SMA Liaison David S. Bienemann Ohio Liaison

David S. Bienemann

[email protected]

State Coordinators:
Tyler Stevenson - [email protected] /

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

National Conferences
2022 Annual International Conference in Malmo
2022 International Tree Climbing Championship
2022 SMA Conference on Seattle, WA November 14-15, 2022

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

  • 9/20: Chainsaw Use & Operation – Lima & Findlay
  • 9/21: Chainsaw Use & Operation – Perrysburg
  • 9/21: Southwest Ohio Urban Forestry Conference – Symmes Township
  • 9/23: Cuyahoga Tree Symposium – Beechwood
  • 9/25 - 9/30: Municipal Forestry Institute – Bowling Green
  • 9/25 & 10/2: Freshman Tree Commission Academy – Oak Harbor
  • 9/30: Southeast Ohio Tree Care Conference – Athens
  • 10/14: Central Ohio Urban Forestry Conference – Bexley
  • 11/2: Northwest Ohio Urban Forestry Conference – Bluffton
  • 1/11 - 1/12/23: Freshman Tree Commission Academy – Tiffin
  • 1/18 - 1/19/23: Freshman Tree Commission Academy – Waterville
  • 2/7 - 2/9/23: 2023 Ohio Tree Care Conference – Newark, Ohio
  • 3/10/23: North Coast Urban Forestry Conference – Lakewood Community College


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