DCR Tree Steward Training: Strengthening Branches in Your Community Forest
Two-Day Training –  October 2-3, 2015, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

Registration deadline: September 16

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 identification, tree care, and other urban and community forestry issues with the aim of developing better tree stewardship in Massachusetts communities of all sizes.
Registration Form doc format of Tree Steward Training Registration
Sponsorship Letter pdf format of Tree Steward Training Sponsor

This training has been approved for ISA, MCA, SAF, MA CFE, and NOFA credits.

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


Urban Forestry Today Fall Noonhour Webcast Series

Emerald Ash Borer Update
Thursday, October 1, 2015, 12:00- 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

With the 2015 growing season coming to a close, arborists, urban foresters, and tree enthusiasts will be eager to learn more about the latest activities of the emerald ash borer that occurred in the spring and summer months. Join Dr. Nate Siegert, of the USDA Forest Service, as he provides the latest information on the ecology, natural history, and management of this well-known pest.

Visit: www.joinwebinar.com  Code: 101-432-635

Tree Protection during Construction: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You
Thursday, November 5, 2015 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Urban tree injury related to construction can degrade the performance of our urban trees, limiting their lifespan and even causing tree failure!  Arborists, urban foresters, and tree enthusiasts will learn about the latest research, and review proper practices, related to protecting trees during construction as they join guest speaker, Dr. Gary Johnson, University of Minnesota.

Go to: www.joinwebinar.com  Code: 138-507-475

These broadcasts are free and each one 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

The Urban Forestry Today 2015 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.


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:



2016 DCR Arbor Day Poster Contest

“Trees Grow with Us and for Us”

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 Champions in My Community,” (2015), "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 2016 is “Trees Grow with Us and for Us.”  Thank you to Anne-Marie Moran of National Grid for suggesting this year’s theme!  The deadline for the 2016 contest is April 1, 2016.
2016 Arbor Day Poster Contest Instructions pdf format of Poster Contest Instructions
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