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2016 Community Tree Conference: Work Safe, Stay Safe

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Event date/time: 
Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Stockbridge Hall, UMass Amherst

This one-day conference is designed for tree care professionals, volunteers, and enthusiasts including arborists, tree wardens/municipal tree care specialists, foresters, landscape architects and shade tree committee members.

The theme of this year's conference will pertain to safe work practices. Topics will include: OSHA and the Tree Care Industry, Climbing Tips for Long-term Physical Health & Safety, and PPE, Deer Ticks and Their Management in the Landscape.

Sponsored by UMass Extension in cooperation with the UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the USDA Forest Service Urban Natural Resources Institute.


The registration rate is $65 for a single individual, $50 for each additional registration from the same company.

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8:00 - 9:00 Registration & Coffee
Morning Moderator:  Rick W. Harper, Univ. of Mass. Department of Environmental Conservation
9:00 DCR Update
Ken Gooch, MA DCR Forest Health Program
9:25 Emerging Approaches to Tree Inventory Analysis
David V. Boniarz, Ph.D., UNRI and Gabriel Markarian, University of Massachusetts
10:15 Break
10:30 Best Practices for Applicators: Pesticides & Plant Pollinators in the Urban Landscape
Anne Averill, Ph.D., UMass Department of Environmental Conservation
11:20 PPE, Deer Ticks and Their Management in the Landscape
Larry Dapsis, Cape Cod Cooperative Extension
12:10 - 1:00 Lunch Break
Afternoon Moderator: David V. Bloniarz, Ph.D., UNRI, USDA Forest Service
1:00 Scholarship Awards            
Mass. Tree Wardens & Forester’s Assoc. (MTWFA) - Robert LeBlanc, MTWFA President
Mass. Arborist Association (MAA) - Marc Hanson, MAA President            
Southeast Mass Tree Wardens - Chris Fallon, SETW President
1:10 OSHA and the Tree Care Industry
Dale Varney, OSHA Compliance Specialist
2:00 Climbing Tips for Long-Term Physical Health & Safety
Melissa LeVangie, Shelter Tree Products, Inc.
2:50 Break
3:00 Plant Disease Update: What Can We Expect This Growing Season?
Nicholas Brazee, Ph.D., UMass Extension
4:00 Q & A
Pesticide and Professional Credits

Pesticide and Professional Credits

Three pesticide contact hours for Massachusetts categories 29, 35, 36, and 00 (licensed applicator), valid for equivalent categories in all New England states.

ISA, SAF, CFE, MCA, MCH and MCLP credits have been requested.

Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
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Contact's email: 
80 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003
80 Campus Center Way Amherst MA