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Penn State Extension - Community Tree Seminars

Date: April 13, 2017

Here is this month’s listing of upcoming arboriculture and community forestry events in and around Pennsylvania and online. For more information on a particular program, please use the listed contact information for that program.

1. Woody Plant Identification: Shade Trees

Offered by Penn State Extension

Wilkes-Barre, PA

Wednesdays, July 12 and 19, 2017, 9:30 AM – 1 PM

Shade trees are a long-lived investment. They provide a calm and peaceful environment while increasing the property value of your home. Shade trees attract birds and other wildlife, lower energy costs, improve water quality by reducing runoff and erosion.

This six-hour course is designed to teach the identification and usage of thirty five deciduous shade trees that are hardy in Northeastern Pennsylvania. For each plant we will discuss physical morphology, site requirements, landscape value, as well as any common insect pests or disease.

All participants will receive a full-color identification manual on shade trees.

Register online at:
For more information, contact Vinnie Cotrone at 570-825-1701 or


2. Southeast Pennsylvania Community Tree Management Workshops

Discover how your municipality can create a sustainable community forestry program, explore how trees can address MS4 issues, and learn about pest threats to your trees as well as the resources available to your municipality. Learn how to get started with and increase the effectiveness of your municipal shade tree program. This workshop is geared towards shade trees commissioners, municipal representatives, community forest managers and interested citizens who wish to enhance their community forest.

This workshop is aimed at helping communities enhance and improve their community forests and tree programs. Participants will hear about community forestry in Pennsylvania and the important role of shade tree commissions. Additionally, participants will have an opportunity to share and learn from each other about their prior successes and challenges in their local community forestry programs. The workshop with wrap up with an outdoor session to identify tree stresses.

Cost: $15 (includes lunch)
This workshop is being offered at two different locations:

Quakertown, PA

Friday, July 14, 2017
10 AM – 3 PM
Register online at

Center Valley, PA

Saturday, July 15, 2017
10 AM – 3 PM
Register online at
For more information, contact Julianne Schieffer at or 610-489-4315, or Shea Zwerver at


3. Webinar: Green Infrastructure – A Lesson in Change

Penn State Extension Community Forestry Management Monthly Webinar Series

Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)

Green Infrastructure has been elevated as means to an end for communities to deal with polluted run-off. From a design perspective, it has also been an agent of change in how urban foresters, engineers and landscape architects work together. From a landscape architect’s perspective, join us in a journey of engagement and relationship building as we explore how past and present views on tree planting and design have merged while cultivating more respect and understanding between three professions as they work to reclaim unused lands, address environmental justice and create livable biologically functioning places in cities and towns across the nation.

Presenter by:

Donna Foster, Landscape Architect, US Forest Service, Northeastern Area State And Private Forestry

Where: Webinar at  

Use the link above to access the webinar room starting 15 minutes prior to the webinar start time. Enter the webinar as a guest by typing your name in the name box and click the “Enter Room” button.

Cost:  Free

Continuing Education Credits: One Continuing Education Credit for Landscape Architects; Society of American Foresters (CFEs); and PLNA Certified Horticulturalist (PCH) will be offered to attendees. One CEU for International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists will be awarded with 80% or higher score on webinar quiz. Certificates of attendance will be provided after the program.

For more information, visit
or contact Scott Sjolander at 814-350-7749 or


4. Webinar: NUCFAC Highlights: Cultivating and Activating a Natural Infrastructure Workforce

USDA Forest Service Urban Forest Connections Webinar Series

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, 1 PM – 2:15 PM (Eastern Time)

Public demand has surged for natural innovations that make cities more environmentally friendly and more pleasant places to live. This demand has led to growth in the number of available entry-level jobs with some advancement potential, ranging from maintenance of urban gardens to installation of natural systems that manage stormwater flooding. In this webinar, Sara Lamback will explore the findings of the NatureWORKS project that identifies current and emerging trends in the green infrastructure workforce to examine the potential of these projects to spur job creation. Dave Gamstetter will give illustrative examples of job training and job creation spurred by green infrastructure projects in Cincinnati, Ohio. The NatureWORKS project was made possible in part by funding from the U.S. Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost-Share Grant program. The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) sets the categories for this grant program based on the Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan and recommends to the Forest Service innovative urban and community forestry research and projects that should be considered for funding. Council Member Lisa Ortega will open the webinar with a brief overview of NUCFAC and its national research agenda.

Presented by:

Lisa Ortega, National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council
Sara Lamback, Jobs for the Future
Dave Gamstetter, Cincinnati Parks

Cost:  Free
CEUs: 1.25 CEU with the International Society of Arboriculture
Where: Go to

For more information: or contact the Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team at with questions, feedback, requests for special accommodations, speaker suggestions, or to be added to the mailing list.


5. Webinar: Tree Growth & Response in a Changing Environment

Urban Forestry Today Webcast Series – UMass Amherst, Department of Environmental Conservation

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 12 PM – 1 PM (Eastern Time)

This webinar will discuss how trees grow and develop, and their response to changes in our climate and rapidly urbanizing landscapes.

Presented by: Janusz Zwiazek, PhD, Professor & Tree Physiologist, University of Alberta
Cost: Free
CEUs: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CEU with the International Society of Arboriculture and 0.5 Massachusetts Certified Arborist CEUs.

