Urban Forestry Today Webcast Series
February 9, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Underfoot and Underappreciated: Urban Soils in the Age of Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management

Dr. Susan Day, Virginia Tech

This session will help you better understand how the soil environment impacts and affects urban tree longevity, performance and key environmental benefits associated with the urban forest, including stormwater management. Dr. Day will also discuss the use of engineered solutions (structural soils, suspended pavement), as well as the effects of soil compaction and remediation measures.

To attend this webinar, go to www.joinwebinar.com  and enter code 215-369-739

This broadcast is free and will offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit. For those who are unable to attend the live broadcast, archived sessions will be available in the ‘videos’ section at www.urbanforestrytoday.org

View an archived version of the January webinar which could not be broadcast due to technical difficulties. Go to www.urbanforestrytoday.org to view the archived webinar.

For more information, contact:Rick Harper, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Urban Forestry Today 2017 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 13-14, 2017, 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.

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:


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:



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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