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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy
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    Trees and Environmental Remediation

    Summary

    This presentation is designed to highlight the importance of tree species in remediating soil, water, and air pollution. Tree species are capable of containing, degrading, or eliminating metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil and its derivatives and various other contaminants from the media that contains them. The following components will be discussed. 

    ·        U ptake and concentration of substances from the environment into the tree biomass.

    ·        Reduction of the mobility of substances in the environment, for example, by limiting the leaching of substances from the soil.

    ·        Enhancement of soil microbial activity for the degradation of contaminants, typically by organisms that associate with roots.    

    ·        Removal of substances from soil or water with release into the air, sometimes as a result of transformation to more volatile and/or less polluting substances.

    ·        Filtering water through a mass of roots to remove toxic substances or nutrients. The pollutants remain absorbed in or adsorbed to the roots.

    Arboricultural and urban forestry practices to increase remediation and mitigation capacity of tree species will be highlighted and discussed.

    Presenters

    Dr. Kamran K. Abdollahi is a Professor and Director for the Urban Forestry Program at SU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was instrumental in establishing the first urban forestry B.S. degree granting program in the US in 1994. He is currently serving on the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council to the US Secretary of Agriculture (NUCFAC). He previously served  on the NUCFAC from 1999-2003. He served as Vice President and President of the Arboricultural Research and Education Academy (AREA) in 2010-2012.  He is currently serving as a national chair for the National Association of University Forest Resources Professionals (NAUFRP). He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry and reviewed articles for the several Journals related to urban ecosystem and environment. He has served on the executive board of the ISA Southern Chapter.Kamran has provided leadership in Urban Forestry for the Society of American Foresters (SAF) by serving as Chair-elect and Chair for more than 6 years. Dr. Abdollahi has made more than 90 scientific presentations and published 50 scientific articles. Kamran has served as co-director for the Gulf Coast Regional Climate Change Assessment Program and co-edited several books on the subject. He has participated in the Oxford Roundtable on Global Climate Change in Oxford University, UK.  Kamran has a B.S. in  Agricultural Engineering (1983) from The Pennsylvania State University, Soil Science (1985)  and Ph.D. in Forest Ecophysiology from the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture at S.F. Austin University (SFA, 1991). Dr. Abdollahi has received many awards for excellence in research, teaching and outreach.

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