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    Webinar: Diversity, Collaboration and Consensus: Managing Volunteers and the Urban Forest, 1/12, 12 PM EST

    Thursday January 12 at noon (Eastern)

    Dr. Emily S. Huff, University of Michigan

    “Diversity, Collaboration and Consensus: Managing Volunteers and the Urban Forest”.

    This is the first webinar of 2017 for the ‘Urban Forestry Today’ webcast series.

    To attend, visit www.joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code 977-076-443

    This session has been awarded 1.0 ISA and 0.5 MCA CEU’s.

    **For those who cannot attend live in-person, the webcast will be archived in the ‘videos’ section at www.urbanforestrytoday.org**

    For more information, contact:

    Rick Harper

    Department of Environmental Conservation

    University of Massachusetts, Amherst

    rharper@eco.umass.edu

    The ‘Urban Forestry Today’ Webcast Series is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, University of Massachusetts Extension, and Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ & Foresters’ Association. 

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    Webinar: PA Community Tree Map, 1/17 12 PM EST

    Join Penn State Extension as Mark Hockley, Tree Canopy Coordinator with the DCNR Bureau of Forestry and Hadley Stein, OpenTreeMap Product Specialist with Azavea, discuss PA Community Tree Map. This new tool helps communities educate citizens on trees’ ecosystem benefits, increase awareness of canopy coverage and make more informed land planning decisions. The tool gives communities, volunteers, and urban tree managers the ability to conduct tree inventories, monitoring activities, and urban tree canopy analyses, as well as track tree maintenance and stewardship activities.

    CEUs: One Continuing Education Credit for Landscape Architects; Society of American Foresters (CFEs); and PLNA Certified Horticulturalist (PCH) will be offered to attendees. International Society of Arboriculture (CEUs) will be awarded with 80% score of quiz return. Certificates of attendance will be provided after the program.

    Go to Event Website

    Contact Scott Sjolander (814-350-7749) with questions.

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    Webinar: Climate Change & Urban Environments: Adaptation through diversity, 12/14 1 – 2:15 PM EST

    Climate Change & Urban Environments: Adaptation through diversity

    Wednesday, December 14, 2016 | 1:00 – 2:15 pm EST

    Planting trees and expanding canopy cover are important strategies for reducing climate change impacts in urban areas. However, urban trees and forests are also vulnerable to climate change through shifts in habitat suitability, pests and diseases, and extreme weather events. This webinar will highlight two compelling projects that seek to sustain the benefits of urban and community forests in the face of climate change. Leslie Brandt will present the Urban Forestry Climate Change Response Framework, which engages communities in a three-step process that includes regional vulnerability assessment and local on-the-ground action. Among other conclusions, the project has found local adaptation actions to be largely focused on increased biodiversity (including exploration of new species or cultivars) and restoration of natural disturbance regimes. Operating under the same conclusion that biodiversity leads to more resilient urban and community forests, the Nebraska Forest Service has partnered with the Kansas Forest Service on an initiative called Environmentally Adapted Trees. Justin Evertson will explain how this initiative works with nursery professionals, arborists, foresters, and outreach specialists to identify, prove the suitability of, and encourage the growing and planting of underutilized tree species in the region.

    This webinar is part of the USDA Forest Service UrbanForest Connections webinar series.

    This webinar is open to all. This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CEU with the International Society of Arboriculture.

    Please use the information below to connect to the webinar:

    1. FIRST TIME USERS: MAKE SURE YOU CAN CONNECT
    If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, test your connection before the webinar. Go to: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

    2. CONNECT TO THE WEBINAR ON YOUR SYSTEM

    Go to:  https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/ucf/ 

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    Broadcast audio through your computer or use the information below to connect via telephone conferencing:
    Toll-free: 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633

    Participant code:0346552

     

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    New CB Land Cover Dataset Webinars in December

    The Chesapeake Conservancy will be providing webinars at 3 time options in December regarding the new Chesapeake Bay high resolution land cover dataset. We will provide more detailed info/discussion at FWG meetings of tree canopy/forest related aspects of this dataset, but if you’d like to learn more broadly about the full land cover dataset and how it will be used, check out the webinars.

