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The Florida Forest Service is seeking candidates for the statewide Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator position. This position manages the Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program, TREE CITY USA programs, and Florida’s Champion Tree Program. The incumbent serves as liaison to the Florida Urban Forestry Council. This position also works closely with other state agencies, non-profit organizations and universities. Statewide program delivery is facilitated through 39 County Foresters and 3 Regional Program Coordinators. The position is located in Florida’s capital city, Tallahassee. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply at: http://jobs.myflorida.com/viewjob.html?optlink-view=view-730145&ERFormID=newjoblist&ERFormCode=any
The closing date is Wednesday, August 13, 2014.

Please contact Bonnie Stine if you have any questions.

Bonnie S. Stine
CFA Supervisor
Florida Forest Service
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Phone: 850-681-5888
Fax: 850-681-5809
Bonnie.Stine@freshfromflorida.com

The Conner Building
3125 Conner Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650
http://www.FreshFromFlorida.com

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Edible gardens and landscapes are becoming more and more common in Georgia. Visit the Georgia Urban Forest Council website, http://www.gufc.org, for workshops and and educational programs that focus on fruit trees and edible garden success.

Briefly summarized, these seven design and maintenance considerations and concerns were recently addressed in an article by Gary Johnson in the International Society of Arboriculture’s Arborist News, Volume 23, Number 1, February 2014.

1. Begin at the end: What is the goal of the landscape? For private landscapes, production is less important that aesthetics and plant selection and arrangement is more critical than utility.

2. Who receives the produce? With multiple partner/client gardens, if this question isn’t addressed in the beginning, it can be a project killer.

3. Who is the primary contact or decision-maker? A sustainable edible garden needs to speak with one voice. A shared understanding of goals and maintenance is key to success.

4. Who will perform the maintenance? Is it skill-based? Labor-based? Contracted or by members? Volunteers?

5. Where is the financial support coming from? What is the annual budget? Are there membership fees or grants?

6. What is the character of the site? Will it sustain trees, shrubs and vegetables? Is it easily accessible, with parking and storage? What is the soil pH, and is water readily available?

7. Finally, what plants will be suitable for the landscape and how many will be needed? Often, this is the only question addressed before the process begins.

Gary Johnson, Ph.D., is a professor/extension professor of urban and community forestry with the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Excerpt from the Society of American Foresters E-Forester, March 28, 2014.

Exploring Connections between Trees and Human Health

US Forest Service (Science Findings # 158) – Humans have intuitively understood the value of trees to their physical and mental health since the beginning of recorded time. A scientist with the Pacific Northwest Research Station wondered if such a link could be scientifically validated. His research team took advantage of an infestation of emerald ash borer, an invasive pest that kills ash trees, to conduct a study that gets closer to a definitive connection between the loss of trees and increased human mortality.

Researchers analyzed data on demographics, tree loss from the emerald ash borer, and human mortality from lower respiratory disease and cardiovascular disease for 1990 through 2007. Results showed that the spread of the emerald ash borer across 15 states-first recorded in 2002-was associated with an additional 15,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease and an additional 6,000 deaths from lower respiratory disease. Human mortality increased the longer emerald ash borer was present and killing trees. Deaths occurred at higher rates in wealthier counties, where more trees are typically found in urban areas.

http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/sciencef/scifi158.pdf

During construction, tree conservation efforts require that a large portion of the tree’s root system, the critical root zone (CRZ), be protected for all trees to survive. During construction, consider removing trees that have sustained CRZ loss in excess of 30%. Tree species, health, structure, soil type, vegetation competition, proximity to structures, future planned impacts, and planned maintenance all contribute to the determination of which trees should be removed and how remaining trees can be protected.

Trees may not die immediately, but could decline over several years. With this delay in symptom development, you may not associate the loss of the tree with construction.

The Georgia Forestry Commission has a new publication on calculating the CRZ of a tree, “Where are My Trees’ Roots?

The Urban Forest eLearning Project is a state-of-the-art online, distance-learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes, including service foresters, natural resource planners, landscape architects, city officials and public works employees.

Topic areas include:
• Costs and Benefits of Urban Forestry and Urban Forest Management
• Tree Growth and Development
• Urban Soils
• Site, Tree Selection and Planting
• Arboriculture
• Assessing and Managing Tree Risk
• Tree Disorder, Diagnosis and Management
• Trees and Construction
• Public Policy and Urban Forestry
• Urban Forest Management

Key Features: Inexpensive (nominal fee to register and receive professional credits), Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Society of American Foresters (SAF), 24-hour/7-days a week access, Flash-based® interactivity, video, and professional audio.

Developers and Partnering Agencies: U.S. Forest Service—Region 8 Urban and Community Forestry Program. Southern Regional Extension Forestry, Southern Group of State Foresters, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Texas AgriLife Extension

Where: For ISA or SAF credit at: http://www.cfegroup.org and “non-credit” access at: http://elearn.sref.info

Savannah Tree Foundation (STF) Volunteer Appreciation Event – May 21
5:00-7:00 pm

STF appreiates the dedicated service of our volunteers and the Cabot Grill Community Tour wants to help thank you for all you do. On Wednesday, May 21 at 5:00 pm volunteers from the Savannah Tree Foundation, Savannah Bicycle Campaign, and Coastal Georgia Greenway Project will meet at the West Broad Street YMCA to help mulch the shade and fruit trees that STF planted last year.

After the mulching, the Cabot Grill will prepare delicious, wholesome Cabot Cheese treats for all to enjoy. The Cabot Grill is a service provided by Cabot Cheese Coop as they celebrate the strength of communities.

Why mulch?STF volunteers have been busy mulching. Are you wondering, wait, do I need to mulch my trees?

Mulch is important to your trees health! It…
• insulates soil helping to provide a buffer from heat and cold
• retains water helping to keep roots moist
• keeps weeds out to help prevent root competition
• prevents soil compaction
• reduces lawn mower and weed whacker damage
Remember to use organic, locally sourced mulch, such as pine bark nuggets, pine straw, wood chips or Chatham County free mulch. Please do not buy bags of cypress mulch, which is not a sustainable mulch resource.

STF appreciates you volunteering with our mulching projects around town and we encourage you to also remember to care for the trees in your yard.

GUFC Second Quarterly Program
May 14, 2014
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
$40 members, $50 non-members
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia 30309

At this program held at the beautiful Atlanta Botanical Garden, we’ll learn more about watershed restoration and green infrastructure through a discussion of Atlanta’s Proctor Creek Watershed Project currently addressing the issues of flooding, water pollution and community health. Also on the agenda will be a look at tree inventories and the i-Tree software, including i-Tree Canopy, i-Tree Eco, and i-Tree Hydro. Finally, we’ll get an update on the public health benefits of tree canopy and green infrastructure projects. Attendees will have the opportunity afterwards to tour the garden and exhibits. Register at http://www.gufc.org.

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