Street trees are on the front line of urban forest service delivery, supporting neighbourhood character, human health, waterway health, biodiversity, tourism and business vitality. In order to deliver these benefits, street tree populations must be both diverse and well suited to the local conditions. Currently, urban ecosystems are experiencing unprecedented levels of warming and shifts in rainfall patterns due to climate change, which means tree species selections that have succeeded in the past may fail to do so in the future. Therefore, it is vital that a range of climate ready tree species are identified to ensure the resilience of urban environments to climate change. This can be achieved through street tree trials.

As part of TREENETs long term promotion of street tree species trial research, we are proud to promote the use of the newly released “How to” guide for street tree species trials, developed in collaboration with the national Which Plant Where project. Version 1 of the Guide provides an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan to designing, implementing and monitoring scientifically rigorous trials of street tree species in an urban context. TREENET is also supporting partnerships between local government and nurseries in growing lesser known species for trials and sharing of trial results.

Presentation by Dr Tim Johnson and Dr Lyndal Plant

Dr. Lyndal Plant

Lyndal’s extensive local government urban forest management experience, research and engagement skills help align organisational goals with contemporary evidence gathering techniques to suit projects, policy development/review and cutting edge initiatives. Lyndal sees the forest, not just the trees – helps plan and monitor for outcomes, not just the outputs – focuses on trees for people (“human habitat” values) – and engages customers and partners.

Following 25 years in local government urban tree management, policy and regulatory control development and strategic planning, mostly with Brisbane City Council, Lyndal completed her PhD in urban forest econometrics. Since then Lyndal has consulted directly, or sub- consulted, to several local authorities and state government agencies on a range of urban forest projects. Lyndal has published and co-authored several journal articles and delivered many conference presentations in key fields of urban forest research.

Lyndal is the Chair of TREENET, advisor for the national WHICH PLANT WHERE project and supporter of the University of Melbourne, Australian School of Urban Forestry.