Sarah AndersonProgram Coordinator, Alliance for Community Trees
Sarah is Program Coordinator at Alliance for Community Trees. She works with ACTrees members and partner organizations to coordinate tree plantings and facilitate the sharing of best practices amongst municipalities, local stakeholder groups, and tree nonprofits across the nation. Prior to joining ACTrees in fall 2011, Sarah studied Urban and Environmental Studies and Geographic Information , earning a Bachelor of Arts from University of Pittsburgh. In her free time, Sarah jams out to electronic music and is on a soul line dancing team.
Josh BehounekBusiness Developer/Urban Forester, Davey Resource Group
Josh Behounek is a regional consulting urban forester with the Davey Resource Group who focuses on assisting communities, nonprofits, commercial clients, and state agencies in the Midwest to proactively and sustainably manage their tree and other natural resources. Josh graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelor's in Forestry Resource Management, is a Certified Arborist Municipal Specialist, and a graduate of the Society of Municipal Arborist's Municipal Forester Institute.
Leslie BerckesProgram Manager and Field Coordinator, Trees Forever
Leslie Berckes works at Trees Forever, a non-profit that is highly active in starting, implementing, and sustaining community improvement projects. In her role at Trees Forever, Leslie serves as program manager for Spreading the Canopy – a program dedicated to making the connection between trees and green space and the positive effect these elements have on the health of individuals and communities. Based in Iowa, Trees Forever has programs and projects across both Iowa and Illinois and has produced award winning national education projects.
Jeffrey BergmanTreeVitalize Director, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Jeffrey Bergman, TreeVitalize Director at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, has been leading urban forestry projects in Pittsburgh since 2004. Projects include volunteer tree plantings, tree inventories, tree care events, and research, monitoring, and outreach efforts. In addition to his role as TreeVitalize Director, Jeffrey sits on the Board of Directors for Tree Pittsburgh and participates in the Urban Ecology Collaborative's Urban Forestry Working Group. His educational background includes degrees in Anthropology, Social Ecology, and Economic Development.
Cindy BlainCommunity Partnerships & Innovation Director, Sacramento Tree Foundation
Cindy Blain manages two public health projects: Green Prescription – a study of tree canopy impact on population health behaviors/outcomes, and Spreading the Canopy – a collaboration with Trees Forever to ensure trees and green space are fully embedded in healthy community initiatives. She is also engaged in community initiatives such as Breathe California's Health Effects Task Force and Sierra Health Foundation's Healthy Sacramento Coalition.
Steve BrownPresident, A & S Horticultural
Steve Brown has nearly thirty years production experience in horticulture. He currently works as a consultant and trainer in advanced production techniques as well as business management and strategic planning with previous speaking experience on multiple topics for the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association.
Lara BrowningProject Coordinator, Community Design Assistance Center
Lara Browning has served as Project Coordinator at the Community Design Assistance Center since 2012. She has extensive experience working with community groups and a passion for plant materials and the landscapes and cultures of the southern Appalachian mountains. Lara has several years of experience working in design firms. She has a MLA from University of Georgia and a B.A. from Wellesley College.
Nancy BuleyDirector of Communications, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
Nancy Buley is Director of Communications for J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., wholesale tree growers. A member of Garden Writers Association and the Society of Municipal Arborists, she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Horticulture from Oregon State University. A Lifetime Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, she was presented with the 2010 Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Professional Award. Nancy serves on the board of directors of Friends of Trees.
Lisa CeoffeCity Forester, City of Pittsburgh
Lisa Ceoffe is the City Forester for the City of Pittsburgh, the TreeVitalize Coordinator for the city, is a member of the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission, the Mayors Sustainability Commission, a current Board Member of Tree Pittsburgh, a Urban Master Plan Steering Committee Member, and a Professional Member of the ISA. Lisa held the position of the City's first Urban Forester, housed in City Planning and now oversees the city's Forestry Department.
Ed CesaDeputy Director - Wood Educaton and Resource Center, U.S. Forest Service, Northeastern Area
Ed Cesa has worked for the U.S. Forest Service for the last 23 years primarily as a forest products specialist. As the deputy director of the Wood Education and Resource Center, he has been involved with various urban wood utilization projects throughout the northeast and Midwest. He is co-author of the popular publication titled, “Recycling Municipal Trees: A Guide to Marketing Sawlogs from Street Tree Removals in Municipalities.”
Casey CombsSenior Plant Buyer, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Casey Combs is the Senior Plant Buyer at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. He is a ISA Certified Arborist and a Certified Municipal Arborist. He was the youngest recipient of the "True Professionals of Arboriculture" award from the International Society of Arborists. He has a degree in Environmental Forest Biology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and Syracuse University.
Theresa CrimminsPartnership & Outreach Coordinator, USA National Phenology Network
Theresa Crimmins coordinates partnerships and outreach communications for the USA National Phenology Network, an organization that serves science and society by promoting broad understanding of plant and animal phenology and its relationship with environmental change. Theresa has earned a B.S. in biology, an M.A. in geography and a Ph.D. in natural resources. Her research and personal interests encompass plant response to global change, spatial analysis, and engaging citizen scientists of all ages in scientific discovery.
