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February 2017

Invasive Forest and Agricultural Insects in Massachusetts: Current and Future

February 16 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Hadley Farms Meeting House,
41 Russell St. (Route 9)
Hadley, MA 01035 United States
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Part 2 - Invasive Forest and Agricultural Insects in Massachusetts: Current and Future Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 9:00 am to 2:30 pm Three pesticide contact hours in categories 35, 36, and Applicators License. Association credits: 4.5 ISA, 2 MCLP, 1 MCH, 4 SAF, other associations pending. Click here for registration information. UMass Extension's Invasive Insect Certification Program is a three-day program that looks at the characteristics of invasive insects, the impacts and costs they have regionally and nationwide, and highlights the…

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March 2017

Management of Invasive Forest and Landscape Insect Pests

March 2 @ 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Hadley Farms Meeting House,
41 Russell St. (Route 9)
Hadley, MA 01035 United States
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Part 3 - Management of Invasive Forest and Landscape Insect Pests Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:00 am to 2:30 pm Three pesticide contact hours in categories 35, 36, and Applicators License. Association credits: 4.5 ISA, 2 MCLP, 1 MCH, 4 SAF, other associations pending. Click here for registration information. UMass Extension's Invasive Insect Certification Program is a three-day program that looks at the characteristics of invasive insects, the impacts and costs they have regionally and nationwide, and highlights the biology, ecology,…

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UMass Community Tree Conference

March 7 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
UMass Amherst, Stockbridge Hall,
80 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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The 2017 event will focus on Utilities, Communities and Urban Trees: Partnerships in Practice. Topics will include: Design Solutions for Tree and Overhead Utility Conflicts, Utility Storm Resiliency, Communities and Utilities in Partnership for Urban Trees, and Updates from the UMass Diagnostic Lab. One pesticide contact hour for categories 29, 35, 36 and Applicators License. Association credtis: 4.5 CFE, 1.5 CTSP, 5 ISA, 2 MCLP, 1 MCH, 3.5 SAF, other associations pending.

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ELA Conference & Eco-Marketplace

March 8 - March 9
UMass Amherst, Campus Center Auditorium,
1 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003 United States
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Join us for the 38th Annual Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) Conference! Wednesday’s speakers will focus on the functionality of plants and the art of stormwater management. Thursday’s sessions address revitalizing the soil food web, protecting our waterways, transitioning to a toxin free landscape, dealing with drought, and many other topics. Find out more and register. .

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Submission Deadline: DCR Arbor Day Poster Contest

March 15

Each year, over 1,500 Massachusetts fifth graders participate in the Arbor Day Poster Contest. Each school holds its own poster contest and submits their winning poster to the DCR. Prizes include art supplies, ice cream, and a tree for the winner’s school. Each year there is a theme to encourage students to think about trees in new ways. The theme for 2017 is “Trees are Terrific...from Berkshires to Bay!” View the 2017 Arbor Day Poster Contest Instructions and Activities. The…

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SEMTWAA Quarterly Dinner Meeting

March 16
John Carver Inn,
25 Summer Street
Plymouth, 02360 United States
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The second quarterly dinner meeting of the Southeastern Mass. Tree Wardens and Arborists Association (SEMTWAA), in the new location at the John Carver Inn in Plymouth. The program will feature Rainbow Tree Care Scientific Advancements presenting control strategies for emerald ash borer (EAB), Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), and Dutch elm disease (DED). The $25 price includes choice of entree, house garden salad, rolls and butter, chef's choice of potato, vegetable, dessert, and coffee/tea. Advance reservations are required; deadline is March…

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Western MA Tree Wardens Dinner Meeting: new date

March 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bluebonnet Diner,
324 King St. (Route 5)
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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DUE TO SNOWSTORM, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO MARCH 21st. We again welcome DCR's Ken Gooch as he presents updates on forest health conditions in Massachusetts. After dinner,  Dr. Brian Kane will discuss pruning trees with wildlife in mind. There will be a gathering time at 5:00, followed by the first speaker at 5:15 pm, a break for dinner, and then our second presentation will begin at 6:15. Register online or download and print the registration brochure, then mail…

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Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference

March 25 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Worcester Technical High School,
One Skyline Drive
Worcester, MA 01605 United States
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This year's topic is Scaling Up: Meeting New Challenges. The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition (MLTC)  is pleased to announce that Edward Osborne Wilson, usually cited as E. O. Wilson, an American biologist, researcher, theorist, naturalist and author will be the 2017 Plenary speaker. The Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference provides an opportunity for staff and volunteers from land trusts, urban and rural community groups, colleagues from federal, state, and local government agencies, students, and philan- thropists to participate in a full…

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Spring Kickoff for Landscapers

March 30 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
TownePlace Suites,
50 Rosebrook Place
Wareham, MA 02571 United States
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Sustainable Landscapes Management Topics include: Designing Pollinator Friendly Landscapes Including Native Shrubs in the Landscape Management of Common Diseases of Perennials in the Landscape Managing Insect Pests of Trees and Shrubs Sustainably Management of Invasive Plants in the Landscape See the full agenda at ag.umass.edu/events/spring-kickoff-for-landscapers-sustainable-landscapes-management Credits: Three pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 36, and Applicators License. Association credits: 2 ISA, 2 MCA, 2 MCLP, and 1 MCH.

