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    Request for Proposals: Assessing Multifunctional Riparian Forest Buffer Benefits, due 8/18 5 PM EST

    Attached is an RFP for two projects, Assessing Multifunctional Riparian Forest Buffer Benefits and Preliminary State-Identified Healthy Watersheds Vulnerability Assessments for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. Please note that the deadline for proposals is 5:00PM on August 18, 2017 and proposals must be submitted using the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Online Application System; additional details on how to apply are found in the RFP.

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    Register Today for Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop, 8/8-8/9

    Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop
    When: Tuesday August 8, 2017: 12:30 p.m.- 4 p.m.
    Wednesday, August 9, 2017: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Where: Patuxent Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, Laurel MD
    Cost: $25.00
    Don’t miss your chance to attend Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop! This two-day event hosted by Lillie Leaf Solutions will bring together diverse stakeholders working to retain and increase healthy tree canopy in their communities. Learn from exemplary regional and national initiatives, including TreeBaltimore, New Jersey Tree Foundation, Miami Parks and Recreation, and Urban ReLeaf in Oakland, California.

     

    Whether you work in government, a nonprofit, the private sector or contribute as a community volunteer, this workshop is designed to help you address environmental injustice as it relates to community trees.

     

    To register, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trees-for-all-chesapeake-regional-environmental-justice-workshop-tickets-34553549597

     

    This workshop is supported through a grant from the USDA Forest Service, in partnership with Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DC Urban Forestry Administration, Prince George’s County, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

     

    Maryland Tree Expert and International Society of Arboriculture CEUs are pending.

    Travel scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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    Webinar: Green Infrastructure- A Lesson in Change, 7/18 12 PM EDT

    Webinar: Green Infrastructure- A Lesson in Change
    Tuesday, July 18th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Presented by: Donna Foster, Landscape Architect, US Forest Service, Northeastern Area State And Private Forestry

    Participate in this Penn State Community Forestry Management Webinar and hear a landscape architect’s perspective on engagement and relationship building and explore how past and present views on tree planting and design have merged while cultivating more respect and understanding between three professions as they work to reclaim unused lands, address environmental justice and create livable biologically functioning places in cities and towns across the nation.

    To participate, use this link to access the webinar room starting 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time. Enter the webinar as a guest by typing your name in the name box and click the “Enter Room” button.

    This webinar is part of the Penn State Community Forestry Management Webinar Series. For more information about this webinar and others in the series, go to http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/courses/community-forestry-management-webinars.

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    Webinar: I-Tree Workshop: What’s New with Landscape, 6/26 1:00 PM EDT

    i-Tree Online Workshop: What’s New with Landscape
    Please join the Urban Natural Resources Institute for the June  i-Tree Web Learning Session

    Monday, June 26, 2017
    1:00 PM (Eastern)
    i-Tree Online Workshop: What’s New with Landscape

    Join the Urban Natural Resources Institute for this session to outline the latest advances in i-Tree Landscape, the online tool that allows you to explore geospatial data for an area of interest. It makes use of datasets, such as land cover and U.S. Census data, to provide local information, tree benefits, and planting prioritization by designated management boundaries. i-Tree Landscape allows you to explore tree canopy, land cover, and basic demographic information in a location of your choosing. With the information provided by i-Tree Landscape, you will learn about the benefits of trees in your selected location, see how planting trees will increase the benefits provided, and map the areas where you decide to prioritize your tree planting efforts.

    This web seminar will provide attendees with valuable tips to maximize the value of the latest version of this advanced i-Tree tool. This should be a very informative session, and your attendance will help to make it a valuable resource opportunity for all attendees. Please plan to join us.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for this session.
    Please visit https://goo.gl/r7RYSA to reserve your seat.

    The Urban Natural Resources Institute is an initiative of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

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    Webinar: Making Trees Count, 6/21 1 – 2:30 PM EDT

    Making Urban Trees Count
    Wednesday, June 21, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
    This webcast will review the available stormwater crediting systems for urban tree planting and will present a new crediting system that includes a design specification for urban tree planting that can be integrated into state and local compliance systems for stormwater management, TMDLs and other water quality requirements. For more information and to register, see http://www.cwp.org/events/webcast-3-making-urban-trees-count/.

    This webinar is part of the Center for Watershed Protection webcast series.