Danielle CrumrineExecutive Director, Tree Pittsburgh
Danielle has worked in the Pittsburgh environmental community for over 10 years. In addition to serving as Tree Pittsburgh's Executive Director, she is a leader in the Urban Ecology Collaborative where she helped to lead such projects as MERGE: Methods to Engage Residents and Grassroots in the Environment and the Pittsburgh Green Forum. In 2011, Danielle was elected to the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Community Trees.
Dale Crutchfield is a graduate of Dabney S. Lancaster College with a degree in Forest Technology and has worked in the field of forestry in several capacities for Dominion Power for over 40 years. Dale is a past president of the Mid - Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture serving in several leadership roles. Dale also served on the American National Standards Institute Committee ANSI Z133 for 13 years working with industry professionals providing guidelines for safety in arboricultural practices and was recognized as the International Utility Arborist of the year in 2008 by the Utility Arborist Association. Dale is a certified arborist and currently works in the western area of Virginia as a Distribution Forestry Technical Consultant based in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Brian DierksCity Arborist/Beautification Specialist, City of Maitland, Florida
Brian Dierks currently is the Arborist/Beautification Specialist with the City of Maitland, Florida. Brian has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 1997. He has served as park construction manager, landscape plan reviewer/inspector, and park maintenance supervisor. He was Operations Manager for a high-end horticultural service company and an Owner/Operator of a landscape business. Brian has a degree in Landscape Development from SUNY Alfred A&T & he brings with him 35 yrs. experience in the field.
Abbie EisenhartProgram Manager, Disaster Recovery, Arbor Day Foundation
Abbie Eisenhart is the Program Manager for the Disaster Recovery program. She received a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in 2006. Abbie oversees development of strategic tree distributions and plantings in areas affected by disastrous events throughout the country. She cultivates relationships with state and urban foresters, assists in coordinating volunteer opportunities, and helps to oversee communications objectives and outreach for each Disaster Recovery campaign. She has been with the Foundation since February 2013.
Elizabeth ElbelNeighborhood Trees Specialist, Friends of Trees
Elizabeth Elbel has served as Neighborhood Trees Specialist for Friends of Trees for the past five years. She manages urban tree plantings and procures and manages the tree inventory for the street tree planting program. She holds a Bachelors of Arts from Mount Holyoke College and developed a background in agroforestry as a Natural Resource Facilitator with the United States Peace Corps.
Matthew ErbDirector of Urban Forestry, Tree Ptitsburgh
Matthew Erb, Director of Urban Forestry, manages Tree Pittsburgh's planting, stewardship and nursery programs. With the completion of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest Master Plan, he is focused on strategies for its implementation. Matt has a BS in Forestry from Penn State University, is an ISA Certified Arborist and was the first ISA Municipal Specialist in Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission and Vice President of PA Community Forestry Council.
Mollie FreilicherCommunity Action Forester, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
Mollie Freilicher is the Community Action Forester for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) where she provides support to municipalities and nonprofit organizations to increase their capacity for managing, protecting, and sustaining urban trees. Previously, she worked for DCR on the Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program in Worcester, where she initially assisted in the replanting. She is a certified arborist and holds a Master's Degree in Forest Resources from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
David Gamstetter is the Natural Resource Manager for the CPB where he manages the urban forestry, park forestry, park land management, and public greenspace program for the city of Cincinnati. He is an ISA Certified Arborist an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning where he teaches courses on Urban Forestry and Stormwater Management and has lead the development of projects that support Project Groundwork.
Kevin GiederChief Financial Officer, The Environmental Finance Collaborative
Kevin is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of The Environmental Finance Collaborative (EFC), an initiative that provides four Pittsburgh-based organizations (Construction Junction, GTECH, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and Tree Pittsburgh) with financial oversight, budgeting and business planning expertise, support for boards of directors and the adoption of best practices. Prior to joining EFC, Kevin spent 10 years with H.J. Heinz Company in senior finance roles and 7 years in audit with a local CPA firm. Additional presenter information (200 words) — Include presentation/topic experience, qualifications, to be used by programs advisory/selection committee.
Elizabeth GilboyDirector, Community Design Assistance Center
Elizabeth Gilboy has served as Director of the Community Design Assistance Center, an outreach center at Virginia Tech, since 1990. The Design Center assists communities and non-profit organizations in improving, the natural and built environments in the areas of landscape architecture, urban forestry, architecture, planning, and interior design. She has a MLA from Virginia Tech and a B.S. in Environmental Design from UMASS Amherst.
Maggie GrahamCommunications Coordinator, Tree Pittsburgh
Maggie Graham is the Communications Coordinator for Tree Pittsburgh, where she is responsible for managing all social media platforms and web communication. Prior to her work with Tree Pittsburgh, Maggie was a fellow with the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience, where she served as the Communications Coordinator at East Liberty Development, Inc. (a position she still holds today). She holds a BA in Communication and Sociology from Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pa.
Jay GrilesManager Distribution Forestry, Dominion Virginia Power
Jay is an Agricultural Engineer with over 30 years experience at Dominion Virginia Power working in several departments including Customer Service, Operations, Construction and Finance. He is presently the Manager of Distribution Forestry overseeing the vegetation management activity for 36,000 miles of distribution line located in the
urban crescent of Virginia and well as rural areas in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The varied landscape across the Dominion system coupled with the diverse makeup of the customers in Virginia's three major urban centers as well as multiple smaller cities, towns and counties, provide opportunities to partner in ways that preserve the safe, reliable, and economic delivery of electricity while providing arboriculture education and expanding urban forest.
