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Tulsa, Oklahoma

November 15–16, 2017


2016 Conference Agenda

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date  Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016

  • 7:00 a.m. –5:00 p.m. Registration Opens
  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 8:30–10:10 a.m. Welcome to Indianapolis
    Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation | Jan Davis, USDA Forest Service | Dr. Ann Bartuska, USDA
    Dan Lambe is the president of the Arbor Day Foundation, founded in 1972, which has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Dan leads the strategic development of programs and partnerships through which the Foundation strives to educate, recognize, and empower people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.

    Jan Davis is Assistant Director in the Cooperative Forestry Program of the USDA Forest Service. As the National Program Leader for the Forest Service's Urban and Community Forestry Program, she works with state forestry agencies, leverages partner resources, and builds coalitions. Prior to coming to the Forest Service, she worked for the Texas Forest Service for 17 years. As a Cum Laude graduate from Stephen F. Austin State University, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management.

    Dr. Ann Bartuska is the deputy undersecretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. She comes to REE from the USDA Forest Service, where she was the deputy chief for Research & Development, a position she has held since January 2004. She recently served as the acting USDA deputy undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment from January to October of 2009 and was the executive director of the Invasive Species Initiative in The Nature Conservancy. Prior to this, she was the director of the Forest and Rangelands staff in the Forest Service in Washington, DC. She is an ecosystem ecologist with degrees from Wilkes College (B.S.), Ohio University (M.S.), and West Virginia University (Ph.D.).

    Beyond Tree Planting: Helping People and Nature Thrive in Indianapolis

    The City of Indianapolis and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) have developed a close partnership for planting and tending city trees. This long-term relationship delivers significant cost savings to taxpayers as well as effective tree services to residents and park users alike. Together, KIB and city staff foster a high level of engagement with the community that could not be attained by the city alone. Hear from urban forestry leaders in both organizations on the program successes and the new challenges facing Indianapolis.

    Bill Kincius, City of Indianapolis | Dave Forsell, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
    Bill Kincius is the manager of urban forestry for Indianapolis DPW. He currently serves as president-elect of the Indiana Chapter of the ASLA and recently served as president of the Indiana Urban Forest Council. Previous work experiences have been with private practice firms, local municipalities, and private institutions of higher education. Bill enjoys utilizing his background as a licensed landscape architect and certified arborist to better the urban environment and encourage greater collaboration between arborists and designers.

    Dave Forsell has been President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful since 2003. In that time, KIB has launched its nationally recognized NeighborWoods and Youth Tree Team programs; partnered in the Lilly Day of Service; and redeveloped a vacant and contaminated warehouse into its green headquarters -- one might even say the best office in Indy. For Dave, every day is definitely different, but he is always focused on how KIB can grow its impact for people, communities, and the environment.

  • 10:10–10:40 a.m. Beverage & Networking Break with Exhibitors
  • 10:40–11:15 a.m. In Defense of Trees

    As Partners in Community Forestry, it is our responsibility to defend a city's most beneficial asset -- the tree. If we believe trees have benefits, then we must do everything in our power to save them. This presentation will teach Defendants (tree people) how to defend our Clients (trees) against Prosecutors. By setting the stage as a court room and putting a tree on trial, we will be able to use expert witnesses to communicate the risks and benefits of trees.

    Josh Behounek, Davey Resource Group | Paul Johnson, Texas A&M Forest Service
    Josh Behounek is the coordinator of urban forestry services for the Davey Resource Group throughout the Eastern U.S. and an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri. Josh is an ISA Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, and is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. He is on the ISA test committee, past-chair of Missouri Community Forestry Council, and has participated in three Tour Des Trees events. He has experience inventorying, climbing, planting, pruning, mulching, spraying, writing about, and hugging trees!

    Paul Johnson graduated with a degree in Forestry from Oklahoma State University and has been a radio talk show host, newspaper columnist, Extension horticulturist, university adjunct instructor, and plant health care specialist. He is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Municipal Specialist, is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified, and serves on the ISA board of directors.

    Soil Profile Rebuilding: A Technique for Rehabilitating Compacted Urban Soils

    Urban foresters have long known that good soil quality makes for healthy, long-lived trees. But convincing others to invest in soils can be tough. This session will discuss the causes and consequences of "compacted urban soil syndrome" and present more than seven years of research on soil profile rebuilding, a rehabilitation technique that improves poor-quality existing soils in place to generate documented improvements in canopy cover, stormwater management, and other environmental services.

    Dr. Susan Day, Virginia Tech University
    Susan Day is an associate professor of urban forestry at Virginia Tech. She is the project leader for Urban Forestry 2020, a national initiative funded by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council to examine the urban forestry profession. Dr. Day's research also focuses on managing urban soils to enhance tree growth and longevity, particularly in the context of managing stormwater and soil carbon. She holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

    The Role of Urban Forestry in Parks, Green Infrastructure, and Equity

    Urban forestry is at the heart of so many types of green infrastructure: green schoolyards, river and streambank restoration, green parking lots, streets, and alleys. This session will present research and case studies on the role of urban forestry in parks, green infrastructure, and equity conducted as part of a project to improve environmental and social outcomes in underserved communities. We will also discuss innovative solutions to common implementation issues related to urban forestry and other green infrastructure in local parks.

    Jennifer Henaghan, American Planning Association | Kevin O'Hara & Lori Robertson, National Recreation & Parks Association
    Jennifer Henaghan works with American Planning Association members and partners to research, educate, and promote planning practice that creates greener, more sustainable communities. In 2015, Jennifer joined APA in a dual role as its deputy research director and Green Communities Center manager. There, she is building partnerships, developing programs, and expanding the reach of the Green Communities Center. Prior to joining APA, Jennifer gained extensive experience in community and economic development as a planner for local governments within the Chicago area.

