Also Supported by:
About the Conference
In recent years, our ability to measure and monitor the benefits of the forests in and around our cities has increased significantly. Concern for diminishing habitat, increasing invasive species, and realizing the benefits of being around trees has motivated city residents to become engaged with local environmental science efforts and natural resource management as never before.
The theme of this conference is about increasing the “deep engagement” of city dwellers with the “forests where they live.” By empowering them to make thoughtful natural resource decisions and getting involved with local biological monitoring, tracking and measuring efforts, urban dwellers are becoming more articulate and dedicated advocates for the trees in our communities.
This conference begins with a keynote by an expert on tree advocacy, and highlights the efforts of several nonprofit groups to manage the natural resources where they live. After lunch, we will learn about the newest canopy and urban forest measurement technologies, the efforts that are being made to keep the destructive Emerald Ash Borer out of Oregon, youth training in arboriculture and how communities can determine the fate of public lands.
You will come away from this day inspired to organize and take action on behalf of your community’s trees. – Allan Wells, President
Sponsorship Form and Opportunities:
If you sell a product or service related to urban for-estry, consider being a sponsor or having a vendor table at this event. Several packages are available, ranging from $150 to $1,000. Contact Allan Wells at his email more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or Download a Sponsorship Form Here
CEUs Applied For:
Continuing education credit hours will be available as follows:
- Oregon Licensed Landscape Architects - 5.0 PDH
- ISA Certified Arborists - 5.0 CEUs
- SAF Certified Foresters - 5.0 CFE Cat. 1
Executive Director of the Alliance for Community Trees Washington D.C. on “Getting the Community Into Community Forestry”
Carrie Gallagher is Executive Director of Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees), a highly-respected and dynamic nonprofit organization with a network of over 200 member and program partner organizations nation-wide. Through its corporation, government and foundation grants, ACTrees builds the capacity of its members to plant, sustain and advocate for trees in America's communities. Through its members and program partners, ACTrees engages local residents to create green streetscapes and healthy neighborhoods. Alliance for Community Trees envisions green, healthy, interconnected and prosperous communities transformed through tree planting, care, education and advocacy.
Founded in 1993, ACTrees members have planted and cared for over 15 million trees with support from more than 5 million volunteers.
Ms. Gallagher has a successful background in nonprofit organization leadership, including her previous position as Keep America Beautiful's Vice President of Programs and Strategic Outreach. She leads a professional staff based at the headquarters in Washington, DC and supports a Board of Directors which represents business and member leadership.
8:30 Welcoming Remarks
- Allan Wells, President, Oregon Community Trees
- Eric Vines, Excecutive Director, World Forestry Center
8:45 Keynote Address: “Getting the Community Into Community Forestry”
- Carrie Gallagher, Executive Director of the Alliance for Community Trees, Washington DC
Despite all the research that supports the important roles trees play in our cities, trees still need strong advocates to influ-ence both local and national decision-makers. How does the process of organizing city residents to plant trees — “tree by tree, street by street” — build a strong nationwide corps of articulate and committed community forestry advocates?
10:00 Presentation of the President’s Award
10:30 Community Science: Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project
- Marko Bey, Executive Director, Lomakatsi Restoration Project, Ashland, OR
The Ashland Forest Resiliency project is a 10-year stewardship project designed to reduce the risk of severe wildfire in the watershed and to protect water quality, older forests, wildlife, people, property and quality of life. This project also en-gages the public and volunteers in key roles to ensure the long-term success of the project.
11:00 Leveraging Public Resources: Panel Discussion
Many of you are familiar with “Community Supported Agriculture;” the groups represented in this panel discussion are defining the phrase “community-supported forestry.” Leveraging public resources isn’t always about finding money, it is also about finding thoughtful, intelligent, and dedicated citizens.
- Jacksonville Woodlands Association - Larry Smith, Executive Director, Jacksonville
- Forest Grove Watershed Stewardship- Scott Ferguson , Trout Mountain Forestry, Corvallis, OR
- Portland Tree Stewards - Angie DeSalvo, Portland Urban Forestry
1:00 Crowd-Sourced Science - Comparing and Contrasting New Technologies in Urban Forestry
- Ian Hanou, Plan-It Geo, Arvada, CO
New technologies continue to emerge, offering potential efficiencies for municipal staff and community residents inter-ested in enhancing their urban and community forest. The tools that will be demonstrated and discussed in this presenta-tion include updates to the i-Tree program, NOAA's "Digital Coast" Land Cover Atlas and Coastal County Snapshots, Plotter LITE and the Urban Forest Cloud (Plan-It Geo), OpenTreeMap (Azavea / Urban Ecos), and Tree$ense Mobile App (Davey). Attendees will gain an overall understanding of the possibilities of crowd-sourced data gathering and more.