Dr. J. Morgan Grove
Dr. J. Morgan Grove is a Social Ecologist and Team Leader for the USDA Forest Service's Baltimore Urban Field Station. Grove has worked in Baltimore since 1989 and has been a Co-Principal Investigator in the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES) since its beginning in 1997. BES is part of the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research program. Grove leads the social science team for BES, where his research focuses on long term dynamics of social institutions, land management, and watersheds. Grove is also lead for the Urban Tree Canopy Development team since 2006. The UTC suite includes tools for assessment, prioritization and market analysis. Grove was a dual major in Architecture and Studies in the Environment from Yale College (B.A.), a M.F.S. in Community Forestry from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a M. Phil. and Ph.D. in Social Ecology from Yale University. In 2001, for his work in Baltimore, Grove was the first social scientist in the U.S. Forest Service to every receive the President’s award for early career scientists.
Philip GruszkaDirector of Park Management and Maintenance, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
Mr. Philip J. Gruszka is currently the Director of Parks Management and Maintenance Policies for the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, a position he has held since December of 2002. His primary duties include; advising the Conservancy and the City's Department of Public Works on horticultural and ecological issues facing Pittsburgh's parks, and capital project management. Mr. Gruszka was the leader in developing a tree action plan for the City of Pittsburgh.
Sally Joe GuzikCommunity Partnerships & Volunteer Coordinator, Tree Pittsburgh
Sally Joe joined Tree Pittsburgh in 2008. Since then, she worked as their Program Assistant, Tree Care Assistant, Volunteer & Membership Coordinator, and Community Partnerships and Volunteer Coordinator. SallyJoe studied at Chatham College with focuses in Women's Studies, Latin American Studies, and Environmental Studies. Her passion is to create diversity within the environmental community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is active in Pittsburgh, also working as a doula, childcare provider, writer and Spanish tutor.
Dudley HartelCenter Manager, Urban Forestry South, Centers for Urban & Interface Forestry
Dudley R. Hartel holds a BS in Forest Management from Michigan State University (1973) and a Masters of Forest Management from Clemson University (1979). He is currently employed as Center Manager of Urban Forestry South (Athens, Georgia) which is one of three Urban & Community Forestry (U&CF) Technology Centers in the eastern US. Urban Forestry South provides technical program support for Region 8 U&CF coordinators & their programs.
Clifford HawkinsCommunity Development Coordinator, Alabama Forestry Commission
Clifford Hawkins is the acting Urban Forestry State Coordinator for the Alabama Forestry Commission, located in Montgomery, AL. His responsibilities include providing technical assistance to implement programs to help restore north Alabama communities damaged by the April 2011 tornadoes, ensure that Arbor Day Foundation programs are delivered to the communities throughout the state, as well as, manage contract-grown seedling to be dispersed in all Alabama communities. Upon his matriculation at Southern University A&M, he holds a BS in Urban Forestry and a minor in Agricultural Economics since 2006.
Jennifer Judd HinrichsConvener, Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition (SUFC)
Jennifer has served as the SUFC Convener – or jack of all trades – for five years. As convener, she manages SUFC operations and facilitates communication among SUFC members and a growing community of stakeholders interested in urban forestry and green infrastructure. Jennifer operates her consulting practice from Silver Spring, Maryland which is just close enough to Washington, DC to observe the action - or inaction. She has degrees from James Madison University and University of Illinois and over 20 years of experience in communications and non-profit/coalition management, many of them spent in the urban and community forestry community.
Greg InaVice President and General Manager of The Davey Institute, The Davey Tree Expert Company
Greg Ina manages The Davey Institute, the research and development division of The Davey Tree Expert Company. He is responsible for research and development, education and training, technical support for Davey operations, and environmental management programs. Greg holds leadership positions in numerous professional affiliates and green industry associations. He has a masters degree in GIS applications in Natural Resources from Kent State University.
Norah KatesGreen Cities Project Coordinator, Forterra
Norah Kates holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University with a concentration in Applied Ecology, and a certificate in volunteer management from Washington State University. As a Green Cities Project Coordinator at Forterra, she specializes in community engagement, volunteer management, and urban public natural resource planning. Norah has presented on volunteer recruitment and retention at the Society for Ecological Restoration - Northwest conference She also frequently presents program material to the public.
Beth LarryNational Program Leader for Urban Research, USDA Forest Service
Beth Larry is the national program lead for urban research at the U.S. Forest Service in Washington DC, where she brings Forest Service urban forestry and socio-ecological knowledge together to advance urban sustainability policy and practice. Beth has worked in the State & Private Forestry mission area of the Forest Service and in the Office of the Chief. Prior to her current position, she spent two years on special assignment to the USDA Office of the Secretary to help establish the Office of Environmental Markets. Beth received her Master of Forestry degree from Yale University and her B.A. from Bowdoin College. She has served as a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow, a Presidential Management Fellow, and an appointed member of the Society for American Foresters National Committee on World Forestry.