    Kevin O'Hara is the National Recreation and Park Association's (NRPA) vice president of urban and government affairs, where he oversees NRPA's federal advocacy efforts with Congress and the Administration. He also leads the organization's efforts to promote parks and recreation agencies as leading problem solvers in American cities. Kevin lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and son and proudly serves on the steering committee of the Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition.

    Lori Robertson is the director of conservation for NRPA, overseeing its conservation portfolio and fundraising. With a science education background, Lori has spent her career working to connect young people with the natural world in order to build a next generation of environmental stewards. She came to NRPA from the Student Conservation Association, where she led SCA's national engagement strategy and launched its ConSERVE® initiative focused on providing urban residents with service, learning, and recreation opportunities in local parks. She is a graduate of the 2016 American Express Leadership Academy and a student at Georgetown University.

  • 11:25 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Integrating Regional and Community Data into On-the-Ground Urban Forestry Management

    The Chicago Region Trees Initiative has been collecting and analyzing data across the seven-county region to establish regional canopy goals. However, this data is only relevant when used at the community level. This presentation will show how the data collected -- LiDAR imagery, regional tree census, private and public property inventories, operations surveys -- is integrated into trainings, management plans, and local ordinances to inform decision-making and establish priority areas where focus and resources should be applied.

    Lydia Scott & Lindsay Darling, The Morton Arboretum
    Lydia Scott is the director of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative and manager of the Community Trees Program at The Morton Arboretum. She leads a collaboration of leading organizations and agencies in the seven-county Chicago region to preserve, protect, and enhance the urban forest to improve quality of life for humans and wildlife. She has 20 years of experience in the municipal setting, making her well aware of the challenges and problems associated with managing an urban forest. Lydia has a master's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Illinois.

    Lindsay Darling is a GIS analyst in Indianapolis, IN. Lindsay received her master's degree in Plant Biology and Conservation from Northwestern University and The Chicago Botanic Garden. She is primarily interested in urban ecology and climate change adaptation. Her work focuses on using big data and technologies to help natural resource managers, municipalities, and other stakeholders create more productive, healthy, and resilient urban ecosystems.

    The Ohio Master Planting Design: From Site Assessment to Plan

    Identifying soil quality on a large scale for community tree planting plans has challenged urban foresters, tree commissions, and public officials for decades, limiting species diversity and tree survival. The Ohio Urban Site Index (USI) quickly evaluates site quality and roadside tree compatibility based on eight simple parameters. Coupled with Ohio's Master Planting Design process, communities now have a means to develop large-scale, diverse, intergenerational planting plans, the perfect complement to any town's Urban Forest Management Plan.

    Stephanie Foster-Miller & Alan Siewert, Ohio Division of Forestry
    Stephanie Foster-Miller is a 1992 graduate of Purdue University with a B.S. in Forestry/Urban Forestry option. She's been the Northwest Ohio regional urban forester since 1998, assisting communities in 19 counties with their urban forest management by providing technical and organizational tree care assistance, administering the Tree City USA program, and managing the development and delivery of the Ohio Tree Commission Academy. She's active in the Ohio Chapter of ISA and Society of American Foresters who honored her as a Fellow in 2011.

    Alan Siewert earned his B.S. in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1984. Alan's been a regional urban forester for the Ohio Division of Forestry since 1990, where he assists communities in 11 northeast Ohio counties in managing their urban forest resource. Alan has been active in ISA in Ohio and internationally. He is an accomplished speaker and educator on various urban forestry and arboriculture topics and is the co-author of the awarding-winning Ohio Tree Commission Academy.

  • 11:25 a.m. –12:00 p.m. Making 'Trees Work' for Missourians

    Trees Work is an outreach and communications campaign from the Missouri Department of Conservation to help build awareness of the real and tangible benefits that trees and forests provide to Missourians. This presentation will share the development of the campaign, the messages and tools that have proven successful, and the community surveys that have given the department real data on what matters to the average Missourian and the impact of the campaign.

    Holly Dentner, Missouri Department of Conservation
    Holly Dentner is the forestry field program supervisor for outreach and communications at the Missouri Department of Conservation. She joined the department in June of 2015. Holly has spent more than 18 years in state government public information positions, including the Department of Economic Development, the Missouri State Library, and the Department of Transportation. She has extensive experience in media relations, communication strategies for statewide campaigns, and publication development. Holly has her bachelor's and master's degrees in English.


    Through the design, creation, and display of tree price tags, graduate landscape architecture students at UNM collaborated with New Mexico State Forestry, USFS, a local landscape architecture firm, and Tree NM to initiate important dialogue surrounding the value we place on trees. The tags identify potential monetary values associated with social, emotional, and psychological benefits of trees and will become a traveling installation. The project worked with the IGers ABQ group to globally promote the project through their Worldwide Instameet.

    Amy Bell, Groundwork Studio
    Amy Bell is the principal of Groundwork Studio, a landscape architecture firm focused on site design integration and community building through strengthening sense of place. Amy's goal as a landscape architect is to improve the connections we have to our surroundings in order to improve ecological literacy, resiliency, community, and stewardship. Amy holds a master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of New Mexico, is a licensed landscape architect in New Mexico and Texas, and became an ISA Certified Arborist in 2015.

    What Happens When An Event Goes Viral?

