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The Society of Municipal Arborists will hold its 39th Annual Conference and Tradeshow in Santa Monica, Calif., October 5-9, 2003. The theme this year is "Complete Urban Forest Management." Walt Warriner, the forester for the city of Santa Monica, is the conference chairman. "I have always believed that being a municipal arborist requires involvement at every department within a government agency," Mr. Warriner wrote in a message to SMA members about the, conference. "The arborist must be able to educate other departments about the importance of the urban forest, and the most effective way to do that is with a complete urban forest management plan." Below is the detailed schedule for the event. For particulars on the meeting, contact the SMA at (706) 769-7412. Society of Municipal Arborists 39th Annual Conference and Tradeshow October 5 - October 9, 2003 "Complete Urban Forest Management" PRELIMINARY PROGRAM Sunday, October 5, 2003 1:00 - 4:00 Street Tree Tour through the cities of Santa Monica, Los Angeles & Beverly Hills Walt Warriner, Community Forester, City of Santa Monica, CA George Gonzalez, Chief Forester, Los Angeles, CA Ken Pfalzgraf, Urban Forestry Supervisor, Beverly Hills, CA Dave Cooper, Area Manager, West Coast Arborists, Inc Monday, October 6, 2003 8:00 - 8:30 Opening Walt Warriner, Conference Chair Opening Address - Steve Cothrel, SMA President Welcoming Address - Mayor of Santa Monica 8:30 - 9:30 What makes a complete Urban Forest Management Plan? Ed Macie, Regional Urban Forester Southern Center for Wildland Urban Interface Research & Information This session will address the value of embracing other departments within and outside of your own agency with the objective of putting together an Urban Forest Management Plan that includes more than just tree care. 9:30 - 10:00 Bringing It All Together: Linking Your Urban Forest Management Plan, Tree Inventory, Benefit-Cost Analysis and Budgeting. Greg McPherson This presentation provides an overview of the approach used to develop the City of Davis Community Forest Management Plan. Also, it describes the computer program STRATUM developed by the Center for use by municipal foresters. 10:00-10:30 Break with exhibitors 10:30 - 11:15 Assessing Your Street Tree Resource. Scott Maco/Greg McPherson Once a sample or full tree inventory has been done the real fun begins. This interactive session explores what it all means--what's out there and what do you want. Topics include: scales of analysis (city-wide, zone, species), current and optimal stocking, species diversity, age diversity, canopy cover, condition/health, management needs (hazards, pruning cycles, conflicts), and benefit-cost ratios. 11:15 - 11:45 Getting the Funding You Need. Greg McPherson How to develop a 5-year approach to budgeting and its place in the management plan. The approach involves estimating the total cost of addressing current management needs, then developing a level of service matrix to show how costs will vary as priorities shift and levels of service change. Research that shows how lower service levels adversely impact tree health, management costs, and benefits produced will be discussed. 12:00-1:00 Lunch 1:15 -2:30 What Makes Plans Work? Perspectives of the Municipal Arborist and Consultants This presentation identifies the standard components of urban forest management plans and reviews the life histories of four urban forestry plans. 2:30-3:00 Break with exhibitors 3:00 - 4:00 What Makes Plans Work? Perspectives of the Municipal Arborist and Consultants This will be an interactive session presented by Urban Forest Managers and Urban Forest Consultants that have written, implemented and administered urban forest management plans. Panelists will discuss issues that are sometimes overlooked at the time a plan is written, yet come to light after the plan has been implemented. Tuesday, October 7, 2003 7:00 - 7:45 SMA Business Meeting 8:00-8:50 What a Planning Department looks for in an Urban Forest Management Plan Peter Gutowsky, Senior Planner, City of Salem, Oregon This presentation will discuss how the City of Salem used the results of an Urban Ecosystem Analysis as a basis for re-evaluating its Tree Preservation Ordinance. Through citizen activism, public and private partnerships and participatory planning, the city developed new tree preservation regulations. Their objective was to move beyond a regulatory framework and develop an urban forestry management strategy that includes tree preservation, and replanting programs to replenish urban ecosystems. 