Michael LeffDavey Institute Ecosystem Services
Michael Leff serves on the Davey Institute Ecosystem Services team, based at the USFS Philadelphia Field Station, where he is leading the development of “Sustainable Urban Forestry Standards,” and guiding the Delaware River Urban Waters Federal Partnership. Previously, Michael was urban forestry program manager at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, watershed program manager at the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and land manager at Awbury Arboretum. He is president of the PA Urban & Community Forests Council.
Edith Makra is Chairperson of the Illinois EAB Wood Utilization Team and a founding member of the Urban Forest Products Alliance. She led Illinois' emerald ash borer readiness planning and helped secure significant resources for communities. Jessica Simon is a Natural Resources Specialist for the Southeast Michigan RC&D where the initial EAB infestation occurred. She has provided educational outreach to government officials and arborists, and has worked with the wood products industry to increase ash wood utilization.
Becca MeredithCommunity Engagement Associate, Forterra
Becca Meredith is a Community Engagement Associate in the Policy Department at Forterra working to engage diverse populations in building healthy, vibrant communities. She is also an active social justice community organizer in Seattle. Prior to working at Forterra she was the Program Manager at Washington Green Schools and a research ecologist working both nationally and internationally. Becca received her B.S. from Western Washington University and her M.S. from the University of Munich, Germany.
Oscar MestasRegional Urban Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service
Oscar Mestas is a Regional Urban Forester for Texas A&M Forest Service, since 1991. He is a MFI graduate, an ISA Certified Arborist, SMA Municipal liaison and Editor for the ISAT newsletter. Oscar received his BS in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University. He started his career in the wet humid climate of Houston and is now in the driest part of Texas. "Growing trees in the Chihuahuan desert is both rewarding & challenging".
Leland MilsteinProgram Director, Alliance for Community Trees
Leland Milstein is Program Director at Alliance for Community Trees, where he manages the national nonprofit organization's public programs including grants, tree planting, education, and the National NeighborWoods® Month campaign. Leland holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University.
Morgan MonacoDirector of MillionTreesNYC, NYC Parks
Morgan Monaco is the Director of MillionTreesNYC for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. MillionTreesNYC is a ten-year campaign to plant and care for one million new trees across New York City in partnership with the New York Restoration Project. Under her direction, the campaign has recruited thousands of volunteers to plant and care for new trees, as well as galvanized non-profit partners to collaborate on education, stewardship and job-training programs.
Christine MoskellPhD Student, Dept. of Natural Resources, Cornell University
Christine Moskell is a PhD student in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University. Christine has received an EPA Science to Achieve Results Graduate Fellowship that will support her dissertation research on the relationship between citizen participation in urban tree planting initiatives, and citizens' attitudes toward, and willingness to steward, newly planted trees. Prior to graduate school, Christine worked for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Syracuse, NY where she supervised urban forestry volunteers.
Donna M. Murphy
Donna Marie Murphy is a Landscape Architect with the US Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry who works with Federal, State, and regional watershed partnerships in the Mid-Atlantic States, Ohio, and the District of Columbia who are focusing on water quality and stormwater solutions that include trees, green infrastructure and forests. Donna also supports forest health efforts building regional cooperative invasive plant partnerships. She is an ISA Certified Arborist who has delivered Tree Risk Assessment Training throughout the Mid-Atlantic, worked for many years developing new tools and technologies for the urban forestry community, served on the i-Tree team and a wealth of experience in natural resource design and planning.
Colleen Murphy-Dunning is the Director of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology and has led the Urban Resources Initiative (URI) at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies since 1995. Through the URI program, Yale students learn community forestry methods while contributing to the neighborhoods of New Haven. She holds a B.S. in Public and Environmental Affairs from Indiana University, and a M.S. in Forestry from Humboldt State University.
Ashlee RansomForest Service Liaison Officer, USDA Forest Service
Ashlee Ransom is the USDA Forest Service Liaison at Southern University and A&M College. She began working as the liaison in September of 2012. She began her natural resource career with the USDA Forest Service in 2005. Prior to being a liaison, she worked as a Public Affairs Specialist, and a Program Specialist, specializing in partnership building and environmental education. Ashlee holds a Bachelor's Degree in Urban Forestry from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Kara ReeveManager, Community-Based Climate Adaptation, National Wildlife Federation
Kara Reeve manages NWF's Climate-Smart Communities program, which promotes the use of nature-based approaches to help communities be prepared for the impacts of climate change. Previously, she was the Technical Innovation Manager for ICLEI where she led the development and management of GHG protocols and mitigation, adaptation, and sustainability projects. Kara was also the Urban Sustainability Planner for the DC. Kara has a Master in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Gretchen RileyUrban Forestry Program Analyst, Texas Forest Service
Gretchen Riley, Urban Forestry Program Analyst for Texas A&M Forest Service, provides coordination and analysis of various urban forestry programs. She holds a Masters in Forestry from Texas A&M University and is an ISA Certified Arborist. She spent nine years as an ecological consultant in Florida, focusing on natural resource preservation and development mitigation. Gretchen is a folk artist and writer who likes to feature trees in various media.
Phillip Rodbell is program leader for Urban and Community Forestry in the U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Area, located near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He provides leadership in federally funded action to plant and improve community trees and forests in the Midwest, New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.
