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Georgia Forestry Commission reports about the best places for leaf-peeping begin the week of October 1. Check back here or visit GaTrees.org for weekly updates, with info straight from the folks who know trees best…GFC foresters! #GALeafWatch.



POSITION AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  This is a fiscal year (12-month, 1.0 EFT) tenure-track, 75% outreach and 25% instruction appointment offered at the rank of Assistant Professor and is stationed at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Individuals with expertise in the broad area of urban / community forest management and soils are encouraged to apply. Outreach responsibilities include development of externally funded outreach / extension programs which produce relevant, refereed literature and science-based information.  Teaching duties include development and support, as a team member, of the Community Forestry and Arboriculture curriculum including service learning activities, extensive field laboratories, online teaching, and classroom instruction. The focus area will be in urban / community forest management, urban soils, and related research-based synthesis and integration areas targeted at professional and general audiences within Georgia and the region. The successful candidate is expected to establish a regionally / nationally recognized program in community forest management and/or urban soil management. The successful candidate will be expected to obtain external funding; publish research-based outreach literature; create and support a superior teaching program covering utility, municipal and commercial sectors of community forestry; collaborate with faculty and stakeholders; serve on School/University committees; and actively participate in professional /scientific societies.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in forestry, urban forest management, community natural resources, urban soils or a closely related field prior to the starting date. Applications from individuals with at least one year of experience in developing and implementing education and outreach / extension programming are preferred. The successful candidate will provide compelling evidence of, or potential for, outreach / extension productivity and superior resident instruction. The successful candidate must demonstrate an ability and willingness to work closely with Warnell School outreach and research faculty; municipal, utility and commercial private and public sector community forestry or arboriculture organizations; state and federal public community forest management partners; and other constituent groups.

THE STATE & UNIVERSITY:  Georgia is well-known for its quality of life, both in terms of outdoor and urban activities (www.georgia.gov).  The state has the most commercial forestland and the largest forest-based economy in the United States. The University of Georgia (www.uga.edu) is a land/sea/space grant institution comprised of 17 schools and colleges. Athens is a diverse community of ~150,000 people located <75 miles from Atlanta. UGA enrolls nearly 38,500 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The Warnell School is a professional school with 64 faculty, 100 support staff, 325 undergraduates, and 195 graduate students (www.warnell.uga.edu). The School offers Bachelor of Science, Master of Forest Resources, Master of Natural Resources, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the areas of Forestry, Fisheries & Wildlife, Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management, and Natural Resource Management & Sustainability. The school manages 23,000 acres of forestland across the state for teaching, outreach and research.

APPLICATION:  To ensure full consideration, please apply by October 31, 2018.  Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, unofficial transcripts of all college-level work, copies of up to three recent publications, and contact information for three references.  Review of complete applications will begin on November 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Individuals considered for interviews will be required to submit official college transcripts to ofatranscripts@uga.edu and three reference letters. University policy requires all candidates to consent to and authorize a background investigation (www.hr.uga.edu) by the University.  The background investigation will be conducted on a post offer/pre-employment basis.  The starting date is negotiable but will be no later than July 1, 2019.  All applicants MUST apply online through the University of Georgia Faculty Jobs system (http://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/31407 ). No paper applications will be accepted.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Kim Coder, Chair, Outreach Community Forestry Search Committee (kcoder@uga.edu).

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.  Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

From the Illinois Urban Wood Utilization Team.

Seminar focused on repurposing felled community trees receives solid sponsorship push from Wood-Mizer, Richelieu, Dynabrade and Safety Speed Manufacturing.

An intriguing mix of companies exhibiting at the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) have signed on as sponsors of “The Urban Wood Movement Is NOW! Come Join the Movement.” The free 90-minute seminar is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 24 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The diverse cast of urban wood seminar sponsors includes Wood-Mizer, Richelieu, Dynabrade and Safety Speed Manufacturing.

“It is extremely gratifying to see these four major companies throw their support behind the concept of utilizing community and landscape trees at the end of their service as lumber and wood products when possible,” said Rich Christianson, a representative of the Urban Wood Network, organizer of the event. “We’re excited to educate woodworkers about the benefits of networking with local tree care professionals and sawyers to use locally reclaimed lumber in their custom projects.”

Featured presenters will include Dwayne Sperber, owner of Wudeward Urban Forest Products of Milwaukee, WI; Jennifer Alger, CEO of Far West Forest Products of Sheridan, CA; and Joe Lehnen, a representative of the Virginia Urban Wood Group. Each of the presentations will shighlight opportunities to repurpose urban wood otherwise destined for the chipper or landfill to make high-quality lumber, slabs, furniture, flooring and other wood products.