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    Webinar: Diversify Now! Increasing Resilience of Urban Forests by Expanding Species Diversity 6/20, 12 PM EDT

    Diversify Now! Increasing Resilience of Urban Forests by Expanding Species Diversity (Webinar)
    Tuesday, June 20th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Presented by Andrew Hillman, Davey Resource Group
    A changing climate and mounting threats from pests and diseases pose challenges to ensuring the continued health of the urban forest. Subjects such as assisted migration, phenotypic plasticity, monotypic species, urban microclimates, and hardy cultivars will be discussed. One example will be southern magnolias thriving for many years as street trees in upstate New York.

    This webinar is part of the PennState Extension Community Management Webinar Series. For more information, visit: http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/courses/community-forestry-management-webinars

    Use the link below to access the webinar room starting 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time.

    https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry

    Enter the webinar as a guest by typing your name in the name box and click the “Enter Room” button.

    Contact Scott Sjolander (sas305@psu.edu) for more information.

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    Webinar: Diversify Now! Increasing Resilience of Urban Forests by Expanding Species Diversity 6/20, 12 PM EDT

    Diversify Now! Increasing Resilience of Urban Forests by Expanding Species Diversity (Webinar)
    Tuesday, June 20th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Presented by Andrew Hillman, Davey Resource Group
    A changing climate and mounting threats from pests and diseases pose challenges to ensuring the continued health of the urban forest. Subjects such as assisted migration, phenotypic plasticity, monotypic species, urban microclimates, and hardy cultivars will be discussed. One example will be southern magnolias thriving for many years as street trees in upstate New York.

    This webinar is part of the PennState Extension Community Management Webinar Series. For more information, visit: http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/courses/community-forestry-management-webinars

    Use the link below to access the webinar room starting 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time.

    https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry

    Enter the webinar as a guest by typing your name in the name box and click the “Enter Room” button.

    Contact Scott Sjolander (sas305@psu.edu) for more information.

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    Webinar: Citizen Science and Open Data in Urban Forestry: Opportunities and Challenges, 6/14 1 pm EST

    June 14, 2017 | 1:00-2:15pm ET

    Citizen Science and Open Data in Urban Forestry: Opportunities and challenges
    Lara Roman, USDA Forest Service
    Deborah Boyer, Azavea

     

    As urban forest managers seek new ways to engage the public, many municipalities, non-profit groups, and tree advocates turn to citizen science and open data to connect with stakeholders and constituents. These projects can generate public interest, but there are concerns about the need for data coordination, quality control, open access, and long-term funding and resource commitment. The goal is to create a project where time spent on training and oversight yields great benefits in public awareness and support, as well as quality data that will drive good management and policy decisions. In this webinar, Lara Roman will present findings from a study of volunteer data quality in urban tree inventories and implications for the use of citizen science for various urban forest data collection needs. Deborah Boyer will share lessons learned from citizen science and open data projects across the United States and discuss various technical approaches. Together, these presentations will help you determine whether citizen science and open data projects are right for your program.

    This webinar is presented by the USDA Forest Service Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series. Click here to connect to the webinar.

     

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    Webinar: Evaluating CREP Riparian Buffers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed 6/15, 2 PM EDT

    Evaluating CREP Riparian Buffers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed
     

    June 15, 2017, 2 PM EDT

     

    Presenters: Peter Kleinman,  Robert Brooks, Carlington Wallace, Tamie Veith, and Greg McCarty (Agricultural Research Service, Penn State University, and University of Maryland).

     

    Meeting Description:
    Riparian buffers play an important role in mitigation programs aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay. The Bay watershed includes over 20,000 forested buffer projects that have been funded by USDA’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. To better understand the status and outcomes of this considerable investment, USDA’s Farm Service Agency has formed a collaborative research team with other USDA agencies (Agricultural Research Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Forest Service), Penn State University, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Now in its second year, the project includes studies of site conditions of 150 CREP riparian buffers in PA, MD and VA, evaluation of how well CREP sites intercept runoff, understanding of the diverse set of ecosystem services that can be offered by riparian buffers and preliminary inferences regarding the siting, design and management of riparian buffers.

    This meeting is hosted by the USDA Farm Service Agency.

     

    Meeting Registration link.

     

    Webinar URL: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/s1u9zn5ozcu3&eom
    Streaming audio available through your computer.

