November 13–14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa Presented by: Society of Municipal Arborists
53rd Annual International Conference and Trade Show
The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) is leading the world in building the confidence, competence and camaraderie of the family of professionals who create and sustain community forests. The SMA is an organization of municipal arborists and urban foresters, and their membership also includes consultants, commercial firms and citizens who actively practice or support some facet of municipal forestry.
date Monday, November 13, 2017
- 12:00–7:00 p.m. Registration Open
Pruning Service Project
Bring your arborist skills and help Up With Trees prune young trees for structure and clearance.
Pre-Conference Workshop (Bus Tour) additional registration required
Learn about the planning, management, and unique ecosystems in the Tulsa area.
- 5:00–6:00 p.m. Fun Run, Walk or Watch to support the Urban Forest Foundation additional registration required
MFI Reunion: McNellie’s Side Bar
MFI Reunion – Will be collecting a donation of $17/pp at the MFI reunion this year in Tulsa. This will be used to start an MFI scholarship fund for future attendees. The donation will get you snacks and a drink.
date Tuesday, November 14, 2017
- 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Registration Open
- 7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors provided
- 7:00–8:00 a.m. First-Time Attendees Breakfast with Organization Leaders
- 8:00–8:15 a.m. Welcome & Opening Comments Joe Benassini, President, Society of Municipal Arborists
Urban Forest Management in Tulsa
Description: This session will provide an overview of the planning, planting, and management of Tulsa’s urban forest.
Designing Urban Trees into the Landscape
Description: Using urban trees as green infrastructure for our cities is arguably the most sustainable stormwater management solution available. This presentation examines the opportunities available for integrating street tree planting with stormwater management systems for truly sustainable urban landscapes.
- 9:45–9:50 a.m. Intern/Host City Experience
- 9:50–10:20 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
- 10:20–10:25 a.m. Intern/Host City Experience
Understand Development, Protect More Trees
Description: Land development in Austin, Texas, is political and complex. The city struggles to become compact, connected, and affordable while protecting its urban forest. This presentation will discuss land development in Austin and the complexity involved in negotiating outcomes that protect and replant the urban forest.
Tree Space Design in Northern Virginia
Description: Redevelopment in northern Virginia is occurring along the Metro Corridor, toward Dulles International Airport and beyond. As land use intensity increases, providing viable tree planting spaces becomes a greater challenge. This presentation explores how tree space requirements and materials have evolved in the face of a growing population.
- 11:55 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon provided
- 1:30–1:35 p.m. Intern/Host City Experience
Planning, Priorities, and Partnerships: Urban Forest Canopy Preservation in the Queen City
Description: As one of the most rapidly developing urban areas in the United States, Charlotte meets the challenge of preventing tree canopy loss and protecting natural areas. This presentation will share how the city’s Tree Canopy Preservation Program (TCPP) uses voluntary land acquisition, partnership with a local land trust, and commercial development fees to help reach Charlotte’s goal of 50 percent tree canopy coverage by 2050.
Collaborating Early and Often: Building Multi-Department Support for Tree-Friendly Streetscape Innovations
Description: Hardscape innovations can help support street tree establishment and preservation in high-density areas. Hear key strategies for successful collaboration with multiple departments, real world case studies, and how to develop a Tree Technical Guide that enables streetscape innovation and improvement.
- 2:35–3:05 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
- 3:05–3:10 p.m. Intern/Host City Experience
Regional Canopy Planning: How Partnerships Build Urban Forest Planning Synergy
Description: Tulsa’s UFMP, which debuted in 2016, was the product of multi-faceted stakeholder engagement and collaboration among government, nonprofit, and business partners across the greater Tulsa area. This plan was embraced by the community as the beginning of a 20-year strategy to increase canopy by planting more than 300,000 trees on public and private property. Learn strategies you can use to articulate and achieve your community’s urban forest vision.
Continual Improvement Tool: A Review of Austin's Municipal Forest Programs
Description: To improve the management and health of its urban forest, Austin implemented an Urban Forest Sustainability and Management Review (UFSMR). Developed by the USDA Forest Service, this process of document review, on-site green asset assessment, and staff surveys helps municipal forest programs benchmark changes in capacity over time and provide program direction. Municipalities both large and small can benefit from this robust program evaluation.
- 4:10–4:15 p.m. Intern/Host City Experience
Turning Public Interest Into Policy & Programs
Description: This presentation will discuss how urban forest resource assessment and public input implemented by Edmond in the late 1990s translated into the ordinances, programs, management practices, and advocacy that are in place today. The session will demonstrate that community engagement can create a culture of resident support and a method by which residents become connected to the urban forest and become its champions.
Street Trees and the Road to Success
Description: The presentation will review York’s Complete Streets Policy and how it integrates street trees into policy, planning, design, construction, maintenance, and monitoring of world-class transportation infrastructure projects.
- 5:30–6:30 p.m. Board Meeting
- 5:00–8:00 p.m. Certified Arborist & Municipal Specialist Exams. Preregistration to sit for exam is required. Contact ISA to preregister.
- 6:00–7:30 p.m. Reception with Exhibitors and Other Partner Groups Silent Auction (Bids support Urban Forest Programs)