Celine Colbert, urban service forester with the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry, will present an educational seminar on urban forests Thursday, Oct. 27, at noon, in the Center for Research and Economic Development on Waynesburg University’s campus.
“During my talk, I will dive into the many values of urban forests to emphasize why the urban forest trail project is so valuable to the University,” said Colbert. “I will also discuss Environmental Stewardship and its importance in urban forestry.”
Following her presentation, Colbert will spend time providing an evaluation of the newly renovated Waynesburg University Urban Forest and Walking Trail, which was funded by a recent $20,000 grant from the EQT Foundation.
The urban forest trail consists of approximately 2 square miles, including 1.5 miles of walking trails and wooded areas that will be preserved for student research and environmental restoration.
Colbert is hopeful her visit will help share the importance of urban forestry.
“Urban forests provide vast benefits from improved mental and physical health to storm water retention to thriving economies and so much more,” she said. “Many studies have proven that healthier trees are correlated with healthier and happier people.”
For more information about the seminar or Waynesburg’s urban forest trail, contact Dr. Janet Paladino, assistant professor of biology, at 724-852-3281 or email@example.com.
Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.
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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations
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