Training will provide career readiness information to students
Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Department of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources will host a virtual administration and park management training from 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Oct. 21.
The training, which is a part of the Department’s Career Readiness Virtual Training Project, will be held via Zoom and will cover the topics of Urban Forestry Program Administration at the governmental level and at nonprofit organizations, as well as information on Park Management and Administration.
College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences (CAFCS) alums Beattra Wilson, Lionel Bradford and Dr. RaHarold D. Lawson will serve as speakers during the training.
Wilson is the Assistant Director of Cooperative Forestry and national lead for Urban and Community Forestry at the USDA Forest Service in Washington, D.C. She oversees program policy, budget, partnership development and strategic delivery of national, regional and state urban and community forestry programs. Wilson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry from Southern University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Kennesaw State University.
Bradford is the President and Executive Director of The Greening of Detroit, a non-profit organization devoted to creating sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green spaces, healthy living, education, training, and job opportunities. He oversees strategic planning, program development and management, staff supervision, grant writing and acquisition, and management of the organization’s $3 million budget. He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors at Wayne State (CURES at WSU) and The School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) at Michigan Technical University. Bradford earned a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Forestry from Southern University.
Dr. Lawson is the Director of Park Operations for the Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission (BREC). He provides leadership in carrying out the mission of park operations, which is to efficiently and constantly maintain and provide exceptional parks and open spaces that are safe, functional, and esthetically pleasing. He is responsible for over 180 parks located through the East Baton Rouge Parish landscape, including conservation lands, recreational grounds, sports fields, neighborhood parks, and BREC’s crown jewel, Community Parks. Dr. Lawson is also tasked with the functional operation of the $13 million park operations budget. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Forestry in 1999, a Master of Science Urban Forestry in 2001, and a Ph.D. in Urban Forestry in 2018, all from Southern University.
To participate in the training use Zoom Meeting ID: 895 6658 8241 with passcode: 6DMUT8.
The “Career Readiness through Urban Forest Management and Leadership Skill Training” project is funded by the USDA Forest Service. The project is led by Dr. Zhu Ning, Department Chair of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources and Dr. Renita Marshall, Vice Chancellor/Associate Dean of the CAFCS. The project team members are Beattra Wilson, Assistant Director of Cooperative Forestry and national lead for Urban and Community Forestry at USDA Forest Service in Washington, DC.; Dr. RaHarold Lawson, Director of Baton Rouge Recreation and Park Commission (BREC) and Dr. Brian Watkins, Assistant Director of Park Operations for BREC.
For additional information about the Department of Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Career Readiness Virtual Training Project, contact Dr. Ning at firstname.lastname@example.org.