Webinar: A Call to Action for Ash Tree Conservation and Resistance Breeding
Kathleen Knight, USDA Forest Service
Jennifer Koch, USDA Forest Service
Jonathan Rosenthal, Ecological Research Institute
Ash tree species in North America are under mortal threat from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), now in 35 states and five Canadian provinces. There are ongoing efforts to conserve this native tree species by producing genetically diverse, resistant seedlings suitable for restoring ash on the landscape. Identifying “lingering ash” is a critical component of amplifying these efforts, and this presentation will explain the narrow window of time in which urgent actions are needed to discover and preserve these individuals. Once identified, these trees can be replicated through grafting for further testing. Trees that are shown to have some level of resistance can be used as parents in conservation breeding programs. Drs. Kathleen Knight and Jennifer Koch of the USDA Forest Service will review EAB and ash tree mortality from an ecological perspective and report on the breeding program and latest results. Jonathan Rosenthal of the Ecological Research Institute will share a model training program, based on their results, to find and collect materials critical for breeding resistance into the ash tree population.
For more information, contact: Rick Harper, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Urban Forestry Today 2020 Webcast Series is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, University of Massachusetts Extension, and the Massachusetts Tree Wardens' & Foresters' Association.
July 23, 2019 - 10:00am
Webinar: Managing Forests with Birds in Mind
On-the-ground actions by landowners are key to the conservation of forest birds. Learn what you can do on your own property by registering today for the next Woods, Wildlife and Warblers webinar at 10 am on July 23!
Wildlife habitat remains one of the main reasons that many people own land. Questions about how to actually go about creating or maintaining great habitat for birds and other wildlife are often on landowner’s minds. What are birds looking for in my woods? Is wildlife habitat compatible with other things I want to do in the forest? What in the world is an expanding gap irregular shelterwood? The list goes on and on.
For over a decade Audubon Vermont has been assisting landowners in thinking about how to incorporate consideration of birds and their habitat needs into forest management. Steve Hagenbuch, Audubon Vermont’s Forest Bird Conservation Biologist, will guide us through the process of understanding the habitat needs of birds, management techniques that help provide those needs, and other forest health benefits to management with birds in mind.
Webinar: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for Community Trees
Trees provide many benefits - they reduce greenhouse gases, act as natural air conditioners, and serve as homes for wildlife. Keeping trees healthy and free from pests using integrated pest management (IPM) is a delicate science of both understanding tree species and the pests that are harming them.
Join EPA on May 14, 2019, for a webinar that will provide information on common symptoms of unhealthy trees and IPM-based options for treating the issues and managing the various pests.
Pamela Zipse of Rutgers University and Dr. Marcia Anderson of EPA’s Center for IPM will discuss strategies specifically geared to protecting trees against pests including gypsy moth, codling moth, eastern tent caterpillar, and spruce spider mites. E
PA is committed to protecting the privacy and security of the information it holds. By clicking the “Register” button below, you agree to receive emails from EPA regarding this webinar. In addition, you consent to allow EPA to use your information, in aggregate, to report on webinar attendance and participant demographics. EPA will not share your information with any outside entities
Webinar: Forest Management 101: An Introductory Guide to Completing a Successful Timber Harvest on Your Land.
Are you a woodland owner? If you would like to learn more about timber harvests, this webinar is for you!
Presented by Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester, this webinar will provide an overview of considerations related to active forest management, from planning to implementation and follow-up. The goal for this presentation is to give landowners and laypeople an introductory understanding of the factors involved in planning and implementing a successful timber harvest. Topics will include: planning and preparing for the harvest, understanding timber sale contracts and laying out and closing out the harvest.
The webinar is hosted by Woods, Wildlife and Warblers. It is free to attend, but registration is required.
Webinar: The Salt Dilemma: Growing Better Urban Trees in Northern Climates
TreeFund Webinar Series
Can urban trees and city winter weather protocols peacefully co-exist? Join us for a discussion of the latest research findings related to successfully growing trees under these conditions. Dr. Andrew Millward will walk us through his investigation of the surprising decline and mortality of trees planted using soil cells in a recent urban revitalization project in Toronto. While the research findings pointed to salt, there were a number of other factors. The project opened a discussion about changes to the way we design and manage urban trees. Adam Nicklin will offer options to reduce salt damage to trees, and talk about the role landscape architects can play in helping the urban canopy thrive.
Emerald Ash Borer Preparedness & Management for VT Communities
Emerald ash borer (EAB) was confirmed in northern Orange Country in February 2018. This webinar will focus on the resources available and steps your town can take to reduce the impact of EAB when it reaches your community. Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program staff will provide an EAB update and Geoff Beyer, tree warden and Parks & Trees Director for the City of Montpelier, will discuss their planning process and strategies for EAB management. We will also be joined by Andy Hillman from the Davey Resource Group, who has worked with a number of New York communities of various sizes to manage for EAB and will share his experiences and lessons learned. This webinar is intended for municipal staff, Selectboard members, Conservation Commission and Tree Committee members, and anyone else engaged in planning for EAB at the local level.
Webinar: Urban Wood Utilization: Options and Alternatives
With the presence of invasive insects and urban tree decline and mortality, there is much concern related to the large volume of wood that may be generated as a result of tree removals.
Join Sean Mahoney, Wood Utilization Forester, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in the second of this two-part series, as he outlines the options and practices communities and professionals may consider when it comes to capitalizing on their urban wood resources.
These broadcasts are free and will each offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit. For those who are unavailable to attend the live broadcasts, sessions will be archived in the "videos" section at www.urbanforestrytoday.org.