    Or you can call in to listen to the audio via your phone

    U.S. Toll: 303.248.0285

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    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science, 5/24 1 PM EST

    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science
    This i-Tree Web Learning Session is offered by the Urban Natural Resources Institute, an initiative of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    1:00 PM (Eastern)
    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science

    This month, please join Dr. David Nowak, US Forest Service, as he discusses the science that is powering i-Tree, and looks at the planned future features of scientific research that i-Tree will offer to users. Plan to join this one-hour, interactive session, and learn about the importance and value of science, as we move forward on bringing urban forest inventory and analysis tools to the marketplace.

    i-Tree 2017 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. For more information on i-Tree 2017, please visit http://www.itreetools.org/.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for session in order to provide the most streamlined user experience. PLEASE VISIT https://goo.gl/WsyOj4 TO REGISTER.

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    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science, 5/24 1 PM EST

    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science
    This i-Tree Web Learning Session is offered by the Urban Natural Resources Institute, an initiative of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station.

    Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    1:00 PM (Eastern)
    i-Tree Online Workshop: State of the Science

    This month, please join Dr. David Nowak, US Forest Service, as he discusses the science that is powering i-Tree, and looks at the planned future features of scientific research that i-Tree will offer to users. Plan to join this one-hour, interactive session, and learn about the importance and value of science, as we move forward on bringing urban forest inventory and analysis tools to the marketplace.

    i-Tree 2017 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. For more information on i-Tree 2017, please visit http://www.itreetools.org/.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for session in order to provide the most streamlined user experience. PLEASE VISIT https://goo.gl/WsyOj4 TO REGISTER.

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    Designing Multifunctional Riparian Buffers: Professional Development Training, May 22-23

    What makes multifunctional riparian forest buffers different from other riparian forest buffers? How can a riparian forest buffer help meet the production goals of the farm? How do you ensure riparian forest buffers are retained after CREP contracts are up? What can you harvest from a buffer system? How do you design productive riparian forest buffers that also achieve conservation functions? How do you get new and different landowners interested in riparian forest buffers?

    This workshop will introduce technical service providers to novel approaches in managed riparian forest buffer systems. The two-day workshop will provide perspective on how to plan for economically and agriculturally viable riparian buffer systems that meet landowners’ conservation and production goals. The training will dive into key topics like site considerations, management, plant functions, and multifunctional systems to discover suites of management practices and tree and plant designs that achieve new conservation and production goals.

    Audience: Technical service providers, including staff from NRCS, FSA, SWCDs and other federal agencies; state forestry and agriculture agencies; extension; and non-profits.

    Registration visit: EVENTBRITE REGISTRATION SITE

    Registration for this two-day training is only $50

    For more information, agenda, accommodations and registration visit: http://www.nemaagroforestry.org/designing-multifunctional-riparian-buffers-professional-development-training/

     

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    Sign-Up Today for the Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network Newsletter!

    Have you signed up yet for the Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network newsletter?

    The Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network newsletter features the most current going-ons, resources, and best management practices related to tree canopy in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. We promise not to clog your inbox- you’ll receive a new, specially curated newsletter from us every couple of months.

    The newsletter sign-up is separate from your membership to the Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network group here on the Chesapeake Network. Please sign-up for the newsletter on the Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network website: http://chesapeaketrees.net/. You will not receive the newsletter if you do not sign-up on the website. 

    If you’d like to receive our upcoming newsletter, sign-up before this Friday (4/28)!  

    How to sign-up

    Go to the Chesapeake Tree Canopy Network: http://chesapeaketrees.net/
    Sign-up for the newsletter on the homepage or on the Sign-Up page.

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    Webinar: Selecting Tough Trees for Tough Urban Sites, 05/04 12 PM EST

    Urban Forestry Today Noon Hour Webcast

    “Selecting Tough Trees for Tough Urban Sites”

    Jeff Iles, PhD, Professor of Horticulture, University of Iowa

    05/04/17, 12 PM EST

    Dr. Iles will highlight proven performers and new tree selections worthy of consideration, as we plant the urban forest with diversity, resilience, and long-term success in mind.

    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. 

    To attend live, & receive Free CEU’s visit: http://www.joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code: 303-654-851

    To view archived webcasts ‘like’ the facebook page or visit ‘videos’ in the upper right portion of the screen.
    ​This broadcast is free and will offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit.

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    Webinar: i-Tree Online Workshop: Trees and Public Health, 4/24 1:00 PM EST

    Monday, April 24, 2017
    1:00 PM (Eastern)
    i-Tree Online Workshop: Public Health and Trees

    PRE-REGISTRATION for the webinar sessions is required in order to deliver the most streamlined attendee experience.