    Using social media to promote events has the added benefit of allowing an organization to see a rising tide of response ahead of time in the form of RSVPs. When TreeFolks' 300-tree giveaway collected 5,500 respondents over 48 hours (2 trees per household!), we created a plan to handle the overwhelming demand. As participants began sharing information among themselves faster than we could respond, managing expectations became a critical focus.

    Greg Mast, TreeFolks
    Greg Mast manages the NeighborWoods and Urban Orchards programs for TreeFolks in Austin, Texas. He has an M.S. in Geography from Texas State University and is an ISA Certified Arborist. Greg works to connect people with their environment through education, volunteerism, and free trees.


    A partnership between the U.S. Forest Service and Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council resulted in a unique short video competition called #EverybodysTrees -- soliciting the creativity of 18- to 28-year-olds on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube -- to commemorate passage of the 1990 Farm Bill. This presentation will debut the winning videos (7–30 seconds) and share successful elements, metrics, and lessons learned from the innovative outreach campaign.

    Phillip Rodbell, USDA Forest Service
    Phillip Rodbell is the program leader for Urban and Community Forestry in the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area, located near Philadelphia, PA. He provides leadership in federally funded action to plant and improve community trees and forests in the Midwest, New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States. Phillip is a Certified Arborist and has an M.S in Forestry from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington in Seattle.

  • 12:00–1:30 p.m. Boxed Lunch included with conference registration
  • 1:30–4:30 p.m. Urban Forestry Field Experiences
    choose from the following options:

    Volunteers Help Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

    Indy's Crown Jewels

    Trees at the Crossroads of America

    Eagle Creek Park: Indy's Best Nature Experience

    Take a Deep Dive into Green Jobs
  • 5:30–7:30 p.m. Partners in Community Forestry Networking Event included with conference registration

date  Thursday, Nov 17, 2016

  • 7:15–8:15 a.m. Listening Session: Screening of "Felled" (documentary film) Felled is a documentary film that tells the story of giving new life to fallen urban trees.
    Silas Kyler & David Hildreth, Tiny Chair Pictures
    Silas Kyler is an Arizona native who lives in Tempe with his wife and three young children. "Silas" is derived from the Latin "silva" meaning "wood or forest", so it seems fitting that throughout his life Silas has been drawn to the love of trees and wood as a material. With a background in film and corporate video, he also has passion for telling stories through film, and has merged the two interests in the documentary "Felled - A documentary film about giving new life to fallen urban trees."

    David Hildreth is a filmmaker who lives in Tempe, Arizona with his wife and daughter. He starting making videos with his friends in Junior High school and never stopped. After film school David worked on concert films and advertising seen around the world, all the while looking for stories to tell in documentary films of his own. After learning about the fate of many trees that blow down in monsoon storms and the passion with which people are using them for art, he knew he had found the subject for his feature length directorial debut.

  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors included with conference registration
  • 8:30–10:00 a.m. Welcome

    Green Infrastructure for Regional Resilience

    The U.S. Forest Service and American Planning Association are partnering on a project to identify opportunities and needs surrounding regional green infrastructure planning, with a focus on resilience, climate change, and natural disasters. This presentation will provide an overview of the concept of green infrastructure, its role in enhancing resilience, and how regional green infrastructure planning can promote healthier, stronger forests while addressing natural hazards such as wildfires and extreme weather.

    David Rouse, American Planning Association
    David Rouse is the managing director of research and advisory services for the American Planning Association in Washington, DC. He is a certified planner and registered landscape architect with over 30 years of experience in community planning, design, applied research, and implementation. A recognized expert on green infrastructure planning and design, David is a member of the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition steering committee.

    Landscape Performance: New Tools for Designing Sustainable Communities

    Imagine a world where decisions are made from a landscape perspective. The Landscape Architecture Foundation's award-winning Landscape Performance Series is an online set of tools and resources to help make the case for more sustainable landscape solutions. We will explore the concept of landscape performance, introduce online tools, and present widely applicable metrics and methods to measure environmental, social, and economic benefits essential to inform policy, guide investment, and affect change.

    Barbara Deutsch, Landscape Architecture Foundation
    Barbara Deutsch, FASLA has served as Executive Director of the Landscape Architecture Foundation since 2009. She brings ten years of award-winning marketing experience from IBM before becoming a landscape architect. This experience was influential in the development of LAF's strategic research initiative called The Landscape Performance Series. Prior to LAF, Barbara served most recently as an Associate Director for BioRegional's OnePlanet Communities program in Washington, DC to deliver Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Livable communities. In addition she served as Senior Director of Casey Trees, where she was principal investigator for the award-winning EPA Grant titled "The Green Build-out Model: Quantifying the Stormwater Management Benefits of Trees and Green Roofs in Washington, DC." Barbara earned a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia, a Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington, and was awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

    Making the Move to Multiple-Benefit Urban Greening

    Urban greening has often been focused on a single outcome, driven by a single municipal agency charged with delivering that outcome. The Trust for Public Land's Climate-Smart Cities initiative -- with a motto to "Connect, Cool, Absorb, and Protect" -- is helping cities identify opportunities for resilience, carbon reductions, and other benefits by stacking these outcomes into high-priority sites. This planning also integrates key sociodemographic data that prioritizes urban greening in places that reach the highest-need populations in our cities.

    Jad Daley, Trust for Public Land
    Jad Daley is Vice President and Director of Program Development at The Trust for Public Land and holds the endowed position of Martha Wyckoff Fellow. Jad served on the Rockefeller Foundation's Design Advisory Group for the HUD National Disaster Resilience Competition, the federal Landscape Conservation Cooperative National Council, and co-founded the Forest-Climate Working Group. He has helped author multiple pieces of federal legislation, including the Community Forest and Open Space Program enacted as part of the 2008 Farm Bill. Jad is a graduate of Brown University and Vermont Law School where he earned an M.S.E.L. degree (summa cum laude). He has a long history as a competitive athlete, having represented the United States on four occasions in international duathlon competitions and twice earning top-150 finishes in the New York City Marathon.