About the Sponsors
Wood-Mizer of Indianapolis, IN, (booth 6575) is the lead sponsor of the IWF urban wood seminar. As a world-wide leader in the manufacture of narrowband portable and industrial sawmills, Wood-Mizer has long been a strong advocate of repurposing trees felled in the urban wood as lumber and wood products. The company’s diverse product offering also includes wideband sawmilling equipment, resaws, kilns, moulders/planers, pallet recycling equipment, and bandsaw blades.

“With Wood-Mizer’s thin-kerf blade technology, diseased and dying city trees can find new life in a piece of furniture that could have otherwise gone to waste,” said Darryl Floyd, COO of Wood-Mizer. “Throughout the past decade, Wood-Mizer has seen a major influx of successful businesses who are utilizing urban sourced wood for their sawmilling operations and we are proud to manufacture a product that enables small businesses to be profitable with an underutilized resource. While Wood-Mizer has been educating woodworkers about the positive environmental and economic impact of urban wood for years, the Urban Wood Seminar at IWF 2018 will be another step forward in saving more trees from going into the waste stream.”

Among the products Wood-Mizer will exhibit at IWF is the LT40 Hydraulic Wide portable sawmill. This industry workhorse for producing quality lumber fast and easily features a 34-inch width of cut and 21-foot log length capacity. Wood-Mizer will also show the MP260 and MP360 four-sided planers/moulders. These single-pass machines can be used to manufacture flooring, planed boards, crown moulding, cabinet trim, door and window frames and furniture components. 

Richelieu of Saint Laurent, QC, (booth 1604) is one of the largest distributors and manufacturers of specialty hardware and complementary products in North America. Richelieu operates more than 50 distribution centers to service over 80,000 customers engaged in the manufacture of kitchen and bath cabinets, closets and storage spaces, and home and office furnishings.

Richelieu will continue the year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary at IWF 2018. The company will display its latest innovations in hardware, fasteners, lighting, storage solutions and more.

Dynabrade of Clarence, NY, (booth 8121) has been designing and manufacturing high-quality portable abrasive power tools in the United States for more than 50 years. Dynabrade also offers dust collection solutions and accessories for its abrasive power tools. “Dynabrade is a company that is going through a “Going Green” program,” said Andy Mandell, marketing manager. “We’re eliminating waste and creating a new recycling program. It’s fantastic to see old wood serving new purposes. and Dynabrade is proud to be a part of it.

Dynabrade will introduce the Dynorbital Extreme Random Orbital Sander line at IWF. It features an ergonomic design with a tactile soft grip over-mold for a comfortable feel. The 12,000 rpm more has an improved rotor design for enhanced power.

Safety Speed Manufacturing of Ham Lake, MN, (booth 6013) is a U.S. manufacturer of high-quality panel processing machinery. Safety Speeds product line includes a full line of vertical panel saws, panel routers, widebelt sanders, edgebanders, screw pocket machines and sign-making equipment. Tom Houska, marketing manager of Safety Speed, said supporting the urban wood movement is an extension of the company’s environmental initiatives. “We are constantly aiming to decrease resource consumption through improved efficiency in our manufacturing processes, eliminate unnecessary resource use and decrease the amount of waste produced through our manufacturing activities.”

At IWF 2018, Safety Speed will demonstrate a manufacturing work cell to more efficiently process panels. The integrated solution includes the 7400 vertical panel saw, Conquest 23-spindle line boring machine, 72GP glue pot edgebander and SPM 301 screw pocket machine, which will make its debut at IWF.

Note: While admission to this program is free, advanced registration is required to guarantee a seat. Register at IWFAtlanta.com.

For information about the IWF Urban Wood seminar, contact Rich Christianson at 773-822-6750; richc.illinoisurbanwood@gmail.com.


About the Urban Wood Network
The Urban Wood Network (UWN) operates from funding provided by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program. UWN has opened up membership to other state urban wood organizations as well as individual companies and entities. The four state partners include: Illinois Wood Utilization TeamMichigan Urban Wood NetworkMissouri Department of Conservation; and Wisconsin Urban Wood.

We hope to have a number of new applicants apply for this position in Coastal Georgia.

