Urban Forestry Restoration Project applications being accepted

The Urban Forestry Restoration Project (UFRP) provides Washington Conservation Corps/Puget SoundCorps crew time to assist communities with urban forestry maintenance tasks. Local project proposals for the 2013-2014 project year will be accepted from July through December 31, 2013; however, early submission is encouraged due to limited crew time. More information about the Project is on the Web. The application form may also be found on that webpage.

Chainsaw Training – Geared Toward Women

August 31 – September 1 in Burlington

This two-day intensive course is hosted by WSU Skagit County Extension. The workshop will focus on parts of the saw and basic maintenance, safety gear, and basic cutting technique. Sunday’s practicum will allow more practice time, including learning to safely fell a tree and principles of using a cross-cut saw. This course is tailored to beginning female chainsaw users but anyone 16 years of age or older is welcome to attend. Bring your own gear, or there will be gear available to borrow.

☆  Plant Amnesty Classes – Seattle area

Master Pruner Series: How to Prune and Renovate the Overgrown Garden

Sunday, September 08, 2013, 10:00 am – noon, Sand Point Magnuson Park; Building 406 (The Brig), Seattle.

PlantAmnesty’s most popular class, an introductory class on pruning and landscape renovation. Taught by Cass Turnbull. Fee: $20 for the general public; $15 for PlantAmnesty members, $5 for horticulture college students and native Spanish speakers. No pre-registration necessary. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813

Pruning and Garden Renovation Workshop
Saturday, September 14, 2013, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, King County

Renovation Workshops are a popular hands-on all-day event that features a rare 3:1 student-teacher ratio and real-world experience. Pruning and creative solutions for the overgrown garden will be taught as an entire yard is renovated during the class. The day begins with a lecture followed by hands-on experience out in the yard. Topics discussed will be pruning, transplanting, and landscape maintenance. The group will move through an overgrown landscape while on-the-spot evaluations of plants and demonstrations of pruning are given. Workshop participants will then cycle between jobs to learn what the landscape has to offer. Location: TBD. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $75 (PlantAmnesty members) or $85 (non-members); price includes a 2-hour pruning DVD and handoutsContact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813

Pruning and Garden Renovation Workshop — In Spanish
Friday, October 11, 2013, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm,  King County

The same type of renovation workshop as described above, but in Spanish. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $40 (PlantAmnesty members) or $45 (non-members); price includes a 2-hour pruning DVD and handouts. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813

First 20 registrants take the class for FREE!

Master Pruner Series: Tools
Sunday, October 13, 2013, 10:00 am – noon, Sand Point Magnuson Park; Building 406 (The Brig)

Professional gardeners bring their pruning and gardening tools for this popular show and tell class. Common and uncommon tools will be featured, as will their care and sources for purchase. Bring your favorite tools that you have questions about. Taught by Cass Turnbull. Fee: $20 for the general public; $15 for PlantAmnesty members, $5 for horticulture college students and native Spanish speakers. No pre-registration necessary. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813.

Master Pruner Series: Pruning Art or Pruning Atrocity?
Sunday, November 10, 2013, 10:00 am – noon, Sand Point Magnuson Park; Building 406 (The Brig)

Class covers the three main forms of mal-pruning: tree topping, inappropriate shearing of trees and shrubs, and over-thinning. We compare and contrast mal-pruning with bona fide examples of pruning art: pollarding, cloud pruning, topiary, pleaching, and coppicing. Class ends on a humorous note with photos of the Good, the Bad, and the Bizarre. Taught by Cass Turnbull. Fee: $20 for the general public; $15 for PlantAmnesty members, $5 for horticulture college students and native Spanish speakers. No pre-registration is necessary. Contact PlantAmnesty or call 206-783-9813

2013 Partners in Community Forestry National Conference

November 6-7, 2013, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Partners in Community Forestry National Conference offers a platform for sharing best practices in urban forest partnerships, planning and management, in addition to offering models of sustainability and innovation across all groups who serve community trees. Register Now!

☆  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 helps people exchange urban forestry expertise, management ideas, and technology through direct onsite experiences 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 parks managers, and tree board members.

Select this link for more information