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41st Annual UMass Community Tree Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for 2020: What’s New in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry?

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Event date/time: 
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 8:45am to 3:30pm

This one-day conference is designed for tree care professionals, volunteers, and enthusiasts including arborists, tree wardens, urban foresters, foresters, landscape architects and shade tree committee members. This year's conference will present updates on safety (ANSI Z133 revision), pest management, research, and i-Tree as well as managing invasives in Springfield. 

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

2 pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 35, 36, and Applicators License.

Association credits: 4 (cat 1) & 1 (cat 2) CFE, 5 ISA, 4.5 SAF,  .75 CTSP, 1 MCH, 1 MCA (safety), 2 MCA (education), and 2 MCLP. 


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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8:45     Welcoming Remarks 

Morning Moderator:  Brian Kane, Ph.D. Mass. Arborists Association Professor, UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation 

8:50     Safety Update - 2017 ANSI Z133 Revision
             Ed Carpenter, President of North American Training Solutions

9:40     Research Update – Can Trained Volunteers Structurally Prune Young Street Trees?
             Ryan Fawcett, Cand. M.S., UMass - Amherst

10:50   Managing Invasives in Springfield
             Doug Johnson / Clayton Edwards, MDAR

11:40 – 12:30    Lunch (on your own)

Afternoon Moderator: David V. Bloniarz, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service, Amherst, MA

12:30    Scholarship Awards
     MA Tree Wardens & Forester’s Association – Paul Sellers, President
     MA Arborist Association - Trumbull Barrett, President
     MAA/MTWFA Dennis Ryan Outstanding Arboriculture Student Scholarship - Trumbull Barrett, President MAA, and Paul Sellers, President MTWFA
     Southeast MA Tree Wardens - Paul Sellers, President

12:45   iTree Update
            Dave Bloniarz, USDA Forest Service

1:30     Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs: Identification and Management
            Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist

2:30     New Challenges in the World of Woody Plant Diseases
Nick Brazee, UMass Extension Plant Pathologist

3:20     Q & A, Pesticide & Professional Credits, Feedback & Adjourn

Contact's name: 
Ellen Weeks
Contact's email: 
Contact's phone on day of event: 
(413) 545-0895
80 Campus Center Way Amherst MA