Job Number: NAT007X

Job Posting: Jul 20, 2018 – Closing Date: Aug 3, 2018

Primary Location: GA-Bulloch

Number of Openings: 1

Job: Natural Resources

Shift: Day Job

Advertised Salary: 46,750.00


Examples of duties:
1. Provide assistance to municipalities with
a. tree ordinance development/revision needs
b. technical assistance and aid in the development of Community Tree Boards, and training municipal tree-care workers
c. support for Tree City USA program, aid in certification, recertification and expansion of community involvement
d. seeking out grant opportunities and submitting grant applications

2. Assist communities with
a. long-range land use planning to minimize the impacts of development
b. storm mitigation planning and post-storm evaluations

3. Develop working relationships with grassroots and non-profit conservation groups and developers; working with local contacts in underserved areas to generate on-the-ground environmental projects

4. Work with communities, local fire departments, and GFC units to identify critical wildland/urban interface zones

5. Work with landowners on forest management issues and aiding small land owners in the development of forest/woodland management plans

6. Provide information and guidance on insect and disease problems and solutions for urban trees

7. Develop professional relationships with policy makers at state and local level and educate policy makers on critical issues relative to forestry in the state

8. Perform public relations activities including articles for local print, TV and radio appearances, educational presentations, and development of professional training programs

Minimum qualifications:  Completion of an undergraduate major in forestry or a related field at an accredited four year college or university, proficient in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, excellent customer service and communication skills.  Must have experience speaking to small and large audiences about a variety of natural resources issues and experience working with local governments and private landowners. 


Master’s degree relevant to the specific subprogram area from an Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited college or university can be substituted for two of the three years of job related forestry experience OR Bachelor’s degree in forestry, forest resources, or closely related area that includes core forestry coursework from an Society of American Foresters (SAF) accredited college or university AND Three years of job related forestry experience OR One year of experience required at the lower level Forester 3 (NRP022) or position equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications – External:

A standalone degree with an urban forestry major or an emphasis area in urban forestry within a forest management degree.  A minimum of one year experience providing assistance to communities/community groups/non-profits involved in urban forestry and urban interface issues. ISA Certified Arborist.

Apply Here before August 3.


Summer storms have been popping all over Georgia, bringing sudden downpours and gusty winds to urban and rural areas alike. Often, a trail is left behind; lots of downed leaves, different sized branches, and even whole trees. It’s possible those trees were weakened by damage and stress in previous years. During drought, tree roots can become damaged and shrink. When rain returns, the soil can turn into an unstable kind of “Jell-O,” increasing the risk of tree instability. Pests such as southern pine beetles can also impact trees’ health. So, as you’re cleaning up the yard, take a good look at where the downed debris came from. It might be time for some preventive work before the next wave of rough weather.

Do you see limbs that have split and gotten stuck in the treetops? Do any of your trees appear to be leaning? Do you see dead leaves or limbs, cavities in trunks or evidence of pests? These are calls for action, even to the untrained eye. It’s time to contact a certified artist. Certified arborists are knowledgeable about insects and disease, pruning, lightning damage, long term tree care and tree removal. They can help property owners and managers make informed decisions about tree risk and can suggest and properly plant replacement trees.

And here’s a tip for homeowners: it’s wise to designate an annual budget for your trees to keep them healthy and safe for the people near them. Hire a certified arborist to conduct a tree inspection on a systematic schedule and prioritize mitigation. Homeowners should also take photos of their trees, much as one would create a family album.

Trees provide so many benefits and so much beauty to our lives. We can do a lot to help them stay healthy and thrive – whether skies are sunny or gray!


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Take a deeper dive with these resources from the Georgia Forestry Commission:

Pine Bark Beetles in Urban Areas and Storms. GaTrees.org.


Stop by Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park on a Thursday evening anytime from late spring through October and you’ll find lots of happy people enjoying a great urban forest. Food Truck Thursdays draw all ages for tasty food and beverages, along with a growing list of amenities that make for a beautiful evening outside.

Last week, my son Max and I strolled the park for the first time in awhile. He remarked about how much the trees had grown and how the foliage had filled in along the walkways and meadows. For those of us who’ve witnessed the transformation of the space – from a deserted public eyesore to a lush beacon of outdoor enjoyment – it’s a joy to see.

It’s also a joy to hear! Not much compares to the squeal of little kids splashing in the shallow fountains or the cheer of bigger kids catching a frisbee. Everywhere people were strolling, riding, jogging, relaxing, eating, swinging, playing, chatting. And I didn’t see one frown. Not one.

So here’s a shout out to all the folks who “get it;” from the city planners who pushed for this, the workers who made it happen and maintain it, to the vendors and all the visitors who receive the benefits – both seen and unseen – from our beautiful urban forest. Let’s keep it growing!