October 2016 DCR Citizen Forester Newsletter

  • October 2016 DCR Citizen Forester Newsletter

  • Mollie Freilicher

    Organizer
    October 5, 2016 at 2:34 pm

     

     

    October 2016, No. 195

     

    What is in this issue:

    National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) 10-Year Action Plan
    Species Spotlight: Fragrant epaulette tree, Pterostyrax hispidus
    Tree Steward Training Registration
    DCR Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant
    Webinars, Upcoming Conferences, News, Events, and more!

    Download a fully formatted, high-quality PDF of this issue here (2MB) or a lower-resolution version here (0.5MB).

    National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) 10-Year Action Plan

    The National Ten-Year Urban and Community Forestry Action Plan is developed by and for the urban forestry community. The plan’s purpose is to expand awareness of the benefits that our urban forests, including green infrastructure, provide to communities throughout the nation, and to increase investments in these urban forest resources for the benefit of current and future generations. The plan provides specific goals, actions, and recommendations for improving the status of urban and community forestry for the United States and its territories.

    The plan also identifies research needs, messaging and communications needs, and innovative funding and collaborative opportunities for urban forestry initiatives. Notably, this plan also serves as a framework for funding and recommending priorities developed by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) for the U.S. Forest Service’s National Urban and Community Forestry program and National Challenge Cost Share Grants. The urban forestry community, including the Forest Service and other applicable Federal agencies, are to use the Action Plan as a guide to implement and expand urban and community forestry for the next ten years.

    Summary of the 2016-2026 Plan
    Plan Vision
    : Urban and Community Forests Increase Sustainability, Wellness, and Resilience in All Communities.

    Plan Mission: Help All Communities Create Urban and Community Forests that are Diverse, Healthy, and Accessible for All Citizens.

    Overarching Principles
    1. Advance health and wellness of forests, ecosystems, and people.
    2. Maximize community and ecosystem sustainability.
    3. Build community and natural ecosystem resilience.

    Goal 1: Planning
    1. Integrate Urban and Community Forestry Into all Scales of Planning.
    A: Support inclusion of trees and forests as elements of all community comprehensive and master planning efforts.
    B: Support the integration of urban forestry into all scales of city, regional, and state-scale master plans. C: Launch a public awareness and education campaign to elevate recognition of the value of urban trees and urban forests ecosystems as essential contributors to community sustainability and resilience.
    D: Increase community capacity to use urban trees and forestry in public space planning, infrastructure, and private development.

    Goal 2: Human Health
    2. Promote the Role of Urban and Community Forestry in Human Health and Wellness.
    A: Expand opportunities for collaboration with the health community.
    B: Champion a nationwide marketing campaign that links trees to human health and wellness.
    C: Plan, design, and manage urban forests to improve human health and wellness.
    D: Develop tools to improve and highlight the relationship between improved public health, wellness, and urban and community forestry and green infrastructure.

    Goal 3: Diversity and Leadership
    3. Cultivate Diversity, Equity, and Leadership within the Urban Forestry Community.
    A: Increase diversity, equity, and accessibility in urban and community forestry.
    B: Engage under-served communities in urban and community forestry.
    C: Develop effective leadership at all levels to build a national voice for urban forestry.
    D: Increase workforce development opportunities and green jobs in urban and community forestry, with particular attention to under-served communities.
    E: Promote expanded collaboration, training, and communication within the field of urban and community forestry to build workforce professional development.

    Goal 4: Environmental Health
    4. Strengthen Urban and Community Forest Health and Biodiversity for Long-Term Resilience.
    A: Increase the biodiversity, health, and resilience of trees in urban and community forests.
    B: Foster resilience, restoration, and sustainability of urban and community forests facing climate change challenges.
    C: Support use of urban forests for increasing community food resilience and access to local foods.

    Goal 5: Management
    5. Improve Urban and Community Forest Management, Maintenance, and Stewardship.
    A: Improve urban and community forest management, maintenance, and arboricultural practices.
    B: Develop comprehensive programs, policies, and resources for enhancing urban forestry stewardship.
    }C: Promote for better use of technology and tools in urban forestry.
    D: Facilitate expanded research and delivery of scientific findings to all stakeholders. (See Research Agenda.)

