Urban Forestry Today Webinars

The Science and Practice of Cabling and Bracing

September 1, 2016 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET

In the Arboriculture/Urban Forestry profession, many are familiar with the practice of cabling and bracing to help provide support and stability for overextended and weakly-attached limbs. Join Mark Reiland, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as he outlines the fundamentals and provides an update about emerging knowledge pertaining to the science and practice of cabling and bracing. To attend, go to www.joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code 116-178-939.

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 2016 Webcast Series is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, University of Massachusetts Extension, and Massachusetts Tree Wardens' & Foresters' Association

DCR Tree Steward Training: Strengthening Branches in Your Community Forest
Two-Day Training – October 14-15, 2016, 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 2016 training.

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

 

Programs in Partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation:
Tree City, Tree Line, and Tree Campus USA

Tree City USA

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, 2015. 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. Please note: For both paper and online applications, please refer to the application instructions below for detailed information on the requirements for applications. 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

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. The annual deadline to apply is December 31. More information on the program can be found at:

http://www.arborday.org/programs/treelineusa/summary.cfm

Tree Campus USA

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. The annual deadline to apply is December 31. More information on Tree Campus USA can be found at:

http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCampusUSA/index.cfm

 

2017 DCR Arbor Day Poster Contest

“Trees are Terrific...from Berkshires to Bay!”

Each year, over 1,500 Massachusetts fifth graders participate in the Arbor Day Poster Contest. Each school holds its own poster contest and submits their winning poster to the DCR. Prizes include art supplies, ice cream, and a tree for the winner’s school. Each year there is a theme to encourage students to think about trees in new ways, such as “Trees Grow with Us and for Us” (2016), “Trees are Champions in My Community,” (2015), or “Celebrate a Tree” (2012.) The theme for 2017 is “Trees are Terrific…from Berkshires to Bay!” The deadline for the 2017 contest is March 15, 2017.

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