Alix RogstadUrban & Community Forestry Program Manager, Arizona State Forestry
Alix Rogstad is the UCF Program Lead for Arizona State Forestry; she works with partners to build healthy and sustainable communities by promoting urban forestry awareness and fostering local action. She has also worked in Germany and in Ireland on a variety of natural resource management issues. Alix holds a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University and a MS in Rangeland and Forest Management from the University of Arizona.
Lara Roman is a research ecologist with the UDSA Forest Service, Philadelphia Field Station. Lara’s research uses analytical approaches from demography and epidemiology to study the rates and risk factors of urban tree mortality. She recently completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley with field studies in Sacramento and Oakland. She also holds a bachelors in biology and masters in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gary SchwetzSenior Project Analyst, Delaware Center for Horticulture
Gary Schwetz directs program planning and guides the administration, promotion, interpretation and fiscal management of stormwater projects and activities for the Delaware Center for Horticulture. He works to develop contacts and communications with local agencies, municipalities and community groups. Gary has a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering and a Master's degree in Public Horticulture Administration. Brought up on a Midwest dairy farm, Gary relishes the opportunity to promote greening of the urban environment.
Jessica SimonNatural Resource Specialist, Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation & Development Council
Jessica Simon is a Natural Resources Specialist for the Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council in the region where the initial EAB infestation occurred. She has worked to address EAB on many fronts including research, training, and demonstrations of sanitation efforts, She has provided educational workshops to government officials and arborists and has worked with the wood products industry to increase utilization of ash wood from removed trees. Created the Ash Utilization Options website.
Pete SmithUrban Forestry Program Manager, Texas A&M Forest Service
Pete Smith serves as Urban Forestry Program Manager for the Texas A&M Forest Service in College Station, TX. A 25-year veteran of the agency, Pete oversees a staff of 10 urban foresters and a program that attempts to serve some 1,200 communities in Texas. He has led storm damage assessments and recovery efforts following Hurricanes Rita (2005) and Ike (2008), an ice storm in Texarkana (2000), and is currently supporting the Lost Pines Forest Recovery Campaign in Bastrop, TX, following a 2011 wildfire.
Matthew StephensDirector of Street Tree Planting, New York City Parks & Recreation
Matthew Stephens has worked at New York City Parks & Recreation for six years during which he led the development and management of Parks' innovative tree procurement program. As Director of Street Tree Planting, he currently leads planting efforts as part of the MillionTree initiative. Matthew received a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Illinois State University and a Master of Science in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware in the Longwood Graduate Program.
William SullivanProfessor of Landscape Architecture, Director of Sustainability and Health Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
William Sullivan gets to wake up every morning and do things he loves. He teaches about and conducts research on the health benefits from having regular exposure to trees. He and his colleagues have found that everyday contact with trees helps address some of the most pressing issues of our time: the strength of urban communities; levels of aggression, violence, and crime; and our capacity to pay attention. His most recent research deals with exposure to trees and reductions in stress levels.
Mary SweeneyProgram Manager, Arbor Day Foundation
Mary Sweeney is the Program Manager for the Arbor Day Foundation's Tree Campus USA program and Arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center. She received a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Spanish from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 2004 and is a Certified Arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture. Mary oversees university recruitment, development of strategic partnerships, and member engagement in volunteer opportunities throughout the country. She has been with the Foundation since 2008.
T. Davis SydnorProfessor Emeritus, School of Environment and Natural Resources
He was involved in the nursery in production, design and sales for ten years. Subsequently, he taught urban forestry related courses in horticulture and urban forestry since 1972 at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. He led Ohio's Shade Tree Evaluation Program for thirty years and has spoken to many public, industry and academic audiences. Topics include plant selection, establishment, and maintenance. He has street tree inventories defining environmental benefits for 20 communities.
Derek VanniceVice President, CN Utility Consulting
Derek Vannice is currently Vice President of CN Utility Consulting, Derek joined CNUC in 2011 after decades of success at two chief industry organizations, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the Utility Arborist Association (UAA). As ISA director of certification, he increased the program’s Certified Arborists from 2,000 to more than 26,000 in 50 countries. Concurrently, as UAA executive director, Vannice was responsible for many initiatives and programs that advanced the organization and industry in regard to reputation, technology and training. He served as the primary spokesman for the utility arboriculture industry and also provided expert testimony in regulatory hearings. Vannice was the 2008 recipient of the ISA Achievement Award and the 2011 recipient of the UAA President’s Award. Vannice holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry and a Master of Business Administration and has done independent consulting work with utilities and line clearance companies across North America. Derek is currently the Chair of the ROW Steward Council.
Scott WardPrincipal, Fifth Estate Communications
Scott Ward has nearly 25 years of professional experience in all aspects of communications, including strategic planning; advocacy communications; stakeholder outreach; graphic design and desktop publishing; and writing and editing; new media; social marketing; communications training; risk and crisis communications; national, regional and local media relations; message development and testing; event planning and marketing; and media buying. Ward frequently provides staff- and executive-level communications training, sit on panels, run workshops and conduct organizational capacity-building exercises. He is also an adjunct professor in the American University School of Communications and School of Public Affairs.
