City Trees

May/June 2015

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28 City Trees The Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI) is a week-long, high-level training program for professionals in urban forest- ry related positions who want to develop leadership skills for their work in the field of urban and community forestry. Ask any MFI graduate, and they will tell you what an empowering, career-transforming experi- ence MFI is. This was the tenth year of MFI! It took place in a beautiful new location, the Oregon Botanic Garden, just south of Portland. It was a full house, with 60 participants from the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong. (Thank you, International Society of Arboriculture, for providing an international scholarship— MFI 2015: Moments of Epiphany it truly adds so much to MFI to have such a diverse audience.) There were 20 different U.S. states and two Canadian provinces represented. Thirty-eight attendees work for a city, 12 work for state forestry agencies, and eight work for nonprofits. The participants have varying degrees of supervisory responsibility and budget oversight, but most all of the attend- ees manage or support a program having to do with urban forestry in some way. Some are planners, some are foresters, some are natural resources professionals. We asked some of the 2015 graduates to send in a selfie with a one-line "Moment of Epiphany" from their experience at MFI.

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