    Cultivating Resilience: Urban Stewardship Practices as Indicators of Social Resilience and Recovery

    Whether the community disturbance is a natural disaster (such as a hurricane, flood, tornado, or wildfire) or an act of human aggression (such as terrorism or other violence), practices of tree planting, gardening, re-greening, and stewardship of natural resources have a role to play in the recovery of communities. Stories of resilience, recovery, and restoration will be shared as examples of crucial processes that help strengthen social trust, encourage civic participation, and foster social innovation.

    Dr. Erika Svendsen, USDA Forest Service
    Erika Svendsen is a research social scientist with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, and Team Leader for the New York City Urban Field Station. The station is a space to conduct research, cultivate ideas, and foster collaboration among scientists and practitioners focused on urban ecological and social issues. Erika's focus is environmental stewardship as it relates to new forms of governance, social resilience, and human well-being. She is the co-author of a recent book on Civic Engagement and Environmental Stewardship: How Planting Trees Strengthens the Roots of Democracy. She is a recipient of the Forest Service Chief's Award for engaging urban America and an Early Career Scientist Station Award recognizing her co-development of STEW-Map, a tool for mapping and visualizing stewardship groups in complex social-ecological systems. Erika is a graduate of Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

  • 10:00–10:30 a.m. Beverage & Networking Break with Exhibitors
  • 10:30–11:05 a.m. Drones and Community Forestry: What You Need to Know

    Get the key information you need to help your organization make an informed decision about how (or whether) to incorporate drones. We will cover the background and capabilities of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; detail the status of commercial flight rules and registration; outline typical costs, limits, and benefits of operation; and compare and contrast ownership of a drone versus hiring a pilot or aerial company for your operations.

    Dan Staley, Analemma Resources, LLC
    Dan Staley studied urban forestry at the University of California–Davis and studied Urban Planning, specializing in urban ecology, at the University of Washington. He has written several trade magazine articles on drones and tree care and solar power and trees. In 2015, he conducted the largest workshop ever held on drones and tree care.

    Risky Business: Tree Risk Management for Communities

    All levels of government are facing a financial crisis, which has an impact on tree managers and the overall tree management plan. This includes tree risk assessment and risk management as it applies to safety of trees in communities. This presentation will discuss the basic responsibilities of care to be aware of to help promote the importance of a safe urban canopy.

    Lindsey Purcell, Purdue University
    Lindsey Purcell is an urban forestry specialist and instructor in the Forestry and Natural Resources Department at Purdue University and has been involved in the community landscape and urban forestry industry for more than 30 years. As an ISA Certified Arborist, he has served Indiana communities as a landscape and tree professional in municipal and private enterprise. His educational background includes an A.S. in Horticulture from Vincennes University, a B.S. from Purdue University School of Agriculture, and an M.Ed. from Indiana State University.

    Living in the Shade of Social Injustice

    In the 1930s, the federal government implemented the Home Owners' Loan Corporation program which became known for a practice now referred to as "redlining." Using this historical information, the current canopy covers of four cities were assessed to determine if redlining offers an explanation of the current street tree distribution.

    Gregory Cooper, Duke University
    Greg Cooper is a student at Duke University in the Nicholas School of the Environment, studying for dual master's degrees in Environmental Management and Forestry.

  • 11:15–11:50 a.m. Community Tree Risk Assessment: What's Missing from Your Management Plan?

    How complete is your tree risk management plan? Discover the value and benefits of including forest pest risk indicators in your community tree risk assessment. Learn how to use tree inventory data and forest pest information to identify risks to urban canopy, budget for potential outbreaks, and build a proactive tree risk management plan.

    Tricia Bethke, The Morton Arboretum
    Tricia Bethke is the forest pest outreach coordinator for Illinois. Her position is funded by a cooperative grant with USDA APHIS, and responsibilities include statewide training of key stakeholders on invasive forest pest identification, regulations, quarantines, and reporting protocols. Tricia also coordinates and instructs youth forest pest detection programs and coordinates the Openlands TreeKeeper training program at The Morton Arboretum. The Openlands TreeKeeper program trains and deploys volunteers to plant, care for, and maintain healthy trees.

    Trees for the Indigenous Nations: What We've Learned from Each Other

    In 2015, Montana's Urban Forestry Program partnered with the Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation to work with interested tribal colleges and communities on urban forestry projects such as tree planting, education and training, and participation in the Tree Campus USA program. The goal is to create sustainable urban forestry programs in communities within Montana's seven reservations. Jamie will share the experience of building relationships with the Blackfeet Nation and making the cultural connection to trees.

    Jamie Kirby, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation | Roberta L. Arnoux, University of Montana | Shari Bremner, Black Feet Community College
    Jamie Kirby lives in Missoula, MT, and has a forestry degree from the University of Montana. She worked as a wildland fire prevention & education specialist before converting to urban forestry in 2008. She is a Certified Arborist, member of the International Society of Arboriculture, ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter, Society of Municipal Arborists, and on the editing committee for the City Trees publication. She also serves on the Montana Urban & Community Forestry Association and University of Montana Arboretum committee. Her name given by the Blackfeet Nation is 'Pine Woman.'