Kelly WashburnUrban & Community Forestry Program Manager, New Mexico State Forestry Division
Kelly Washburn is the Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager for the State of New Mexico Forestry Division in Santa Fe, NM. Ms. Washburn earned her Bachelor of Science in Forestry from Northern Arizona University. Ms. Washburn has worked in the urban and community forestry field since 2007, working in both the non-profit and state government sectors in New Mexico and Utah. Ms. Washburn is an ISA Certified Arborist.
Bruce WoodsDuquesne Light
Bruce Woods is employed by Duquesne Light, a Pittsburgh Pa. electric utility. Bruce is an ISA certified Arborist/ Utility Specialist, a Pennsylvania licensed pesticide applicator and has over 22 years experience in Vegetation Management. Bruce has served as a Board member for the Penn-Del chapter of the ISA. He is currently on the scholarship committee for the Penn-Del chapter of ISA. Very active in his community, Bruce has organized and participated in several Arbor Day tree planting events though out the Pittsburgh area.
Proposed Panel: Utility- Bruce Woods, Duquesne Light Public- State level Forestry Person Consulting- Mike Galvin, Sav-a-tree Nonprofit- Molly Wilson, Keep Indianapolis Beautiful Citizen Activists- Youth Tree Stewards from Tree Pittsburgh
Observing & Reporting Urban Tree Phenology: What's In It for Community Forestry Partners?
The observation and reporting of urban tree phenology (events like flowering, pollen release, fall leaf color) can be a tool for non-profit organizations to engage volunteers at a new level of participation (cerebral vs. physical), and equally important for professional municipal staff. This presentation will introduce you to the basics of phenology, discuss how this can benefit your volunteer or professional organization, and show you how to get started in your community.
Taking Initiative: Diversity and Inclusion in Urban Forestry
Urban Forestry impacts the most urbanized, dense, diverse places in America. Are you engaging the largest audience possible? Whether you are a utility forester, consulting arborist, nonprofit staff member, a government employee, we all are responsible for educating citizens about their urban forest. This panel discussion will cover successful diversity programming in public, private, and nonprofit sectors. From volunteers and customers to board members and shareholders, our organizations should reflect communities we serve- everyone!
Weathering the "Perfect Storm"
In 2010, emerald ash borer was detected 11 miles north of Pittsburgh, this same year the cities most "natural" park was confirmed with oak wilt disease. Park managers saw an unprecedented convergence of destructive insects and diseases. Without the right information and resources, mitigation efforts were hopeless in an economy that has the City challenged to fund the most basic functions of government.
Yard by Yard: Replanting After Asian Longhorned Beetle
Since the discovery of Asian longhorned beetle in Massachusetts in 2008, communities in Worcester County have lost over 32,000 trees, dramatically changing many neighborhoods. Since 2009, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has partnered with federal agencies and the Worcester Tree Initiative to replant trees, harnessing federal and state funding and developing a methodology for managing a large-scale tree planting program. This talk will cover hurdles, successes, and the lasting partnerships resulting from the replanting.
Collaboration, Science, and technology merge to improve water quality
In 2010 the Cincinnati Park Board (CPB) formed a partnership with the Metropolitan Sewer Department of Greater Cincinnati (MSDGC) to assist with the implementation of green solutions to meet the regulatory requirements of the consent decree using a triple bottom line approach. This presentation discusses how natural design solutions, BMPs, stormwater controls, and forests are being used to enhance green infrastructure and reduce stormwater flow on a watershed scale. The program is Project Groundwork.
Evaluating Ways to Encourage Residents to Water Street Trees
Ensuring that newly planted street trees are watered is a significant challenge for many urban forestry programs. This presentation will highlight a research and outreach project in Ithaca, NY that utilized innovative outreach methods to encourage residents to water trees planted by the city outside of their residence. We will present the results of an evaluation of this outreach that utilized biophysical data from the targeted trees, as well as feedback from residents.
Getting Started in Partnering: One Investor Owned Utility's Experience
I will discuss how we got ideas for partnering, how we made initial contacts, some successes and some dead ends. Additionally, I will share some benefits we have realized and some anticipated benefits. All this as I walk participants thorough the early stages of our partnering experience to where we are now, which is still early in the process.
USDA Forest Service and Southern University: Preparing Future Leaders in UrbanForestry and Natural Resources
For over 20 years, the USDA Forest Service has partnered with Southern University and A&M College. Southern University is an 1890 land grant institution, which became the first college in the nation to offer urban forestry as a degree program. The University was recently awarded an Educational Forest Grant to designate a "green space on campus" as the outdoor learning center for natural resource students. The program now offers degree at Masters and PhD levels.
Got Peace? Resolving tree disputes through mediation
It's never about the trees. When people fight about trees there are usually underlying issues that are driving the dispute. Through the collaborative process of mediation, the parties are able to get beneath their positions uncovering their respective needs and interests from which creative solutions can arise. Mediators, attorneys, and arborists partnering together are often able not only to help parties resolve their dispute, but empower parties to create solutions that better others' circumstances.
The arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center: A tool for online volunteer recruitment and management.
The arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center matches volunteers with local service opportunities in their community with a click of a button. Discover more about this new tool for volunteer management which allows for tracking volunteer hours, expanded exposure, sending automatic email reminders and includes educational resources. Learn best practices for online volunteer recruitment and engagement and hear success stories from non-profits and communities who have used the Volunteer Center to promote their volunteer events.
Disaster Recovery: Replanting After the Storm
This session is designed to walk attendees through potential strategies and next steps that can be utilized when leading tree planting efforts in their state following natural disasters. Attendees will hear from individuals who have successfully navigated the planning and execution phases of large scale distributions, community involvement and volunteerism, and media exposure. Attendees will be exposed to new ideas regarding how they can form partnerships with community groups, as they begin recovery efforts.
Trees: Climate -Smart Infrastructure for Cities and Towns
Climate change is amplifying natural hazards, threatening people and property and intensifying stresses on wildlife. Nature-based approaches to build resilience, like urban trees, provide natural protection from climate impacts. National Wildlife Federation and King County partnered to develop an on-line tool and guide that includes a forest health survey, descriptions of mitigation and adaptation benefits of trees, climate-smart actions to maintain tree canopies, and a GIS tool that shows land and forest characteristics of sites.
TreeVitalize Pittsburgh--Successful Urban Forestry through Partnerships
TreeVitalize Pittsburgh is a partnership led by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) and includes the City of Pittsburgh, Tree Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Parks Department, and the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. This panel presentation will cover the development of the program, how the program operates, successes and challenges, and lesson learned through implementing a large scale urban forestry program. The TreeVitalize Pittsburgh Director, the City Forester, and the Director of Tree Pittsburgh present.
Monitoring the Urban Forest: A National Network for Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships
New urban forest monitoring protocols have been developed by a national network of non-profits, municipal arborists, researchers, and students. This partnership was formed following a survey of local urban forestry organizations across the US that already collect monitoring data. Suggestions from survey respondents formed our guiding principles, to ensure that protocols meet the needs of users. We discuss how these standards can be implemented by local organizations, and how researchers can assist with data analysis.
State of the Union Address: The Future and Current State of the Tree Nursery Industr
We will be discussing the current and future states of the tree nursery industry. Because of economic hardships, many nurseries have cut back on planting out liners, pruning cycles, maintenance, or gone out of business all together. The next few years will see new challenges in finding the quality trees we are used to planting in our cities and municipalities. We will discuss what to expect and look for to ensure plantings continue to thrive.
Southwestern Urban Forests – Air Quality & Beyond: A Multi-State i-Tree EcoProject Case Study
This presentation will provide an overview of a case study of the "Southwestern Forests – Air Quality and Beyond" urban forestry ecosystems services assessment project, a multi-state, multi-region collaboration of the New Mexico, Texas and Arizona State Urban Forestry Programs. This project utilized i-Tree Eco to capture baseline data that would be used to assist communities to develop municipal and regional planning goals and implement strategies that address regional attainment of federal air quality standards.
Started from the Bottom, Now We're Here: Building Long-Lasting Volunteer Programs through Community Partnerships
Urban forestry non-profits are often small-staffed and volunteer dependent. This panel will address the needs of grassroots level planning: how to acquire, manage and track volunteer progress from 1 to 2,000+ volunteers. Attendees will discuss options of partnerships within their community and the ACTrees member community. Attendees are encouraged to discuss a communication method for ACTrees volunteer coordinator members to share best-practices in regards to community partnerships and volunteer coordinating.
Social Media: Beyond the Basics
Your organization has a Facebook and a Twitter account. Now what? In this session, learn about what comes next: setting and tracking goals, increasing your engagement with followers and fans, and some tools to better manage your burgeoning social media presence. Attendees will leave the presentation armed and ready to manage and improve social media to better communicate your organization's mission across all audiences.
A Real Model of Collaboration: The Shared Chief Financial Officer
The Environmental Finance Collaborative is an innovative collaborative model that allows four organizations to share a Chief Financial Officer. This panel will consist of Executive Directors of two of the four member organizations as well as the CFO. The objective will be to introduce this model of collaboration, review the mechanics of its operations & sustainability plan, highlight successes and lessons learned and provide criteria for what type of organization can benefit from this model. Additional Presentation description (200 words) — To be used by program development committee in consideration of your proposal.
You Can't Always Get What You Want: Seeking, and Achieving, Urban Forest SpeciesDiversity
Identifying and procuring a healthy and diverse mix of urban adapted trees is a challenge for cities of all sizes. Discover how Oregon's Friends of Trees forecasts planting needs and partners with local growers to achieve species diversity. Learn how New York City has raised tree diversity standards by developing collaborative, multi-year procurement relationships with nurseries. Goals include providing long term species diversity modeling while challenging the status quo of 10-20-30 species diversity goals.
No Budget? No Problem! No cost promotional media that gets the word out
Got a message you want to promote and no budget to hire professionals? You already use facebook and twitter, but are searching for a platform that can go viral. Add YouTube to your list of promotional media and forget about hiring professional videographers. This presentation introduces a no to low cost text-to-video tool that allows you to create catchy little videos with just internet access and a script.
