Our Woodland Legacy Symposium

Why Trees Matter - December 10, 2020

December 10, 2020

8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Registration is now closed. Registered attendees will receive a link to participate live, as well as the recording after the event. Take the post-event evaluation here.


Virtual format. The morning will feature our keynote speakers and small group discussions. The afternoon will have a choice of interactive breakout sessions (make your choice in the registration form below). Further details will be included in your final confirmation nearer to the event.


View the event schedule here


The year 2020 has challenged our health and our resilience as we’ve dealt with a pandemic and natural disasters, including the Iowa derecho that shredded 65% of Cedar Rapids’ and Marion’s tree canopy, flattened acres of farmland, and damaged thousands of homes and businesses. This may be the most important symposium we’ve ever held. As we recover from the unspeakable loss of trees, it is vital that we carefully consider how to move forward to plan healthy, safe communities and equitable access to Nature. Join us virtually on December 10, as these world class speakers share their experience and knowledge to help us understand Why Trees Matter to our personal and community recovery. 



Keynote Speakers

Suzanne Bartlett Hackenmiller, M.D. is an OB-Gyn and Integrative Medicine physician who resides in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and the author of The Outdoor Adventurer’s Guide to Forest Bathing. She currently serves as medical director for the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy and as advisor for the organization, AllTrails. More information is available at her website, Integrative Initiative
Dr. Kim Ruffin is an educator and author (Black on Earth: African-American Ecoliterary Traditions, Univ. of Georgia Press). A desire to open more doors for nature connection led her to become a trained Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. She is excited about inviting people to encounter other forms of nature and each other. As Associate Professor of English at Roosevelt University, she's inspired by her students' role in leading the future. Through her company, Cardinal Encounters, she celebrates the joys of life on Earth. 
Jeff Speck, FAICP, FCNU, LEED-AP, Honorary ASLA, is a city planner and urban designer who advocates internationally for more walkable cities. Mr. Speck is the co-author of Suburban Nation, which the Wall Street Journal calls "the urbanist's bible.” His more recent book Walkable City, was the best selling city-planning title of the last decade. Its sequel, Walkable City Rules, is described by Kurt Andersen as “a must read for urbanists, city-builders, and everyone who lives in cities.” His TED talks and YouTube videos have been viewed more than four million times.
Dr. Kathleen Wolf is a Research Social Scientist with the College of the Environment, University of Washington. Dr. Wolf has done highly acclaimed research to better understand the human dimensions of urban forestry and ecosystems, and how they can be integrated into neighborhoods, downtowns and new developments. A popular presenter, this will be her third keynote for the Our Woodland Legacy Symposium. For more information, visit Nature Within and Green Cities: Good Health