    Roberta L. Arnoux is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe, born and raised in Glacier National Park/St. Mary, MT. She's always had an interest in trees. She's worked as an INCM in fire for many years and as a Reservist Operations Specialist for the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA. She is a Resource Conservation/Forestry major at University of Montana, currently working on an independent study called Trees for Indigenous Nations, bringing urban forestry curricula to educational institutions like Blackfeet Learning Academy and Blackfeet Community College. Roberta lives today in Florence, MT.

    Shari Bremner graduated from Black Feet Community College (BCC) in 2009 with an associate's degree in Applied Science Business Management and Office Administration. She has worked at the college since 2008 and serves on several committees including both the Facility and Basketball Committees. Shari also serves as the President of BCC Staff Council. She is the co-advisor to the American Indian Business Leaders Club as well as Tree Campus USA council at the college.

  • 11:15–11:50 a.m. Habitat Network and Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Apps

    The Habitat Network and Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities apps are new tools that enable people to plant trees, install rain and pollinator gardens, and improve wildlife habitat. Habitat Network uses an online tool designed to engage the public in mapping, sharing, and learning about sustainable practices they can implement in backyards, schoolyards, parks, and corporate campuses. The new Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities app enables people to plant, steward, and maintain the health of existing trees in their yards, neighborhoods, and communities.

    Megan Whatton, The Nature Conservancy
    Megan Whatton is the Urban Habitat Network manager for The Nature Conservancy. She previously worked as the eMammal biological technician and volunteer coordinator for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, DC. In that role, she worked with scientists, partners, private landowners, citizen scientists, and volunteers to monitor mammal populations in the mid-Atlantic region and Florida. Megan received a B.S. degree from Ball State University and her master's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from George Mason University.

    An Easier Way to Track Our Tree Maintenance Needs

    At Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, we maintain thousands of trees each year. The original process for tracking this work included printing off maps, pictures, and work details. The reporting then depended on someone to update an Excel sheet once the work was completed. There was a lot of paper wasted and even more room for error. We now want to share our efficient, paperless data entry system that can be used from a phone out in the field to immediately track tree needs and report work being completed.

    Ned Brockmeyer, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
    Ned Brockmeyer has been with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful since 2014. Prior to that, he spent eight years in various aspects of youth development. Ned is responsible for the day-to-day logistics of the Youth Tree Team at KIB and is responsible for the hiring and continuing employment of 90 youth per year, as well as directing the youth in their work, determining what maintenance must be done, and tracking it.

    High School Students Use the Mass of the Earth to Water Trees

    The Youth Tree Team program of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) hires high school students to perform weekly establishment watering of trees. After trying various methods of getting water from hydrants to trees, KIB devised a water system utilizing a 15-passenger van to tow a trailer housing a 500-gallon tank. The tank is filled from a hydrant, and gravity brings water out of the tank to fill four 5-gallon buckets at a time. This method allows the crews to efficiently water trees without the drawbacks of burning fossil fuels.

    Nate Faris, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
    Nate Faris has worked for Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. (KIB) for the past 11 years. During that time, he initiated KIB's Youth Tree Team program and is now the organization's director of community forestry. Nate is a Registered Consulting Arborist, an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, and serves as president of Faris Tree Consulting.

    How Well Does a Virtual Street Tree Survey Work?

    Street tree surveys provide valuable information about municipal trees, but field surveys are costly and labor-intensive. Could a virtual survey conducted using Google Street View produce high-quality data about street trees? We performed virtual street tree surveys in Cincinnati, OH, and compared our findings to existing field data. In this session, we will review the results and discuss how a community's data needs could influence whether this method is right for them.

    Dr. Adam Berland, Ball State University
    Adam Berland is an assistant professor of Geography at Ball State University. He studies the patterns and drivers of change in the spatial distribution of urban trees. He previously held a research position at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he studied the use of trees to control urban stormwater runoff. Dr. Berland holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Minnesota.

  • 11:50 a.m. –1:00 p.m. Plated Lunch included with conference registration
  • 1:00–1:35 p.m. Faith in Our Urban Forest

    Urban foresters care for the trees where we live, work, play, and learn. But how about where we worship? Since 2015, The Nature Conservancy, Center for Interfaith Relations, and GreenFaith have collaborated with faith communities in Louisville, KY, to develop and test a comprehensive landscape audit methodology that provides detailed information on the natural infrastructure of the properties on which their houses of worship stand, offers guidance for improved stewardship, and invites interfaith dialogue on faith-based urban forest stewardship.

    Rachel Holmes & Chris Chandler, The Nature Conservancy | Halida Hatic, Center for Interfaith Relations
    Rachel Holmes is the healthy trees coordinator for The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In addition to urban forestry, Rachel has a background in youth development, having worked for several youth-based nonprofit organizations prior to joining TNC in 2014 -- when she started the Conservancy's first field-based urban conservation professional development program. Rachel holds a Master of Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry and the Environment, a Master of Divinity also from Yale University, and a B.S. from Rutgers University.

    Chris Chandler is an ISA Certified Arborist and a Louisville native. He holds a B.A. in communications from the University of Louisville and has experience serving as project manager and business developer for Louisville-based ecological consultants. His professional background has given Chris an ability to work with private landowners, government agencies, volunteer organizations, and other partners on a variety of urban forest restoration projects already underway in Louisville. He currently leads TNC-Kentucky's first urban conservation program.

    Halida Hatic serves as the director of community relations for Louisville-based nonprofit Center for Interfaith Relations. In this capacity, she facilitates interfaith dialogue among faith leaders on a variety of social justice matters -- including environmental stewardship -- and coordinates the annual Festival of Faiths. Committed to the well-being of Louisville residents, Halida serves on the Louisville Sustainability Council. She has a B.S. from University of New Hampshire and an M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.