    Goal 6: Funding
    6. Diversify, Leverage, and Increase Funding for Urban and Community Forestry.
    A: Increase funding and grants for urban and community forestry.
    B: To leverage and diversify funding, expand collaboration between urban forestry and related fields, agencies, and sectors.

    Goal 7: Education and Awareness
    7. Increase Public Awareness and Environmental Education to Promote Stewardship.
    A: Create environmental education programs that focus on urban and community forestry issues.
    B: Create a nationwide urban forestry public awareness and education campaign.
    C: Increase engagement of undeserved and minority communities in urban forestry establishment and stewardship.

    The plan also identifies research needs and funding needs.
     

    For more information on the plan, go to: http://urbanforestplan.org/engage/.

     

    —–Species Spotlight—–
    Fragrant Epaulette tree, Pterostyrax hispidus
    By Mollie Freilicher—Community Action Forester

    Not widely available from nurseries, fragrant epaulette tree is a tree not commonly seen in the landscape, but it is a tree worth investigating. Fragrant epaulette tree is native to Japan and was first introduced to the United States in 1875. Of the four major islands of Japan, it grows on all, but Hokkaido, in mountain forests. It is related to our native halesias and is in the family Styracaceae and is hardy in USDA zones 4 to 8, though Michael Dirr suggests it is better suited to Zone 5. It has a coarse texture during the growing season and in winter. The flowers resemble epaulettes, giving the tree its common name. The Latin name, Pterostyrax, refers to “pteron,” wing, and “styrax,” for the ribbed fruit. “Hispidus,” meaning rough or bristly, refers to the fruit.  

    Leaves of fragrant epaulette tree are alternate , simple, oblong, and 4 to 8 inches in length. They have a tapered point, are bright green, and are finely serrated. In fall, they turn yellow or yellow-green.

    Reaching heights of 20 to 30 feet, with a similar spread, fragrant epaulette tree is a small-to-medium-sized tree. The tree is most known for its white, fragrant flowers. They are perfect and appear in large panicles. The fringed flowers droop down, and Pamela J. Thompson, writing in Arnoldia, notes that “[…] the flower clusters sway in the breeze, attracting multitudes of pollinators and giving off a delicate sweet scent.” They appear in June, after the leaves. The fruit is a dry, ribbed, bristly drupe, about one-half inch long.

    Fragrant epaulette tree does well in acid soil, on sites with full sun. It does not have any serious problems with insects or diseases. Though it can be difficult to find in nurseries, fragrant epaulette tree is a nice addition to the landscape, particularly for smaller areas.

    Form (Yale University)

    Leaves (Yale University)

    Flowers (Yale University)

    Fruit (Yale University)

    Bark (Yale University)

     

    References

    Dirr, Michael A. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. 5th ed. Champaign, IL: Stipes, 1998.

    New or little-known plants. Garden and Forest. August 17, 1892. https://books.google.com/books?id=WhkgAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA389&dq=pterostyrax&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwilj_m6p7LOAhXpyoMKHRzdDuYQ6AEIJDAB#v=onepage&q&f=false

    Thompson, Pamela J. 2015. Pterostyrax hispidus Fragrant Epaulette tree. Arnoldia. 72:4.

    Yale Nature Walk. http://naturewalk.yale.edu/trees/styracaceae/pterostyrax-hispidus/epaulette-tree-8.

     

    —–Growing on Trees—–
    We do our best to ensure that listings are accurate, but please check with program organizers for the most up-to-date information on registration and other details.
     

    Tree Steward Training Registration Now Open
    October 14-15, 2016, Harvard Forest, Petersham, MA

    The 2016 DCR Tree Steward Training will take place Friday, October 14, to Saturday, October 15, at the Harvard Forest in Petersham. At this year’s session: learn about tree planting, i-Tree, pests, pruning, tree boards, tree ID, trees and storms, and funding urban forestry programs, and participate in a roundtable discussion on urban and community forestry. We’ll have a mix of indoor and outdoor sessions. Registration is available on the DCR Urban and Community Forestry website (http://www.mass.gov/dcr/urban-and-community-forestry. Click “Branching Out” on the right.)

