Save the Trees Please: Best Practices for the Development Plan Review Process

Thursday, October 15th, 10:00-11:30 a.m.


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Faced with the challenges of climate change, rapid urbanization and a global pandemic, how can cities prioritize urban trees and greenspaces in their urban planning when access to nature is now more important than ever for residents’ physical, mental and social well-being?  Learn how collaboration between elected officials, planners, arborists, and landscape architects can “save the trees” and better integrate nature into development projects.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the County of Santa Clara Office of Sustainability.

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Speaker Bios


David Dockter is a freelance Arbor Advisor in the Silicon Valley area.

Dave has over 30 years of experience in arboriculture and was appointed as a Planning Arborist emeritus with the City of Palo Alto. Dave has provided tree resources input to scores of land use and EIR related entitlements and documents. In 2002, he received the American Planning Association, “Outstanding Planning Award–Focused Issue Planning” and the International Society of Arboriculture, “Award of Arboricultural Research”, for his principal authorship of the “Tree Technical Manual”, utilized by cities and arborists across the nation. He has shared related sustainability topics to professional groups across the nation.

Alison Hicks is a Mountain View City Council Member with a special interest in what makes public places in our cities great, including small businesses, culture, urban forestry and greening.

She has a Masters in City Planning from U.C. Berkeley, with a focus on housing and project development. Alison worked with the affordable housing nonprofit, the Northern California Land Trust. She worked to revive Oakland’s downtown entertainment district when Jerry Brown was Mayor. She worked to make San Jose’s Lincoln Avenue more walkable in the early 2000s. More recently she worked with the nonprofit, the Living Classroom to green schoolyards and bring children outdoors to learn.

Our next “More Trees Please!” session will be in March 2021. Check back soon for details or sign up to receive updates here.



View recordings and resources from past webinars:

July 16, 2020 | Resilient Trees for a New Climate

  • Dr. Igor Lacan, Environmental Horticulture Advisor, University of California, San Francisco Bay Area Cooperative Extension
  • Dave Muffly, Former Senior Arborist, Apple
  • Dr. Erica Spotswood, Applied Ecologist, San Francisco Estuary Institute

August 20, 2020 | Landscape Resilience Lessons from the Facebook Bayfront Campus

  • Lauren Swezey, Sustainability and Landscape Project Lead, Facebook
  • Rayna deNiord, Principal, CMG Landscape Architecture
  • Molly Batchelder, Consulting Arborist, SBCA Tree Consulting