Registration is now open for the Fall Dinner Meeting of the Western Mass. Tree Wardens. This event at the Bluebonnet Diner will feature speakers Springfield’s Alex Sherman on Contracting Urban Forest Work, and DCR’s Ken Gooch giving us the latest Forest Health Update (1 pesticide credit: core, and category 35, 36). Register here online. To view the complete evening program or to register by mail, download and print the fall dinner meeting brochure.
The Southeastern Mass. Tree Wardens’ and Arborists’ Association (SEMTWAA) will host its annual Field Day and Equipment Show on September 20 at the Upland Sportsman’s Club in Plympton, MA. Register now to attend and enjoy the classic chicken barbecue, visit vendors displaying the latest gear and equipment, view or join in the fun skills competitions, and purchase raffle tickets to win a new chainsaw. All proceeds benefit the SEMTWAA Student Scholarship Fund. Download the brochure here and return with your payment to SEMTWAA, or email your ticket order to SEMTWAA@gmail.com. Advance reservations are required.
Registration is now open for Establishing Trees in the Urban Environment, the next event in MTWFA’s popular Professional Development Series (PDS). Plan now for an educational field trip to western Mass. in the beautiful fall foliage season! Register here online. To view the agenda or to register by mail, download and print the brochure.
Every two years, UMass Extension offers its popular Green School, a comprehensive 12-day certificate short course for Green Industry professionals taught by UMass Extension Specialists and University of Massachusetts faculty. This course will not be offered again until 2020.
Designed for landscapers, lawn care specialists, nursery operators, sports field managers, public and private grounds managers, arborists and others in the green industry, our comprehensive course is for horticultural professionals who want to gain an understanding of economically feasible and environmentally responsible plant and land care practices and the relation of those practices to protecting the environment. Both experienced professionals as well as those entering the green industries will benefit from this course. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED, AS SPACE IS LIMITED! ag.umass.edu/landscape/education/umass-extensions-green-school
Stay up to date with the emerald ash borer (EAB) detection map from the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture (MDAR). The current map shows recent finds in Westfield, Southampton, and Springfield.