Charlotte, North Carolina

November 5-6, 2014

ACTrees Day 2014 – Restoring Communities: Trees for People, Wildlife and Landscapes


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


Event Info

Science and practice show that restoring nature to cities creates healthier habitats for people and wildlife while also enhancing aesthetic beauty, environmental quality, social cohesion and economic vitality. Using cross-sector partnerships and innovative programs, ACTrees member organizations are restoring trees and green infrastructure to urban areas—and reaping the benefits.

Join us for ACTrees Day 2014 to learn how creative local organizations are embracing the concept of restoring nature to cities, racking up remarkable results for their communities and their organizations.

The agenda is a blend of plenary presentations and breakout sessions. Registration cost includes breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks and luncheon with keynote speaker.

Registration Fees

ACTrees Member Rate: $125
ACTrees Friend Rate: $175

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Monday November 3, 2014

  • 12:30–7:30 p.m. Bartlett Tree Research Tour & Reception Pre-Conference Event (separate registration/fee required)

    Registration for this event is limited to ACTrees Members who are also registered for ACTrees Day, November 4.

    Capacity is limited—register early! Each registration includes transportation to/from the hotel, private tour and reception with hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

    A private coach will pick up guests registered for this event at the Westin hotel at 12:30 p.m. and leave the research lab at 7:30 p.m.

    Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory is home to an incredible and diverse arboretum, which serves as research grounds and outdoor classroom for a variety of tree and arboricultural research. Staffed with scientists in fields such as plant pathology, entomology and botany, the labs advise company arborists on the latest advances in arboriculture for the benefit of their customers.

    Highlights of the tour include:

    • Descriptions of some of the more than 2,000 species and cultivars of woody plants in the Arboretum and discussions of underutilized species that have potential for landscape and street tree planting.
    • Discussions and examples of pruning techniques including reduction, thinning, raising, cleaning and restoration, along with a variety of specialty systems. Other onsite research plots demonstrate the use of growth regulators to manage trees near utility lines.
    • Walk to research plots demonstrating planting containerized trees and methods to improve long-term survival and stability.
    • Research demonstrations on the interaction between sidewalks and tree roots, including sidewalk construction techniques that delay or prevent impact of roots on sidewalks.

    The tour will be led by Bartlett staff and will be followed by time for ACTrees members to independently explore the grounds.

    Afterward, enjoy a private reception which includes hors d'oeuvres and drinks with Bartlett Lab staff, ACTrees Board members and staff and fellow ACTrees members on the patio and in the foyer and dining room of the Research Center.

    Eric Rutkow, author of American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation is invited to join us for this event.  ACTrees is planning to have his book available for purchase during the reception, and Eric will personally autograph them. Eric Rutkow is the Luncheon speaker on Tuesday, during ACTrees Day.

    After the reception, the coach leaves for the hotel at 7:30 p.m.

    ACTrees Member Rate: $45

Tuesday November 4, 2014

  • 8:00–8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:30– 10:00 a.m. Welcome & ACTrees Business
  • 10:00–10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:15–10:45 a.m. Tree Care Roundtable
    Extend Your Resources With Volunteers Beth Corrigan, Community Trees Program Coordinator, The Morton Arboretum
    You Wouldn’t Tell a 3-year-old to Move Out and Get a Job: The Unfair Burden We Put on Young Trees Blake Watkins, Tree Care Coordinator, Friends of the Urban Forest
    Neighborhood Level Planning for Urban Forestry Initiatives Jen Kullgren, Community Forester, Tree Pittsburgh
    Fundraising: Plant All Day, Party All Night Anna Dooley, Executive Director, Greenscape of Jacksonville
  • 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Engaging Diverse Communities Panel
    Growing Deep Roots in a Historically Underserved Neighborhood Owen George, President, Trees NC
    Growing One Park: Structuring Programs to Engage Diverse Community Members in Urban Forestry and Greening Valerie Rupp, Assistant Director of Community Greening & Great Parks Programs, Parks & People Foundation
    Connecting with New Communities: TreePeople’s Experience in Underserved Neighborhoods Rachel Malarich, Forestry Senior Manager, TreePeople
    Working With Urban Youth in Community Forestry Sue MacQueen, Executive Director, UC Green
  • 12:00–1:15 p.m. Lunch with Special Guest Speaker Eric Rutkow Providence Ballroom — 1st Floor

    Eric Rutkow is renowned as a “promising young historian.” His first book, American Canopy: Trees, Forests, And the Making of a Nation, tells the extraordinary story of the relationship between Americans and trees across the entire span of the nation’s history. Like bestsellers Second Nature from Michael Pollan and Cod by Mark Kurlansky, Rutkow reconceives America’s historical relationship with the trees and forests that shaped the development of the nation. Have your copy of American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation signed by Eric after the presentation. Copies will be available for purchase.

  • 1:15–1:45 p.m. Community Groves Roundtable
    Small Trees, Big Flavor: Fruit Tree Growing in Cities and Backyards Sam Bishop, Director of Education, Trees New York
    Fruit for Families Anne Fenkner, Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, Sacramento Tree Foundation
    Local to Regional Partnership Why Your City Government Needs You: Advocating at the Local Level Lee Mueller, Program Director, Urban Forest Project, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks & Dotti Clune, Chair, Grand Rapids Urban Forestry Committee
    Green City Partnerships: Building a Regional Network to Restore and Maintain Urban Forests and Natural Areas Jennifer Chang & Andrea Mojzak, Green Cities Project Managers, Forterra
    Trees and People: Assessing Urban Greening Organizations’ Neighborhood Tree Planting Program Outcomes – An Interactive Session with Researchers Burney Fischer, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, School of Public & Environmental Affairs; Co-Director, Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University
  • 2:00–3:00 p.m. The Need for Trees! A Workshop on National Urban Forest Research Planning Kathleen Wolf, Ph.D., Research Social Scientist, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington
  • 3:00–3:15 p.m. Break
  • 3:15–4:00 p.m. Trees, Trails and Wildlife Corridors Greg Levine, Co-Executive Director and Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta
    Drought Busters—Using Roadside Barriers and Working with Municipal Partners to Respond to LA’s Water Woes Torin Dunnavant, Senior Manager, Community Engagement, TreePeople
    Urban Forests as Citizen Science Laboratories Stephanie Juchs, Community Education Coordinator & Dr. Jessica Sanders, Director of Technical Services and Research, Casey Trees
    Greening Minneapolis Through Strategic Partnerships Karen Zumach, Community Forestry Manager, Tree Trust
  • 4:00–4:30 p.m. Closing