Sustainability Starts at the Tree Farm
Urban tree planting sites are very demanding on tree root systems. A tree's wind resistance, its ability to live in small soil volumes and establish after planting, are all connected to a tree having efficient, quality root systems. While a lot of education has been done to improve site conditions to provide good rooting environments, what about the quality of roots you purchase? Current research on nursery production methods has improved root quality and distribution.
Pittsburgh's Urban Forest Master Plan: A Road Map for the Effective Management ofthe Urban Forest
An Urban Forest Master Plan is a road map, providing detailed information, recommendations and resources needed to effectively and proactively manage and grow a city's tree canopy. More importantly it provides a shared vision for the future of the urban forest to inspire and engage stakeholders in the care and protection of trees. Matt and Josh will provide an overview of the urban forest master planning process, from conception to fundraising to roll out.
The MillionTreesNYC TreeLC Program: Growing the Connection between People and Trees
MillionTreesNYC is a public-private initiative with the goal of planting and caring for one million new trees in New York City by 2017. Equally important as reaching our planting goal, is establishing a sustainable program for caring for newly planted trees over the long-term. Through a multidimensional approach, the TreeLC Tree Care program engages, educates and empowers volunteers to take ownership and become leaders of tree care in their communities, expanding the initiative's capacity.
Lessons Learned in Engaging Diverse Communities in Urban Forest Restoration
Increasing diversity and fostering equity and inclusion are challenges common to many environmental programs. Healthy urban forests can benefit everyone, and we need everyone's help to care for them, but some voices have historically not been included. The Green Redmond Partnership in Washington presents an example of meeting these challenges head-on though program assessment, relationship-building, and working with youth to bring the rest of the community in. This presentation is for organizations just beginning this work.
Overview of the Urban Wood Utilization Markets, Obstacles and Opportunities from a State and Regional Perspective
The issue of urban wood disposal has become more pressing in the midwest in recent years due to unprecedented tree losses from EAB. This, coupled with growing public support for sustainability, has increased momentum for the effort to reclaim useful products from felled trees. The presentation will cover effective partnerships necessary to develop urban wood utilization plans, involving local and state governmental agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and academia working together.
A Community Tree Nursery Case Study
Tree Pittsburgh staff will share a case study of their community tree nursery where thousands of seedlings grow for restoration tree plantings across the City. Learn how species are chosen to grow and seed stock is selected and collected by volunteers and how the nursery operates. Staff will also share how education program has been adapted to capitalize on the nursery space and how volunteers are engaged in tree propagation.
Stormwater and Trees
The City of Wilmington has commissioned a feasibility study to identify projects to address burdens on the City sewer system with green infrastructure. Through a collaboration of municipal and community-based organizations, Wilmington is addressing a multi-million dollar CSO issues with tree solutions including working on recognition credit for tree canopy by the states regulatory agency. TheDCH has joined in a cooperative effort to facilitate community involvement stormwater solutions through citizen stewardship.
Assessing Commodity Values of the Urban Forest
Sophisticated urban forest assessments describe critical benefits derived from urban forests, yet these tools have not yet incorporated standard protocols to measure commodity values such as timber and biofuels. We will describe a pioneering “urban timber cruise” that assessed timber resources in the greater Ann Arbor, Michigan area and another study in Chicago that collected urban timber data in conjunction with a regional i-Tree study. Results of a study that measured the carbon storage potential of
Community Trees, Community Nutrition: Urban Forestry and Neighborhood Food Security
Popular demand for planting fruit and nut trees has surged in cities across the country in the last few years, and local organizations are taking advantage of this new public interest in trees. Fruit trees can pose challenges for urban forest managers, but they also represent an enormous opportunity for creating healthier, greener communities. This panel will discuss the benefits and obstacles of urban fruit trees, and present successful models of growing community food forests.
The Newest Health Care Coverage: Tree Canopy
The urban forest is the green anchor of the built environment. New studies increasingly prove the impact of a healthy built environment on population health. Sacramento Tree Foundation and Trees Forever have two unique public health projects aimed at leveraging the relationship between the urban forest, population health and the health sector. Learn the results of research on the association of tree canopy with health behaviors/outcomes and new ways to partner with health organizations.
How Can We Incorporate Considerations of Trees and Environmental Benefits intoCommunity and Site Development Planning?
Developers often clear cut any existing vegetation on a site before development begins and replant later with 2-inch trees. Considering which trees to retain, evaluating some of the commonly overlooked development costs, and determining future environmental benefits that would be lost can lead to a more environmentally responsible development. Additionally recovering, deferring or retaining benefits may lower initial development costs as well as long term living and maintenance expenses.
Tree and Utility Conflicts: The Problem with Putting Bull Mastiffs in Hot Pink Purse
Tree and utility line conflicts are prevalent across the state of West Virginia, as well as most of the country. Every year, tree and utility conflicts result in power outages, injuries, forest fires, poor tree care practices (which lead to hazard trees) and billions of dollars spent annually in tree trimming for utility clearance. WV Division of Forestry is cooperating with utility companies state-wide to mitigate these conflicts through public outreach and tree replacement programs.
Urban Forestry as a Means of Fostering Economic Development and Environmental Health in the Coal Regions of Kentucky and Virginia
This presentation looks at a partnership between two state forestry agencies and a university and how that partnership can assist underserved communities in the coal regions of southeastern, Kentucky and southwestern, Virginia.