Planting Resiliency: Exploring Below-ground Mitigation Techniques for Urban Trees

Global Initiatives Committee

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11:00am PDT on Friday, May 12, 2023
12:00pm PDT on Friday, May 12, 2023

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Planting Resiliency: Exploring Below-ground Mitigation Techniques for Urban Trees

This project is the first comprehensive, long-term tree/infrastructure damage study that has been done in Hawaii, with intended results affecting urban environments. This project received funding from the Land Economics Foundation.  It was conceived through group of urban forest advocates and Dr. Andy Kaufman, University of Hawaii, at Manoa. The project was initiated in 2015 with the selection, installation and establishment of 50 tropical trees (Rainbow Shower (Cassia x nealiae) and Kou (Cordia subcordata) species, along with simulated sidewalks, and the testing of three planting pit sizes, root barriers, root paths, and Silva cell installation protocols.  Please join us. 

Andrew Kaufman, PhD

Dr. Kaufman is an Associate Professor/Landscape Specialist University of Hawaii. He teaches horticulture and landscape architecture course, and heads the Tropical Landscape and Human Interaction Lab, which is a multidisciplinary lab focused on investigating how plants affect people socially, psychologically, and physiologically and implications on landscape design and policy. Additionally, he has developed the Tropical Green Roof and Living Wall Research Center. He also conducts research on the mitigation of tsunami and storm surge by plants, invasive landscape species, and tropical tree research in Hawaii.





Myles Ritchie

CMyles Ritchie is a PhD candidate in the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the Programs Director of The Outdoor Circle, Hawaii's oldest environmental nonprofit. He is the Chair of the City and County of Honolulu’s mayor-appointed Arborist Advisory Committee, and is currently researching innovative mechanisms to improve heritage (aka exceptional, significant, monumental, champion, etc.,) tree programs around the world."