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57th Annual International Conference and Trade Show

November 15–16, 2021

Presented by: Society of Municipal Arborists

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.


Tentative, subject to change.
All events are at the Galt House Hotel unless otherwise noted.

Monday, November 15, 2021

  • 12:00–7:00 p.m. Registration Open
  • 10:00–11:30 a.m. Writing for Trees Workshop

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

  • 12:30–4:15 p.m. Pre-conference Field Trip (Bus Tour): The Trees of Cave Hill Cemetery

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

  • 5:00–6:00 p.m. Fun Run, Walk, or Watch
  • 5:00–8:00 p.m. Certified Arborists & Municipal Specialist Exams

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

  • 6:30–8:00 p.m. MFI Reunion *Location TBD

Tuesday, November 12, 2021

  • 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 Scott Altenhoff, President, Society of Municipal Arborists
  • 8:15–8:45 a.m. Urban Forest Management in Louisville, KY Barry Edgar, Community Forestry Supervisor, City of Louisville
  • 8:45–9:25 a.m. Pitching Green Infrastructure Gordon Mann, Consulting Arborist, Mann Made Resources and Wei Zhang, VP of R&D for Zynnovation LLC
  • 9:25–10:05 a.m. Investing in Human Health Matt Kruger, Tree Program Supervisor, City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
  • 10:05–10:25 a.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 10:25–11:05 a.m. Designing Resilient Communities Ryan Allen, Environmental Consultant at Dudek/Jessica Sanders, Executive Director of Sacramento Tree Foundation
  • 11:05–11:45 a.m. Green Should Connect All: Lessons Learned to Attract and Train the Next Generation of Urban Forestry Professionals Sharon Jean-Phillipe, Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • 11:45 a.m–1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon
  • 1:30–2:05 p.m. Using Big Data and Machine Learning to Examine Links between Nature and Health Jared Hanley, CEO, NatureQuant
  • 2:05–2:40 p.m. Log and Order Joe Hansen, Urban Forester, City of Park Ridge
  • 2:40–3:00 p.m. Break with Exhibitors
  • 3:00–3:30 p.m. SMA’s Mentor Program John McNeil, Program Coordinator
  • 3:30–4:00 p.m. From Tragedy to Triumph Jeanne Kavinski, Independent Consultant/Arborist, Montgomery Parks
  • 4:00–4:30 p.m. Moving from Arborist to Urban Forest Manager Walt Warriner, Consulting Arborist, Warriner Associates
  • 5:00–6:00 p.m. Annual Meeting of SMA Members
  • 6:00–7:30 p.m. Reception with Exhibitors and Other Partner Groups & Silent Auction