Re-certification Deadline for Tree City USA and Tree Line USA – December 13, 2013

Tree City USA and Tree Line USA re-certification applications can now be completed online. If your city is applying for Tree City status for the first time, please contact Micki McNaughton 360-902-1637

Inland Northwest Green Industry Series

The Acers Among Us

Friday, November 15, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm – Tim Kohlhauff, Urban Horticulture Coordinator for the Spokane County Extension

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, maples are one of the most commonly seen trees in the urban forests of the Inland Northwest. This class will explore the diagnosis of maple problems, including cultural conditions that determine a tree’s failure or success. An overview of proper maple culture, based on species, will be presented.

Spokane County Conservation District, 210 N Havana, Spokane, 99202.

Registration rates are $40 for one session. Session is approved for 2.75 ISA CEUs (A, B-P, M, L, TW, U). For more information and to register follow this link.

Green Kirkland Partnership event

Saturday, November 9, 10 am to 2 pm, Watershed Park (112th Ave NE, South of 53rd St.)

Join the Green Kirkland Partnership and your fellow volunteers to celebrate Arbor Day and help restore the forest at Watershed Park. Volunteers will plant native trees, shrubs, and groundcovers and remove aggressive invasive plants such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy. After spending the morning in the park, volunteers will refuel with the delicious pizza that is being generously donated by The Watershed Company and gather to watch Kirkland’s Mayor Joan McBride and Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ Sarah Foster plant the ceremonial Arbor Day Tree.

Please arrive early to find parking along street and allow time to register. If you have any questions please contact volunteer@earthcorps.org Not able to volunteer with us on November 9th? Find a full listing of our volunteer events at www.greenkirkland.org

Professional Development Opportunities

Municipal Forestry Institute – 2014 REGISTRATION OPEN

Want to move yourself or your Urban Forestry Program to the next level? The Municipal Forestry Institute (or MFI) may be able to take you there! MFI is an exciting, high-level training opportunity educating professionals in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry. This week-long intensive educational program delivers a challenging opportunity to grow a more successful community tree program. Come learn and master leadership and management tools of program administration, coalition building, strategic thinking, program planning, and public relations by investing a week in your personal growth and development. View an MFI testimonial video, get more MFI details and register now.

OSU To Offer Online Urban Forestry Courses During Winter Quarter 2014 – Including A New Graduate Level Urban Forestry Course

Oregon State University is offering an new online advanced urban forestry course for graduate credit. FOR/HORT 455/555 Urban Forest Planning Policy and Management covers many important aspects of urban forestry, including green infrastructure, urban tree risk management, ecosystem services, low impact development, and many others. The new 555 designation is in response to graduate students seeking additional coursework in the field, but is also open to any urban foresters interested in expanding their knowledge of the topic. It will be offered online during Winter Quarter 2014 (January to March). FOR/HORT 350 Urban Forestry, an introductory course, is also taught online Winter Quarter. These two online courses are a great way for people who work in the natural resources field to become more familiar with urban forestry without having to travel to OSU’s campus in Corvallis to take a course. More information, including a sample course syllabus, is available at: http://ecampus.oregonstate.edu

(from Oregon Department of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Community Tree Connections)

Technical Aspects of Tree Appraisal Online Course

Tree appraisals play an important role in tree inventories, real-estate transactions, plant condemnation actions, insurance claims, and more. But, what exactly is involved in establishing a correct appraisal? The American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) is now offering an in-depth 4-part online course that explores the technical aspects of replacement cost and trunk formula methods—size, species, condition, and location—providing you with the tools to perform any appraisal with confidence. Up to 4 CEUs are available for this 4-part online series. To register, visit the ASCA webinar web page.

(from Oregon Department of Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Community Tree Connections)