Cincinnati Parks attending Inaugural ‘World Forum on Urban Forests’

Dave Gamstetter stands before a poster for the International Film Festival of the Urban Forest

Cincinnati Parks attending Inaugural ‘World Forum on Urban Forests’

In late 2015, Cincinnati Parks starred in the documentary Trees in Trouble. The film describes the threat posed to our forests by insects and highlights our efforts to respond to the Emerald Ash Borer crisis. It also explores the history of Urban Forestry in the US and Cincinnati’s unique leadership dating back to our hosting of the US’s first Urban Forestry Congress in 1882. If you have not previously viewed the film, it is worth your time.  (Both a film trailer and the full movie are available for viewing online.)

The film was selected as the only US film chosen as a finalist in the International Film Festival of the Urban Forest taking place in Mantova, Italy. Cincinnati Parks Urban Forestry’s own Dave Gamstetter was invited to attend the award ceremony.

Even more exciting than this recognition, the film festival is just one component of the first ever World Forum on Urban Forests. Dave is also invited to participate in the forum where he will represent the Cincinnati Park Board, further ensuring Cincinnati’s seat at the table as a world leader in conservation.

“Given Dave’s distinguished career and expertise in the field, I can think of no one better to represent us. On behalf of Cincinnati Parks, we extend our gratitude to his entire team for their industry leadership making such an opportunity possible,” said Wade Walcutt, Director Cincinnati Parks.

The conference is sponsored by the United Nations and the Italian government. Here Dave will meet with representatives of national and local governments, research and academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, urban planners, urban foresters, arborists, landscape architects and designers and professionals from other fields to share experiences and discuss possible long-term collaboration. The aim is to highlight the effective examples of planning, design and management approaches of cities, which have used urban forestry and green infrastructure to develop economic and environmental services and to strengthen social cohesion and public involvement.

Beyond just displaying leadership, Cincinnati Parks will benefit greatly from learning about the latest urban tree trends, predictions, practices, grant opportunities and science. This is just one way in which Cincinnati Parks efforts as an organization to advance conservation are being recognized. In this case the tradition is rich and extends all the way back to 1882.