    Deadline to register extended to October 7. Contact Mollie Freilicher, 413-577-2966 or mollie.freilicher@state.ma.us for more information.

     

    Grants
    DCR Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants
    Deadlines: October 1 (Intent to Apply); November 1 (Full Application)

    Challenge grants are 50-50 matching grants (75-25 for environmental justice projects) to municipalities and nonprofit groups in Massachusetts communities of all sizes for the purpose of building local capacity for excellent urban and community forestry at the local and regional level.
     

    The USDA Forest Service provides funding for the grant program, and DCR administers the grants with guidance from the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association.
     

    Project areas include:

    • Building and Strengthening Citizen Advocacy and Action Organizations
    • Securing or Training Professional Staff
    • Developing and Implementing Systematic Urban Forestry Management through tree inventory and analysis, resource assessment, and development of plans
    • Attaining a Tree City USA Award, Growth Award, Tree Campus USA Award, or Tree Line USA Award
    • Completing strategic community tree plantings and “heritage” tree care projects
    • Other projects

     

    The DCR Urban and Community Forestry Program assists communities and nonprofit groups in their efforts to protect and manage community trees and forest ecosystems, with the ultimate aim of improving the environment and enhancing the livability of all of Massachusetts’s communities.

    Starting in 2016, funding for strategic tree planting grants will be tiered.
     

    Grant Funding Request

    Eligibility

    $1,000 – $7,000 

    All communities may apply

    $7,001 – $20,000

    Community must be a Tree City USA

    $20,001 – $30,000

    Contact DCR Urban and Community Forestry to discuss

     

    Read the complete guidelines and download the news application at:

    http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/conservation/forestry-and-fire-control/urban-and-community-forestry-challenge-grants.html

    For more information on the Challenge Grants, including our Eversource Go Green grants and National Grid Partnership Grants, contact Julie Coop at 617-626-1468 or julie.coop@state.ma.us or Mollie Freilicher at 413-577-2966 ormollie.freilicher@state.ma.us.

    TD Green Streets Grant
    The 2017 grant round will launch October 10. If your community was a Tree City USA in 2015 and is in the TD Bank service area, your community may be eligible. Check the TD GreenStreets webpage beginning on October 10 for more details on the upcoming round. http://www.arborday.org/programs/tdgreenstreets/.

    Other Grant Opportunities
    Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities, EPA

    Details at https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/building-blocks-sustainable-communities-2016-2017-request-letters-interest
    Letters of interest due October 12.

    Farm to School Grant for FY2017, USDA
    Details at http://www.fns.usda.gov/fy17-farm-school-grant
    Applications due December 12.

    Free technical assistance, Smart Growth America
    Details at http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/technical-assistance/free-annual-workshops/apply
    Applications due by October 6, 2016.

    Grants for K-12 Schools, The Nature Conservancy
    Details at https://www.natureworkseverywhere.org/grants/
    Applications due by October 31, 2016.

    UMass Green School

    Green School Arboriculture Track
    Topics include arboricultural safety standards, construction injury to trees, pruning, cabling and guying, insect and disease problems of trees, and tree risk identification and management. This track is designed especially for arborists, tree wardens, and municipal DPW workers.  Registration: $925. Fee includes morning coffee and all electronic course materials. There may be financial assistance available for attendees: workforcetrainingfund.org/programs/express-program. Registration deadline: October 7. Find out more and explore the full schedule at: https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/education/green-school/green-school-arboriculture-track
     

    Webinars

    Urban Forestry Today Webcast Series
    The Heat Is On: What Record Heat and a Warming World Means For Insect Outbreaks

    October 13, 2016, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., ET
    Mike Raupp, Ph.D., University of Maryland

    In a summer set to shatter records, we will see how warmer temperatures can alter ranges of pests, seasonal phenology of insects and mites, and interactions among plants, herbivores, and their natural enemies. Special emphasis will be placed on urban heat islands in the baking summer of 2016.
    To attend, visit: http://www.joinwebinar.com and enter the code 471-645-275.
     

