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Monday, April 8: Morning

10:15–10:45 am

Urban Wood Utilization: What We’re Learning through Research and Outreach in Virginia
Eric Wiseman, Virginia Tech University Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Virginia is a rapidly urbanizing state and active management of urban forests is increasing in localities big and small. Land development, storms, and invasive pests generate large volumes of tree debris annually. Diverting this debris from landfills into high-value, durable wood products could improve the environmental and economic profile for many of the state’s urban forests. Virginia is seeking to enhance urban wood utilization through the coordinated research and outreach activities of Virginia Tech, Virginia Department of Forestry, and other statewide partners. In this presentation, you will learn about the studies we are carrying out to understand the practices and perceptions of urban wood utilization by urban forestry professionals and homeowners along with our outreach activities aimed at increasing wood utilization for both monetary and environmental benefits.

10:45–11:15 am

Half a Century of Arboriculture
Guy Meilleur, Historic Tree Care
Now in my 53rd year of commercial tree care, I've slowed down enough to take a look back.  Come along and share an irreverent view of the changes our profession has taken: the evolution of gear and technology, the Shigo Revolution in the 70's, and the swirl of global research and practice that is rocking the boat of arboriculture today.  From appraisal to risk to roots to ecology, no topic or belief is sacred--except the value of trees to people, and people to trees. 

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Monday, April 8: Afternoon Session

12:45–1:15 pm

Urban Trees:  Exploring the Green in Green Infrastructure
Jon Hathaway, University of Tennessee, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Trees have many important functions within the urban environment including air quality improvements, wildlife habitat, and mitigation of the heat island effect; however, their contribution to green stormwater infrastructure is not well understood. There is a critical need to understand the role of trees in urban hydrology to enable urban foresters and engineers to: (1) select the most appropriate plant material to maximize functionality of natural stormwater treatment systems, and (2) to properly credit trees as part of stormwater management plans.  The goal of this research is to combine field and laboratory efforts to quantify urban tree functionality and tree health as part of the green stormwater infrastructure network.

1:15–1:45 pm

Trees and Law
Joe Samnik, Expert Tree Consultant, LLC
This presentation will provide awareness to the likelihood of being sued and the methods for best prevention and defense.  The principles of negligence and avoidance will be detailed and covered in a user friendly manner with emphasis on avoidance of litigation.

1:45–2:15 pm

Slow Death? The Life of Parking Lot Trees
Barbara Fair, North Carolina State University
Urban trees have it tough. How tough? This research assessed tree plantings in parking lots across North Carolina. The study assessed species performance, survival, and variety. The study also looked at site characteristics to determine how they might factor in to health and survival. In this presentation you will learn the results of that study, and be given some guidelines on species selection for these tough urban sites, and ways to improve potential tree health and sustainability.

2:15–3:30 pm Refreshment Break @ the Trade Show

3:30–4:00 pm

Correcting Soil Physical Limitations:  Why What Works, Works and Why What Doesn't, Doesn’t
Larry Morris, University of Georgia
Co-author:  Kelby Fite, Bartlett.  This presentation focuses on soil physical conditions.  It will provide a basis for understanding factors that affect root growth and then show how these can be affected by ameliorative treatments. Attendees of this session will leave with an informed perspective on how UAS data can be effectively used to solve real-world operational challenges.

4:00–4:30 pm

Aquatic Habitat Management in the Southeast United States
Christopher Anderson, Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Urban forests contribute substantially to the quality of water in our streams and rivers.  They are critical elements of green infrastructure and increasingly part of urban planning designed to minimize stormwater runoff and related pollution.  Although it is largely agreed that urban forests improve waterways, there are still uncertainties regarding how forests regulate drainage, how much improvement is provided, and their role in maintaining aquatic habitats. Over the last 10 years, researchers from Auburn University have explored the role of urban forests for maintaining water quality and aquatic habitats. Highlighted in this talk are research and case studies conducted throughout various locales in the southeast United States (Alabama, Florida and Georgia). Much of this research was conducted at the watershed level, evaluating how the amount and location of forests within an urban watershed influences stream flow, water quality, and various habitat measures. These studies were typically employed using an urban-rural gradient approach to examine watersheds across a range of forest cover to determine related trends in drainage, water and habitat condition. Results from these studies indicate some common patterns consistent with ‘urban stream syndrome’ while also demonstrating regional- and site-specific differences.  We discuss these results and the importance of urban forests for sustaining landscapes and water quality while providing guidance for urban resource planners and indicating future research needs.

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Tuesday, April 9: Morning Session

10:00–10:30 am

Wood Utilization
Terran Arwood, Woodland Tree Service

10:30–11:00 am

Tree Risk Assessment: Perceptions, Reality, and Reliability.
Andrew Koeser, University of Florida
How safe is my tree? It’s a simple question for a homeowner to ask, but the answer is not nearly as straightforward. The process of tree risk assessment is an inherently human endeavor where the outcome relies largely on the arborist conducting the inspection. In this talk, we will look at the findings of several studies which looked at the impacts of training and experience on tree risk assessment ratings. Additionally, we look at what aspects of the risk assessment process are the hardest for arborists to do consistently. Finally, we use recent hurricane data to address a big question that is at the heart of risk assessment – “Can anyone predict tree failure accurately.”

11:00–11:30 am

Fostering a Company Culture
Art Morris, New Urban Forestry

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Tuesday, April 9: Afternoon Session

1:00–1:30 pm

Storm Work from the Adjuster’s Perspective
DJ Runyon, Timber Warriors.
The purpose of this presentation is to show tree care professionals how to help ensure an easier experience for them and others involved in emergency response. Working with the insurance industry does not have to be a hassle. With practice, tree care professionals can build a better bridge between themselves and the insurance industry.

1:30–2:00 pm

Common Disease, Insect and Cultural Problems of Alabama's Urban Forest Trees
Laurie Eckhardt, Auburn University
An overview of native and introduced insects and diseases affecting urban forests in Alabama. Learn how to identify and diagnose and the current best practices in management.

2:00–2:30 pm

How Smart are your Landscapes?
Bob Brzuszek, Mississippi State University
Smart landscapes is a new Mississippi State University Extension program that focuses on sustainable landscape topics for property owners. Trainings, resources, and powerpoints are available that address issues such as managing stormwater, attracting wildlife, erosion control, biodiversity, energy efficiency, integrated pest management, soil health, and residential landscape design. This program will focus upon topic organization and how to develop information for Extension agents and the general public. Resources and more information are available on the MS State website at http://extension.msstate.edu/smartlandscapes    

2:30–3:00 pm Refreshment Break


3:00–3:45 pm

ISA Workforce Summit
Caitlyn Pollihan, International Society of Arboriculture

3:45–4:30 pm

ISA Southern Chapter Annual Business Meeting
Beau Brodbeck, President, ISA Southern Chapter

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