9:00 - 9:30 What a Public Works Director looks for in an Urban Forest Management Plan Peter Cowles, General Services Manager, Modesto, CA 9:30 - 10:00 Break with exhibitors 10:00 - 10:45 What a City Manager looks for in an Urban Forest Management Plan Susan Mc Carthy, City Manager Santa Monica, CA 10:45 - 11:45 Safety Training Programs for your Municipality Ken Palmer, ArborMaster Training In today's tree care industry, safety, skill and productivity are three essential elements for a successful tree care program. The most effective way to keep up with the latest techniques is with a comprehensive training program. This session will show municipal tree managers how a complete training program creates a safer work environment, reduces potential risk and increases productivity. 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 1:00 - 1:45 Gaining Public Support for your Urban Forest Management Plan - A Success Story Angelica Roque - Tree Musketeers Angelica Roque will share experience and insight into the evolution of a truly mutually beneficial partnership between a community group and a Municipal Arborist, potholes in the road to be avoided, and the reciprocal roles both can play in advancing a community forestry program. Learn where to find the people who can jumpstart a citizens' advocacy group, and techniques for keeping the relationship on track. Miss Roque will introduce conference attendees to Count On Kids, a youth tree planting campaign that can be a tool for mobilizing young citizens in any community. 1:45 - 2:45 Digital Trees in the Urban Forest: Ralph Nevill Ph.D. Manager of Urban Forestry, ACRT, Inc Tree care has joined the technological age with computerized inventories and GPS/GIS mapping. A tree inventory and digital map of your City's trees provides invaluable information for planning and budgeting purposes that can be used by multiple departments within your city. This session will be based on examples of current and previous projects completed by ACRT. 2:45 - 3:15 Break with exhibitors 3:15 - 4:00 Putting your GIS program to work. Walt Warriner, Community Forester, Santa Monica, CA This session will show the fun you can have with a GIS program, how it will enhance a tree management program, its interaction with other departments conducting work in the City and how it can effectively keep the public informed. 5:30 SMA Awards Ceremony & Banquet, Wednesday, October 8, 2003 8:15 - 9:00 Compendium of Reducing Tree Root & Infrastructure Conflicts Larry Costello, University of California Cooperative Extension Service Hardscape damage by tree roots is a ubiquitous problem in the United States and abroad. Sidewalk, curb, and gutter damage can be found in every city, and virtually wherever trees are planted in close proximity to hardscape elements and he cost of this damage is significant. A number of strategies have been used to reduce infrastructure damage by tree roots. While some of these strategies have been well described, many have not and information is often sparse and scattered. This session introduces the first attempt to collect all information available regarding strategies and make it available to professionals who manage tree and infrastructure conflicts. 9:00 - 10:00 New Ideas for Sidewalk Management George Gonzalez, Chief Forester, Los Angeles, CA The urban environment is a labyrinth of infrastructure elements, such as streets, curbs, sidewalks, sewer lines, overhead utilities, and storm drains. Many times, this struggle for survival results in the destruction or damage of that adjacent infrastructure. Since cities and their constituents have placed a high priority on the survival of their urban forest, the innovative use of alternative methods, such as meandering sidewalks, root bridging, sidewalk cutouts and expanding tree wells are quickly becoming the norm. 10:00-10:15 Break with exhibitors 10:15 - 11:15 High Profile Tree Maintenance Ken Pfalzgraf, Urban Forestry Supervisor, Beverly Hills, CA Most agencies have their high profile trees, the ones that everyone knows and loves, with a large portion of the budget going towards their care. This presentation discusses the pressures of maintaining valuable, high profile trees in Beverly Hills that are not only important to the community, but to the Hollywood film industry as well. 11:15 - 12:00 Plant Health Care IS for Municipal Foresters Kay Sicheneder, Owen Tree Service, Inc. Urban forestry budgets are typically tight, yet Plant Health Care need not, and should not, be the lowest priority. Apply PHC, extend the useful life of the trees you manage, and save money in replacement costs. This preventive, proactive approach enables tree managers to avoid pest injury and the resulting public concern and costly cures. Be prepared rather than perplexed during your next municipal tree "bug crisis". 12:00 - 3:00 Picnic & tree planting ceremony

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