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Union, WA; Vancouver, WA; and Silverton, OR

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The Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI) is an intensive training and professional development course specifically tailored to the needs of those who have tree related responsibilities in their communities. Coursework covers technical, managerial, and administrative aspects of managing trees in cities. The purpose of CTMI is to provide participants with the information, skills, and leadership training to carry out their tree-related responsibilities more effectively. The CTMI 2016 course emphasizes collaborative peer-to-peer learning.


Please review the following FAQ's for more details:

When is the registration DEADLINE for CTMI?

The deadline for registration is Thursday June 30, 2016 at 5:00 pm. (see payment options below)

Why? We need to know how many confirmed registrants we have to make sure the costs of running CTMI will be covered and we can meet our financial obligations for the facilities' contracts, which cannot be canceled without penalty after a certain point.

What type of PAYMENT OPTIONS are being offered?

You can pay the full amount via Eventbrite, until June 30th; or, if funds will not be available until AFTER the new fiscal year begins (i.e., after July 1st), you can register prior to June 30th with a non-refundable $50 deposit to hold your place, and then pay the balance ($475) by July 7th.

What is the schedule for CTMI?

CTMI is broken up into three, place-based, retreat-style sessions according to the following schedule:

SESSION 1: Focus is on ‘Community’, Sept 12-14, 2016, Alderbrook Resort, Union, WA

SESSION 2: Focus is on ‘Trees’, Oct 11-13, 2016, Vancouver Hilton, Vancouver, WA

SESSION 3: Focus is on ‘Management’, Nov 8-10, 2016, Oregon Garden Resort, Silverton, OR

What will we learn in each session?

Session 1 --

Through-line: “It takes an (engaged) community to raise a healthy city forest.”

Orientation, intros, overview, Keynote

Connecting People and Trees for Community Livability

Topics: Importance of People in Urban Forestry; Connecting People with Trees; Thinking Strategically by Understanding People

Working Successfully with People to Promote Urban Forestry

Topics: Personal Effectiveness; Organizational Dynamics and Group Effectiveness; Cultivating and Engaging Stakeholders

Strategies for community involvement and successful collaboration

Topics: Working Cooperatively with Volunteers; Keys to Successful Collaboration; Partnerships and Networking in Urban Forestry

Communicating tree information

Topics: Speaking for the Trees; Marking and Communications; Successfully Communicating Trees

Session 2 –

Through-line: “Best Management Practices for tree care are science-based yet there is an art to executing them.”

Practical Tree Care Sessions around Clark College Campus (in Vancouver WA)

Topics: Basic tree identification, Visual Tree Assessments, “Right Tree Right Place”/Site Selection; How to Plant a Tree (practical) and “How to get a tree planted” (political, logistical, managerial issues); working with a nonprofit tree planting organization in your city; structural tree pruning/stability pruning.

City Operations and Tour (in the vicinity of Vancouver, WA)

Topics: Understand how one city manages its urban forest (staffing priorities, duties, pruning rotations; risk management and monitoring; code enforcement; healthy partnerships; communication between departments, etc.)

Van Tour

Topics: Managing native remnant forests, visiting Low Impact Development sites, viewing well-designed and successful streetscapes and treed parking lots; visiting smaller cities in area to discuss U&CF management strategies.

Utility Forestry

Topics: Understand the specific issues that utility foresters face (socio-political); discuss dangers associated with pruning trees around power lines; Clarifying “right tree right place” as it relates to utilities; specific issues related to storm events and utilities

Plan Review and Contracting Considerations

Topics: Practice plan review through "tree shaped glasses;" Determine how plans comply with tree codes ("Letter of the code vs meaning of the code"); understand how to review what is "not" in the plan

Session 3 –

Through-line: “Your city’s urban forest will reflect the quality and consistency of your UF planning and management protocols.”

Leadership and Strategic Planning

Topics: Principles of Urban Forestry Program Leadership; Strategies for Advancing an Urban Forestry Program; Community Forestry Strategic Planning; Intro to Program Assessment; Trees and the Law

“Getting all of your Trees in a Row”

Topics: Tree Inventories Urban Forest Management Plans; Tree Risk Management and Preparedness; Writing and Administering Public Tree Ordinances

Urban Forestry Financing and Contracting

Topics: Creative Financing and Grant Writing for Trees; Contracts, Contracting, and Consultants

Capstone Presentation

Theme: Sustainability and Resiliency – For You and Your City’s Program

How does CTMI work?

Each place-based "retreat" session is prefaced by a selection of on-line assignments the week prior to the retreat, intended to prepare participants for the topics and subject matter to be presented. It is important that participants have reliable online access -- at home or at work -- and are able to schedule time to complete the online assignments ahead of the retreat sessions. You may be given a reading assignment, a video to watch, or you may be asked to answer questions as part of an on-line journal entry - probably no more than 2 hours ahead of each retreat. Sessions are scheduled as retreats, allowing you to immerse yourself in learning. The three-day / two-night sessions start the afternoon of the first day and end before lunch on the third day. The retreat sessions are held both inside and outside. through the days and into the evenings.

Who is eligible for CTMI?

CTMI is appropriate for anyone who coordinates community forestry issues, reviews tree plans, issues permits, or inspects trees in urban and community forests. Participants come from the ranks of city planners, park management staff, public works employees, tree board staff, horticulturalists, campus arborists, and other similar job classifications. Since 1994, over 150 people have completed this course. It requires your focus, so your personal commitment, your supervisor’s approval, and your city’s or agency’s support are critical.

I am an active volunteer in my community. Can I attend CTMI?

Although technically outside of the target audience for CTMI, local tree board members, Master Gardeners, and other engaged citizens may also benefit from attending. If you are a citizen volunteer, please contact the urban and community forestry program staff in your state to discuss your eligibility before registering.

What costs are covered by tuition?

Tuition includes all course materials, instruction, some meals, and transportation for a field tour during Session 2. Students are responsible for their own lodging, parking, and meals and travel costs not covered by tuition.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds can be granted up until Thursday, July 7th. Any refund requests received after that date cannot be granted.

Can my city or agency send different staff to different CTMI sessions under a single registration?

No. Each CTMI session builds upon the previous one and each participant is expected to attend all three sessions in order to complete the course.

Can my city or agency send multiple staff to CTMI?

Yes. Each city or agency can register up to three individuals. If you wish to register more than three, please contact the urban and community forestry program staff in your state to discuss this before registering.

What do I get out of CTMI?

We expect that all who attend will improve their knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities in urban and community forestry, which in turn will translate to improved management of trees in their communities. Graduates of CTMI become part of an expanding network of colleagues in the Pacific Northwest. Many CTMI graduates stay connected with peers from their graduating class and continue to build those relationships even after CTMI is over. All course graduates will receive a certificate of completion.

I have other questions about CTMI. Who should I contact?

In Oregon, please contact:

Paul Ries

Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager,

Oregon Department of Forestry



Or, if you live in Washington, please contact:

Linden Lampman

Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager, Washington DNR



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