January 2020 Note from the Chairs

New Year, New Newsletter

With the new year, we’re proud to launch our new newsletter! The template is designed for an easier, more engaging read. 

Thank you all for another wonderful year with the Coalition. We always admire the hard work you do and novel ideas you bring forward to protect and promote urban forestry, and 2019 was no exception! We’re looking forward to learning from you all and seeing what we can accomplish together in 2020.

SUFC’s 15th Annual Meeting Set for March

On March 4, 2020, SUFC will host its 15th Annual Meeting at the UVA Darden Center in Arlington, Virginia. A Reception will follow at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. Be on the lookout for a Save the Date with more information on all meeting events.

Submit Proposals for the Annual Meeting!

SUFC has opened its 2020 Request for Proposals for our upcoming 15th Annual Meeting. Interested members should submit their programs, research ideas, new technologies or campaigns by the new deadlineJanuary 10, 2020. SUFC will select up to four projects, and each of the chosen project representatives will present an overview of their respective project along with a “Call for Collaboration” to the SUFC membership and supporters.

SUFC Hosts Several Events at Partners in Community Forestry Conference

In November, the Arbor Day Foundation hosted the annual Partners in Community Forestry Conference in Cleveland, Ohio where SUFC held three events.

SUFC’s Welcome Reception was held on Tuesday night. We had great turnout and successfully kicked off the conference. Thanks to everyone who came to chat and network with SUFC members!

Our Breakfast Briefing session was held on Thursday morning. This event allowed SUFC members, staff, and other peers to network and voluntarily share their current projects with the rest of the community.

On Thursday night, SUFC’s Policy Listening session included three Policy experts: Danielle Watson with the Society of American Foresters; Nick Miner with American Forests; and Earl Eutsler with the Washington, D.C. Department of Transportation representing the National Association of State Foresters. Thank you to our panelists and all who showed up for the event!

Strategic Planning Session Finds New and Improved Methods to Strengthen the Coalition

On December 11, the SUFC Steering Committee held a Strategic Planning Session to discuss the current structure and function of SUFC. Our discussions were led by the results from our previously distributed survey requesting input from all member organizations on the strengths and weaknesses of the Coalition. Several new suggestions and ideas were identified that could improve the Coalition’s efficiency, effectiveness, and value to the community. We’ll share the outcomes of the discussions soon. Thanks to your feedback, SUFC continues to improve and adapt to the needs of the community.