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April 2017

UMass Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration with Dr. Michael Dirr

April 21 - April 22
UMass Amherst,
Amherst, MA United States
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Join us for an Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration with Dr. Michael Dirr!    Download the registration form or register online. Pre-registration is strongly suggested as space is limited. Lecture, Walkabout, and Book Signing with Dr. Michael Dirr Grand Opening of the UMass/Eversource Utility Arboretum Gordon King Memorial Tree Planting (free and open to all)

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Arbor Day in Massachusetts

April 28

Celebrate!! and start planning now, because there are only this many days till Arbor Day 2017

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May 2017

Chainsaw Safety PDS

May 16 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wellesley Municipal Light Plant,
4 Municipal Way
Wellesley, 02481 United States
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Registration for this year's workshop is online only.  If you wish to pay by check, we will send you an invoice. The deadline is May 12, but you'll want to register early to reserve your space for this popular training. Read more here about seminar topics and instructor Mark Reiland.

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June 2017

Webinar: Is Climate Change Real?

June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar,
United States
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From cities to farmlands, from forests to oceans, climate impacts virtually all facets of our daily lives. Join Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Professor and Climate Scientist, Texas Tech University, as she outlines the facts and fallacies of global climate change and its impact on the environment around us. To attend, visit  www.joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code 811-772-323. This broadcast is free and will offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit. For those who are unavailable to…

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Cancelled: Urban Tree Planting PDS: Best Practices

June 6 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Andover Public Safety Center,
32 North Main St.
Andover, MA 01810 United States
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This workshop has been cancelled. Registration is online only for this popular workshop in the Professional Development Series (PDS).  For details and to sign up, visit the registration site.

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SEMTWAA Quarterly Dinner Meeting

June 15
John Carver Inn,
25 Summer Street
Plymouth, 02360 United States
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The third quarterly dinner meeting of the Southeastern Mass. Tree Wardens and Arborists Association (SEMTWAA), in the new location at the John Carver Inn in Plymouth. The program will feature tick information for green industry professionals, presented by Larry Dapsis, Entomologist with Barnstable County Extension. The $25 dinner price includes choice of entree, house garden salad, rolls and butter, chef's choice of potato, vegetable, dessert, and coffee/tea. Advance reservations are required; deadline is June 13.

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Western MA Tree Wardens Dinner Meeting

June 20 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Bluebonnet Diner,
324 King St. (Route 5)
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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Online registration is now open! Join your colleagues for an evening of social time and education with speakers Dr. Nick Brazee of UMass Extension and Dan Mayer, commercial arborist and owner of Mayer Tree Service.

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July 2017

Webinar: Tree Growth and Response in a Changing Environment

July 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar,
United States
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Join Dr. Janusz Zwiazek, Professor and Tree Physiologist, University of Alberta as he discusses how trees grow and develop, and their response to changes in our climate and rapidly urbanizing landscapes. To attend, visit  www.joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code 759-113-739. This broadcast is free and will offer the opportunity for arborists to earn 1.0 ISA CEU and 0.5 MCA credit. For those who are unavailable to attend the live broadcast, sessions will be archived in the "videos" section at www.urbanforestrytoday.org

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August 2017

Bark Beetle Identification and Related Topics Training

August 8 - August 10
Fernald Hall, UMass Amherst,
270 Stockbridge Road
Amherst, MA United States
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This three-day training will bring together Scolytinae taxonomy experts from federal agencies and universities to provide a small group of participants with hands-on, one-on-one training on how to identify specimens to genus and species in this difficult subfamily of insects.

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Common Massachusetts Tree Pests and Threats

August 15 @ 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Florence Civic Center,
90 Park St.
Florence, 01062 United States
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With summer pushing into fall, it's time to notice tree pests and threats and also a good time to strengthen identification skills. The workshop will benefit tree professionals, conservation volunteers and members of the public having an interest in the tree health of forest and urban environments. The workshop focuses on field observation, identification, documentation techniques and the identifying signs that a tree is damaged. Topics will include Asian Longhorned Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Gypsy Moth, White…

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Asian Longhorned Beetle Field Trip

August 22 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
USDA APHIS,
151 West Boylston Dr.
Worcester, MA United States
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This Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) workshop includes a field trip in Worcester, Massachusetts, where the ALB has created havoc throughout the city and beyond. Locally organized and collaboratively sponsored by the LillyLibrary.Org and TreeNorthampton.Org's educational outreach, the workshop begins by focusing on ALB identification and field observation, how to identify ALB, the basic mechanisms of damage to a host tree and resulting damages, and a history of the ALB infestation in Worcester County. Next, the participants will move into the…

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