     

    You can register for the webinar here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf24RJFSm9XGWK8UdH-VBSkVLI31m5VYoy3P2U6u96opWdvfg/viewform

     

     

    Land Cover Dataset Webinar

    The Chesapeake Conservancy, along with the University of Vermont’s SAL, and contractor Worldview Solutions, created a 1-meter resolution land cover dataset for all of the counties within the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The dataset is publicly available and will remain so. This webinar will explain the context behind the project, the Chesapeake Conservancy’s role and methodology for creating the data, and present use-cases and sample analyses that can be done with the data, as well as provide resources for where to find the data, how to get it, and a beginner’s guide to the dataset.

     

    Thursday, December 8th from 1 to 2PM

    Monday, December 12th from 10 to 11AM

    Wednesday, December 14th from 10 to 11AM

    You can find the webinar at the following link: https://epawebconferencing.acms.com/cc_landcover/

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    MANTA Seminar – Baltimore’s Forest Patches

    DNR/MANTA Noon Seminar on Thursday, December 15, 2016

    Speakers: Miriam Avins and Katie Lautar, Baltimore Green Space

    Real Nature – How Baltimore’s Forest Patches Measure Up

    Synopsis: Baltimore’s forest patches, which make up 20% of the city’s tree canopy, have a lot of nature to offer! Learn about Baltimore Green Space’s research on the soil and tree canopy of the forest patches, and about its work with communities to care for neighborhood forest patches. What can the research results tell us about maintaining and expanding tree canopy, and how the forests provide ecosystem services?

    The seminar will start at NOON in the C-1 Conference Room, Tawes Building, 580 Taylor Avenue, Annapolis MD. Travel & parking directions are HERE. The C-1 Conference Room is on the 1st floor of the Tawes Building. Enter the building, sign in with the guard, and walk to your left. The room is across from the aquaria. Seminars are free and open to the public.

    Join us, and please pass this announcement along to other interested colleagues.

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    Webinar: Budgeting for the Biomass: Urban Tree Mortality and The Bottom Line 12/8 12 PM EST

    Budgeting for the Biomass: Urban Tree Mortality and The Bottom Line

    Dr. Rich Hauer, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

     

    The first in a two-part ‘Urban Wood Utilization Series,’ will commence this Thursday December 08 at noon (Eastern) with the ‘Urban Forestry Today’ noonhour webcast guest speaker Dr. Rich Hauer, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, who will discuss “Budgeting for the Biomass: Urban Tree Mortality and The Bottom Line”. Part II will take place on Tuesday December 13 at noon (Eastern).

     

    To attend Part I, simply visit www.joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code 185-155-115.

     

    The ‘Urban Forestry Today’ Webcast Series is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, University of Massachusetts Extension, and Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ & Foresters’ Association. 

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    Webinar: Tree City USA Program, 12/20, 12 PM EST

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    This webinar will discuss concepts of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA Program.

    Date and Location

    When(Date/Time)
    December 20, 2016, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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    Online webinar

    For the past 40 years, the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program has provided a way to recognize cities and towns that have been committed to managing and expanding their public trees. Tree City USA status is awarded to cities and towns that meet four core standards. This webinar will provide an overview of these four standards, as well as the application process for municipalities interested in achieving recognition.

    This webinar is presented by Ellen Roane, Community Forestry Program Specialist at the Pennsylvania DCNR Bureau of Forestry.

    CEUs: No ISA, SAF, nor Landscape Architecture continuing education or development credit will be offered for this webinar.

    Connect to the webinar here.

