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Responsible for trees on a college campus? Don’t miss this year’s college canopy conference, September 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the beautiful Berry College Campus in the Krannert Center.

Both technical and administrative tracks make up this year’s conference: Why Trees Fall Down; Critical Root Zones on Construction Sites; Pests and Diseases plus Management Plans, iTree for Tree Inventories, and Trees and Sustainability Plans.

This conference is for physical plant managers, landscape directors and crews, arborists, college administrators and anyone responsible for the healthy urban forests of college campuses. See agenda here. Great opportunity for networking with your colleagues from colleges and universities, public and private, across Georgia. For directions, click here. See map of Berry College here.

Berry College
2277 Martha Berry Highway, NW
Mt. Berry, Georgia 30149 (Rome)

4.5 ISA Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist CEUs will be available. Up to 5.5 SAF Continuing Forestry Education hours. Certificate of Attendance available for landscape architects and others. Lunch included.

Registration fee: $50
Register here.

The USDA Forest Service is launching a new monthly webinar series! Second Wednesdays, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EDT.

Urban Forest Connections webinars will bring experts together to discuss the latest science, practice, and policy on urban forestry and the environment.

Whether you work for a state forestry agency, non-profit organization, municipality, university, private industry, public works, or public health and safety, we have something for you! Each month we’ll highlight a different topic. Our presenters will discuss key issues, share the latest research and technologies, and showcase successful projects and partnerships that are putting science into practice.

The series will kick off on September 10th with a presentation on Urban Forests for Human Health and Wellness by the University of Washington’s Kathleen Wolf and Legacy Health’s Teresia M. Hazen. More details coming your way soon!

We are seeking a 1.0 CEU with the International Society of Arboriculture for each webinar. Check out our webpage for updates on the series.

Urban Forest Connections is a product of the Forest Service’s National Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team. The team’s mission is to help inform environmental stewardship and sustainably sound decisions about urban and community lands and the broader watershed, for wildlife and people.

Future Webinars:

October 8, 2014 | 1:00-2:00 pm ET
What California climate policy means for urban forests
Greg McPherson, USDA Forest Service
John Melvin, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE)
Chuck Mills, California ReLeaf

November 12, 2014 | 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Tree Risk Assessment for Municipal Officials
Paul Ries, Oregon Department of Forestry
Jerry Mason, Mason and Stricklin, LLC

Suwanee, GA
At the Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Third Quarterly Program, we’ll spotlight stormwater projects around the state that involve trees and green infrastructure, such as the rain gardens at Macon’s Mercer University and the Town Green in Rome, Georgia. What works? What doesn’t? What are the preferred trees to plant for these types of projects? Speakers sharing their expertise will include landscape architects Brad Jones and Andrea Greco of Jacobs Engineering and Todd Fuller of HGOR. After lunch (provided), we’ll get a guided walking tour of the Waddell Barnes Botanical Garden, which grew to life with strong community commitment after the devastating 2008 middle Georgia tornado that destroyed 90% of the trees and plantings of the original gardens. We’ll enjoy learning about the many distinct sections: Asian Shade Trees, The Chinese Garden, the Evergreen Oak LEGACY_Arborist_servicesGrove, the Fragrance Garden, the Heritage Garden, the Native Mesic Grove, the Native Sub-Xeric Grove, the Native Wetland Grove, the Scholars Garden, the Spring Garden, and the Summer Garden.

Date and Time: August 21, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Middle Georgia State College, 100 College Station Drive, Macon, Georgia 31206, in the Math Building

Registration: $40, member; $50 non-member at http://www.gufc.org

3 ISA Certified Arborist CEUS and 3 SAF Forestry CFEs, category 1 will be available. A professional development certificate of attendance will be available to landscape architects and others.

This year, Dr. Kim Coder was the recipient of the 2014 Arbor Day Foundation’s J. Sterling Morton Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation in honor of his outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship.

The Arbor Day Foundation’s April 2014 press release states that Dr. Coder, Professor of Community Forestry and Tree Health at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, is recognized across the globe as an expert on the effective planning and proper care required to grow and maintain a vital urban and community tree canopy. Seen as a “founding father” in the establishment and evolution of best practices integral to the field of arboriculture, he is also known for his unique ability to effectively engage audiences with his knowledge, passion and visionary leadership.

Congratulations, Dr. Coder! We are so proud to have you in Georgia.

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

The Conner Building
3125 Conner Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1650

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.



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