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December 2018

Webinar: An Intro to GIS Applications in Urban Forestry

December 5, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar United States

Join Dr. Forrest Bowlick, University of Massachusetts, for this lunchtime webcast, as he defines and discusses GIS options that arborists and communities may implement to enhance their urban tree management programs. Attend live & receive free ISA/MCA CEU's by visiting www.joinwebinar.com & entering code # 500-170-851

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Managing Roadside Tree Mortality – Worcester

December 7, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Worcester Parks and Recreation, 50 Skyline Drive
Worcester, MA 01605 United States
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Many communities are seeing significant roadside tree mortality, of oaks especially, and/or a significant number of trees in severe decline due to repeated drought and pressure from gypsy moth and other pests. Additionally, ash trees are dying due to emerald ash borer and ash decline. It is important for communities to manage risk from these trees in order to prevent personal injury and property damage and manage exposure to liability. This workshop will provide an overview of tree mortality across…

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Tree City USA – Application Deadline

December 31, 2018

Deadline to apply for the Arbor Day Foundation programs: Tree City USA - Tree Campus USA - Tree Line USA

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January 2019

Webinar: Managing Emerald Ash Borer

January 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar United States

Join Dr. Phillip Lewis, USDA APHIS, as he highlights practical strategies and discusses the latest research regarding the management of Emerald Ash Borer. To attend live, & receive Free CEU's visit: www.joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code: 252-290-115

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MTWFA Annual Conference 2019

January 8 - January 9
Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center, 366 Main Street
Sturbridge, MA 01566 United States
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February 2019

Spotted Lanternfly Preparedness Conference

February 7 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Doubletree Hotel Milford, 11 Beaver St.
Milford, MA 01757 United States
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The spotted lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) was first detected in the United States in Pennsylvania in 2014. This non-native, invasive insect has since had a large impact on agricultural and ornamental crops and the quality of life of many Pennsylvania residents. While this insect is associated with the invasive tree of heaven (Ailanthus altissima), it has been reported from 70+ species of host plants, including apple, plum, peach, grape, and many native and ornamental trees and shrubs. This insect is unfortunately…

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Webinar: Managing a Municipal Nursery

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar United States

Join Urban Forestry Today for the February 7th noonhour (Eastern) webcast, "From Seed to Shade: Managing a Municipal Nursery." Alex Sherman, City Forester/Tree Warden for the City of Springfield, MA will discuss the do's and don'ts of managing a municipal nursery. Attend live & receive Free ISA/MCA CEU's by visiting www.joinwebinar.com and entering code 183-771-419.  

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March 2019

UMass Community Tree Conference

March 5 @ 8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Save the date and watch this space and the UMass Events Calendar for details.

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Western Mass. Tree Wardens Spring Meeting

March 12 @ 5:00 am - 7:00 pm
Bluebonnet Diner, 324 King St. (Route 5)
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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The Western Massachusetts Tree Wardens, a sub-chapter of MTWFA, holds quarterly meetings that are open to municipal, utility and commercial arborists and all others who are interested, from any region. Online registration is now open for the spring dinner meeting at the Bluebonnet Diner in Northampton. Need more information, or prefer to register by mail? Download the Spring 2019 registration brochure.

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TickReport Webinar Series: #1 Deer Ticks and Associated Diseases

March 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar United States

Tune into TickTalk with TickReport, a FREE live webinar series by Dr. Stephen Rich, Director of the UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology, 12-1 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in February, March, April, May, and October 2019. View topics and descriptions of all webinars. Join us for the next webinar! March 13, noon-1 pm DEER TICKS (Ixodes scapularis) AND ASSOCIATED DISEASES Speaker: Dr. Stephen Rich, UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology The black-legged (deer) tick is the primary vector of several tick-borne diseases…

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Webinar: Urban Forestry Contracts for Municipalities

March 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar United States

Join Marc Welch, City Forester/Tree Warden for Newton MA, for the 'Urban Forestry Today' noonhour (Eastern) webcast as he outlines best practices associated with designing and promoting urban forestry contracts for municipalities.  Attend live & receive Free ISA/MCA CEU's by visiting www.joinwebinar.com & entering code 525-196-411

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Spring Kickoff Day for Landscapers