    Emerald Ash Borer Research Update
    November 3, 2016 12:00 p.m.  – 1:00 p.m., ET
    Dan Herms, Ph.D., The Ohio State University
     

    Join Dr. Dan Herms, The Ohio State University, as he provides an update about Emerald Ash Borer, discusses the ecology of an EAB invasion, and outlines future research directions regarding this invasive pest of importance.
     To attend, visit: http://www.joinwebinar.com and enter the code 553-335-555.

    These broadcasts are free and will offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit for each webcast. For those who are unavailable to attend the live broadcast, archived sessions will be available in the ‘videos’ section at http://www.urbanforestrytoday.org 

    For more information, contact:
    Rick Harper, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    rharper@eco.umass.edu

    The Urban Forestry Today 2016 Webcast Series is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, University of Massachusetts Extension, and Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ & Foresters’ Association.

     

    Urban Forest Connections
    The USDA Forest Service’s Urban Forest Connections webinar series brings experts together to discuss the latest science, practice, and policy on urban forestry and the environment. These webinars are open to all. Past webinar presentations and recordings are available here.

    October 12, 2016 | 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. (ET)
    Unearthing Potential: Vacant Land Challenges, Solutions, and Opportunities
    Kevin Schronce, City of Flint, Michigan
    Amber Knee, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
    Michelle Kondo, USDA Forest Service

    Future Webinar: December 14, 2016 | 1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m. ET 

    i-Tree 2016 Webinars
    Join us for a comprehensive, web-based instructional series that will introduce the latest tools in the i-Tree software suite, as well as bring you up-to-date on the improvements that have been made to the i-Tree collection of inventory, analysis, and reporting tools for urban and community forests. i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service and its partners that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools.
    All instructional sessions begin at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

    October 19, 2016 – DESIGN and CANOPY
    November 16, 2016 i-Tree STREETS
    December 21, 2016 – i-Tree Roundtable: Answering Your Questions About Using i-Tree

    CEU Credits
    Society of American Foresters CFE units and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) CEUs are expected to be awarded for attending these online sessions. Each session is planned to last 1 hour.
    For more information, go to: http://www.unri.org/itreeworkshops/
     

    TREE Fund Webinar
    Soil Compaction and Urban Trees: Strategies for Gaining Ground
    Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch (U. of Wisconsin – Stevens Point)
    Learn how you can protect urban soils from compaction and gain useful management strategies to improve the quality of compacted soils in your local landscape.
    November 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm ET
    Pre-registration is not required; log in at treefund.org on November 30.
    CEUs available.

    Dr. Scharenbroch has received multiple TREE Fund grants; read about his research here.

     

    Urban Wood Utilization Webcast
    October 11, 2016 |1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
    The focus will be on state and regional updates of urban wood utilization.
    Use this link to attend the Webcast. To connect via telephone conference line, dial 888-844-9904 and use Access Code 7578516.

    Harvard Forest Fall Seminar Series
    Seminars are Fridays at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, unless otherwise noted. They are held in the Harvard Forest Seminar Room at Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA, and also can be joined online via webstreaming. Seminars are free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required. See the full schedule at http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/seminars.

    Friday, September 30, – Join seminar online
    Robert Fahey – University of Connecticut
    Assessing linkages between forest structural complexity and ecosystem functioning and applications to ecologically-focused forest management

    Friday, October 7, – Join seminar online
    Joe Elkinton – University of Massachusetts
    Gypsy moth population ecology: a new outbreak in New England of a formerly major pest

    Friday, October 21, – Join seminar online
    Alan Tepley – Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute 
    Vulnerability and resilience of temperate forest landscapes to changing fire regimes and altered post-fire forest recovery dynamics

    Friday, October 28, – Join seminar online
    Sarah Cowles – University of Southern California School of Architecture
    Sylviculture: metaphor, narrative and aesthetics in forest gardens

