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Urban Trees: Planning, Policy, and Planting | Community Voices

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(L-R) Lucia Vasquez, Melissa Custic, Jeff Reim, Jan Von Qualen

This urban tree program was inspired by Lab Girl, a science memoir in which author Hope Jahren describes her passion for trees and her experiences in conducting research on trees and is part of the National Endowment for the Arts, Sangmon County Big Read.

Originally aired April 29, 2021.

(Part 2) Urban Trees: Planning, Policy and Planting
(Part 3) Urban Trees: Planning, Policy and Planting

Produced by the Citizens Club of Springfield and the UIS Center for State Policy and Leadership.


  • Dr. Lucia Vazquez, UIS biology professor
  • Melissa Custic, The Morton Arboretum
  • Jeff Reim, City of Springfield arborist
  • Jan Von Qualen, Springfield Urban Forestry Commission chair 


Thanks to Dr. Beverly Bunch (blog post on event) and Bob Gray for making the audio available to us.

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