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RESILIENCE: Our Forests and Their Champion Trees

May 12, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Trees provide a number of critical services to our community, yet we are losing them at a staggering rate. Join us for a lecture from City University of New York professor, Dr. Andrew Reinmann, in which we explore the many ways that trees improve our community’s health and wellness, and the important role that urban and suburban forests play in addressing the impacts of climate change.

Dr. Reinmann will also present the results from a recent research project that examined forests in urban and suburban areas and assessed the associated benefits of forests across Westchester County. This project helps to provide recommendations on where more trees can be planted, what tree species are likely to thrive in a changing climate, and how local communities can participate in restoring forest cover.

Following Dr. Reinmann’s presentation, we will highlight ways to get involved in our new citizen science project: The New Canaan Champion Tree Project. You can help us to identify New Canaan’s oldest and largest tree specimens, and create a catalogue of mighty maples and hearty hemlock. Don’t worry: if you can’t make the presentation, we’ll also have information about this citizen science project on our website.

This program is a part of the monthly series, “Resilience.” New Canaan Library is a proud recipient of the American Library Association’s “Resilient Communities” grant and has partnered with New Canaan Land Trust and Planet New Canaan to organize public programming focused on the themes of the films, “Fire and Flood: Queer Resilience in the Era of Climate Change” and “Decoding the Weather Machine.” These programs provide a fascinating window into what you thought you knew about climate change, and inspire participants to take local action to mitigate its consequences. Community members will be invited to learn from individuals and organizations that will share both local and national data and perspectives.

Dr. Andrew Reinmann is an ecologist and biogeochemist who focuses on plant ecophysiology and the terrestrial carbon cycle. He is particularly interested in understanding the effects of environmental change (e.g., climate change, urbanization, and land cover change) on the drivers of plant-mediated controls of terrestrial carbon cycling, and nitrogen dynamics as a limiting nutrient, across a continuum of human-disturbed ecosystems. His research draws from multiple disciplines and combines field observations, ecosystem experiments, and laboratory analyses with GIS, remote sensing, and modeling. Reinmann currently has projects in forested and human dominated landscapes throughout the mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S.

Dr. Reinmann is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences Initiatives at the City University of New York, and Assistant Professor of Geography at Hunter College. For his latest CV, click here.


May 12, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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New Canaan Land Trust
New Canaan Library
Planet New Canaan