Did you attend one of our first annual Community Trees Seminars in 2015? The topic was Asset Management for Community Trees and feedback from participants across Washington state has been overwhelmingly positive.

To begin preparing for this year’s seminar, we decided to let our Tree Link readers vote for a topic they wished to know more about. Nearly 140 votes were cast!

…and the winning topic is (drumroll please):

Best Practices for Trees in the Landscape 

Pruning and planting principles will definitely be featured, but this a broad topic with more depth and substance than a strict interpretation of “best practices” might suggest. We are working to craft a program that is appropriate for everyone interested in community trees whether you’re an arborist, a volunteer, a member of your city operations crew, an engineer, a planner, a manager or an elected official.

We will cover what the best practices are, but we’ll also delve into their benefits and importance, how they apply to all city departments, the role of volunteers in tree stewardship, how to avoid deferred maintenance and reduce costs, strategies to manage trees with limited resources, the politics of tree management and the connections between healthy trees and healthy communities.

The agenda and logistics for the 2016 seminars are still under development. Keep an eye out in the coming editions of the Tree Link Newsletter for more details, including how to RSVP for a seminar near you!

For questions about this poll or the Community Tree Seminars in general, contact us at urban_forestry@dnr.wa.gov.