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CURF Seminar: The Importance of Trees

16 September 2019

The next seminar in the CURF 2019 Seminar Series will discuss the topic of "The Importance of Trees".  A panel of of three speakers has been established including ACT Greens MLA Caroline Le Couteur, the newly appointed CEO of Landcare ACT Catherine Keirnan and Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) ACT President Dr Arnagretta Hunter.

Caroline Le Couteur MLA

Ms Le Couteur will outline the case for urban trees.  She will highlight the threats to Canberra’s urban forest, and identify the policy and regulatory changes required to address those threats.

Dr Arnagretta Hunter

Where we live affects our health and wellbeing often more than appreciated. For example tree lined streets that are aesthetically pleasing are used more for walking.  This enjoyment of incidental exercise improves our mental health, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health and overall wellbeing.  Trees are surprisingly important for human health, allowing us to enjoy time outside and in natural environments.  They are a crucial part of our local response to the challenge of climate change.  Investing in trees is repaid with better health for our community.

Catherine Keirnan

Trees are an essential part of the web of life and we can’t live well without them. Like all living things, trees have a lifespan and basic needs to thrive in our cities, farms and bushland.

Landcare ACT is a peak body that advocates for nature and its benefits for people. Through our members - farmers and volunteers – we help care for country for our future. What are today’s risks for trees in the ACT and what can we do about it?


When: 5.30pm to 7.15pm Monday, 16 September 2019

Where: Ann Harding Conference Centre, Building 24, University of Canberra

For registration and more details please visit here

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