    Friday, November 4, – Join seminar online
    David Basler – University of Basel (Switzerland) and Harvard Bullard Fellow
    Title TBA
     

    Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC) Fall Conference:
    Managing Massachusetts Forests: Conservation, Stewardship, and Regulation

    Saturday, October 29, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, http://www.maccweb.org or staff@maccweb.org

    This conference is for Conservation Commissions, Foresters, Timber Harvesters, Forest Land Owners, Land Trusts, Watershed Associations, and Anyone Who Cares For or About Forests

    Learn about Wetlands Protection Act requirements for forestry • Forest Cutting Practices Act • MOU between MA DEP and MA DCR for forests and wetlands protection • Working with foresters and conservation commissions • Forest management • Forest BMPs • Ecological functions and values of forests that require protection • Managing forests for environmental stewardship and conservation goals

    MACC members $95 • Government Agency Staff $105 • Full-time Students $45 • Others $120
    Morning refreshments and lunch included.  CFE credits expected for Massachusetts Licensed Foresters and CE hours for Timber Harvesters

    i-Tree Lessons
    Integrate the i-Tree Software Suite with Next Generation Science Standards-based lesson plans in your classroom.
    Curriculum for 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6-8th grade can be found at http://www.itreelessons.com.
     

    Great American Tree Contest
    Help American Grove find the Great American Tree for 2016! Share your enthusiasm for America’s appreciation of trees by posting your nomination here. A full list of contest guidelines and prizes can be found on American Grove’s homepage. If you’re not a member of the Grove, sign up today and join the Massachusetts Grove.
     

    Tree City USA—2016 Applications Now Being Accepted
    Also accepting Tree Line USA and Tree Campus USA Applications

    Apply online or use the paper application. Go to http://www.mass.gov/dcr/urban-and-community-forestry and click on “Branching Out” at right. Applications are due December 31.
     

    —–Gleanings—–
    Here Is the Dirt on a Tree’s Roots
    Joe Rankin, The Outside Story
    August 27, 2016—You can pretty much count on a tree to stay in one place, at least in the real world. Not so in fiction. Remember the walking, talking Ents in the “Lord of the Rings” movies? Or Groot, the tree-like alien in the science fiction film “Guardians of the Galaxy?” Roots anchor a tree, of course, allowing it to stand up to much of what nature can throw at it; they also provide life-giving nutrients. Tree roots are a marvel of evolution: part of a whole-tree plumbing system that makes the one in your house seem primitive. Most of a tree’s roots, even of those species that have a so-called taproot, are within the top 18 inches of soil. That’s typically where the richest organic matter and the most water is. Read the full story at the Burlington Free Press.

     

    Drought Monitor

     

     

    Conditions as of September 27, 2016. Check out drought conditions in Massachusetts, New England, and the U.S. All of Massachusetts is in drought, with much of the state categorized as “severe drought.”
    http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
     

    Massachusetts drought resources may be found here: http://drought.unl.edu/Planning/DroughtPlans/StatePlanning.aspx?st=ma

     

    Paving the Way (Permeably) for John Hancock Charles River Walkway
    by Trevor Smith
    A half-mile trail constructed behind an office park in Wellesley, MA incorporates careful design to prevent damage to the forest surrounding the trail and a porous surface (made from recycled materials) that prevents runoff into the adjacent river. Read the article. (Seen in the Ecological Landscape Alliance newsletter.)
     

    —–News—–
    Something Wild: How Trees Fight Back
    By Dave Anderson, Chris Martin, and Andrew Parrella
    September 23, 2016—There’s been a lot of talk about Gypsy moths this year, especially in southern New England, where trees in some areas have been hit pretty hard by this voracious caterpillar. And it has sparked a lot of discussion about how people might help reduce the damage, but it’s worth remembering that the trees these caterpillars feed on are not entirely helpless.
    Read or listen to the full story at nhpr.org.

     

    Different Tree Species Use the Same Genes To Adapt To Climate Change
    September 22, 2016—An international research team from six universities, including Virginia Tech, works to better understand how trees – one of Earth’s most vital renewable resources – adapt to changing climates. Recently the team discovered that two distantly related tree species use the same genes to adapt to the range of temperatures in their geographical region. Their results were published Thursday in the journal Science.

