MQTW course outline

All sessions will take place from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm.  Pre-registration for entire course is required.

Session One – October 10, 2017 – Eversource, Westwood
What you need to know to be a tree warden, including work priorities, public relations, and cultivating community support
Plant ecology, botany and soils
Tree identification (all six sessions)
Arboricultural safety, ANSI Z133, and EHAP introduction
Session Two – November 14, 2017 – Eversource, Westwood
Massachusetts tree laws
Working with utility arborists
Budgeting, outside contracting, ANSI A300 Tree Care Practices
Session Three -December 20, 2017 -Eversource, Westwood
Tree wardens and the community: working with other departments, tree boards, volunteers, and the media.
Storm preparation: planning with other departments and the utility company, using i-Tree
Managing and funding tree programs: municipal budgets, DCR & other grants, writing grant applications, Tree City USA and other programs
Municipal Plant Health Care (PHC)
Construction zone management
Session Four – March 8, 2018 – Acton Public Safety Facility
Tree risk evaluation, inventory policy, and liability
Decay and structural support of trees
Session Five – April 17, 2018 – Eversource, Westwood
A300 tree risk management
Tree risk field evaluation
Session Six – May 1, 2018 – Eversource, Westwood
Municipal inventories and i-Tree
Streetscape design and tree planting
Tree planting best practices