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Partners in Community Forestry 2013

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

November 6-7, 2013

Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects & Diseases 9th Meeting

November 4 and 5, 2013 | Westin Hotel and Convention Center | Register Now

Meeting Goals

  • Cultivate collaborations toward action to address the threat of non-native forest insects and diseases.
  • Expand the effectiveness and reach of public and private entities and citizens in the battle against the non-native insects and diseases killing their trees.
  • Identify and seek consensus needed actions for major initiatives the Continental Dialogue will advance in the upcoming year.

Meeting Agenda

Monday, November 4

  • 10:30AM–12:00PM Meeting Registration Location: TBA
  • 12:00–12:15PM Introductions, Meeting Objectives, and Agenda Review
    • Introductions
    • Overview of meeting objectives and agenda
    • Meeting ground rules
  • 12:15–12:45PM Forest Pests at 30,000 feet Stas Burgiel, National Invasive Species Council
  • 12:45–1:00PM Orientation to the Continental Dialogue
    • Overview of the Vision and Goals, Action Agenda Opportunities, and Workgroup products/efforts – Bill Toomey, Forest Health Protection Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • 1:00–2:00PM Emerging Issues in Tree and Forest Health Over Next 10 Years
    • Objective: Provide participants with a brief overview of long term regional/National challenges & issues
    • Academic View Charles Canham, The Cary Institute
    • Regional View Steve Koehn, State Forester of Maryland &Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters, chair of the Forest Health committee
  • 2:00–2:30PM Break (Coffee, Tea, Healthy Snacks provided)
  • 2:00–3:30PM Panel #1: New Alliances and Opportunities
    • Introduction and Summary of the APGA Sentinel Plant Network – Dan Stern, American Public Garden Association
    • Update of Firewood Certification Efforts and Results – Geoff Friedman, American Firewood Producers and Distributors Association
    • Forest industry perspective
    • Discussion – Lessons/Opportunities
  • 3:30–5:00PM Panel #2: Progress on Managing P4P/Nursery Stock as Pathway of Pest Introduction and Spread

    Opening presentation on APHIS' vision for overall Q-37 revision, future of regulatory structure for plants for planting imports.

    Systems Approach for Nursery Certification (SANC) Ann Gibbs, National Plant SANC and the Systems Approach Program Partnership Scott Pfister

  • 5:00–5:15PM Overview of Evening Activities
  • 6:00PM Continental Dialogue Banquet

    Please attend! Your presence is what will make our banquet successful.

Tuesday, November 5

  • 7:00–8:00AM Registration and Breakfast Served
  • 8:00–8:10AM Welcome and Agenda Review
  • 8:10–8:30AM Progress Toward Objectives
    • Opportunity for participants to reflect on day one and share what they hope to accomplish in day two
  • 8:30–9:30AM Panel #3: Overview and Update of Dialogue Initiatives and Actions
    • Don't Move Firewood and Firewood Outreach Coordination Leigh Greenwood, Forest Health Protection Program, The Nature Conservancy
    • Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities Initiative Bill Toomey, Forest Health Protection Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
    • Update on Policy Work Christine Cadigan, American Forest Foundation
  • 9:30–10:30AM Break with coffee service and light snack
  • 10:30–11:15AM Panel #4: Wood Packaging Update
    • NCEAS study results evaluating efficacy of ISPM#15
    • Customs and Border Protection on enhanced enforcement proposals/methods/practices
    • Discussion
      • Lessons applicable to the Dialogue's efforts
      • Opportunities for Dialogue action
  • 11:15–11:45AM Overview of Breakout Sessions
    • Topics, approach, and desired outcomes
  • 12:00–12:45PM Lunch and Poster Session (Poster Session will be in same room as Lunch)
  • 12:45 – 2:10PM Initiative Breakout Session I
    • Options and Topics TBA
  • 2:10–2:25PM Transition to Breakout Session II
    • Options and Topics TBA
  • 2:25–3:50PM Initiative Breakout Session II
    • Options:
      • Firewood Outreach Coordinating Initiative
      • Proactive Outreach and Communication
      • The Future Direction of the Dialogue
  • 3:50–4:00PM Break
  • 4:00–4:30PM Where Do We Go Next? – Timeline and Actions for 2014
    • Brief overview of Breakout Session next steps
    • Identify other priority actions
    • Develop preliminary timeline for actions
  • 4:30–5:00PM Summary and Next Steps
    • Acknowledgments
    • Steering Committee next steps
  • 5:00PM Adjourn Formal Meeting
  • 6:00–7:30PM Social Hour and Exhibitors

    Co-hosted by Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition, Utility Arborist Association, Society of Municipal Arborists, Alliance for Community Trees, and the Continental Forest Dialogue