Learn about the importance of trees for Miami-Dade County and how to prepare for hurricane season year-round

Hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1, but in South Florida, planning for a hurricane is a year-round job for urban planners and government leaders who play a role in ensuring our community’s resiliency against storms. Landscape professionals, urban planners, government officials, and residents are encouraged to attend Neat Streets Miami’s Leaf Workshop: Hurricanes & Our Urban Tree Canopy, to discuss hurricane preparedness as it relates to trees and other urgent topics, on Friday, May 4, 2018, 7:30 a.m. – noon, at the Arcola Lakes Senior Center, 8401 NW 14 Avenue, Miami, FL.

The half-day workshop will feature national and local speakers who will focus on: activating and communicating with the public before and after a storm; maintaining our urban tree canopy year-round; urban tree risk assessment; debris management; creating resilient ecosystems and streetscapes; and the role corporations play in building a resilient community. Vice President of Conservation Programs for American Forests Jad Daley will be the keynote speaker, followed by informal panels to discuss the above topics and more. The 2018 Leaf Summit also marks the culmination of American Forests’ Miami Tree Week.

Trees and vegetation are among the most important lines of defense against storms,” said Neat Streets Miami Manager Gabriela Lopez. “Many people only see the fallen trees, but trees in fact, absorb much of a storm’s impact to a community, and plants, like mangroves, have been well-documented as a strong defense against storm surges along the coastline.  The 2018 Leaf Workshop will highlight the important role trees play in our community while stressing the need to properly plan for, and maintain, our urban tree canopy year-round.”

The 2018 Leaf Workshop is sponsored by American Forests and Bank of America. Cost to attend is $10.  To register, please visit https://2018LeafWorkshopMiami.eventbrite.com. For more information, please email GreenUp@miamidade.gov or call 305-755-7849.

About Miami-Dade Parks

Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. The non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.

About Neat Streets Miami

Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional County board dedicated to creating beautiful, green and safe transportation corridors, gateways and connections.  Chaired by Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, the Board is made up of elected officials, professionals, advocates and non-profits who work together on quality of life initiatives, such as, Adopt-A-Road, Million Trees Miami and Safer People, Safer Streets.