October is Urban and Community Forestry Month!

Join the National Celebration!

You may plant, care for and educate about trees all throughout the year, but your October tree events are special. They’re part of a nationwide month of action for greener communities. Be part of something bigger — join AC Trees in the national celebration of trees. Register your events now! Participating organizations may also be eligible for discounts on tools and celebration supplies.

Tree Planting Grants still available

A small amount of funds are still available and there is still time to apply for a grant for your fall tree planting project. If your city is a Tree City USA community, or planning to apply for the designation this year, you are eligible to apply. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, or tribal governments may also apply in partnership with designated communities.

The 2013 Tree City USA Tree Planting Grants provide financial assistance to communities working to achieve the goal of a self-sustaining community forestry program by properly planting trees to increase canopy cover. Applicants can request up to $10,000 for trees to be planted in their community to enhance urban forests. Matching funds, though encouraged, are not required. Projects must be completed by December 31, 2013.

Pruning and Garden Renovation Workshop — In Spanish

Friday, October 11, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, near Northgate Shopping Center in Seattle

George Ortiz, Gonzalo Yepes and other teachers will lead a workshop on Pruning the Garden. Learn to prune through demonstrations and by doing the pruning yourselves.

Cost: $30 for PlantAmnesty members; $45 for non-members. There are a limited number of $5.00 scholarships for day laborers and the self-employed. Space is limited so it is necessary to pre-register.

The class is sponsored by PlantAmnesty. For more information call 206-783-9813 or email info@plantamnesty.org

Celebrate Seattle Arbor Day!

Saturday, October 26, 9 am – 1 pm, Lincoln Park, 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle

Fall is the ideal time to successfully plant trees. Join the City of Seattle in celebrating all that our trees do for us and to plant trees for future generations.

Seattle Arbor Day is supported by multiple city departments, including Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle Department of Transportation, Seattle City Light, Office of Sustainability and Environment, and Seattle Parks.

The Root of the Issue: Planting Healthy Trees

Thursday, October 31, 9 am – 2:30 pm, UW Botanic Gardens, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA 98112

This five-hour class at the Washington Park Arboretum will mix lectures and field demonstrations to teach up-to-date standards and best management practices for all methods of planting and transplanting, including ball and burlapped, bare-root, and container-grown trees. The workshop includes a demonstration of air-spading for root crown excavation and bare-rooting techniques in difficult situations.

Cost: Early bird discount: $85; $95 after October 24; lunch is included. Instructors: Bess Bronstein, Horticultural Consultant and Instructor at Edmonds Community College; David Zuckerman, UW Botanic Gardens Horticulture Supervisor; and Chris Watson, UW Botanic Gardens Arborist.

Green Seattle Day – Plant a Forest!

November 2, 2013 10 am-2 pm

Join hundreds of neighbors to restore the city’s forest at the 8th Annual Green Seattle Day at West Duwamish Greenbelt and 16 forested parks across the city.

If you know that you want to volunteer as an individual or organize a team with your community, friends, family, or co-workers, email Kim Frappier: kfrappier@forterra.org

Society of Municipal Arborists Conference: Trends and Tools

November 5, 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA (and by webcast)

Attend the 2013 SMA Conference through a virtual LiveCast experience!  The conference is being held alongside the 2013 Partners in Community Forestry Conference. SMA recognizes that travel budgets are tight for municipal foresters and staff so they have created this unique virtual conference opportunity that is available at a reasonable cost. View the full conference agenda.

Green Kent Steward Orientation

Sat., Nov. 9, 9 am-12:30 pm (light breakfast included)

Kent Senior Activity Center, 600 E. Smith St. (plus hands-on practice at Earthworks Park)

If you’ve been thinking about getting involved with Kent’s environmental restoration program or are just curious about it, we invite you to spend the morning with us. No commitment is necessary, but we bet you will become as excited as our volunteer Stewards and staff.  For details and to register: www.greenkent.org.

Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI)

February 23-28, 2014, Lied Lodge & Conference Center, Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City, Nebraska

MFI is a unique week-long leadership and professional development opportunity, led by a team of dedicated urban forestry professionals from across North America. Students gain insights into how to build a good urban forestry program into a great one.

The 4 major components of the MFI curriculum include:

  • Developing a leadership approach to your position
  • Thinking and planning strategically to advance urban forestry programs
  • Working effectively with boards, coalitions, and non-profit organizations
  • Managing the relationship between people and trees

A program of the Society of Municipal Arborists, MFI is organized in cooperation with the Arbor Day Foundation and the USDA Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry program.

To find out more about, or register for the program, visit www.urban-forestry.com 


Planning for Growth and Open Space Conservation Webinar Series

Series sponsored by the USDA Forest Service, National Open Space Conservation Group.

Natural resource professionals, land use planners, private landowners and others will hear from experts about the issues facing forestlands – both public and private — and learn through a series of monthly webinars about opportunities and strategies to conserve open space. All are welcome to participate. Webinars are 1.5 hours long, and offer AICP and SAF continuing education credits.

November 6, 11:00 am PDT: Community Wildfire Protection Planning. Wildfires have become more intense and frequent. How can communities in our expanding wildland-urban interface prepare for this growing threat? This session will discuss what planners and communities need to know to reduce risks of wildfire. Speakers will discuss Firewise Communities, Fire Adapted Communities, research on wildfire risk and what influences homeowners to take wildfire mitigation actions.

December date TBA: Planning for Urban and Community Forestry. As urban areas and communities expand, so do urban and community forests, and the need to manage these essential resources. This program will explore a variety of concepts and tools that are important for land use planners to consider when planning for urban forest conservation and management.