    From i-Tree to Urban FIA: A New Partnership for Measuring the Nation's Forests

    For more than 80 years, the Forest Service's Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) program has reported the status and trends of the nation's forests in order to inform sustainable forest policy and management. In 2014, the FIA program began incorporating urban forests in its national inventory and monitoring system, in collaboration with i-Tree and two early adopter cities. This session will provide a crash course on the new Urban FIA program (UFIA), bringing you up to speed on program basics and an implementation plan for 100 U.S. cities.

    Mark Majewsky & Dr. Brett Butler, USDA Forest Service | Gretchen Riley, Texas A&M Forest Service
    Mark Majewsky has been with the USDA Forest Service, Forest Inventory & Analysis (FIA) program for 25 years, working throughout most of the Midwest and currently overseeing field work across Michigan, Minnesota, and North Dakota. For the past three years he's been coordinating the development and implementation of the Urban FIA program with a large team from across the country, including many state cooperators. He holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from State University of NY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

    Dr. Brett Butler is a national and international expert on forest ownership who has authored more than 100 articles and reports on the subject. As part of the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis program, he coordinates the National Woodland Owner Survey and co-directs the Family Forest Research Center. He earned his B.S. from the University of Connecticut and his Ph.D. from Oregon State University.

    Gretchen Riley serves as partnership coordinator for Texas A&M Forest Service, providing coordination and assistance for various urban forestry programs. She holds a master's degree in Forestry from Texas A&M University, is an SAF Certified Forester and an ISA Certified Arborist. She spent nine years as an ecological consultant in Florida, focusing on natural resource preservation and development mitigation. Gretchen is an author and folk artist who likes to feature trees in various media.

    Using Urban Trees for Stormwater Management: The State of the Science

    This presentation will introduce the use of large trees for sustainable stormwater management, the mechanisms through which large tree/soil systems provide stormwater benefits, new policy developments regarding urban trees for stormwater management, and a stormwater calculator demonstration. In addition, you will learn about new research results and techniques to maximize tree stormwater volume and water quality benefits.

    Peter MacDonagh, Kestrel Design Group
    Peter MacDonagh is the director of design + science for Kestrel Design Group, Inc., specializing in state-of-the-art ecological restoration, urban forestry, stormwater planning, and green roof technologies. He has more than 30 years of experience providing ecological and sustainable site design for stormwater management, lake and river restoration, natural areas management plans, botanical inventories, urban forests, green roof installations, and mining reclamation. Peter is a Registered Landscape Architect and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

  • 1:45–2:20 p.m. From Tree Inventories to Free Beer: Broadening Community Involvement in Urban Forestry

    Community residents are a valuable resource for increasing the capacity and success of urban forestry initiatives and are capable of going beyond Arbor Day planting events. This presentation will share the experience of working with 15 different Minnesota communities ranging in population from 700 to 400,000 residents to inventory, condition rate, and water trees. We will also look at the power of education, entertainment, and free beer to engage with volunteers and a broad community beyond the tree enthusiasts.

    Eric North, University of Minnesota
    Eric North is an urban forestry research fellow at the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources and is an ISA Certified Arborist. He teaches classes in Arboriculture and Dendrology, and his current research is on the resilience of urban trees (boulevard and park plantings) to urban environments. Eric is a board member of the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee, founding member of the nonprofit, Brewing a Better Forest, a steering committee member for the Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, and a member of the St. Paul tree advisory panel.

    The 10-20-30 Rule Revisited: Is It Still a Useful Measure of Diversity?

    Since 1990, Frank Santamour's "10-20-30 rule" has become the de facto standard for urban forest diversity. A quarter-century after the rule was first proposed, analysis of more than 1,000 urban forest inventories shows that most urban forests fail to meet the standard. Meeting the 10-20-30 standard on a large scale may require the planting of many more exotic tree species or planting the same species across the U.S., which would create their own set of risks. This session addresses the need for a more flexible standard for urban tree diversity.

    Mark Ambrose, North Carolina State University
    Mark Ambrose received his M.S. in Forestry from North Carolina State University, with a focus on growth and yield modeling and tropical forests. Since 1999, Mark has worked at NC State conducting cooperative research with the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Health Monitoring Program. He has focused on discovering long-term trends in forest mortality and analyzing patterns of tree diversity in urban forests.

    Green Infrastructure and Community Forestry: Creating a Virtuous Cycle

    Within a watershed, several decision makers influence how stormwater flows through a community, but in many cases there is little coordination among them. This session will discuss the drivers that green infrastructure decision makers consider and ways in which community forestry can play a role in achieving positive outcomes. We will look at this through the lens of different types of practitioners -- such as sanitation managers, water quality professionals, and urban planning professionals -- as well as communities and scales of tax bodies.

    Eve Pytel, Delta Institute | Jenny Gulick, Davey Resource Group | Travis Miller, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments
    Eve Pytel manages the Delta Institute's programs focusing on sustainability, new markets, and waste material. Before joining Delta, she served the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus in Chicago as the director of environmental initiatives and led the Clean Air Counts Program. Eve has won numerous awards and published numerous papers, including several on the devastating effects of emerald ash borer. She earned a master's degree in Urban Planning and Public Policy from University of Illinois at Chicago and received a B.A. in liberal arts from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD.

    Jenny Gulick is a business developer and senior consulting urban forester responsible for assisting governments, businesses, utilities, and nonprofit organizations with various project development and implementation plans specializing in urban forestry, park management, and land development programs. Jenny has more than 30 years of experience and joined Davey Resource Group in 1999 after a successful career in municipal government. She has managed and been a key contributor to a wide variety of local and national urban forestry projects.

