines
Laura Curran and Lauren South, Forestry at Daniels, University of Toronto

Private land policy research in Toronto’s ravines
Justin Rai, Forestry at Daniels, University of Toronto


These events are generously supported by


This symposium has been pre-approved for 2.5 continuing education credits under SER’s CERP Program. In addition, it is eligible for OALA CE credits under Category 2: Relevant Educational Programs, and is pre-approved for Continuing Education Credits for ISA members.


SOLD OUT! Urban Tree Workshop: How to Grow Your Own Forest from Local Seed
Friday, October 11, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Henry Hughes of Birmingham Botanical GardensCentennial Trees will expand on his symposium keynote address, providing detailed advice on establishing and maintaining a native tree seed bank, seed propagation, seedling care, planting with volunteers, and long-term stewardship.

This workshop has been pre-approved for 4 continuing education credits under SER’s CERP Program. In addition, it is eligible for OALA CE credits under Category 2: Relevant Educational Programs, and is pre-approved for Continuing Education Credits for ISA members.

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