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    Webinar: Taking Stock of Street Trees: i-Tree STREETS, 11/16 1:00 PM EST

    Taking Stock of Street Trees: i-Tree STREETS
    Join the i-Tree Development Team for a look at i-Tree STREETS tools via an online workshop, on Wednesday, November 16th at 1:00 PM (Eastern)

    Join this webinar for a comprehensive web-based instructional series that will introduce the latest tools in the i-Tree software suite, as well as bring you up to date on the improvements that have been made to the i-Tree collection of inventory, analysis and reporting tools for urban and community forests. i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools. The i-Tree Tools help communities of all sizes to strengthen their urban forest management and advocacy efforts by quantifying the structure of community trees and the environmental services that trees provide.

    This session will demonstrate the latest updates to i-Tree Streets software tools. It is an easy-to-use, computer-based program that allows any community to conduct and analyze a street tree inventory. Baseline data can be used to effectively manage the resource, develop policy and set priorities. Using a sample or an existing inventory of street trees, this software allows managers to evaluate current benefits, costs, and management needs.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required to join the workshop.  Please visit https://goo.gl/J6ykRm to register.

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    Forestry and Forested Land Protection Grant Program offers up to $1,000,000 for protecting forested land in Anne Arundel County

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    Anne Arundel County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a partnership to provide funds for forestry projects and land protection in Anne Arundel County. The goal of this program is to implement cost-effective reforestation and greening projects and increase the number of acres of protected forested land in the County. By increasing tree cover and expanding green areas, erosion can be reduced; water and soil quality can be improved; airborne pollutants such as particulates, nitrogen oxide, and carbon monoxide can be filtered; and summer temperatures and resulting ozone pollution and energy use can be reduced. Protecting forested land ensures valuable ecological services such as habitat, water quality, and flood control for future generations.

    Afforestation and reforestation projects that provide ecological benefits by establishing, enhancing and/or preserving riparian buffers; creating, enhancing and/or preserve larger contiguous tracts of forest; and/or creating, enhancing, and/or preserving wildlife habitat, including habitat for forest interior dwelling species are preferred. Reviewers will look favorably upon projects that have demonstration value by serving as an example for landowners seeking to learn how to establish, enhance, and/or protect forested land.

    Three types of projects will be supported in this grant program:
    1) Reforestation or afforestation of lands already under long-term protection;
    2) Permanent protection of lands already forested through conservation easements; or
    3) Reforestation or afforestation and permanent protection of lands that are currently not forested and not protected.

    Funds are available for up to $300,000 for planting and forestry projects, and up to $1,000,000 for land protection through conservation easements.

    Deadline: January 12, 2017 at 5pm. For more information, please visit the grant webpage here: Forestry and Forested Land Protection Grant Program. For questions contact Grant Manager, Jeffrey Popp, 410-974-2941, ext. 103.

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    Northern Virginia Urban Forestry Quarterly Roundtable- Home Owners Associations: Strategies to Increase Tree Canopy

    Northern Virginia Urban Forestry Quarterly Roundtable

    Home Owners Associations: Strategies to Increase Tree Canopy

    Thursday, December 8, 2016

    Northern Virginia Community College Event Center

    Loudon Campus,  21200 Campus Drive

    Sterling, VA 20164-8699

     

    Home Owners Associations play an increasing role in preserving and creating Northern Virginia’s urban forestry canopy.  How do tree professionals and educators identify the decision makers of a particular HOA, and the best way to reach them? What strategies have been successful in persuading boards to allocate funding for tree care? Come learn what free educational services are available and hear how others are working with HOAs to increase the urban tree canopy coverage.

     

    View the agenda &/or register here: http://www.TreesVirginia.org

     

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    Webcast: Urban Tree Canopy and Forest Planting

    Webcast: Urban Tree Canopy and Forest Planting

    When: Thursday, 17 November 2016, 12 – 1:30 PM EST

    Speakers: Jeremy Hanson, Virginia Tech, Chesapeake Bay Program

    REGISTER HERE

    An expert panel was formed in 2015 to evaluate how sediment and nutrient removal credits are calculated for expanded urban tree canopy. The newly adopted BMP credits include two BMPs: 1) Urban Tree Canopy Expansion and 2) Urban Forest Planting. These BMPs replace the current urban tree planting BMP for the Phase 6 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model.

