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Road Salt and Urban Forestry


This course is the second installment in our three-part GSI Webinar Series—others include Stresses on the Vegetation in Green Stormwater Infrastructure and Pitching Green Infrastructures to Political Leaders. Save 20% and earn 3 PDH / 0.3 CEU with our full-series bundle!

Sodium Chloride, the most predominant salt used on streets for melting snow and ice, is the lubricant of the modern lifestyle in northern climates during wintry weather conditions. These same streets and parking lots are also the battleground where urban foresters strive to build green infrastructure for canopy coverage, stormwater management, and aesthetics.

Green Stormwater Infrastructures (GSIs) are particularly prone to salt damages because they are designed to take the first flush of stormwater runoff from streets, parking lots, and sidewalks—where salt usage is by truck loads. It is all too common to observe the damages and casualties on roadsides in spring, when plants start to display the impacts of salt through discoloration and canopy loss. At this stage, it is often too late to remedy and correct the damaged plants.

The urban forestry community is aware of this issue. But during wintry weather, there is little option to avoid salt usage. Many of these professionals have snow removal as part of their responsibilities, requiring salts as part of standard operating procedures.

Join Forester University for this live, educational webinar as speaker Wei Zhang (Zynnovation LLC) uses case studies and controlled environment studies to demonstrate a unique protocol for protecting plants from salt damages.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine the impacts road salt has on the ecosystem and environment
  • Learn and discuss how salt affects the health of roadside plants and green stormwater infrastructure
  • Receive recommended methods to mitigate this problem
  • Review case studies on road salt mitigation

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* Presentations are scheduled for approximately one hour with a 15-20 minute question and answer session to follow. Presentations may exceed scheduled time. 
* Each state and certification agency have different requirements; it is your responsibility to know what they are. Note that 1 PDH = 0.1 CEU.
* Purchase of this course allows you access to the presentation(s) for 6 months from the order date.

On-Demand Webcast
Session: 1 H 30 M
Lectures: 1
Credits: 1 PDH / 0.1 CEU

On-Demand Webcast > Erosion Control ($79.00)


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