Society of Municipal Arborists

Leading the world in building the confidence, competence, and camaraderie of the family of professionals who create and sustain community forests.

Announcing MFI 2017

mfi logoMFI is an exciting, high-level training opportunity educating professionals in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry. This week-long intensive educational program delivers a challenging opportunity to grow a more successful community tree program. Come learn and master leadership and management tools of program administration, coalition building, strategic thinking, program planning, and public relations by investing a week in your personal growth and development. MFI 2017 will be held February 19-24 at Lake Arrowhead, CA.

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2017 Conference Call for Presentations/Workshops

The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) will hold its 53rd Annual International Urban Forestry Conference and Trade Show on November 14th, 2017 in Tulsa, OK. Pre-conference workshops will be held on Monday, November 13th, 2017 in the afternoon. SMA invites potential speakers to submit presentation/workshop proposals to the SMA Conference Committee.

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm EDT on March 1, 2017. Read more for additional details and to submit your proposal online.


Roundtable LogoCity Trees Roundtables

The Roundtable format was a suggestion from Dr. Nina Bassuk that we took and ran with. Each Roundtable contains advice and anecdotes from on average 8 to 10 professionals. We would like the Roundtables to be more freely available. They hold up! Be sure to "Read More" in this section to view all our Roundtable selections.

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2017 Internship News

SMA members may apply to host a summer intern for 10 weeks during the summer, or new this year, they may apply for an intern to help with a specific project; the hours to be determined by the project needs. Also new this year, SMA members may recruit a student intern from a local educational institution. Read more to learn the details, download our 2017 Internship Flyer and complete application forms.


EAB Position Paper & Toolbox

As Emerald Ash Borer continues to ravage the ash populations of many North American communities, the SMA Board, under the leadership of President John McNeil and with the help of the SMA Past Presidents' Council, has undertaken to provide our members with the greatest possible range of information to assist in planning for the tiny, green pest.



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