2018 Trees, People, and Towns Conference & Eastern Colorado Community Forestry Conference

    July 28, 2018 8:00 AM to July 29, 2018 11:30 AM
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    The Ranch Events Complex, Larimer County Fairgrounds
    5280 Arena Cir, McPhee 4-H Building
    Loveland, CO 80538

    The conference is focused on providing information to small communities to assist them in taking a proactive approach to community forestry. The workshops and speakers will be focused on the issues that challenge small communities in the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains.

    Natural resource managers, government and private sector employees, Tree Board members, City Council representatives and interested community members will all benefit from the conference and are encouraged to attend.

    CEUs will be available for ISA and state (NAA, KAA etc.) certified arborists.

    Hosting Partners: Nebraska Forest Service, Kansas Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service, South Dakota Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry, Wyoming State Forestry Division, US Forest Service, Windsor Tree Board, Colorado State University Larimer County Extension, Town of Windsor


    The Davey Tree Expert Company  

    Conference Schedule

    Thursday, June 28th
    8:00 am Welcome & Introductions


    8:15 am Keynote
    Communicating, Connecting and Engaging People w/ Urban Forestry,
    Paul Ries

    • We know we do good and important work, but do citizens and government officials fully appreciate the value of the urban forest? In this presentation, we will explore various ideas and research findings on how people perceive urban forestry and provide strategies that can help urban forestry professionals reach people more effectively.


    9:15 am
    Windsor Forestry-Past, Present, and Future, Ken Kawamura

    • From the humble origins of a beet farming community of Germans from Russia immigrants, to now, the premier small town in Northern Colorado, Windsor has seen its fair share of change. But urban trees were always part of the story. This presentation looks back to how trees played a significant role in the establishment of Windsor and the importance of sustaining them for future generations.


    10:15 am  Break


    10:45 am
    Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, Tree City Growth Award Lauren Weyers/Amber Morrison, Arbor Day Foundation

    • Join the Arbor Day Foundation to learn more about their national recognition programs, Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, and Tree Line USA. Learn more about the recognition programs, how to apply, and the future of the programs.


    11:45 am Lunch (Provided)


    1:00 pm
    Tree Diversity, Eric North, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    • As invasive pests, droughts, and development threaten the health and stability of our urban forests, the importance of species diversity has been brought back to the forefront. Dutch elm disease spurred many communities to diversify their tree species and emerald ash borer serves as a reminder that managing diversity is not a set-it-and-forget endeavor. Public and private tree inventories will be used to look at how to continually diversify our urban forests for current and future issues.


    2:00 – 4:30 w/ Break
    Building Capacity to Become a More Influential Tree Board,
    Paul Ries, Owen Croy

    • Tree Boards are a form of participatory democracy where citizens contribute their time to make their communities more livable. This interactive session will explore how tree boards can be more effective in carrying out their mission and making a greater impact in the community. The session will also touch on the mechanics & value of utilizing community task forces to provide specific input into urban forest policy development that may be used by tree boards and staff in future decision making.


    4:30 pm End of Day One



    Friday, June 29th

    8:30 am Meet at Main Park in Windsor, breakfast compliments of the Windsor Tree Board


    9:00 – 11:30 5 Stations, 25 minutes each. Rotating stations begin on top/bottom of the hour


    Station 1: Trees &Turf, Tony Koski

      • Turfgrass and trees often don’t grow well together. We’ll discuss the effects – both positive and negative – that turf management practices can have on landscape trees. We’ll also talk about how best to protect trees from turf and landscape professionals who aren’t always careful when managing turf around trees.


    Station 2: New Tree Selection and Volunteers/Trees Across Colorado Program, David Flaig

      • Dave will discuss citizen tree sales and planting programs to increase species diversity, using the Colorado Tree Coalition's successful Trees Across Colorado programs as an example.

    Station 3: Tree Maintenance Challenges in Small Town Parks, Christian Morgan, Kersey Town Manager

      • Community engagement ideas for small towns seeking to enhance forestry efforts. How to get projects done with limited resources.

    Station 4: Windsor Tree Board meet and greet, display and program information


    Station 5: Tree Establishment and Maintenance for the High Plains and Mountain Communities in WY, CO, SD, NE and KS-John Ball

      • It's not how many you plant…it's about how many live                                                                Tree planting is a great community event but too often the park planting becomes a graveyard of sticks rather than beautiful trees.  This station covers the new approaches to planting and care to ensure your trees outlive you!


    11:30 am Conference Ends


    State Urban Forestry Coordinators

    Keith Wood
    Colorado State Forest Service
    Phone: 303-438-9338
    Email: [email protected]    

    Tim McDonnell
    Kansas Forest Service
    Phone: 316-788-0492
    Email: [email protected]

    Eric Berg
    Nebraska Forest Service
    Phone: 402-472-6511
    Email: [email protected]

    South Dakota
    Rachel Ormseth
    SD UCF State Coordinator
    Email: [email protected]  

    Mark Hughes
    Wyoming State Forestry Division
    Phone: 307-777-5478
    Email: [email protected]