Associate Urban Forester, City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, FL
Overview: Through the 630-CITY Tree Planting Program, city residents help ‘green-up’ Jacksonville. Businesses and homeowners can request up to trees be planted in city-owned right of way in front of their property. The city’s team our team then selects the amount of trees based on right tree, right place. The only requirement is that owner waters the tree(s) and generally look out for the tree’s well-being. The city Urban Forestry Department’s mission is to protect existing trees and plant lots and lots of additional trees. Expanding Jacksonville’s tree inventory will increase birds’ habitat, beautify the city, provide needed shade, improve air quality, and reduce stormwater runoff, among other things. Come hear how this program works, its funding sources and how it could be implemented in a community near you.
Speaker Bio: Todd Little began his career in urban forestry with the City of Largo Parks Department as an intern prior to his freshman year in college. In this role, he focused primarily on conducting an update of the city’s street tree inventory and oversaw the development of a small tree planting project. From this first small experience in the field, Todd was hooked on urban forestry and was hopeful that he would be able to find a way back into this career field one day.
After completing this internship, Todd studied at the University of North Florida (UNF), where he completed bachelor’s degrees in history and political science, with a heavy emphasis on public administration. During his last semester at UNF, Todd was hired as an intern with the City of Jacksonville Urban Forestry Team. From the very beginning of his time in this internship, Todd was assigned to the 630-CITY tree planting project that he will be presenting more information on. In this program, residents of Jacksonville can call a central call center to request a tree, and if they are eligible, they will have a 3” caliper Florida Fancy tree planted within the right of way adjacent to their home. Due to his strengths in this role, Todd was quickly promoted to a full-time permanent position as associate urban forester.
Since January 2020, Todd has also been enrolled in the Masters of Natural Resources degree program at Oregon State University, where he has already completed the requirements for a concentration in urban forestry. This program has allowed Todd to add formal education on urban forestry to his quickly growing resume of on the job learning that he’s experienced through each of his two major urban forestry roles.
CEUs: This session is eligible for 1.5 FNGLA Certified Professional CEUs.
When: 1 - 2:30 p.m. Thursday, August 26, 2021
Cost: Pre-Registration: $50 | On Site: $75