Mississippi Urban Forestry Council Meets in Ridgeland Nov. 1 & 2, 2018

MS Urban Forest Council Meeting in Ridgeland MS November 1-2, 2018

The Mississippi Urban Forest Council (MUFC) has chosen the City of Ridgeland to hold the 31st statewide urban forestry conference on November 1 & 2, 2018 at the Bill Waller Craft Center.  The MUFC board chose Ridgeland because of its outstanding examples of urban and community forestry.

“The City of Ridgeland exemplifies the use and benefits of urban forestry.  The City uses trees and landscapes to enhance both their economic commercial areas and their recreational areas.  Good examples in the city include the urban forest along Harbor Drive and the landscapes planted along the bike trail as well as other residential and commercial areas in the city. We look forward to this educational event in Ridgeland.  Other communities and those that manage public or private property will learn a lot about trees, landscapes, pollinators and much more,” said Donna Yowell, MUFC Executive Director

Allen Hart with the City of Ridgeland will share some city projects and ways they use landscapes to enhance economic growth as well as quality of life.

The educational event “Trees, Shrubs, Pollinators and More for City and Farm Landscapes” will be held at the Bill Waller Craft Center on Lake Harbor Drive on November 1 & 2, 2018 from 9 am-5 pm.    The Mississippi Urban Forest Council, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the MS Department of Environmental Quality are hosting the event. The training will feature topics for both city and farm landscapes. The two-day event also features nationally recognized speakers and professionals from MS University and LSU and the key note speaker is Dr. Malcolm Guidry from Mandeville, La.

Two day registration is $75 and you can register on their Facebook (@msurbanforest) page or their website www.msurbanforest.com. Day two on Friday ( 9am-Noon) registration is only is $20 or free if you are a producer or farmer.

The event is open to the general public and provides continuing education hours for professionals. Learn how to create a more sustainable, healthy landscape in your community, at home or on the farm.

 Trees enhance property values, improve the look and feel of commercial areas, and even help reduce crime! Join with the Mississippi Urban Forest Council and learn how to plant and manage the trees in your community.  The Mississippi Urban Forest Council and its volunteers, the Urban Forest Masters have planted over 279,000 trees in Mississippi since 2005.  For more information on Edible Forests visit their website.

For more information, contact MUFC Executive Director Donna Yowell at dyowell@aol.com or call 601-672-0755.

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