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Charlotte, North Carolina

November 5-6, 2014

Continental Dialogue on Non-Native Forest Insects & Diseases 10th meeting

November 3–4, 2014 | Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, NC | Register Now

Event Info

The Continental Dialogue is group of organizations, agencies and private industry professionals that work collaboratively to abate the threat to North American forests from non-native insects and diseases. The 2014 meeting will focus on issues regarding urban tree health, the challenges of effectively preventing and reacting to ever-changing forest pest situations and advances in the regulation and education of firewood transporters and industry.

Fee covers all breaks, breakfast and lunch on Tuesday and attendance to the Tuesday Night Mixer with other nonprofits.

Registration Fee: $185


Monday, November 3

  • 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Meeting Registration
  • 12:00–12:15 p.m. Introductions, Meeting Objectives, and Agenda Review
    • Introductions
    • Overview of meeting objectives and agenda
    • Meeting ground rules
  • 12:15–12:45 p.m. Welcome David Lane, State Forester NC Forest Service
  • 12:45–1:00 p.m. Orientation to the Continental Dialogue
    • Overview of the Vision and Goals, Status of Actions in 2014 and actions from last Dialogue Meeting
    • Q&A
    Bill Toomey, Forest Health Protection Program Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • 1:00–2:00 p.m. Emerging Regional and National Issues in Tree and Forest Health Monica Lear, USFS Forest Health Protection Program | Philip Berger, USDA APHIS | David Lane, NC State Forester
  • 2:00–2:45 p.m. Break coffee, tea, healthy snacks provided
  • 2:45–3:45 p.m. Lightning Round Updates 7 minutes
    US Customs and Boarder Patrol Update and latest initiatives Kevin Harriger US Customs and Border Patrol
    Wood Packaging Industry Brad Gething, National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (Invited)
    Arbor Day Foundation Pete Smith, Arbor Day Foundation
    Society of Municipal Arborists and/or International Society of Arboriculture (Pending) APGA Plant Sentinel Network Outreach program Dan Stern, APGA
    Reduce Risks for Invasive Species Coalition Scott Cameron, RRISC (Invited)
    Chicago Regional Tree Initiative Lydia Scott, Morton Arboretum
    Firewood Certification and Federal Regulation Paul Chaloux, USDA APHIS
  • 3:45–4:45 p.m. Panel # 1: International Perspective and Opportunities Canada – Brad Doiron, CFIA Program Officer, Forestry Division Canadian Food Inspection Agency | Mexico - Jaime Villa Castillo, CONAFOR Liaison. Forest Health Manager National Forestry Commission of Mexico | Discussion - Lessons/Opportunities
  • 4:45–5:15 p.m. Wrap-up of First Day and Overview of Evening Activities
  • 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Local Restaurants locations TBA


Tuesday, November 4

  • 7:00–8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Available
  • 8:00–8:10 a.m. Welcome and Agenda Review
  • 8:10–8:30 a.m. Progress Toward Objectives

    Opportunity for participants to reflect on Day One and share what they hope to accomplish in Day Two

  • 8:30–9:30 a.m. Panel #2: 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 Rachel Holmes, Forest Health Protection Program, The Nature Conservancy
    Update on Policy Work Faith Campbell
  • 9:30–10:00 a.m. Break coffee, tea, healthy snacks provided
  • 10:00–10:45 a.m. Panel #3: Firewood
    National Overview of non-Federal Firewood Policy Variation Leigh Greenwood, Forest Health Protection Program, The Nature Conservancy
    Study of Firewood Movement: Amounts to/from specific locations Dr. Frank Koch, USFS
    National Firewood Policy for Great Smoky Mountain Nation Park Glenn Taylor, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    • Lessons applicable to the Dialogue’s efforts
    • Opportunities for Dialogue action
  • 10:45–11:00 a.m. Introduction of Panel of Experts for Topics for Group Discussion Topics, approach for facilitated group conversation, and desired outcomes
  • 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Panel Introduction of Topics 30 minutes each
    Firewood: Outreach to the Public, and Industry Labeling Efforts Geoff Friedmann (Invited but not yet confirmed) and Leigh Greenwood
    Phone Apps, Video, and Social Media in Tree Health Monitory and Early Pest Detection Chuck Bargeron Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health | Michiko Martin, Director of Conservation Education USFS | Dr. Charles Schweik, UMass; Andrea Torrice, Torrice Media
  • 12:00–1:00 p.m. Lunch provided, buffet style
  • 1:00–2:30 p.m. Firewood: Outreach to the Public and Industry Labeling Efforts
    • Short Presentations
    • Facilitated Conversation and Discussion
  • 2:30–2:45 p.m. Break coffee, tea, healthy snacks provided
  • 2:45–4:15 p.m. Phone Apps, Video and Social Media in Tree Health Monitory and Early Pest Detection
    • Short Presentations
    • Facilitated Conversation and Discussion
  • 4:15–4:45 p.m. Where Do We Go Next? – Timeline and Actions for 2014 and 2015
    • Opportunities for Dialogue Actions
    • Discussion of priorities moving forward
  • 4:45–5:15 p.m. Summary and Planning for 2014/15
    • Acknowledgments
    • Steering Committee next steps
  • 5:15 p.m. Adjourn Formal Meeting
  • 5:15–6:15 p.m. Steering Committee meeting
  • 6:00–7:30 p.m. Social Hour and Exhibitors Co-hosted by Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition, Utility Arborist Association, Society of Municipal Arborists, Alliance for Community Trees, International Society of Arboriculture, and the Continental Forest Dialogue
  • 8:00 p.m. Dinner on your own