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Iowa Urban Tree Council Awards Luncheon

April 12, 2022 @ 10:00 am 2:30 pm

Tree-Mendous Growth

Celebrate with Tree City USA communities, Tree Campus projects, Tree Line successes and more at the annual Iowa Urban Tree Council luncheon. Get inspired with stories of volunteers from across the state during the presentation of awards.


10:00 am – Check-in and photographs
11:00 am – Welcoming Remarks
11:15 am – Keynote Speaker Mike Alonzo
11:45 am – Lunch
12:15 am – Awards & Tree City USA Recognition
2:00 pm – Final Remarks

Registration is now closed.
Mike Alonzo
Mike Alonzo is Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at American University, Washington, DC. He started in the urban forestry world with Casey Trees as a GIS Specialist who took interest in managing i-Tree projects including UFORE/i-Tree Eco studies. He thought, after that: “Getting permission to visit all of these DC field plots is hard; how much of urban forest inventory can be done from the air?” This took him to UC Santa Barbara to complete a PhD in Geography with a focus on urban forest inventory using hyperspectral imagery and lidar. After a boreal forest postdoc at NASA Goddard, he has a foot back in the urban realm focusing on urban tree response to heat and the potential for urban trees to cool their surroundings.
Changes from Previous Years

The 2022 event will be a hybrid in-person/virtual experience. Please limit in-person registration to two people from each community/organization. Guests in excess of two are encouraged to participate virtually. In-person guests will receive boxed lunches.

COVID-19 Policy
  1. Based on new CDC guidance, masks will be optional at this event. The CDC posts COVID-19 Community Levels as a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Polk County, Iowa is listed as a level medium, which does not include a recommendation for masking, except for people who are immunocompromised or at high risk for severe illness or if you live with someone at high risk. Masks will be available on site for attendees who wish to wear them.
  2. All attendees are encouraged to social distance throughout the event. The agenda, venue, and site capacity were all planned to allow for social distancing.
  3. If you have COVID symptoms, please stay home.
  4. All attendees are encourage to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer throughout the event.

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1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy
Ankeny, 50023 United States
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