1:45 Emerald ash borer – An imminent threat to Oregon’s urban and natural ecosystems
- Wyatt Williams, OR Dept. of Forestry, Salem, OR
Wyatt Williams, Invasive Species Specialist with the Oregon Department of Forestry, will be leading us through a lively dis-cussion of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) including implications if it reaches the Pacific Northwest and our Ash-rich riparian and urban forests. What are some of the actions we can be proactively taking? As field practitioners, what should be our early detection strategy? What other exotic critters are also en route to Oregon? What are our options if or when EAB ar-rives?
2:15 Growing the Community Forestry Movement: Touching the Sky
- Austin Wienecke, Angell Job Corps, Yachats, OR
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps eligible young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. Angell is the only center west of the Mississippi to offer Urban Forestry as a career technical training program.
2:45 Community Campaigns: Partnerships that make community forests reality
- Owen Wozniak, Trust for Public Lands, San Francisco, CA
Community Forests allow people take part in decision-making about forest land management as well as enable them to bene-fit from the multiple values that forests provide. Owen Wozniak will provide a few examples of how The Trust for Public Land has used innovative financial mechanisms and critical partnerships to allow community forests to become reality in Oregon.
3:15 Closing Comments — Allan Wells, President, Oregon Community Trees
3:30 - 5:00 Networking Social - sponsored by Davey Resource Group and Green Girl Land Development Solutions
For lunch we will be offering a chicken-based entrée and a vegan entrée with mushrooms and vegetables, both choices will be relatively low-fat and lower calorie. The meal will also feature green salad and fresh fruit. So that the caterer can gain a sense of how much of each entrée to prepare, please indicate your preference during checkout.
The Conference will be held in Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center in Portland. To get to the Center by mass transit, take the MAX light rail to the Washington Park stop, which lets you off right at the front door of the Center. By car, proceed west on Hwy 26 west from I-405 in downtown Portland, and take the “Zoo/Forestry Center” exit. Follow the road past the Zoo on your right, and after the first curve in the road the Forestry Center is on your left. Miller Hall is set back among the Center’s buildings, and parking is right across the street.
If you sell a product or service related to urban forestry, consider having a vendor table at this event. The cost is $150, which includes one conference registration. A non-profit exhibit space rate is also available. Tickets can be purchased on this page. For more information or questions contact or president Alan Well at his email: email@example.com.
No hotel room block has been established for this event. There are no hotels adjacent to the World Forestry Center meeting location; however, the MAX light rail line station is right across the street. There are many hotels in downtown Portland that are convenient to the MAX light rail line and you can be at the World Forestry Center in a matter of minutes.
Visit www.travelportland.com for hotel suggestions from Travel Portland.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Continuing education credit hours for planners, foresters, landscape contractors, and certified arborists will be applied for related to this conference.
ABOUT THE WORLD FORESTRY CENTER
Founded in 1964 in Portland, Oregon, the World Forestry Center is a nonprofit educational institution. Our mission is to educate and inform people about the world's forests and trees, and their importance to all life, in order to promote a balanced and sustainable future. Our 20,000 square foot museum Discovery Museum is located in Portland's beautiful Washington Park. Built in dramatic Cascadian style architecture, you'll marvel at the intricate hand carvings and grand entry outside, and delight in all new exhibits inside. All new hands-on, interactive exhibits are family friendly and designed to engage visitors to learn about the sustainability of forests and trees of the Pacific Northwest and around the world. The Center also manages demonstration Tree Farms and the World Forest Institute. To learn more about the Center, visit www.worldforestry.org.
ABOUT OREGON COMMUNITY TREES
Oregon Community Trees is a non-profit organization with a mission dedicated to promoting urban and community forestry in Oregon. Visit www.oregoncommunitytrees.org for more details.
Cancellation and refund requests must be in writing, directed to PNW ISA, PO Box 811 , Silverton, OR 97381 or Faxed to 503-874-1509. Cancellations received at least 7 days before the event will receive a full refund. Cancellations received 3-6 days before the conference will receive a 70% refund. No refunds will be made unless the cancellation is received in writing prior to the event. No refunds will be made for no-shows.
When & Where
Oregon Community Trees
The mission of Oregon Community Trees is to promote healthy urban and community forests through leadership, education, awareness, and advocacy.