ProHort – Professional Continuing Education – Master Pruning Series

Twelve 2-hour lectures, Thursdays from December through March, Douglas Classroom, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105

UW Botanic Gardens provides classes geared to professionals seeking credits for recertification (for example, International Society of Arboriculture or WSDA pesticide recertification credits). Everyone is welcome to register for these classes.

Online registration is now open for the Master Pruning Series. You can register for one or all classes. If you are registering more than one person, you may want to download the registration form and mail or fax it in (address and fax number on form). $30 per class, $23 for PlantAmnesty members. Discounts are offered, if you register for the entire series.

For more information contact or 206-685-8033.


Internship opportunity for students and host cities

The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) and USDA Forest Service are pleased to announce that the 2013 SMA Intern Program is now accepting applications for participants and host cities.

The SMA Intern Program offers a unique opportunity for students across the United States who are currently enrolled in an urban forestry program and are interested in pursuing a career in municipal forestry. This program conducts a nationwide search for students then matches them with a city for a ten-week internship during the summer of 2013. Further information about the program and applications for interested students or host cities are available on the SMA website.

The application deadline is Monday, December 17, 2012.

If you have any questions or need additional information, contact Lance Davisson, SMA Intern Program Manager,  (208) 994-1135,



Urban Tree Risk & Disasters: Vegetative Risk Management Plan Development and Urban Tree Risk Index GIS Tool Development

December 6, 2012
December 13, 2012
January 9, 2013

Urban foresters, emergency managers, planners, public works staff, and state urban forestry coordinators are invited to attend three free webinars about urban tree risk.

December 6, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST (11 a.m. – noon PST): URTI – Getting Started & Data and Data Preparation

A very brief introduction to the Vegetation Risk Management Plan (VRMP) and the Urban Tree Risk Index, is followed by a discussion of the sources and basic preparation of data needed to produce a tree risk zone map with UTRI used for pre-storm mitigation and planning.

December 13, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST (11 a.m. – noon PST): UTRI – Risk Zones, Assessments, and Mitigation

Picking up with the discussion from the December 6 webinar, we will demonstrate and discuss the GIS processes for each of the UTRI layers (vector to raster conversions and the map algebra step) leading to the final UTRI for each street segment.  This webinar will also discuss field verification and mitigation prioritization.

January 9, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. EST (11 a.m. – noon PST): UTRI – VRMP and Debris Management

Learn how to take the information produced in the first two webinars to create a Vegetation Risk Management Plan to compliment your counties Hazard Mitigation Plan. Included are how to locate possible debris staging areas to include in your VRMP.

Speakers: Rachel Barker, Project Manager ArborMetrics Solutions, Inc.; Dudley Hartel, Center Manager, Urban Forestry South – USDA Forest Service, Athens Georgia.

Webinar log-in instructions and more information


The Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series Session #9: Open Space Conservation Programs for Private Landowners from the Farm Bill and other sources.

December 12, 2 – 3:30 pm, EDT

A discussion of programs that allow private landowners to protect working forests and conserve open space administered by the USDA Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Farm Service Agency.

This series, as well as all webinars in the series, is sponsored by the National Open Space Conservation Group of the USDA Forest Service and Clemson University and is open to all who wish to attend.

Please register in advance for this and future webinars.

**SAF or ISA Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits are available for this webinar.

Contact Sara Comas ( Visit our website for more information or to view past presentations.