RELIVE THE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 49th ANNUAL SMA INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW by purchasing a virtual livecast. This is a great tool to use as a platform for sharing best practices in urban forest partnership, planning and management, in addition to offering models of sustainability and innovation across all groups who serve community trees.

    • Cost: $199
    • Access the entire presentation online through October, 2014
    • Includes the Emerald Ash Borer Workshop
    • Earn 6 CEUs for the conference (purchasers only)
    • Watch on any computer, any time, at your convenience
    • Share with co-workers





Healthy Trees, Healthy Cities - Bill Toomey, Director of Forest Health Protection, The Nature Conservancy
The Healthy Urban Tree Initiative is a comprehensive approach designed to help maintain the health of urban forest resources and more effectively address the major threat that non-native tree pests pose to our trees and forests. The main goals of this Initiative are to enable the earlier detection of new pest introductions to the United States, as well as established invasive pests migrating to new locations within the United States. There are five major strategies to this initiative: 1) Establish national and local coordinating partnerships; 2) Assess urban forest health; 3) Develop information management, trainings, and tools; 4) Engage youth and the public in tree stewardship; and 5) Outreach and communications to raise public awareness. This session will acquaint SMA members with the Healthy Urban Tree Initiative and provide opportunities for SMA input and participation.

How Tracking Tree Phenology Can Help You - Theresa Crimmins, USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN), Dudley Hartel, Urban Forestry South, USDA Forest Service
Phenology refers to key seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year - such as flowering, emergence of insects and migration of birds - especially their timing and relationship with weather and climate( Regularly tracking tree phenology, or the timing of events such as leaf-out, flowering, fruiting, and leaf drop can provide a wealth of information that can inform the types of decisions and activities that arborists and urban foresters undertake. Instructors will also provide details and examples of how to observe tree and plant phenology using Nature' s Notebook, the national, online program through which professionals, scientists, and non-scientists regularly record the phenological status of plants and animals. The USA-NPN provides standardized observation protocols, long-term data management, and data visualization and download through the Nature's Notebook program. USA-NPN training resources, promotional materials, and smartphone apps for data collection will be introduced, and participants will be given clear instructions for obtaining further information.

Oh Nuts! Developing a Heritage Orchard Management Plan - Mark Brown, Consulting Forester, B A Blackwell Associates
In 2012 a heritage orchard management plan was developed for the Gellatly Nut Farm Regional Park which was jointly funded through Tree Canada TD Green Streets program. This presentation will demonstrate the importance of conserving valuable genetic germplasm resources in cities, arboretum and natural areas, for both present and future generations. The presentation will offer insight into the importance of identifying cultural landscape values in the conservation of heritage trees and natural parkland.

Summer Vacation? No Way! The SMA Intern Experience
SMA Interns will be sharing key experiences.

SMA Lightning Round
Time to kick it up a notch? SMA has programs to benefit all members. Past participants who have taken advantage of these member perks will share their experiences, the value of the programs they participated in, and the benefits they received. Learn how SMA programs can take you to the next level!

Standardization of Sampling Units to Improve Street Tree Population Estimates Derived By I-tree Streets Software - Mason Patterson, Inventory Arborist, Bartlett Research Laboratories
During sample street tree inventories conducted by Virginia Tech Urban Forestry, it was observed that the lengths of the sample streets recommended by i-Tree varied greatly within most municipalities leading to concern about the impact of street length variation on sampling precision. This project was conducted to improve i-Tree Streets by changing the recommended sampling protocol without altering the software. Standardizing street segment length prior to conducting a street tree inventory significantly increases the precision of total population estimates, reduces the segments that must be sampled to achieve a desired precision, and increases the level of precision that can be achieved at a given sampling intensity. Recommendations will be suggested for the best length to standardize street segments, opportunities for future work will be identified, and the implications of the findings will be discussed.

Exploring the Options to Measure, Establish and Implement Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Goals
Ian Hanou, Owner, Plan-it-Geo
Ivan Listar, Urban Forestry Manager, London, Ontario, Canada
Josh Behounek, Urban Forester, Davey Resource Group
Lisa Ceoffe, Urban Forester, City of Pittsburgh
Matt Erb, Director of Urban Forestry, Tree Pittsburgh

This panel discussion will focus on the various methods and tools available to implement UTC projects and why setting UTC goals are crucial in today's urban forest.

Evidence Linking Trees and Human Health - Geoffrey Donovan, PhD, USDA Forest Service
This presentation will focus on results from two studies linking trees and human health. The first found a link between trees and birth outcomes in Portland, Oregon, and the second showed that loss of trees from the emerald ash borer was associated with increased cardiovascular and lower-respiratory mortality. Dr. Donovan will discuss his findings in the broader context of emerging research linking trees and public health. In the final part of the session, Dr. Donovan will discuss the direction of his ongoing and future research including his collaboration with the Women's Health Initiative.


A rebroadcast of SMA's EAB Workshop, produced 11/6/13 in Pittsburgh, PA in conjunction with the SMA Annual Conference (~2hrs30min)  – Improve your EAB/Ash Tree inventory, planning, mitigation options understanding, and communications based upon case study experience and best practices from early impacted communities and ash populations.

Better prepare to answer questions about this destructive little green invasive pest and understand where additional resources are available.  – Earn ISA CEUs: 3 Certified Arborist, I Utility Arborist (purchasers only)
 – Access available through October 2014.
Workshop Moderator: Jerri LaHaie Executive Director, SMA

Workshop Presentations include:

Development of SMA's EAB Position Paper - Gene Hyde, City Forester, City of Chattanooga, TN ~20min
The i-Tree Tool - Al Zelaya, Research urban forester, Davey Institute, Chicago, Il ~20min
The Branch Sampling and Other Detection Tools - Dr. Krista Ryall, Canadian Forest Service ~20min
The Management Planning Tool and the Tree Treatment Tool using TreeAzin: a Biopesticide - Joe Meating, President, BioForest Technologies Inc. ~20min
Impacts of EAB: Response of Hydro Distributors and Their Customers - Geoff Kempter, Technical Services Manager, Asplundh Tree Expert Co. ~20min
Impacts of EAB: Community Response and Mobilization - Philip Gruszka, Director of Parks Management and Maintenance, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy ~20min
Working with Communities Impacted by EAB — A State Perspective - Nick Kuhn, Community Forestry Coordinator, Missouri Department of Conservation ~20min
Applying all the Tools into a Comprehensive Municipal EAB Management Program - John McNeil, R.P.F., Manager of Forestry, Town of Oakville ~20min