    After five years and with the help of more than 30 people, the team studied two different conifer tree species, lodgepole pine and interior spruce, which are widespread in western parts of the United States and Canada. They collected seed from over 250 locations in western Canada, before sequencing more than 23,000 genes in each tree.
     

    Their large-scale analysis revealed that both pine and spruce use the same suite of 47 genes to adapt to geographic variation in temperature and to appropriately time acquisition of cold hardiness – a trait that allows plants to tolerate the adverse conditions of winter. Read more at: phys.org.

    Worcester Urban Revitalization Plan Receives State Approval
    Shared By Jamie Wilkins (Patch Staff) –
    September 20, 2016—Worcester, MA The City of Worcester’s Urban Revitalization Plan has been approved by the state Department of Housing & Community Development, City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. announced Thursday.”This plan sets an ambitious roadmap for the future of downtown
     

    Worcester, ramping up an already growing sense of momentum and vitality in our City’s core,” said City Manager Augustus. “The state’s approval validates our vision for a safe and vibrant downtown with strong economic and cultural assets.” Read the full story at patch.com.
     

    Tree Warden’s Job Is A Labor Of Love—Often Tough Love
    By Tao Woolfe
    September 1, 2016—Spend an afternoon riding with Sandwich Tree Warden Justin O’Connor, and you’ll think he’s got it made in the shade.

    He spends time outdoors, is mentally and physically challenged every day, shapes and preserves the town’s grandest natural assets, and has earned colleagues’ respect while keeping Sandwich’s canopy verdant.

    Mr. O’Connor, who has spent most of his adult life learning about trees and plants, enjoys sharing that knowledge. On a recent afternoon, Mr. O’Connor showed visitors how seemingly healthy trees had been decimated by gypsy moths; how a tree closes itself around a wound; and how to spot a tree under stress. Read the full story at capenews.net.
     

    Would You Live in a Wooden Skyscraper?
    By Warren Cornwall
    September 22, 2016—A Douglas fir tree is a marvel of natural engineering. The trunk, made mostly of slender dead cells each a few millimeters long, can reach heights of 100 meters. It’s supple enough to sway in windstorms without snapping, yet strong enough to support its weight—up to 160 metric tons. Kilogram for kilogram, a wooden beam made from this fir is 3.5 times stronger than steel. A single tree can store half its weight in carbon and can replace itself, given enough time. Its luminous, patterned wood can be sculpted into virtually any shape.
     

    Not far from Canadian forests thick with Douglas firs, the most ambitious effort yet to harness these remarkable qualities in a human structure is rising. A few kilometers from downtown Vancouver, on the University of British Columbia campus, workers are putting the finishing touches on an 18-story dormitory set to be the world’s tallest wooden building. As skyscrapers go, the boxy structure is modest. Yet it represents a leap forward for a material long regarded as too weak, variable, and flammable to support high-rise buildings. Read the full story at sciencemag.org and check out the story in the news briefs.  

    Scenes from New England’s Drought: Dry Wells, Dead Fish, and Ailing Farms
    By 
    Jess Bidgood

    September 26, 2016—Center Conway, N.H. — The Saco River flows lazily here, from New Hampshire into Maine, ridged with sandy banks and lush forests, luring eager families in canoes and rowdy flotillas of young adults. But after a hot, dry summer, a 10-mile canoe trip to Fryeburg, ME., from Center Conway, NH, this month was interrupted, time and again, by the scrape of boat on sandy riverbed, and the grudging acceptance that the only way to get the canoe across certain stretches of shallow river would be to drag it.
     

    The low river is one of countless signs of dry weather that has settled over much of New England. Conditions are even worse south of the Saco, with the United States Drought Monitor observing “extreme drought” conditions in much of the eastern half of Massachusetts, southeastern New Hampshire and the southern part of Maine. Read the full story at nytimes.com.
     

