Urban Forestry Today Webcast: Roots, Trees & the Urban Environment
Thursday, December 4, 2014
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

According to research, most landscape plant health problems are related to what is taking place below ground. Join Taryn Bauerle, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University, as she outlines what we have discovered - and don't yet know - about the occurrences related to tree roots in the urban soil environment.   

To attend, visit www.joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code # 720-007-543.

This broadcast is free and will offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit.
For more information, contact:
Rick Harper, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst rharper@eco.umass.edu  
The Urban Forestry Today 2014 Webcast Series is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the Massachusetts Tree Wardens' & Foresters' Association, University of Massachusetts Extension, and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.


2014 DCR Tree Steward Training (Photo by Tree Steward, Betty Jenewin)
2014 DCR Tree Steward Training (Photo by Tree Steward, Betty Jenewin)

Tree Steward Training: Strengthening Branches in Your Community Forest
Two Day Training – Fall 2015, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

Each fall, the Massachusetts Urban and Community Forestry Program, the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association, and the USDA Forest Service host a training for Tree Board members, tree activists, interested citizens, Tree Wardens and other green professionals. This Tree Steward Training provides foundation instruction in tree physiology, tree care, and other urban and community forestry issues with the aim of developing better tree stewardship in Massachusetts communities of all sizes. Check back for information on the 2015 training.

For more information contact Mollie Freilicher mollie.freilicher@state.ma.us 413-577-2966.


2015 Massachusetts Arbor Day Poster Contest
Budding Artists have a Chance to Bloom

Each year, over 1,500 Massachusetts fifth graders participate in the Arbor Day Poster Contest. The winners reap rewards including art supplies, ice cream, and a tree for their school. Each year there is a theme such as, "Trees are Terrific and Good for Our Health!” (2014) or “Celebrate a Tree” (2012) selected to encourage students to think about trees in new ways.

The theme for 2015, “Trees Are Champions in My Community!,” will inspire students to think about the important roles trees play in their community. However they wish to interpret the theme, we hope students enjoy this fun and valuable learning opportunity.

The deadline for this year’s entries is April 1, 2015.

Download - Poster Contest Rules and Information Packet  pdf format of Poster Contest Rules and Information Packet
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Technical Assistance: Building Local Program Capacity
The DCR Urban and Community Forestry Program also provides direct technical assistance to communities. Our Community Action Foresters can help your community:

  • Train staff and volunteers for a community tree survey or inventory
    Build a Community Tree Committee 
  • Train staff or volunteers in tree care and management issues
  • Draft an Urban Forestry Management Plan

For more information, contact your community forester Julie Coop (617)626-1468 julie.coop@state.ma.us


Massachusetts DCR - National Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA (TCUSA) Awards

In partnership with the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Department of Conservation and Recreation administers the annual Tree City USA program. DCR is responsible for reviewing Tree City USA applications from Massachusetts to ensure that the information is current, accurate, and complete. We then recommend applicants for the award to the National Arbor Day Foundation. The deadline for submitting applications is December 31, 2014. The Arbor Day Foundation now makes the entire application process available on-line. DCR prefers that Cities and Towns use this on-line tool for the application process. However, if you need to fill out a paper application, please find below DCR instructions for submitting the application and the required budget sheet. All applications (standard TCUSA, Recertification, and Growth) can be found at the Arbor Day web site.

Please contact Mollie Freilicher 413-577-2966 or mollie.freilicher@state.ma.us if you need additional information.


Tree Line USA and Tree Campus USA Awards

The Arbor Day Foundation has two additional award programs. Tree Line USA recognizes public and private utilities for practices that “protect and enhance” the urban forest. There are five core standards that companies meet. The goals of Tree Line USA are to promote a safe, reliable electric service and healthy trees in utility service areas. More information on the program.

The Tree Campus USA program recognizes college campuses for management of trees and for student and community involvement. Tree Campus USA has five core standards that schools must meet to be eligible. More information on Tree Campus USA.