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Electronic Media Tutorial Programs to Improve Urban Tree Establishment and Maintenance (00-DG-11083150-350)

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This project developed, produced and distributed electronic media programs about basic urban tree information.

This project will develop, produce, and distribute nationally, tutorial electronic media programs with information and training examples about basic urban tree establishment and maintenance techniques. Internet formats with national links, videos suitable for television and/or cable programming, and diskettes for computer-assisted learning will be prepared especially for training purposes. The message will be that trees are valuable assets in the urban landscape, but that specific selection, planting and maintenance techniques are needed to ensure successful establishment. Although most of these techniques are simple, they are not well known, nor practiced, in the tree service industry because they are relatively new. Unfortunately, this means those currently used but earlier references, especially texts and printed brochures, and recommendations are now out of date.

Tutorial programs will address two specific priorities of NUCFAC:

1.Information, communication, and the dissemination of technological knowledge to strengthen urban forestry programs and empower communities to improve their urban forests;

2.Educating people to empower them to develop and preserve healthy urban landscape trees by demonstrating selection, planting and maintenance procedures to ensure successful establishment of young trees, and by demonstrating proper pruning of mature trees.

Project Objectives:

1. World Wide Web site development, registration and maintenance.

2. 3/4 inch video segments (3-5 minute) for distribution to national PBS television affiliates (no guarantee of presentation);

3. Similar VHS video segments, full length and 3-5 minute segments, for training events;

4. Similar Digital Video Disks (DVD) for training events and some public distribution;

5. Zip Disks and Compact Disks (CD) in Power Point, for training and public presentations;

6. Floppy Disks in Macintosh and Microsoft format, for text presentation.

Airhart, Douglas
(931) 372-3288
Tennessee Technological University
School of Agriculture
P.O. Box 5034
Cookeville, TN 38505
Total Project Cost
$ 157,508
Federal Share
$ 78,754
Grantee Share
$ 78,754
Year of Award
Year of Expiration
FS Manager
Ed Macie and Nancy Stremple
USDA Forest Service
1720 Peachtree Road, N.W., Suite 846N
Atlanta GA 30367
(404) 347-7203
Grant Categories
Education, Communication & Outreach, None
Urban Forest Management
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