Diversity and Urban Forestry
A lesson in smart economics always includes diversity; diversity in resources, worker skills, products, vendors, and clients. Lessons in diversity for managers of urban forests and trees have ranged from cruel and unforgiving to a breath of fresh air and hope! Our landscapes with multiple tree species and a mix of young and old trees will continue to thrive while those dominated by only a few favorite trees will soon be starting over.
Job descriptions, duties, and required skills haven’t escaped the influence of diversity either. Successful arborists are not only skilled at pruning and removing trees, they have become skilled at diagnosing problems, in tree biomechanics and hazard tree identification, and at promoting their services through social media. Municipal urban foresters have become storm water managers, adept at conducting tree inventories and assessing
tree canopy cover, and educators.
Urban forests do not favor males to females, youthfulness to maturity, or one alma mater to the next. Look closely at this year’s program and how diversity is at every turn. Figure out how you can best use your time to redefine and diversify your professional skills, cultivate new friendships, and sustain old ones. And most of all, welcome back.
Minnesota Shade Tree Short Course, Chairperson
Department of Forest Resources
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
University of Minnesota
SESSION DESCRIPTIONS - 2015
The general sessions and track menus listed below enable you to choose sessions of interest from the many that are offered during the conference. Many courses provide information pertaining to multiple tracks. You do not have to stay within a track. Feel free to select sessions among any of the tracks that appeal to you. View a list of the 2015 Speakers.
General sessions are designed for everyone to attend. The sessions below will be offer once at the start of each day of the Short Course.
How to Know When to Cable Trees and What to Use,
Mark Chisholm, Aspen Tree Expert Company
This presentation is aimed to help you know when a tree can be cabled successfully and when it cannot. We will look at different types of systems and what is involved in using each.
Changing Climates...Changing Tree Species,
Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt and Son Company
Nancy will discuss her recommendations for tree species that are more likely to not just survive the progressively challenging urban landscape climates in the Midwest, but actually thrive and contribute.
Force of Impact Associated with Tree Failures: Characterizing Branch Failure Line Strikes,
John W. Goodfellow, consultant
Target strikes were simulated in a series of branch drop tests. Potential energy, kinetic energy, momentum transfer, and the force of impact on the target were calculated. This information can be used to assess the consequences of impact on targets such as overhead electric conductors, man-made structures, and potentially people.
To Your Good Health! Research about Trees and Wellness,
Kathy Wolf, University of Washington/USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station
Nearly 40 years of studies have explored the human health and wellness benefits provided by experiences of parks, gardens, trees, and green spaces in cities and towns. Highlights of this rich and diverse evidence base will be presented, as well as, what this means for policy and planning for trees.
The Evolution of Soils Concepts for Street Trees,
James Urban, FASLA
Prior to 1980 most street trees were planted into small holes and existing soil. Some trees were lucky and grew, while others declined. This lecture will review the evolution of ideas and the important requirements when designing spaces for city trees.
Diagnosing Long and Short-term Effects of Herbicides on Trees,
Hannah Mathers, horticultural research consultant
The conventional catastrophic injury symptoms normally associated with short-term herbicide use in diagnosing herbicide damage will be covered. However, the long-term role of certain pre- and post-emergence herbicides in chronic disorders such as disrupted acclimation, reduced hardiness, reduced nutrient uptake, and weakened tissue integrity, following repeated use near or on woody landscape plants, will also be presented.
Introductory sessions are most valuable for people just entering or re-entering the fields of arboriculture, urban forestry, or urban natural resource management. These sessions provide a sound foundation for understanding tree biology, tree I.D., diagnosing problems, soil science, and plant maintenance.
These courses go beyond the introductory courses in tree identification and problem diagnosis. They are all more technical and assume that the attendees have the basic experience and knowledge to appreciate the depth of the topics. In other words, they’re more challenging and require some background to fully appreciate them...and they’re worth it.+
MUNICIPAL FORESTRY SESSIONS
ADVANCED TECHNICAL SESSIONS
The advanced technical sessions are just that—advanced, technical, and challenging. These sessions require that attendees have a strong background in the science and technology of urban forestry and arboriculture. Not for the weak-hearted, but guaranteed to stretch your brain and get you thinking...hard!
COMMUNITY FORESTRY SESSIONS
Community forestry sessions are particularly valuable to those urban foresters who work in or with municipalities, nonprofit organizations, or agencies…the groups that work most directly with the public. These sessions offer a different perspective than the technical sessions and introduce the human factor into managing urban forests.
COMMERCIAL FORESTRY SESSIONS
UTILITY ARBORICULTURE SESSIONS