    Travis Miller is the regional planning manager for the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments.

  • 2:30–3:05 p.m. Sustainable Landscapes: Tools to Guide Design Decisions in Boise

    The Treasure Valley Canopy Network is a unique partnership of urban forestry and city planning professionals in Idaho who are working together to use an urban tree canopy assessment to inform strategic and sustainable urban forest investments. This presentation will be an in-depth discussion about how they engaged an interdisciplinary collaborative to conduct an Urban Tree Canopy assessment and use stormwater management tools to drive sustainable design decisions in several downtown Boise development projects.

    Shawn Freedberg, DeepRoot, LLC | Lance Davisson, The Keystone Concept | Tim Maguire, Ecosystem Sciences
    Shawn Freedberg is the director of business development for DeepRoot Green Infrastructure, LLC. Shawn was trained as a landscape architect and has more than 15 years of experience in the field, where he has created and explored the implications of the urban landscape on its inhabitants. Working on low-impact development projects throughout the United States, Shawn has developed a deep understanding of not only how to design for sustainability but also the social, political and financial aspects of people-centered design.

    Lance Davisson has been coordinating Treasure Valley Canopy Network activities since 2012. He drove the strategic alliance discussed in this presentation and has written and presented about their work on numerous platforms. The network is involved in a number of activities in addition to informing strategic investments in sustainable landscapes, including energy conservation, clean air, and urban tree canopy links to human health.

    Tim Maguire specializes in watershed and urban planning with an emphasis in stormwater and hydraulic modelling and GIS. With more than 20 years of experience, he has modeled urban runoff throughout the western United States and abroad. His watershed and stormwater knowledge aids public agencies, cities, and private entities in prioritizing places and actions in urban and rural watersheds to improve overall stream and community health. Tim is a Treasure Valley Canopy Network partner and is currently completing a sub-watershed assessment in Boise, ID.

    A Tale of 20 Towns: Inventory, Action Planning, & Training for Vermont's Public Trees

    The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program's Care of the Urban Forest Project has supported developing tree programs in 20 priority communities through inventory, action planning, and technical training. The project has successfully engaged municipal staff and citizens in the management and stewardship of their public trees. This presentation will provide an overview of the project, outline our approach, present summary data from the tree inventories, and explore lessons learned and how this project can serve as a model for other states.

    Elise Schadler, Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program
    Elise Schadler received her B.A. in Anthropology from Indiana University before joining the Americorps National Civilian Community Corps for a year. She then spent three years directing a community-based tree planting program in Camden, NJ, with the NJ Tree Foundation and eventually ventured north to pursue her graduate degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Vermont. She has worked for the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program since 2012 and coordinates technical assistance to communities for the program.

  • 2:30–3:05 p.m. Urban Forestry 2020

    How do students perceive a career in urban forestry, what do urban forestry employers expect, how do allied professionals perceive urban foresters, and how do urban foresters network? We will examine these questions in light of results from Urban Forestry 2020 -- a national survey initiative funded by the U.S. Forest Service. Discussion will revolve around strategic recommendations set forth to strengthen the professional standing of urban forestry and to increase recruitment of college graduates into the work force.

    Dr. Susan Day, Virginia Tech University
    Susan Day is an associate professor of urban forestry at Virginia Tech. She is the project leader for Urban Forestry 2020, a national initiative funded by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council to examine the urban forestry profession. Dr. Day's research also focuses on managing urban soils to enhance tree growth and longevity, particularly in the context of managing stormwater and soil carbon. She holds a B.A. from Yale University, an M.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

    Youth and Green Jobs: Addressing the Potential for Urban Forestry

    In collaboration with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, researchers from Indiana University and James Madison University have begun to study employment of high school-aged youth in urban forestry organizations. Researchers will present results of surveys of employed youth related to changes in health, environmental knowledge, and civic engagement. The presentation will address plans for improved research design through potential collaboration with additional organizations and expansion of outcomes of interest as desired by participating groups.

    Dr. Sarah Mincey, Indiana University
    Sarah Mincey holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, where she is faculty. Dr Mincey's research is broadly focused on social-ecological systems and natural resource management, specifically in urban and community forests. Her research seeks to understand the interplay between collective action, institutions, and biophysical outcomes related to sustainable community and urban forest management with a particular focus on the role of greening nonprofits and neighborhoods.

    Building an Employment Pipeline for New Arborists

    The tree care industry, municipalities, utility line maintenance companies, and nonprofits are all experiencing a shortage of arborists and skilled workers. Learn about the TCIA Workforce Development Initiative and how sector partnerships between industry, employers, education, workforce, and economic development can build a pipeline of qualified individuals ready for employment. The initiative focuses on diversifying the workforce, building strategic relationships, and engaging employers at a grassroots level in targeted urban communities.

    Brigitte Orrick, Tree Care Industry Association
    Brigitte Orrick is the workforce development director for the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). She develops arborist and urban forestry workforce sectors in communities to support and develop academic and training programs for the tree care industry. Her background in forestry and higher education helps connect employers, educators, and workforce development entities to improve accessibility to jobs in the green industry. Brigitte joined TCIA in January of 2016, with 14 years of experience in higher education and industry.

    Lessons from "City of Trees"

    "City of Trees" is an award-winning documentary film following a year in the life of the DC Green Corps, an ARRA-funded green job-training program in Washington, D.C. "City of Trees" explores how environmental justice, urban forestry, and job training intersect with low-income urban communities. Hear from the filmmakers how they navigated the struggles behind job training programs throughout shooting and editing the film, and about new tools for using the film in your community to advance honest dialogues about green jobs and social change.

