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Society of Municipal Arborists 48th Annual International Conference & Trade Show

Come early and catch the Society of Municipal Arborists 48th Annual Conference & Trade Show on November 12th & 13th at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, California.

Pre-Conference Workshops

(Separate registration & fee required)

Monday, November 12, 2012

1:00 pm–4:00 pm

Urban Tree Risk Index
SMA Member Rate: $39.00
Non-SMA Member Rate: $79.00
  • Dudley Hartel, Center Manager, Urban Forestry South, Athens, GA
  • Rachel Barker, Regional Urban Forester, Central Alabama Regional Planning and De-velopment Commission, Montgomery, AL

    This workshop will demonstrate the use of the newly developed Urban Tree Risk Index (UTRI) to help regions, counties, and municipalities prepare for a natural disaster by understanding where they are most vulnerable.

How to use A300 Specifications to Mitigate Risk
SMA Member Rate: $39.00
Non-SMA Member Rate: $79.00
  • Guy Meilleur, Consulting Arborist, Better Tree Care Associates, Apex, NC
  • Gordon Mann, Consulting Arborist, Mann Made Resources, Auburn, CA

Join us on the beautiful State Capitol grounds, as we inspect scenarios with big trees, small trees, and construction and utility activity. We’ll provide forms based on ANSI A300 Standards, so you can just fill in specifications that will manage risk, and compare them with your colleagues. Pruning, support, soil modification, root management, and other treatments will be included in this activity. The A300 format allows you to communicate your specifications, so bosses, staff, and contractors can all be on the same page—literally! You’ll leave with with forms you can amend to fit scenarios in your town, and the experience of using them with fellow arborists, to improve your work, and your trees!

Municipal/Utility Conflicts and Ways to Work Together
SMA Member Rate: $39.00
Non-SMA Member Rate: $79.00
  • Josh Behounek, Urban Forester, Davey Resource Group, Columbia, MO
  • Dana Karcher, Market Manager, Davey Resource Group, Bakersfield, CA

Both sides of the aisle will come together to talk legality, standards, issues, and, most importantly, how to partner.

UFF Run, Walk, or Watch

Monday, November 12, 2012

(Separate registration and donation to Urban Forestry Foundation requested.)

4:30 PM–5:30 PM

Help raise money for Urban Forestry programs and get a little exercise at the same time. Spectators welcome!

Conference Agenda

SMA Member Rate: $159.00
Non-SMA Member Rate: $199.00

Monday, November 12, 2012

  • 1:00 PM–4:00 PM—Pre-Conference Workshops
  • 12:00 PM–7:00 PM—Registration Open
  • 4:30 PM–5:30 PM—UFF Run, Walk, or Watch (Donation to Urban Forestry Foundation requested.)
  • 7:30 PM–10:00 PM—MFI Alumni and Future Alumni Reception

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • 7:00 AM–4:00 PM—Registration Open
  • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM—Breakfast with Exhibitors
  • 7:00 AM–8:00 AM—First-Time Attendees Breakfast with Organization Leaders
  • 8:00 AM–8:30 AM

    Welcome & Opening Comments
    John McNeil, President, Society of Municipal Arborists
  • 8:30 AM–9:15 AM

    What They’re Saying in Missouri
    Nick Kuhn, State Urban Forester, Missouri Dept. of Conservation, Jefferson City, MO

    Public and elected official opinion surveys were completed statewide twice in the last 10 years. This collection of tree survey and public opinion surveys will help us inform community leaders of needs and public attitudes while providing technical information and levels of awareness to our arboricultural experts and managers.

  • 9:15 AM–10:00 AM

    Latest Trends in Tree Risk Management and Liability
    Marcus Beverly, Director of Risk Management, York RSG, Sacramento, CA

    Learn about the latest in urban tree risk management and liability trends from a national risk management firm.

  • 10:00 AM–10:30 AM

    Break with Exhibitors
  • 10:30 AM–11:15 AM

    The Science of Risk—ANSI A300 Tree Risk Assessment BMP’s
    Jim Clark, Consulting Arborist, HortScience, Inc., Pleasanton, CA

    This presentation will review the newly released ANSI A300 Tree Risk Assessment Best Management Practices and demonstrate some examples of how to use them.

  • 11:15 AM–12:00 PM

    Everyone’s Talking About Risk—Municipal Arborist Panel
    • Dena Kirtley, Urban Forester, West Sacramento, CA
    • Denice Britton, Urban Forest Manager, Chico, CA
    • Walt Warriner, Urban Forester, Santa Monica, CA

    Each presenter will briefly talk about their use of and need for public tree risk assessment in their community and their reporting format when receiving a tree risk report from a consultant. The panel will then answer questions regarding risk assessment from the audience.

  • 12:00 PM–1:00 PM

    Lunch with Exhibitors
  • 1:00 PM–1:45 PM

    Getting The Word Out—Risk Abatement Outreach
    Walt Warriner, Urban Forester, Santa Monica, CA

    This presentation on messaging and community outreach before during & after a risk abatement program is implemented will help other municipal arborists gain community support in their city.

  • 1:45 PM–2:30 PM

    Prevention—Formative Tree Pruning to Reduce Tree Risk
    Brian Kempf, Executive Director, Urban Tree Foundation, Visalia, CA

    This presentation will demonstrate current pruning techniques to help a municipality reduce tree failure and risk after a natural disaster.

  • 2:30 PM–3:00 PM

    Risky Busines—Urban Tree Risk Index
    • Dudley Hartel, Center Manager, Urban Forestry South, Athens, GA
    • Rachel Barker

    This presentation will review the fundamentals of the Urban Tree Risk Index tool to help municipal arborists better plan and prepare for the next natural disaster by understanding their vulnerabilities.

  • 3:00 PM–3:30 PM

    Break with Exhibitors
  • 3:30 PM–4:45 PM

    The Future of Urban Forestry: Interns Share Their Experiences

    The 2012 Urban Forestry Interns will encourage us all with their experiences, accomplishments, and challenges during their summer internship program.

  • 4:45 PM–5:45 PM

    Society of Municipal Arborists Business Meeting
  • 6:00 PM–7:30 PM

    Reception with Exhibitors
  • 5:00 PM–8:00 PM

    Certified Arborist & Municipal Specialist Exams

    Pre-registration to sit for exam required. Contact ISA to pre-register.

  • 7:30 PM–9:00 PM

    Society of Municipal Arborists Awards Dinner
    Price: $60.00

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