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Join us in Orange County

November 7-8, 2018

November 13–14, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa Presented by: Society of Municipal Arborists
53rd Annual International Conference and Trade Show

International Society of Arboriculture credential holders will receive 5.75 CEU 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.


date  Monday, November 13, 2017

  • 12:00–7:00 p.m. Registration Open
  • 9:30a.m.–12:00 p.m. Pruning Service Project

    Bring your arborist skills and help Up With Trees prune young trees for structure and clearance.

  • 1:00–4:00 p.m. 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
  • 6:00–7:00 p.m. 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
  • 8:15–9:00 a.m. Urban Forest Management in Tulsa

    Description: This session will provide an overview of the planning, planting, and management of Tulsa’s urban forest.

    Dave Zucconi, City Forester, Tulsa, OK | Mike Perkins, Director of Operations, Up With Trees
  • 9:00–9:45 a.m. 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.

    Jeremy Bailey, Senior Consultant, GreenBlue Urban, Woodstock, ON
  • 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
  • 10:25–11:10 a.m. 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.

    Keith Mars, City Arborist & Urban Forest Conservation Program Manager, Austin, TX
  • 11:10–11:55 a.m. 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.

    Hugh Whitehead, Urban Forester III, Fairfax County VA | Stephanie Pankiewicz, Landscape Architect, LandDesign
  • 11:55 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon provided
  • 1:30–1:35 p.m. Intern/Host City Experience
  • 1:35–2:05 p.m. 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.

    Tim Porter, City Arborist, Department of Engineering & Property Management, Charlotte, NC | Amanda Bynum, Asset Manager, Department of Engineering & Property Management, Charlotte, NC
  • 2:05–2:35 p.m. 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.

    Rob Davis, City Forester, Denver, CO | Tina McKeand, Project Manager, Davey Resource Group
  • 2:35–3:05 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 3:05–3:10 p.m. Intern/Host City Experience
  • 3:10–3:40 p.m. 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.

    Mike Sultan, Project Developer, Davey Resource Group
  • 3:40–4:10 p.m. 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.

    Joshua Rudnow, Ph.D., Conservation Program Coordinator, Community Tree Division, Austin, TX
  • 4:10–4:15 p.m. Intern/Host City Experience
  • 4:15–4:45 p.m. 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.

    Leigh Martin, Urban Forester, City of Edmond, OK | Ryan Oschner, Green Infrastructure Planner, City of Edmond, OK
  • 4:45–5:15 p.m. 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.

    Ian Buchanan, Manager, Natural Heritage Forestry, Regional Municipality of York, Canada
  • 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)