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“Trees for People”: Developing a Tree & Shade Plan for Your Community


Resource Group Presentations

March 27th 2013, 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mesa Arts Center, Contemporary Arts Building, Dobson Lecture Hall 1 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201


  1. – Provide municipal and tribal communities with steps that can be taken to develop a Tree and Shade Plan.
  2. – Show how a Tree and Shade Plan ties into general plans, compliance issues, heat island concerns and Low Impact Development (LID).
  3. – Demonstrate local success stories through presentations from other communities.
  4. – Offer communities the available Tree and Shade Plan resources.

View the flyer for the event here.


  1. 7:30-8:00 a.m.: Registration, networking and refreshments
  2. 8:00-8:15 a.m.: Welcome, Anne Reichman, Program Manager – ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network; Dave Richins, Councilmember, City of Mesa
  3. 8:15-9:30 a.m.: “Speak for the Trees”: Developing a Tree and Shade Plan, Lysistrata Hall, Richard Adkins, City of Phoenix
  4. 9:30-9:45 a.m.: Break, refreshments, visit resource booths
  5. 9:45-10:00 a.m.: From Quartzsite to Phoenix, You Too Can Become a Tree City USA, Donna DiFrancesco, City of Mesa
  6. 10:00-10:20 a.m.: It Takes a Village to Plant Trees (And Grants Help), Joanne Toms, City of Glendale
  7. 10:20-11:00 a.m.: Green Infrastructure and the Urban Forest – Thinking Outside the Planter Box, James DeRoussel, Watershed Management Group
  8. 11:00 a.m.-Noon: Growing Connections to Achieve Goals: Tree and Shade Plan Resources
    • – Urban & Community Forestry –Arizona State Forestry: Alix Rogstad, Program Manager; Tree City USA, Federal and State Grants
    • – Arizona Community Tree Council: Heilee O’Quinn, Community Development; Membership Benefits, Certified Arborist Training, Tree Care Workshops
    • – Valley Permaculture Alliance: Debbie Fishell, Shade Tree Program Director; APS and SRP Shade Tree Programs
    • – Arizona Nursery Association: Susan Chase, Communication and Education Director; Plant Something campaign, Container Grown Tree Guide
    • – Arizona Landscape Contractors Association: Janet Waibel and Judy Gausman, Sustainable Landscape Management Certification Program
  9. Noon-1:00 p.m.: Lunch, networking, visit resource booths

Sponsorship Opportunity:

The anticipated attendance for this workshop is between 50-70 municipal employees and/ or tribal community members. Sponsorships are available and sponsors will receive recognition on promotional materials at the workshop.

  • – Morning refreshments sponsor: $400-$500
  • – Lunch sponsor: $500-$800

*For more information on the workshop and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Donna DiFrancesco at (480) 644-3334 or at