Each year’s program focuses on a timely topic, designed to bring together professionals involved in the different components of large-scale urban restoration and green infrastructure projects, including landscape architects, garden designers, landscape contractors, restoration companies and organizations, project managers and landscape maintenance staff from institutions and agencies.
The next Urban Natural Areas Seminar is tentatively scheduled for winter 2019.
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2017: Nature in the Balance: An Interdisciplinary View of Urban Area Restoration
January 11 & 12, 2017, 8:30am-3pm
Center for Urban Horticulture
3501 NE 41st St., Seattle, WA 98105
Thank you to our planning committee, the speakers, and all who attended!
Seminar description: Building on the strong response to the first seminar of this type held last year, this two-day seminar brings together professionals involved in all phases of urban restoration projects to discuss some of the unique challenges and the strategies for planning, designing, constructing and maintaining restoration projects within high density urban areas. Restoring natural areas in urban locations is made uniquely challenging by the simple proximity of people to those restoration efforts.
This year we are focusing on the challenges of undertaking restoration given the pressures of urbanization, including both human health benefits and safety concerns, tensions between restoration and visitor usage, project sustainability and managing wildlife. Participants and presenters will work together to identify ways to bridge theory and practice as we work toward restoration projects that successfully meet our communities’ ecological, social, and economic goals.