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40th Annual UMass Community Tree Conference: Species Selection in the Urban Landscape - Professional Perspectives

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Event date/time: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 8:45am to 3:00pm
Event location: 
Stockbridge Hall

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 conference features presenters who will examine how they select trees and other vegetation to address specific scenarios such as public safety and climate change. Topics include: Choosing Trees for Storm Resistance, Creating Habitat for Birds in Urban Settings, Selecting Trees to Improve Public Health in the City, Addressing Climate Change at the Local Level: Trees in the Urban Landscape, Insects and Disease: Strategic Approaches to Managing Threats, and Expert Perspectives: Evaluating the Species Selections of Our Panelists.

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.

Pesticide & Professional Credits

1 Pesticide contact hour for categories 29, 35, 36, and Applicators License pending.

Association credits: 4 ISA, 4 SAF, 2 MCA, 2 MCLP, and 1 MCH credits. 


Cost is $95 for first registration, $75/person for each additional registration from the same company.

To pay by CHECK or with a PO (there is an additional price reduction to encourage payment by check - see form for amounts): To register online with a CREDIT CARD:

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8:00 – 8:45 Check-In & Coffee
8:45 – 8:50 Welcoming Remarks
Morning Moderator: Brian Kane, Ph.D., Massachusetts Arborists Association Professor Department of Environmental Conservation - University of Massachusetts Amherst
8:50 – 9:40 Choosing Trees for Storm Resistance
Alex Sherman, MCA, Tree Warden, City of Springfield
9:40 – 10:30 Creating Habitat for Birds in Urban Settings
Desirée Narango, Ph.D., Advanced Science Research Center, City University of New York
10:30 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 11:40 Selecting Trees to Improve Public Health in the City
Angela Vincent, AICP, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission 
Neil Angus, AICP, Devens Enterprise Commission
11:40 – 12:30 Lunch (on your own)
Afternoon Moderator: David V. Bloniarz, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service, Amherst, MA
12:30 – 12:45 Scholarship Awards
Mass. Tree Wardens & Forester’s Assoc. (MTWFA) - Alex Sherman, MTWFA President
Mass. Arborist Association (MAA) - Natascha Batchelor, MAA President
Southeast Mass Tree Wardens - Kyle Barry, SETW President
12:45 – 1:20 Climate Change at the Local Level: Trees in the Urban Landscape
Matthew Cahill, MA DCR, Program Director, Greening the Gateway Cities Program
1:20 – 1:30 Break
1:30 – 2:30 Insects and Disease: Strategic Approaches to Managing Threats
Jennifer Forman-Orth, Ph.D., Environmental Biologist, MA Dept of Agricultural Resources
2:30 – 2:45 Expert Perspectives: Evaluating the Species Selections of our Panelists
Brian Kane, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Dept. of Environmental Conservation
David Bloniarz, Ph.D, US Forest Service
2:45 – 3:00

Q & A
Pesticide & Professional Credits

Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
Contact's phone: 
(413) 545-0895
Contact's email: 
80 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003
80 Campus Center Way Amherst MA