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Class: Tree Decay

Casey Trees

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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Wood decay is the most common and important disease of urban trees. Yet, wood decay fungi biology and identification, and evaluation of decay in trees remain mostly a mystery even to arborists. Join Casey Trees for a presentation by Dr. Chris Luley which will focus on identifying (and eating) common wood decay fungi, easy yet effective methods to test trees for decay, and the biology of fungi that rot urban trees. It will also present results of a recent research study on visual assessment, sounding and Resistograph testing for decay in urban trees.

Participants are encouraged to bring in samples of tree fungus or decay that they're curious about as there will be time to share and discuss. 


Chris Luley, Ph.D. is the Vice Present of Urban Forestry LLC, having joined the organization in 2004. Prior to joining Urban Forestry, Dr. Luley was a technical advisor and urban forestry consultant for 14 years with two major northeast tree care and consulting companies. He also was State Forest Pathologist for Missouri and managed the Plant Diagnostic Clinic for Iowa State University. His graduate degrees are in forest pathology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse and Iowa State University. 

Dr. Luley will have copies of his books for sale at this event and accepts cash or check. 

Getting There

 The Metrorail station is Brookland-CUA (Red Line) which is a 10 minute walk. The Metrobus stop is near the intersection of 12th and Irving Street NE (served by the H8) or the Brookland-CUA Metro station (served by the H2, H4, H6, G8, R4 and 80). At our office, there is ample street parking and we accommodate bicycles on-site.

Who Should Attend?

Open to the general public for anyone interested in learning more about tree decay and its causes. Homeowners and arborists alike will benefit from this discussion on identifying and testing trees for decay.  


All attendees will be provided with a light dinner. Please note your dietary preferences and/or allergies when registering so we can attempt to accommodate your needs. 

Continuing Education Credits

ISA Continuing Education Credits available. 

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