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38th Annual UMass Community Tree Conference - Utilities, Communities and Urban Trees: Partnerships in Practice

Event date/time: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 8:00am to 3:30pm

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 utilities and community trees. Topics will include: Design Solutions for Tree and Overhead Utility Conflicts, Utility Storm Resiliency, Communities and Utilities in Partnership for Urban Trees, and Updates from the UMass Diagnostic Lab.

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 $90 for a single individual, $75 for each additional registration from the same company.

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8:00 – 8:45 AM Registration & Coffee
8:45 – 9:00 Welcoming Remarks
Morning Moderator:  Rick W. Harper, Univ. of Mass. Department of Environmental Conservation
9:00 – 9:25 UMass Arboriculture/Urban Forestry Program Update
Mark E. Reiland, UMass Department of Environmental Conservation
9:25 – 10:15 Trees & Overhead Utilities: Design Solutions for Sustainable Streets & Roadsides
David V. Boniarz, Ph.D., UNRI, USDA Forest Service
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:20 Utilities & Communities in Partnership: Enhancing Public Safety & Protecting Trees from the Utility Perspective
Calvin Layton, Eversource
11:20 – 12:10 PM Utilities & Communities in Partnership: Enhancing Public Safety & Protecting Trees from the Community Perspective
Alan Snow, Town of Amherst
12:10 – 1:10 Lunch Break
Afternoon Moderator: David V. Bloniarz, Ph.D., UNRI, USDA Forest Service
1:10 – 1:25 Scholarship Awards
  • Mass. Tree Wardens & Forester’s Assoc. (MTWFA) - Alex Sherman, MTWFA President
  • Mass. Arborist Association (MAA) - Jay Ippolito, MAA President
  • Southeast Mass Tree Wardens - Mark Smith, SETW President, and Ted Bubbins, SETW Vice President
  • Hartney Greymont - Kevin Narbonne
1:25 – 2:15 Utilities and Storm Resiliency
Sara Sankowich, Unitil
2:15 – 2:30 Break
2:30– 3:20 From the Diagnostic Lab: What Can We Expect This Growing Season?
Nicholas Brazee, Ph.D., UMass Extension Diagnostic Lab
3:30 PM
  • Q & A
  • Professional Continuing Education Credits (MAA, ISA, CTSP, SAF, Pesticide Applicators)
  • Dismissal

Pesticide and Professional Credits

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

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

Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
Contact's email: 
Contact's phone on day of event: 
80 Campus Center Way Amherst MA