The first two installments of the DNR Urban Forestry Program’s new seminar, “Asset Management for Community Trees,” held in Ellensburg and Chelan, were advertised directly by email to potential participants in those regions of the state. However, this approach was less effective than expected, prompting us to rethink our direct-email approach.

So, we’re taking this opportunity to announce an open registration process for any of the upcoming seminars. Simply send an email to urban_forestry@dnr.wa.gov and indicate which seminar you want to register for by listing the name of the host city (see below) and provide the name of your organization, as well as the first and last names of the individuals from your organization who wish to reserve a seat. We will confirm receipt of your email RSVP and follow up with specific event details 7-10 days in advance of each individual seminar.

Municipal staff are our target audience, however, other public employees, non-profit staff, and community volunteers are welcome to attend. No International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) continuing education units will be offered, but we are pursuing and intend to offer certification maintenance credits for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) planners.

This seminar will explore options for inventorying public trees, information-based strategies for managing your community forest, and tips on how to make the most of a tree inventory or similar type of natural resource assessment.

Each seminar will take place from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Seminars will be free of charge; however, all attendees must register in advance and provide their own lunches.

The following is a list of seminar dates with the host cities and associated regions for each one:

  • September 15: Bellevue; Seattle Area
  • October 13: Tri Cities; Mid-Columbia
  • October 15: Spokane; Spokane Area

A sample agenda is as follows, though it is subject to change based on feedback from prior seminar events:

9:00-9:30: Attendees arrive

9:30-9:45: Welcome and introductions

9:45-10:15: Introduction to Asset Management for Trees

10:15-10:45: Tools and Technologies for Natural Resource Inventory

10:45-12:00: Field Exercise: Collecting Tree Inventory Data

12:00-12:30: Break for Lunch

12:30-1:00: What Data to Collect and Why

1:00-1:45: Making your Inventory Work for you

1:45-2:15: DNR Inventory Grants

2:15-2:30: Wrap-up