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.

The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) will hold its 52nd Annual International Urban Forestry Conference and Trade Show on November 15, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Call for Presentations/Workshops
Pre-conference workshops will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016 in the afternoon. SMA invites potential speakers to submit presentation/workshop proposals to the SMA Conference Committee.

Presentations/workshops should be geared towards building stronger municipal urban forestry programs. Topics of interest, but not limited to, are successful collaborations with other municipal departments, non-profits, and the public; active use of tree inventories; trees and public health; proactive management plans for tree maintenance and/or pest/disease control; marketing your program to increase funding or build new programs; promoting and utilizing current BMP's for tree care.

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