Dr. Janaki R.R. Alavalapati, Dean
School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences
3301 Forestry and Wildlife Building
602 Duncan Drive
Auburn, Alabama 36849-3418
Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences Fall Seminar Series Presents:
Mr. Dale Dickens, Alabama Urban Forestry Coordinator with the Alabama Forestry Commission, will give a talk titled, Alabama’s Urban Forest Strike Team.
Seminar is held at 11 a.m. in Conference Room 1101 in the SFWS Building, 602 Duncan Drive, Auburn, AL.
Abstract: The Urban Forest Strike Team was developed in 2007 by the USDA Forest Service and several Southeastern states. They found in the aftermath of natural disasters, recovery crews and volunteers were often unable to properly evaluate tree damage and risk. By enlisting the help of tree care professionals, the Urban Forest Strike Team strives to assist disaster-stricken communities who have little or no urban forest management staff. The strike team provides data to the community and aims to reduce unnecessary loss of tree canopy, increase public safety, plan an efficient and cost-effective recovery, and document recovery needs and costs for FEMA reimbursement. This presentation will describe the teams, the process of evaluation, and the recent deployment to assist Jacksonville State University following the tornados in March, 2018.
Biography: Dale Dickens joined the Alabama Forestry Commission on January 24, 2014 as Alabama’s Urban Forestry Coordinator. He promotes the planning, planting and protection of the beneficial trees within our cities and communities. Along with managing the state’s Tree City USA program, he also serves at the Champion Trees Program Coordinator and Alabama’s Famous and Historic Trees Program Coordinator. His extensive management experience covers both industrial forestry and academic positions. He began his career as a research forester for Georgia Kraft Company in Rome, Georgia with research in silvicultural herbicides, growth modeling, and soil amendments. Following several reorganizations, he ended as the Area Forester over the 65,000 acre Eufaula Forest. After the company lands began to be sold, he took a position directing a forest technology program in southwest Georgia, teaching 13 courses. In 2007, an opportunity to return home to Auburn came in the form of a position as the Director of Student Services for Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. He is a registered forester in Alabama, a Certified Arborist, and holds both a B.S. in forest management and a M.S. in forest biometrics from Auburn University. He currently resides in Opelika, Alabama with his lovely wife Lynn, and a number of exotic and not-so-exotic animals.