2021 Annual Meeting: Keeping the Emerald Necklace Green

May 6, 2021
5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Zoom Webinar (Register Here)

Join us to learn about the Conservancy’s tree care program and why a healthy urban tree canopy is essential to our city.

Conservancy President, Karen Mauney-Brodek will share an update about our work over this past year. We’ll dive a bit deeper into our tree and landscape work with Erica Holm, the Conservancy’s Field Operations Coordinator. Erica will explain the work we’ve completed so far during the first seven-year tree pruning cycle of our Tree Inventory, Assessment and Management Plan, and where we hope to go in the future.

Dr. Jim Clark, the Managing Consulting Arborist for Hort Science | Bartlett Consulting and an internationally renowned arborist, will join us to speak about how this kind of tree care is beneficial for the long-term health of the tree canopy, for the humans interacting with it and for the environment.

To close out the event, we will be joined by an expert panel to discuss the importance of a healthy tree canopy from the perspective of the tree canopy and the nearby environment, direct human interaction in an urban environment and the broader public health impacts a tree canopy (or lack thereof) can have on the surrounding community.


Learn About Our 2021 Annual Meeting Speakers

Karen Mauney-Brodek
President, Emerald Necklace Conservancy
As the Conservancy’s President, Karen Mauney-Brodek works with Conservancy staff and board members to spearhead capital projects, develop and grow park programs, establish annual budgets, expand fundraising efforts and boost public awareness of the parks to further the organization’s mission to protect, restore and maintain the 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace. Her tenure has seen the successful planning and execution of Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace, a large-scale, world-class art exhibition of five “fog sculptures” from Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, which substantially increased the local and national profile of the Emerald Necklace parks, as well as the Conservancy’s partnership with neighborhood advocates for a major revitalization of Charlesgate Park, the start of the Emerald Necklace.

Erica Holm
Field Operations Coordinator, Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Erica helps manage tree care initiatives through the Conservancy’s Olmsted Tree Society program as well as landscape restoration projects throughout the Emerald Necklace.

Before joining the Conservancy, she conducted songbird research at the University of New Hampshire where she received a BS in Natural Resources. Erica has experience in research, environmental data analysis, retail sales, and music blogging. She can often be found taking long walks in Jamaica Plain with her rescue dog, Mango.

Dr. Jim Clark
Managing Consulting Arborist, HortScience | Bartlett Consulting

Jim has been a Managing Consulting Arborist at HortScience | Bartlett Consulting since 2018.  He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from the University of California (Davis).  He was Vice President and Principal with HortScience, Inc. from 1991 to 2018.

Jim is co-author (with Nelda Matheny) of several prominent books including Arboriculture – the integrated management of landscape trees, shrubs and vines (also with Dick Harris).  He served on the Board of Directors of both the International Society of Arboriculture and the American Society of Consulting Arborists.

Jim is an ISA Certified Arborist (WE-0846), ASCA tree and plant appraisal qualified, ISA tree risk assessment qualified, an Honorary Life Member of both the ISA and the Western Chapter as well as an all-around good guy.

Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s Muddy River Cleanup! We’re very excited to be able to host a socially distanced volunteer event spanning six days and seven parks, find a spot that works for you and sign up here: http://bit.ly/MuddyRiver21