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North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS) and North Carolina Urban Forestry Council (NCUFC)

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Website: NCUFC - http://www.ncufc.org/

Website: NCFS -  http://ncforestservice.gov/Urban/Urban_Forestry.htm

Website: http://www.americangrove.org/nc
Location: North Carolina
Members: 61
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EDUCATION AND WORKSHOP PROVIDERS

The North Carolina Urban Forest Council sponsors educational workshops across the state and the state Urban Forestry conference (members get a discount to events).  Check out its events here.

NC Cooperative Extension is a statewide program through NC State University with a presence in every county, providing expertise on a variety of topics as well as workshops and events.  You can find a complete list of events here, where you can also search by county.

 

The NC Native Plant Society is a volunteer organization with chapters in various locations.  Besides being a good source of information on native species choices, they are also quite active with various fieldtrips and events listed here.

 

Alliance for Community Trees is a national organization focused on urban trees and is a great resource for information.  It also keeps an up-to-date list of big events across the country here.

 

The Forestry & Environmental Outreach Program is based at NC State University and presents a variety of programs to a broad audience, from professionals to teachers, landowners and others.  The upcoming events are listed here.

 

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Mountain State Fair Starts Friday

The NC Mountain State Fair starts this Friday, September 5th, and runs through September 14th.  Check out the Web site for more information and while at the fair stop…Continue

Started by Alan Moore 17 hours ago.

NC Urban Forest Council announces 2 September workshops

Good morning, the NC Urban Forest Council is excited to announce two workshop opportunities in September. Education credits are available for both workshops, visit us online to register today (www.ncufc.org)High…Continue

Started by Eric Muecke on Thursday.

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Comment by Eric Muecke on Thursday

From High Country News...

How much money is a healthy ecosystem worth?

For the 95,000 or so people in and around Bellingham, Washington, the water bill they pay every other month includes a charge called the “watershed acquisition fee.” It’s currently $24.81 per bill, and the city uses this money to strategically purchase land to protect Lake Whatcom and its watershed—the source of the city’s water supply. Since the project’s inception in 2002, the city has used taxpayer dollars to purchase roughly 1,700 acres, mostly from private property owners. If need be, city crews and volunteers clean up the parcels, then replant native forests, which in turn reduce pollution.

To continue reading visit the website here:

https://www.hcn.org/blogs/goat/the-dollar-sign-in-nature

Comment by Eric Muecke on August 6, 2014 at 8:59am

As tree people, we are all aware that there are many tree myths out there...  Should I put Listerine on a pruning cut?  Will copper nails kill a tree?  Does beating an apple tree with a broom lead to more apples?  Well, the good news is that Linda Chalker-Scott of Washington State University has captured and compiled some of these myths.  The main website is available here.  For specific information on tree myths click here.

Comment by Nancy Stairs on July 28, 2014 at 8:35am

We know that properly pruned and maintained trees can withstand weather events with less breakage and damage.  But the luxury of the time and attention it takes to correctly prune is generally not a factor in utility pruning.  Researchers in CT are looking at how trees are exposed to wind along utility corridors and how pruning and removal could be better applied.

http://wnpr.org/post/can-science-develop-stronger-trees-connecticut

 

Comment by Nancy Stairs on July 21, 2014 at 2:54pm

Don't forget to register for the Urban Forestry Conference in Raleigh Aug 12-15.  A pre-conference tour, 2 days of educational sessions and trade show and a field day at the J.C Raulston Arboretum - all or pick and choose your days.

 

The theme: No Urban Forest is Safe from a Changing Climate: Are You Prepared f...

Comment by Jennifer D Rall on July 14, 2014 at 9:05am

Second Silent Spring? Bird Declines Linked to Popular Pesticides

Pesticides don't just kill pests. New research out of the Netherlands provides compelling evidence linking a widely used class of insecticides to population declines across 14 species of birds.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140709-birds-insect...

Comment by Nancy Stairs on July 7, 2014 at 9:18am

The EPAs approval of a new insecticide, cyantraniliprole, has resulted in a lawsuit and broad concern by some groups.  The insecticide is in a class of chemicals harmful to non-target insects (highly toxic to bees) and is also toxic to mammals, fish, and plants along with its targeted invertebrates.  This EPA approval did not include consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife or National Marine Fisheries.

This has a number of groups concerned with what they consider to be insufficient study and information on the effects of the chemical and the extent of approved uses: fruits and vegetables, oilseeds, greenhouse ornamentals and outdoor ornamentals.  It can be applied as a seed treatment, foliar spray or as a soil drench on tree fruit, tree nut and bushberry crops, and greenhouse and outdoor ornamentals.

Produced by Syngenta, various product formulation names may include: Cyazypyr, Cyantraniliprole, Verimark, Benevia, Lumiderm, Exirel, Minecto Duo, Mainspring and Fortenza.  Some formulations include a neonicotinoid checmical which is already identified as contributing to bee colony collapse.

Some information about the issue can be found here:

The Center for Food Safety

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Comment by Nancy Stairs on July 1, 2014 at 3:08pm

Would you like to learn more about urban forestry?  The eLearn website offers free learning modules for urban forestry beginners and for people who work in and around urban landscapes.  The modules are free and are divided into short chapters.  Take a look at: eLearn Urban Forestry

Comment by Nancy Stairs on June 18, 2014 at 9:50am

As a reminder about proper tree planting, this video from Penn Hort also includes the latest recommendations for trimming the root ball of container stock prior to planting.  Research has shown that better root growth and reduced likelihood of girdling roots result when this step is added.  container tree planting

Comment by Jennifer D Rall on June 9, 2014 at 10:14am

ACT NOW TO RECEIVE EARLY REGISTRATION RATE FOR THE 2014 URBAN FORESTRY CONFERENCE!

The NC Urban Forest Council's annual Urban Forestry Conference will be held in Raleigh on August 12-14, 2014.  Member registration for all days is $140 and non-member registration is $170.  Registrations received as of June 9, 2014 will be considered early registration.  Register for the conference at: http://www.ncufc.org/conference.php

Comment by Jennifer D Rall on June 4, 2014 at 9:30am

NEMO Rain Garden App Now Available for iPhone and Android

The Connecticut Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) program offers a smart phone app for both iPhones and Android devices that is designed to help homeowners and contrac­tors design, install, and maintain rain gardens. NEMO’s “Rain Garden App” leads a user through the proper siting, sizing, construction, planting, and maintenance of a rain garden. It includes tools to help the user determine the proper size of the garden, find out about local soil conditions, estimate the price of construction, and customize a plant list that will delight the eye while soaking up stormwater. In addition, the app includes six short video segments explaining various aspects of rain garden care and feeding. The imagery and plants are currently specific to Connecticut, but the designers are developing a national version that will have extensive databases for each area of the country.

http://nemo.uconn.edu/tools/app/raingarden.htm

 

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