June 19, Pruning for Restoration Sites, Natural Areas, and Trailsides – UW Botanic Gardens

When: Thursday, June 19, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Where: University of Washington Botanic Gardens, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Cost:  $90; $100 after June 12 Register Online or call 206-685-8033

This training combines classroom and field instruction to explain how to manage and prune native vegetation planted adjacent to trails, drives, and streets for optimal environmental functions, appearance, safety, and visibility. Learn how to prune to reduce long-term labor needs and to lengthen the time between pruning cycles.

June 20, WALP/Plant Amnesty Pruning and Renovation Workshop (Plant Amnesty)

When: Friday, June 20, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: An overgrown garden in Greater Seattle

Cost:  Lunch is not included in the price of $70 for WALP members and $85 for nonmembers, including PlantAmnesty members.

For more information: Email or call 206-783-9813

WALP and PlantAmnesty are co-sponsoring this pruning and renovation workshop. It is tailored for professionals in the business of landscape maintenance. The event runs 8:30am to 2:30pm with an indoor PowerPoint presentation in English and outdoor practicum in English and Spanish.  

June 30, Deadline to Apply for the 2014-2015 Urban Forestry Restoration Project

July 24, Developing Field Assessment Skills for Common Pacific Northwest Tree Diseases

When: Thursday, July 24, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Seward Park, Seattle WA

Cost: $180.00 for ISA Members; $225.00 for non-members

Register Online.

Improve your tree disease field assessment skills in this all-day class at Seward Park. Morning lectures will cover visual assessment techniques for disease, using a combination of signs and symptoms of common diseases in native Pacific Northwest trees. In the afternoon, we will be outdoors examining diseases of Douglas-fir, western hemlock, western redcedar, bigleaf maple, and Pacific madrone. The types of wood decay, fungus fruiting bodies, as well as structural and risk implications will be discussed, and sonic tomography and resistance drilling will be demonstrated as examples of advanced risk assessment techniques. The diseases to be covered include Phaeolus schweinitzii, Heterobasidion occidentale, Armillaria ostoyae, Porodaedalea pini, Kretzschmeria deusta, Phellinus sulphurascens, Neofusicoccum arbuti, and others. This course will be of use to anyone interested in tree diseases, and particularly anyone conducting risk assessment of trees with disease.

July 30, Summer Pruning of Trees and Shrubs

When: Saturday, July 30, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Where: University of Washington Botanic Gardens, 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA, 98105

Cost: $80; $90 after July 23

Register Online, or call 206-685-8033

September 16-17, Meeting the Challenge: Preventing, Detecting, and Controlling Invasive Plants

When: Tuesday, September 16, and Wednesday, September 17

Where: University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle, WA

Cost: Questions regarding registration should be directed to Sasha McGuire at urbhort@uw.edu or (206) 685-8033

Invasive plants are a significant threat to biodiversity and ecosystem function. New introductions continue to emerge through a variety of pathways and vectors, while existing invaders continue to persist and expand their range. Changes in climate, land use, and biotic interactions present new challenges in controlling the spread of these invaders. Land managers and scientists will hear the latest information on how to effectively prevent, detect, and respond to these persistent and emerging threats. Conference presentations, both invited and contributed, will stimulate dialogue, raise new questions and offer innovative solutions. Participants from throughout northwestern North America will contribute ideas and meet colleagues for collaboration.

Washington Community Forestry Council meeting

When: September 10, 2014

Where: Spokane, WA; location TBA