Good soil quality makes for healthy, long-living trees that can weather environmental stresses. But land development and urbanization frequently leave us with “compacted urban soil syndrome.” In this talk we will discuss how you can determine the best soil management strategy for your client, identify quantitative techniques for establishing action thresholds, and learn about the tradeoffs with selected remediation practices. Dr. Day will discuss problem-solving strategies, with special emphasis on soil rehabilitation through soil profile rebuilding.
Dr. Susan D. Day is an associate professor of urban forestry at Virginia Tech. She is the project leader for Urban Forestry 2020, a national initiative funded by NUCFAC to examine the urban forestry profession. Dr. Day’s research focuses on managing urban soils to enhance tree growth and longevity in the context of other environmental challenges, such as controlling stormwater and reducing land development impacts on soil-mediated ecosystem services. She has published more than 70 articles and book chapters on these topics. Dr. Day holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master’s degree from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.