    Tree planting is a popular activity in the Chesapeake Bay watershed done by many local jurisdictions, watershed organizations and other groups, as well as State and Federal governments. The current urban tree planting BMP did not account for the variety of tree planting efforts and their associated water quality benefits. The recently approved recommendations provide local jurisdictions with flexibility seeking credit for tree planting efforts in the next version of the Watershed Model. The newly adopted BMPs represent the different types of tree planting that increase tree coverage in developed areas – from single trees to forested lots.

    Join us for this webcast on the hot-off-the-press recommendations recently approved by the Chesapeake Bay Program Partnership on November 17, 2016!

    This webcast is part of the Chesapeake Stormwater Network 2016 Webcast Series.

     

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    Webinar: Community Food Forests in the United States: Overview and Implications for Urban Agroforestry

    Upcoming Webinar:

    Catherine Bukowski, Virginia Tech

    Community Food Forests in the United States: Overview and Implications for Urban Agroforestry

    November 16, 2016| 12:00 PM (EST)

    REGISTER HERE

    Catherine Bukowski is a PhD student at Virginia Tech currently researching the agroecological and community development factors influencing the design and management of community food forests with a focus on social dimensions. A community food forest (CFF) is a perennial polyculture food production system modeled after a forest ecosystem open to the public for harvesting. They are emerging across the United States in urban areas to address a variety of concerns from food security to social justice. Catherine has visited 24 food forests across the United States where she collected data to analyze with the goal of understanding which factors are most important to stakeholders and to produce guidelines for best management practices. She will be publishing a book on her dissertation findings through Chelsea Green Publishing in 2017 with co-author John Munsell. She also helps maintain a small community food forest in Blacksburg at the local YMCA community garden. She has co-taught an undergraduate agroforestry class as well as help plan and co-teach an advanced agroforestry seminar. She is a member of the eXtension.org communities of practice for forest farming and community, local and regional food systems as well as a board member of the Association for Temperate Agroforestry.

    This webinar is part of the Agroforestry in Action Webinar Series, a production of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri. Presentations in this webinar series explore topics in agroforestry from North America and around the globe, showcasing examples of excellence in practice and research. Live webinars are presented on a monthly basis and are free and open to all. Please see the live webinar schedule and register in advance to participate. 

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    Potomac Watershed Partnership Information Exchange: “To Plant or Not to Plant – The Right Way for the ROW”

    Potomac Watershed Partnership, Information Exchange

    Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 9:30-3:00, Fox Haven Organic Farm and Learning Center, Jefferson, MD

    “To Plant or Not to Plant—The Right Way for the ROW”

    What is the right balance for planting, and clearing, the Right-Of-Way?  Join us for an important discussion on managing highway and utility rights-of-way, as well as stormwater management areas.  Regional power companies are responsible for reliable power and clearing transmission lines across the Bay watershed.  State highway departments have varying rules on mowing and cutting-back trees.  Most subdivisions, business parks, and shopping centers, have stormwater management “ponds” that are regulated, often to prevent tree planting.  What is the balance between the need for increased tree canopy verses tree clearing to ensure reliable power, safe traffic, and dependable stormwater management areas?

    Register here.

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    Free Webinar on October 26, 2016: Trees in the City

    Many local governments and nonprofit organizations seek to reduce stormwater runoff by increasing the tree canopy in urban areas — only to struggle to recruit willing homeowners to participate in their programs. In this webinar, we will explore two case studies of successful street tree programs in “underserved” urban neighborhoods.

     
    You will learn:

    What market research says about residents’ attitudes towards trees and the messages they respond to
    What promotional techniques worked — and which ones didn’t
    Tips for measuring outreach success
    What the participants would do differently if they could do it over again

    Speakers:

    Donna Morelli, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
    Herb White, City of Wilmington, Delaware
    Eric Eckl, Valerie Damstra, & Laura Ganus, Water Words That Work, LLC

    This event is hosted by Water Words That Work, LLC. Go here to learn more and register.