    Lance Kramer, Meridian Hill Pictures
    Lance Kramer, CITY OF TREES Producer, is a co-founder of Meridian Hill Pictures and multidisciplinary storyteller with a background in documentary filmmaking, education, journalism, and community organizing. A respected arts leader in the Washington, DC, documentary community, Lance received the 2014 DC Mayor's Arts Award, has served two terms as board member of Docs in Progress, and is a current DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Individual Arts fellow.

  • 3:05–3:30 p.m. Refreshment & Networking Break with Exhibitors
  • 3:30–5:00 p.m. Compensating for the Loss of a Healthy Tree: How Many Trees Do You Owe Me?

    When healthy trees are removed, common compensation is either monetary or replanting new trees. Monetary compensation is problematic, as monetary valuation of healthy trees is difficult. Using leaf area, a tree compensation rate can be determined that considers future leaf area provided by both the removed tree and newly planted trees. This presentation estimates how many new trees are needed to compensate for the removal of a healthy tree based on comparing the net present value of future leaf area between a removed tree and planted trees.

    Dr. David Nowak, USDA Forest Service
    Dave Nowak is a team leader with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Syracuse, NY. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change, and its effect on human health and environmental quality. Dr. Nowak has authored more than 250 publications and leads teams developing software tools to quantify ecosystem services from urban vegetation (e.g., UFORE and i-Tree programs).

    The Economics of Urban Greening and Health

    An exploding buildup of research reveals the human health and wellness benefits provided by city trees, canopy, parks, and gardens. This evidence is slowly being translated to programs that can affect millions of people, such as parks prescriptions. Many agencies and organizations rely on economics to integrate benefits knowledge into to broader policy and programs. This presentation will highlight the outcomes of a series of economic valuations, providing more insight into why city trees and green spaces are important for public health.

    Dr. Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington
    Kathy Wolf is a research social scientist at the College of the Environment, University of Washington, and holds a joint appointment with the USDA Forest Service, Pacific NW Research Station. She conducts social science research to understand the human dimensions of urban forestry and urban ecosystems. Dr. Wolf aims to discover, understand, and communicate human behavior and benefits as people experience nature in cities and towns and is interested in how scientific information can be integrated into local government policy and planning.

    We're Not Lobbyists: Lessons in Seeking Funding from Your State's Legislature

    Take a sneak peek into the legislative process through the eyes of the all-volunteer Minnesota Urban Forest Council. After more than a year of working to change the fate of our community's ash trees in the face of Emerald Ash Borer, hear about our victories, our defeats, and the many rabbit holes we've traveled to lobby legislators, state agencies, and anyone who would listen to build a coalition of advocates to advance our legislation. Tree advocates can often be found in places we rarely look; we'll help you learn where to find them.

    Karen Zumach, Tree Trust | Jeff Hafner, Rainbow Tree Care
    Karen Zumach is the director of community forestry for Tree Trust in Minnesota. She is responsible for the planting and distribution of nearly 3,000 trees per year to parks, schools, and private residences throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Karen also serves as vice president of the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee (MN's Urban Forest Council) with the role of promoting outreach, advocacy, and partnerships to improve our community forests.

    Jeff Hafner is the director of municipal consulting for Rainbow Treecare, where he helps cities across the country develop, adopt, and implement emerald ash borer management plans. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists. As a board member of the Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee representing the Minnesota Society of Arboriculture, Jeff works to raise awareness of the importance of community forests and the devastating effects of the emerald ash borer.

    The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: Flexible Funding for the Urban Tree Canopy

    Acquiring funding for tree planting and green infrastructure projects can be a challenge. Grants are highly competitive, require a substantial (and expensive) match, and involve extensive reporting. Many communities, nonprofit organizations, and watershed groups have turned to other funding sources. This session will highlight one underutilized source --EPA's $100 billion Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) -- and explain how it can be used for green infrastructure and tree planting projects.

    Kelly Tucker, Environmental Protection Agency | Jessica Franzini, New Jersey Tree Foundation
    Kelly Tucker is an environmental protection specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Wastewater Management. Kelly has served as a member of the State Revolving Fund Branch since 2005, where she is the staff lead on Clean Water State Revolving Fund project eligibility, nontraditional projects, and the green project reserve. She holds a master's degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Delaware.

    Jessica Franzini joined the New Jersey Tree Foundation in 2009. She directs the Foundation's tree planting program in Camden, facilitates the TreeKeepers workshop series, and oversees community projects throughout the state. In March 2011, Camden Mayor Dana Redd recognized Jessica as a "Woman of Purpose." Jessica proudly sports a David Hasselhoff air freshener in her work truck from the hit show Bay Watch.

  • 5:00–6:00 p.m. Listening Session: i-Tree Update Join this post-conference session describing the latest updates for the i-Tree suite of tools.
    Dr. David Nowak, USDA Forest Service | Scott Maco, The Davey Institute
    Dave Nowak is a team leader with the USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station in Syracuse, NY. His research investigates urban forest structure, health, and change, and its effect on human health and environmental quality. Dr. Nowak has authored more than 250 publications and leads teams developing software tools to quantify ecosystem services from urban vegetation (e.g., UFORE and i-Tree programs).

    Scott Maco is the Director of Research and Development at the Davey Tree Expert Company. His focus has been on applied research and development of urban forest assessment and management tools that provide a better understanding of trees' environmental benefits and how they are managed for. Among other duties, Scott leads development of the i?Tree Tools software suite.

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