    Join the Urban Natural Resources Institute for a comprehensive web-based session that will outline “Using i-Tree to Assess the Public Health Value of Trees .” The online presentation will examine how the ecosystem services of trees can make for a more healthy public. Using examples of i-Tree benefit analyses, this session will provide an insight into a rapidly emerging area of study and general interest.

    i-Tree 2017 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. For more information on i-Tree 2017, please visit http://www.itreetools.org/.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for session in order to provide the most streamlined user experience. PLEASE VISIT https://goo.gl/QoZBDQ TO REGISTER.

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    Webinar: Designing Trees into the Urban Landscape and Integrating Stormwater Management 04/10, 12 PM EST

    Webinar: Designing Trees into the Urban Landscape and Integrating Stormwater Management

    Penn State Extension Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series

    Monday, April 10, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)

     This webinar will review the issues faced by urban design professionals seeking to make cities more sustainable and livable, and discuss solutions to these issues. Sustainability is about complete streets, where urban trees are planted in a way that allows them to reach maturity without damaging surrounding infrastructure, and where stormwater is managed in a way that reduces runoff to keep our waterways clean and minimize the risk of flooding. It will use regional and international case studies to illustrate the successful establishment of low impact development (LID) practices.

    Presenter:

    Jeremy Bailey, Senior Consultant with Green Blue Urban

    Where: Webinar at https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry  

    Use the link above to access the webinar room starting 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time. Enter the webinar as a guest by typing your name in the name box and click the “Enter Room” button.

    Cost:  Free

    Continuing Education Credits: 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.

    For more information, visit http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/courses/community-forestry-management-webinars

    or contact Scott Sjolander at 814-350-7749 or sas305@psu.edu

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    Webinar: i-Tree: The Value of Park Trees, 3/27 1 PM EST

    i-Tree: The Value of Park Trees Webinar
    Urban Natural Resources Institute

    An initiative of the USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station

    Plan to join us on Monday, March 27th at 1:00 PM (Eastern), for a comprehensive web-based session that will outline “Assessing and Communicating the Value of Park Trees.” The online presentation will explore options and ideas for applying i-Tree Tools to improve the understanding and communicate the value of park trees. A recap of a Casey Trees’ project to develop a dynamic mapping system to communicate i-Tree Eco values for park visitors in DC’s National Mall Parks will be presented, and options for using i-Tree tools in parks will be outline.

    i-Tree 2017 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.
    For more information on i-Tree 2017, please visit http://www.itreetools.org/.

    PRE-REGISTRATION is required for the Roundtable Session in order to provide the most streamlined user experience.  VISIT https://goo.gl/5mhjae TO REGISTER.

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    Webinar: Citizen Monitoring Training Toolkit, 3/21 12 PM EST

    Webinar: Citizen Tree Monitoring Training Toolkit

    Penn State Extension Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)

     

    Monitoring the survival and growth of tree planting projects is critical to evaluate their performance. In this webinar, Mark Hockley with DCNR Bureau of Forestry and Dr. Lara Roman with US Forest Service Northern Research Station present a street tree monitoring pilot program prepared in Harrisburg, PA, during summer 2016. The program used citizen scientists and the new PATreeMap data collection tool to engage the public in tracking trees. Mark and Lara will present project background and discuss tools for more cities to engage citizen scientists with tree monitoring – including training slides, field guides, and tips for running a successful monitoring effort.

     

    Where: Webinar at https://meeting.psu.edu/pacommunityforestry  

    Use the link above to access the webinar room starting 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time. Enter the webinar as a guest by typing your name in the name box and click the “Enter Room” button.

     

    Cost:  Free

    Continuing Education Credits: 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.

     

    For more information, visit http://extension.psu.edu/natural-resources/forests/courses/community-forestry-management-webinars

    or contact Scott Sjolander at 814-350-7749 or sas305@psu.edu

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    $1M in New Conservation Incentives Available for Virginia Counties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

    Announcement from the Farm Service Agency regarding a new conservation incentive, the Chesapeake Bay Incentive Payment (CBIP), available for Virginia Counties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. New and re-enrolling riparian forest buffer contracts under the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program are eligible for a one time CBIP of $100 to $300 per acre to eligible producers. Read the announcement from FSA to learn more: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USFSA/bulletins/1849f91.

     

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    2017 Roanoke Tree Health Care Workshop: Wednesday, 3/8

    2017 Roanoke Tree Health Care Workshop

    Canopy Counts: Planning for and Protecting Our Urban Forests

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

    Workshop hosted by Trees Virginia.

    Topics include: Growing Healthy Fruit Trees, Planning Tools for Growing the Urban Forest, Using i-Tree in your Community and Understanding Insect Feeding Groups

    Visit the event website for the agenda and registration details.

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