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    Nature Works Everywhere Grant for Green Infrastructure in K-12 Schools due 5 PM ET October 31, 2016

    The Nature Works Everywhere Grant Project, presented by The Nature Conservancy, is awarding grants to support green infrastructure projects in K-12 schools. The application deadline is 5 PM ET October 31, 2016.

    To learn more about the grant, visit: https://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/grants/

    “[Nature Works Everywhere is] awarding grants to support projects that implement green infrastructure to address local environmental challenges. These include access to healthy food, air quality, heat island effect, climate change, or storm water collection. Young people will work as social innovators to help their communities through project design and implementation.

    A $2,000 grant will be awarded to 55 schools across the United States. At least 5 grants will be awarded specifically for projects in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. See the detailed description linked on this page for full requirements, guidelines, and important dates. A sample application and letters of commitment are also available.

    Applications must be submitted online by 5 PM ET October 31, 2016.”

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    Article: Urban forestry project ties residential nature to health care spending

    Article on a new research project from the University of Illinois exploring how urban forestry affects health care spending. Read more here.

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    Webinar: Unearthing Potential: Vacant land challenges, solutions, and opportunities, 10/12 1PM EST

    Kevin Schronce, City of Flint, Michigan
    Amber Knee, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
    Michelle Kondo, USDA Forest Service

    Post-industrial urban areas across the U.S. have experienced population decline, leaving them with derelict, vacant, and underutilized land. For both residents and visitors alike, these vacant properties cause major health and safety issues, contribute negatively to a sense of community well-being, and cause spiraling neighborhood decline, including lower property values and neighborhood disinvestment. Urban planners, community organizations, and government officials have the opportunity to assist communities in reclaiming or repurposing this vacant land, either for temporary or permanent uses. This webinar will present research findings and model approaches to addressing issues associated with commercial and residential vacant properties, with an emphasis on zoning and urban greening strategies. Kevin Schronce will present innovations from the Imagine Flint Master Plan for a Sustainable Flint, and will share how Flint, Michigan is poised to implement this 20-year community plan through the efforts of the Genesee County Land Bank Authority. Amber Knee will share work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia LandCare program, which stabilizes and maintains 12,000 vacant lots in low income areas. Michelle Kondo will present new findings on the economic, public health, and public safety benefits of managing vacant land that may help you to advocate more effectively for green space, even in the most unlikely of places. This webinar is part of the US Forest Service Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series.

    Connect to the webinar »

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    Article: Trees Cover Contributes To Increased Property Values

    New research by Virginia Tech published in the August issue of Ecological Economics suggest tree cover may increase property values. Read more about the study here: http://actrees.org/news/trees-in-the-news/research/tree-cover-contributes-to-increased-property-values/.

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    Webinar- National Urban Forest Carbon Protocol

    Want to learn how your urban forest project can earn and sell carbon credits? Join Mark McPherson and Greg McPherson as they walk you through a national urban forest carbon protocol drafted by a core group of 15 U.S. urban forest stakeholders. Register to join in onNovember 1, 2016 at 1:00ET.

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    Semi-Annual Urban Wood Utilization Webcast, October 11th, 1 pm EST

    The next USFS semi-annual urban wood utilization web cast will be on Tuesday, Oct. 11th beginning at 1:00 pm eastern.  The session will include a number of interesting regional and state updates and presentations including an update on an urban wood utilization session presented at the recent International Woodworking Fair that was held in Atlanta. For additional details, see the following agenda: Urban Wood Utilization Webcast Agenda

    To join the webcast, use the following connection details:

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    Ø  Connect to the Adobe Connect web meeting: https://usfs.adobeconnect.com/werc-500/

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    ·         If you have any special access needs or questions, please contact Sherri Wormstead at swormstead@fs.fed.us or603-868-7737.

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