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53rd Annual International Conference and Trade Show

November 5–6, 2018

Presented by: Society of Municipal Arborists

Conference: Approved for 5.25 ISA CEU credits.

Invasive Shothole Borer/Fusarium Dieback Disease: Current and Potential Environmental, Cultural, and Economic Impacts: Approved for 3 DPR credits and 3 ISA credits.

Pre-Conference Field Trip: Approved for 2 DPR credits and 1.5 ISA credits.

Event Information

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.

Registration Fees

$179 for SMA members

$264 for non-members

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date  Monday, November 5, 2018

  • 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Invasive Shothole Borer/Fusarium Dieback Disease: Current and Potential Environmental, Cultural, and Economic Impacts

    Goldspotted Oak Borer and Invasive Shot Hole Borers/Fusarium Dieback Disease are non-native wood borers that have attacked and killed hundreds of thousands of trees in CA costing landowners and government agencies millions of dollars Municipal Arborists will learn the threats posed by these invasive pests, the biology and nature of these pests, how to identify their damage, how to diagnose a dying tree, and what to do to avoid the spread of these pests.

    Approved for 3 DPR credits and 3 ISA credits

    Dr. John N. Kabashima, Environmental Horticulture Advisor | Dr. Akif Eskalen, Cooperative Extension Plant Pathologist, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources

    *Separate Fee Required ($35 member | $50 nonmember) Space Limited!

  • 12:00–7:00 p.m. Registration Open
  • 1:00–4:00 p.m. Pre-Conference Field Trip (Bus Tour)

    Travel to Mason Park research site for a hands-on field demo of pest symptoms and instruction on how to identify pests and symptoms; collect info and samples to help identify their damage; how to diagnose a dying tree; and what to do to avoid the spread of these pests.

    Approved for 2 DPR credits and 1.5 ISA credits

    *Separate Fee Required ($35 member | $50 nonmember) Space Limited!

  • 5:00–6:00 p.m. Fun Run, Walk, or Watch to support the Urban Forest Foundation. Registered participants get a T-shirt!

    *Separate Fee Required

  • 6:00–8:00 p.m. MFI Reunion (Location TBD)

    We will be collecting a $19/pp donation at the door for the MFI Scholarship Fund for future MFI attendees. Your donation will get you snacks and a drink. All MFI grads, future grads, friends, and friends of friends invited.

date  Tuesday, November 6, 2018

  • 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Registration Open
  • 7:00–8:00 a.m. Breakfast with Exhibitors
  • 7:00–8:00 a.m. First-Time Attendees Breakfast with Organization Leaders
  • 8:00–8:15 a.m. Welcome & Opening Comments Sarah Morris, President, Society of Municipal Arborists
  • 8:15–8:55 a.m. Urban Forest Management in Irvine, CA

    This session will provide an overview of planning, planting, and management of Irvine’s urban forest.

    Casey Gnadt, Landscape Supervisor, Irvine Public Works Department | Clint Collins, Sr., Director of Landscape Operations, Irvine Company
  • 8:55–9:25 a.m. The Law-borist

    Participants will distinguish between various law enforcement mechanisms for tree canopy preservation and prepare to implement those that demonstrably work in their home municipalities.

    John O’Neill, Urban Forester, DC Urban Forestry Administration, DDOT
  • 9:25–9:35 a.m. Intern/Host City Experience
  • 9:35–10:05 a.m. Preserving Trees – More Than Just Tree Protection

    Attendees will learn about the process for preserving trees during land development, from how to incorporate tree protection at project conception to obstacles that must be overcome during construction.

    Walt Warriner, Warriner Associates
  • 10:05–10:35 a.m. Managing the Metro-Forest

    This session will describe the unique urban forestry practices and tools utilized in managing a large population of trees in a major metropolitan area.

    Scott Diffenderfer, Urban Forestry Manager, Fairfax County Virginia Park Authority
  • 10:35–11:05 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 11:05–11:35 a.m. Evidence-based Equity: Portland’s Strategy for Expanding the Benefits of Urban Forests

    This session will discuss the environmental and public health impacts caused by unequal canopy distribution and will review Portland’s strategic approach to using data and a comprehensive publicly-led process to address it.

    Jeff Ramsey, Botanic Specialist, Portland Parks & Urban Forestry
  • 11:35 a.m.–1:35 p.m. Awards Luncheon
  • 1:35–2:05 p.m. Managing Tree Risk for Public Agencies

    This session will provide a framework for developing tree risk reduction strategies that are informed by individual community context, a clear understanding of how errors made in tree risk decisions can lead to a potential misrepresentation of municipal programs, methods for analyzing and addressing municipal risk exposures, and methods for quantifying risk reduction.

    Mike Palat, Area Program Manager, West Coast Arborists, Inc.
  • 2:05–2:10 p.m. Intern/Host City Experience
  • 2:10–2:40 p.m. Progressive Urban Forest Management

    At the conclusion of this presentation participants will be able to identify ways to implement or amend their own tree preservation ordinances by evaluating their current communities’ needs and goals.

    Joe Hansen, Urban Forester, Park Ridge, IL
  • 2:40–3:20 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 3:20–3:50 p.m. Unmanned Aerial Systems

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will soon change the way urban and municipal forestry is performed. Visual inspections, permit compliance, inventories, and plant health care will all be improved by the application of technology associated with UAVs. This talk will discuss this in the context of early detection of EAB using drones and remote sensing data.

    Dan Staley, Principal, ArborDrone, LLC
  • 3:50–4:20 p.m. Storms Over the Urban Forest

    Presenters will share stories and best practices to engage the audience in the collaborative work necessary to ensure our communities and urban forests “weather the storm” in coordination with local, state, and federal emergency management and utility officials.

    Phillip Rodbell, Program Manager, USDA Forest Service | Scott Altenhoff, Urban Forester, Eugene OR
  • 4:20–4:50 p.m. The Catastrophic Fires of 2017: Overview & Lessons Learned

    The wildfires that blazed through California in 2017 were unprecedented, scouring hundreds of thousands of acres in urbanized areas and destroying homes and forests alike. Is this the “new normal,” and what strategies can be employed to reduce the likelihood of a repeat event?

    Jimi Scheid, Regional Urban Forester, CAL Fire
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m. Annual Meeting of SMA Members
  • 5:00–8:00 p.m. Certified Arborist & Municipal Specialist Exams. Pre-registration to sit for exam required. Contact ISA to pre-register.
  • 6:00–7:30 p.m. Reception with Exhibitors and Other Partner Groups & Silent Auction (Bids support Urban Forest Programs)