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

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

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Location: North Carolina
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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.

AUGUST 12-15, 2014 - The NCUFC will be hosting its 7th annual North Carolina Urban Forestry Conference, in Raleigh, NC.  The Keynote Speaker for the conference will be Dr. Dave Nowak.  Find out more and register 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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Are some trees adding to urban pollution? 7 Replies

As if urban forestry managers and tree planting coordinators didn't have enough to worry about when it comes to selecting the right tree species for plantings, we now have to worry that some trees actually ADD to air pollution!?  ACTrees cites a…Continue

Started by Jennifer D Rall. Last reply by Administrator on Wednesday.

Trees and Billboards

Just last week, I and a few others on an email list were sent an article about a new billboard in South America that can do the job of about 1,200 trees in its capacity to clean the air.  See the article…Continue

Started by Alan Moore May 12.

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Comment by Nancy Stairs yesterday

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

Comment by Alan Moore on May 27, 2014 at 10:25am

Next to mushrooms, the fungus Verticillium nonalfalfae may become one of my favorite fungi. Research from Penn State indicates that the fungus can kill tree-of-heaven.  See the article here.  Perhaps a tool in the toolbox for management of your urban forest?  More research is needed, and the article states this, to see if the fungus affects surrounding trees that are not ailanthus.

Comment by Alan Moore on May 20, 2014 at 10:22am

The adage about money not growing on trees no longer holds up.  Often, that adage is given as a reason for keeping the doors closed and not letting the air-conditioned cool air out of the house.  This article found in Newsweek highlights some of the tools used and the research being done to put a quantifiable dollar amount on the benefits that trees do provide.

While trees do not produce tangible dollar bills, the shade they provide can reduce the number of dollars being sent to the power company for keeping the air in the house cool.

Using i-Tree and citing research about the value of trees can demonstrate that trees in the urban environment are more than just mere adornment.  There is a dollar value for the shade, a dollar value for the air pollution reduction, a dollar value for the carbon sequestered, and a dollar value for the stormwater abated, all by trees.

 

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