Connecting People and Forests: A Global Perspective on Urban Forestry

Thursday, April 7, 2011
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Miller Hall World Forestry Center, Portland, OR

 Melanie R. Kirk is the Assistant Professor & Extension Urban Forestry Specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.  As Extension Urban Forestry Specialist, Melanie partners with various entities in planning, conducting, and evaluating education and applied research programs centered around urban and community forestry.   Melanie’s current program focus is in working to increase support of urban natural resource management through the development of non-traditional partnerships and collaborations. These efforts are designed to increase the impact of environmental outreach to both children and adult learners, which includes increasing opportunities for participation through the use of cutting edge distance education formats.

Melanie received her Doctorate of Philosophy at Texas A&M University in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication with a specialization in Program Evaluation and Assessment.  She received her M.S. in Urban Forestry, Policy and her B.S. in Urban Forestry, Management, both from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La.  Prior to working with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service; Melanie was one of four City Arborists in Dallas, TX. 

Melanie has served as a Board Member for the Texas Chapter of ISA, President and Board Member of the Texas Urban Forestry Council, Member of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, and served on numerous boards, councils and committees on the local, state, regional, and national level. 

Outside of her passion for education and urban forestry, Melanie spends most of her spare time with her son, Evan, and working to better her community by volunteering through the Collin County Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. a community service organization she has been an active member of for over 15 years.

Directions to Miller Hall World Forestry Center, Portland, OR