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:15 pm
TownePlace Suites, 50 Rosebrook Place
Wareham, MA 02571 United States
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Sustainable landscaping uses multiple management strategies that seek to reduce negative impacts on the environment while maintaining aesthetically pleasing landscapes. Learn about effective pest management strategies and practices that provide beautiful and environmentally friendly landscapes for your customers. Topics include: Updates About Winter Moth and Gypsy Moth and Successes with Using Biological Control Attracting Birds in Designed Landscapes Effective Strategies for Managing Landscape Weeds Taming the Top 10 Troublesome Diseases of Woody Landscape Plants See the full agenda at http://ag.umass.edu/landscape/events/spring-kickoff-for-landscapers-umass-extensions-landscape-education-day Credits: Four pesticide…

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April 2019

EAB Workshop (Holliston): Identification and Detection

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join DCR foresters at this field workshop where you will learn to identify the signs and symptoms of an emerald ash borer infestation (see most recent map of EAB detections in Massachusetts). The workshop is free of charge and open to all, but does require registration by April 1, 2019. To register, Email Nicole Kelleher  with your name, which date you will be attending (April 9 at Holliston Town Forest OR April 11 at South Hadley's Bachelor Brook Resource Area)…

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EAB Workshop (South Hadley): Identification and Detection

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join DCR foresters at this field workshop where you will learn to identify the signs and symptoms of an emerald ash borer infestation (see most recent map of EAB detections in Massachusetts). The workshop is free of charge and open to all, but does require registration by April 1, 2019. To register, Email Nicole Kelleher  with your name, which date you will be attending (April 9 at Holliston Town Forest OR April 11 at South Hadley's Bachelor Brook Resource Area)…

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Preparing for An OSHA Inspection-Free webinar

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar United States

This webinar is a collaboration between the Department of Labor Standards and Baystate Roads. It will include an overview of the updated law, the DLS inspection process, questions about reporting, and where to start to prepare for an inspection. In addition, the course will highlight some of specific areas of concern that are typical in city/town highway departments or DPW’s.  There will be opportunity for Q & A at the end of the webinar. Target Audience Cities and Towns who…

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Ticks and Tick-Associated Diseases Conference

April 24 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Doubletree Hotel Milford, 11 Beaver St.
Milford, MA 01757 United States
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Landscapers, arborists, tree wardens, lawn care professionals, grounds managers, and essentially any professionals working outdoors runs the risk of encountering, being bitten by, and contracting a tick-associated disease from multiple tick species in Massachusetts. This conference brings together speakers who will discuss what is currently known about tick and tick-associated diseases in Massachusetts and surrounding states, habitat and winter survival of ticks, personal protection, and the management of ticks in landscapes. Five pesticide contact hours for categories 29, 35, 36, 37,…

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June 2019

i-Tree Workshop in Acton

June 4 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Acton Public Safety Facility, EOC, 371 Main St.
Acton, MA 01720 United States
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Are you looking to justify your tree program with cost/benefit analysis?  Do you want to help your community understand the contribution trees provide to people every day? Are you interested in connecting trees to broad sustainability goals? i-Tree can help! This half-day workshop will show you all the latest i-Tree tools and teach you how to use this resource to quantify tree benefits and value. Instructor Josh Behounek of Davey Resource Group will use the big screen to walk through…

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Western Mass. Tree Wardens Summer Meeting

June 11 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Bluebonnet Diner, 324 King St. (Route 5)
Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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The Summer Dinner Meeting will feature two great speakers. Ken Gooch from the DCR Forest Health Program with updates on the latest forest health conditions to know and watch for, including gypsy moth, emerald ash borer, spotted lanternfly and more. This will be the last official appearance for Ken before he retires! Our other featured speaker will be Russell Holman of Arborway Tree Care, explaining safe work practices for arborists and how safety can save time, money and lives. Don't…

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Ornamental Tree and Shrub ID and Insect Walk

June 12 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive
Boylston, MA 01505 United States
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Studying for the MCH, MCLP, or MCA exam? Want some hands-on experience identifying significant landscape plants to expand your palette of offerings for your clients while also scouting for potential insect problems? Join Tawny Simisky, UMass Extension Entomologist, and Mandy Bayer, Extension Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst, for a walk around the grounds at Tower Hill. This will be the perfect time of year to focus on trees and shrubs with particular seasonal interest as well as insect pests that…

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Attracting Wildlife & Obtaining Benefits from Urban Trees

June 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Online webinar United States

Join Tierney Bocsi, University of Massachusetts, for the June 13th 'Urban Forestry Today' noonhour (Eastern) webcast as she discusses strategies and research findings regarding attracting wildlife and maximizing benefits from urban trees. Attend live & receive Free ISA/MCA CEU's by visiting www.joinwebinar.com & entering: 623-824-819

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