Bring your own lunch and join the Department of Environmental Resilience to a series of community presentations and meetings as a lead up to some of the Climate Action Planning.

The first meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 25 from noon to 1 p.m.

The speaker for the first meeting will be Carrie Tauscher, State Community and Urban Forest Coordinator, Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Carrie works throughout Indiana with community urban forestry assistance and grant programs, advocating for the many benefits of the urban forest, and directs the Indiana Community Tree Stewards training program.

Carrie will speak about the social, economic and ecological roles that urban trees play in helping communities prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change. Trees are among the cheapest and most effective “infrastructure” for climate change mitigation, especially in urban settings.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 3. Matt Meersman, Director of the Saint Joseph River Basin Commission will talk about the value of our water resources in the context of a changing climate.

Both meetings will be held at the Rieth Interpretive Center, 410 W. Plymouth Ave, Goshen.