Where: Visit and enter the ID code: 759-113-739
For more information: or email Rick Harper at


6. Woody Plant Conference

Friday, July 21, 2017:  8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Mark your calendars for the 20th annual Woody Plant Conference at Swarthmore College. This popular day-long conference focuses on great woody plants for the Mid-Atlantic states and how to use them in the landscape. The conference is co-sponsored by Morris Arboretum, Chanticleer, Longwood Gardens, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, and Tyler Arboretum. The conference is geared to landscape professionals and avid amateur gardeners.

Some of the featured speakers include:

Nathan Erwin, Director of the Insect Zoo at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History will speak about plant pollination and some unlikely pollinators.

Tim Boland, Executive Director at Polly Hill Arboretum will discuss his experiences and goals for collecting woody plants in the U.S.

Peter Del Tredici, Senior Research Scientist Emeritus at Arnold Arboretum will focus on understanding the impacts of urbanization on plants in both native and designed landscapes.

CEUs: Continuing education units (CEUs) for PA and NJ landscape architects and International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborists will be available.

For more information and registration: 


7. Trees for All: Chesapeake Regional Environmental Justice Workshop

August 8-9, 2017

Patuxent National Wildlife Refuge, Laurel, MD

This two-day event will bring together diverse stakeholders working to retain and increase healthy tree canopy in their communities. In-depth panel discussions with national and regional speakers and interactive sessions will outline how to address challenges to sustained community engagement and barriers to establishing healthy community canopy. If you are invested in community trees in the Chesapeake Bay region - whether you work in government, a nonprofit, the private sector or contribute as a community volunteer - this workshop is designed to help you address environmental injustice as it relates to community trees.

This workshop is supported through a grant from the USDA Forest Service, and is hosted in partnership with Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DC Urban Forestry Administration, Prince George's County, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Cost: $25

View the agenda here:
For more information or to register, visit


8. ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course

Hosted by Penn-Del Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture

August 23-25, 2017

Dover, DE

The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.

The TRAQ course is a two-day educational course followed by a half day assessment that includes both a written and field component. Participants attending the course and successfully completing the TRAQ assessment receive the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.

ISA Member: $650
Non-ISA Member: $750
Registration fee includes workshop, the TRAQ manual and workbook, along with lunch and breaks during the two-day training.
Registration deadline: July 23, 2017
For more information and to register, visit or email Dave Ruyak at

Additional TRAQ courses will be offered by Penn-Del ISA in Philadelphia this fall and Pittsburgh in early 2018.


9. Tree Tenders Training

Join thousands of other concerned citizens like yourself. Become a Tree Tender and help increase tree canopy cover in your community. Tree Tenders® is a training program that empowers concerned residents to make dramatic strides towards restoring and caring for the tree canopy in their communities. The course is designed for lay people and experts alike. Become one of the Tree Tenders restoring and tending your part of the forest. Instruction is provided by DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry, in partnership with Penn State Extension, PHS, and other local urban forestry experts.

Tree Tenders training includes:

  • Tree Biology
  • Urban Stresses on Trees
  • Tree Identification
  • Tree Pruning and Root Care
  • Tree Planting Techniques
  • Community Organizing

Upcoming Tree Tenders Classes:

Pittsburgh area

Pittsburgh, PA
September 6, 13, and 20, 2017

Offered by Tree Pittsburgh
5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Register online at
For more information, contact Joe Stavish at or 412-781-8733

Southeastern PA

Media, PA
September 13, 20, and 27, 2017

Offered by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
6 PM – 9:15 PM
Register online at
For more information, call 215-988-1698

Warminster, PA

September 18 and 25, and October 2, 2017
Offered by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
6 PM – 9:15 PM
Register online at
For more information, call 215-988-1698

Philadelphia, PA

October 11, 18, and 25, 2017
Offered by Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
5:45 PM – 9 PM
Register online at
For more information, call 215-988-1698

10. Walk in Penn’s Woods

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Rural, urban and suburban woods, state and national forests and parks, municipal watersheds, conserved areas, private lands and industry in Pennsylvania’s 67 counties will hold open houses and guided woods walks showcasing the multiple values and diverse uses of the state’s priceless forest resources. A Walk in Penn’s Woods event may showcase management for wildlife or watersheds, exhibit the results of harvesting or planting, demonstrate the impacts of urban tree cover, showcase riparian buffers, offer children’s activities, or reveal the fascinating innards of a local sawmill.

Venues and hosts for walks are still needed in a number of counties. We especially invite you to participate by volunteering a venue, being a mentor, demonstrating a skill, or showcasing your stewardship!

Find more about the Walk in Penn’s Woods at or contact Allyson Brownlee Muth at 814-865-3208 or for additional information.

Community Trees listserv information:


Brian Wolyniak
Extension Urban Forester
(412) 482-3455

The Penn State Center Pittsburgh
Extension and Outreach
1435 Bedford Avenue, Suite A
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Julianne Schieffer
Extension Urban Forester
(610) 489-4315

Penn State Ecosystem Science &        Management
1015 Bridge Rd
Collegeville PA 19426