SMA Liaison David S. Bienemann Ohio Liaison

David S. Bienemann

[email protected]

State Coordinators:
Acting State Coordinator: Ann Bonner, [email protected]

Coming Events in State
Ohio Chapter ISA
Ohio Independent Arborist Association
ODNR Division of Forestry - Tree Commission Academy (TCA

National Conferences
ISA 2023 Annual International Conference
ISA International Tree Climbing Championships
2023 Trees & Utilities Conference
2023 SMA International Urban Forestry Conference

State of Ohio: Upcoming Urban Forestry Conferences, Trainings, and Events

  • 2023 Ohio TRAQ (Tree Risk Assessment Qualification) Course – Stow, Ohio October 17-20, 2023
  • Tree Commission Academy (TCA):
    • City of Fairfield, Ohio – September 12 & 13, 2023 from 9 am to 3 pm. Registration deadline by August 29, 2023.
    • City of Sydney, Ohio – November 15 & 16, 2023 from 9 am to 3 pm. Registration deadline by November 1, 2023.

ACRT Arborist Training Courses: See website -Training and Workshops for Arborists | ACRT Arborist Training

Urban Forestry Economic Analysis in Ohio

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry and the Ohio Chapter ISA recently participated in a study led by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and funded through a USDA Landscape Scale Restoration grant. The comprehensive analysis of the economic contributions of urban and community forestry was completed across the Northeast-Midwest region which includes 20 states and Washington, D.C. Results from the modeling suggest that in 2018, urban forestry activities in Ohio directly contributed $1.9 billion in industry output by supporting 24,717 full- and part-time jobs in various businesses and activities. Including direct, indirect, and induced effects, urban forestry had a total contribution of $3.1 billion in industry output to the state economy, employing 33,214 people with a payroll of about $1.3 billion. The reports and factsheets can all be found on the Northeast-Midwest State Foresters Alliance (NMSFA) website, Please join the Ohio Chapter ISA and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in promoting and communicating these important figures to community leaders, decision makers, and the general public.

ODNR Urban Canopy Restoration Grant Program

  • Awarded $250,000 for tree planting to 16 communities in 2021
  • $470,000 available in 2022 for tree planting on non-federal, public lands (RFP announced in Aug)
  • Only Ohio cities, villages, and townships are eligible to submit proposals
  • Grant requests may range from $2,500 to $25,000 and MUST be matched equally, dollar for dollar
  • Applications are due October 14th
  • Applicants notified of finding status by Oct. 27th
  • Projects must be completed by December 31, 2023