    News Headlines in Brief
     

    Urban Redevelopment In An Age Of Inequality, Climate Change
    Soil Will Absorb Less Atmospheric Carbon Than Expected This Century
    Umass Amherst Research Finds Untreated Lawns Yield Unexpectedly Rich Bee Species Mix
    Tree-Planting Drones to Speed Up Reforestation Efforts
    Damaging Winds Rip Trees Down Across Massachusetts
    Tree Houses: Is Wood Really The Future Of Skyscrapers?
    How Should Laguna Beach, Ca, deal with Municipal Trees? City Council Will Take up the Issue
    The Oldest White Oak Tree in North America Is On Its Last Limbs
    Los Angeles Tops List for Most Tree Diversity
    Most of the World Breathes Polluted Air, World Health Organization Says

    On the Horizon

    Oct 1

    Deadline for Intent to Apply for DCR Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant

    Oct 7

    Harvard Forest Seminar Series, Gypsy moth population ecology, http://harvardforest.fas.harvard.edu/seminars

    Oct 11

    Urban Wood Utilization Webcast, http://www.na.fs.fed.us/werc

    Oct 12

    Urban Forest Connections Webinar, http://www.fs.fed.us/research/urban-webinars

    Oct 13

    Urban Forestry Today Webinar, http://www.joinwebinar.com and enter the code 471-645-275

    Oct 14-15

    Tree Steward Training, Petersham, MA—Register by October 5. Contact mollie.freilicher@state.ma.us or 413-577-2966.

    Oct 16

    Chainsaw Skills for Women, Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield, http://www.thetrustees.org

    Oct 19

    i-Tree webinar: Using Design and Canopy, http://www.unri.org/webcasts/itreeworkshops/

    Oct 19-21

    Certified Arborist Prep Course, New England Chapter-ISA, Acton, http://www.newenglandisa.org

    Oct 24 – Dec 12

    UMass  Extension Green School, Milford, MA, http://ag.umass.edu/landscape

     

    Oct 29

    MACC Fall Conference: Managing Massachusetts Forests: Conservation, Stewardship, and Regulation, Holyoke Community College, Holyoke, http://www.maccweb.org or staff@maccweb.org

    Nov 1

    Deadline to apply for DCR Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant

    Nov 3

    Urban Forestry Today Webinar, http://www.joinwebinar.com  and enter the code 553-335-555.

    Nov 6-8

    New England Chapter-ISA 50th Annual Conference, Burlington, VT, http://www.newenglandisa.org

    Nov 10-12

    TCI Expo Tradeshow and Conference, Baltimore, MD, http://www.tcia.org

    Nov 15

    Society of Municipal Arborists Annual Conference, Indianapolis, IN, http://www.urban-forestry.com

    Nov 16

    i-Tree webinar: i-Tree Streets, http://www.unri.org/webcasts/itreeworkshops/

    Nov 16-17

    Partners in Community Forestry Conference, Indianapolis, IN https://www.arborday.org/programs/pcf/

    Nov 30

    TREE Fund webinar, Soil Compaction and Urban Trees, treefund.org

    Nov 30 – Dec 2

    New England Grows, Boston,  http://www.newenglandgrows.org

    Nov 30 – Dec 2

    American Society of Consulting Arborists Annual Conference, Boston, http://www.asca-consultants.org/

    Dec 21

    i-Tree webinar: i-Tree Roundtable: Answering Your Questions About Using i-Tree, http://www.unri.org/webcasts/itreeworkshops/

    Dec 31

    Deadline for Tree City, Tree Line, and Tree Campus USA Applications, contact Mollie Freilicher, 413-577-2966 or mollie.freilicher@state.ma.us

     

    Do you have an event you want in the calendar? Contact mollie.freilicher@state.ma.us.
                  

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    Bureau of Forestry
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    251 Causeway Street
    Boston, MA 02114

    Julie Coop, Urban and Community Forester
    julie.coop@state.ma.us
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    Charles D. Baker, Governor
    Karyn E. Polito, Lieutenant Governor
    Matthew A. Beaton, Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
    Leo Roy, Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Peter Church, Director of Forest Stewardship, Department of Conservation and Recreation
     

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