Spokane Urban Forester Angel Spell Selected for National Advisory Team

Spell is one of eight named to the NUCFAC's Ten-Year Action Pan Strategic Advisory Team

Nancy Goodspeed, 509.625.6297

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Midnight

July 8, 2014 -- City of Spokane Urban Forester, Angel Spell, is one of eight nationwide selected to serve on the Ten-Year Action Plan Strategic Advisory Team of the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC).

The focus of the team is to help bring together the many interests involved in the present health and future preservation of America’s urban forests, and to help develop a cohesive foundation for urban forestry policy.

“I am honored to be a member of this team and a part of the process that is working to establish and support a consistent vision in urban forestry policy,” Spell said. “I believe the City of Spokane offers a critically important perspective in urban forestry and I hope to be a clear and strong voice on behalf of similar communities nationwide,” she said.

Angel Spell is the Urban Forester for the City of Spokane. She earned her Master’s degree in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver and her Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Angel is a certified arborist and qualified tree risk assessor through the International Society of Arboriculture. Before coming to the City of Spokane, she worked as the Urban Forester for the cities of Hayden and Post Falls, Idaho.

About the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

NUCFAC is an appointed national advisory council to the Secretary of Agriculture on urban forestry and related issues. The 1990 Farm Bill created NUCFAC to bring together the wide variety of voices raised about a common concern: the present health and future preservation of America's urban forests. NUCFAC was founded to synthesize the full spectrum of views into a consistent vision, as a foundation for practical policy on urban forestry.

Advisory Team members include:
  1. Carrie Gallagher, Alliance for Community Trees
  2. Jennifer Judd Hinrichs, Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition
  3. Greg Ina, Present Chair, NUCFAC Ten Year Action Plan committee
  4. Liam Kavanagh, Incoming Chair, NUCFAC Ten Year Action Plan committee
  5. Nick Kuhn, State Urban Forestry Coordinator, Missouri
  6. Ed Macie, Forest Service Urban Forestry Coordinator, Southern Region
  7. Kathy McGlauflin, American Forest Foundation
  8. Angel Spell, City of Spokane, Washington
The Role of the NUCFAC Ten Year Action Plan - Strategic Advisory Team

At the onset of the NUCFAC Ten Year Action Plan process, a Strategic Advisory Team has now been assembled consisting of key advisors drawn from the NUCFAC Council and Forest Service staff, and other advisors including from non-governmental organizations. These advisors will represent different types of stakeholder interests and will have a national perspective on urban and community forestry to guide the planning effort. This Team will provide important guidance on the proposed planning process, provide insight and guidance throughout the process, including resources, stakeholders to include, methods for engaging stakeholders, and more. The Advisory Team will be both the ear and voice for the broader urban and community forestry community, and they will provide strategic guidance for ensuring the Action Plan planning process engages all stakeholders in a meaningful and appropriate way.