Creating an Urban Forest

Our new city forester, is coming to talk to us about keeping our city green and healthy. He is on the Task Force dealing with the Formosan Termites that decimated the Women’s Club at the Cummer Museum and is tracking the spread of the termites through Riverside. He graduated from UF and his first job was in Hannover, Germany; but now he is back in Jacksonville, living at Riverside, and doing tree risk What comes to mind when you hear the words “Urban Forest”? Sequoias planted in Hemming Park, an acre of Slash Pines growing next to the Prime Osborn or hundreds of Magnolias surrounding Friendship Fountain? You might be surprised to know that Jacksonville actually has an Urban Forest Strike Team to assess the health of the trees in our city. Richard Leon, assessments all over the city. He is a wealth of information and happy to share his knowledge. Come to hear him speak and then ask him questions about your own suburban forests.

The Duval County Extension Service offers all sorts of advice about plants, bushes and trees to help us keep our city green and beautiful. http://duval.ifas.ufl.edu/UrbanForestry-DuvalCountyExtension-UniversityofFloridaIfas.shtml

If you are new to Deercreek or haven’t joined any of the groups in the neighborhood, come and try us out and check the schedule of monthly programs. We often stay for lunch together after the meetings, so you can get to know your neighbors. Call our Membership Chair, Anne Kleuppel at 519-5368 for more information.