Seeking Urban Forestry Awards nominations.

If you know deserving individuals, organizations, community groups, or businesses that deserve recognition, please consider nominating them for the Washington Community Forestry Council’s Urban and Community Forestry Awards. Efforts that are voluntary (or above and beyond typical job duties and expectations), show leadership, or are highly innovative, will receive priority recognition.

For more information and to find the nomination form, follow this link

The Washington Arboriculture Exchange Program — apply now!

The Washington Arboriculture Exchange Program is designed to exchange urban forestry expertise, management ideas and technology through direct onsite experience working with municipal arborists. It is designed for individuals interested in or responsible for developing or expanding an urban and community forestry program in their community, including planners, public works and/or parks managers, and tree board members.

Select this link, for more information.

2013 Urban Forest Symposium: Trees and Views

Monday, May 13, 9 AM to 4 PM, University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St., Seattle

The issue of trees vs. views pits view seekers against tree lovers on hillsides facing mountains and water. These standoffs occur up and down our coastal waterways and in areas where homeowners and developers want the best water or territorial views. The symposium takes an in-depth look at this often-contentious issue.

$75 per person. Lunches are available at a cost of $15. Free lunch for the first 100 registrants. For more information contact: Jessica Farmer at or 206-685-8033.

ProHort – Professional Continuing Education

University of Washington 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 now open for the Master Pruning Series. For more information contact  or 206-685-8033.

Education Opportunities at UW’s Botanic Gardens

University of Washington Botanic Gardens conducts a wide variety of adult education programs for everyone from beginning home gardeners to horticultural professionals. Programs include lectures, courses, demonstrations, studios and symposia, plus a variety of on-site and local, regional, national, and international off-site tours.

For more information, visit the Botanic Gardens website, or contact them at or 206-685-8033

Free Workshops in Tacoma

Tree Basics; Right Tree for Right Place

Saturday, April 6, 10:30 AM, Envirohouse at the City of Tacoma Landfill, City of Tacoma Landfill, 3510 S. Mullen St.

Are you curious about how to select the right tree for your space? Do trips to the nursery overwhelm you? Join Ramie Pierce, City of Tacoma Urban Forester, and demystify the art of selecting the right tree for the right place. Register here or email workshop questions to  or call 253-573-2426.

Workshop: Edible Gardening and Tree Basics

Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 10:30 AM, Wapato Lake Park, Tacoma.

Please pre-register for this workshop, or by calling Christina at (253) 324-6210.

WSU Extension presents Pruning and Grafting Fruit Trees

A 2-day event:

Friday, April 12, 6:00-8:30 PM, classroom portion, Washington State University Spokane County Extension, 222 N. Havana, Spokane.

Saturday, April 13, Hands-on field workshops; 9:00 AM-Noon, Pruning; Grafting: 1:00-4:00 PM, Resurrection Episcopal Church, 15319 E 8th Ave, Spokane Valley

Gary Moulton of WSU’s Mount Vernon Research Station is coming to Spokane to teach fruit tree pruning and grafting with an emphasis on overgrown trees. Moulton has worked for decades on tree fruit development and the development of western Washington’s hard cider industry.

Pruning topics: evaluating tree structure, cutting and removing techniques, deciding which branches stay and which go, controlling water sprouts, final shaping for fruit production and annual care.

Grafting topics: selecting scion wood, bench grafting, bud chip grafting, care of newly grafted trees. Each student will receive three rootstocks to graft onto and a grafting knife during the hands-on portion of the workshop. Students are encouraged to bring their own apple scion wood if they have some.


Supplies required for grafting: $50 – includes three rootstocks, grafting knife and supplies

Lunch will be available for a $5 donation.  Proceeds support the church’s community garden project

Register online or contact Pat Munts if you have questions or would like a mail-in registration form:; 509-477-2173

Electrical Hazards Awareness Program: A Workshop for Tree/Landscape Workers

April 17, 8:00AM to 11:45 AM, Avista’s Jack Stewart Training Center, 8307 N. Regal, Spokane.

Sponsored by Avista Utilities, a Tree Line USA, this workshop will teach about the circle of safety, reliability, and regulations. Includes a live demonstration.

For more information please contact: Larry Lee at 509-495-2237

Urban Forestry Strategies: Linking People and Landscapes

June 6, 8:00AM to 3:30PM, World Forestry Center, Portland, OR

Keynote speaker, Dr. Kathleen Wolf, launches the conference which focuses on the human dimensions of urban forestry. Sessions include current research findings and practical applications for research within successful urban forestry programs in the Pacific Northwest.

Full conference registration before May 15, $85. Follow this link to the conference flyer. Register online by visiting: or call 503-874-8263 for more information.