Community Forestry & Arboriculture
The Alaska Community Forestry Program has produced and recorded the webinars described below. The webinars are posted to the Alaska Division of Forestry YouTube channel.
The webinar series was sponsored by the Alaska Community Forestry Program, the Oregon Department of Forestry, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the Idaho Department of Lands, and Oregon State University, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and was made possible with a grant from the US Forest Service.
- Understanding Tree Risk: A Webinar for Municipal Officials - This important webinar is for mayors, city councilors, city managers and attorneys. It will help community leaders mitigate risk associated with public trees, understand city responsibilities, and more. Hosts are Paul Ries, Oregon Community Forestry Coordinator and Jerry Mason, Attorney for the Association of Idaho Cities. Download the presentations here (65 MB). Within the zip file are two PDF files—one for each of the two presentations, and an accompanying audio (MP3) file for each. Questions and answers are located near the end of the second audio file.
Selecting and Planting High Quality Trees -
Learn to select the best trees and plant them properly so they will provide a lifetime of benefits. Selecting a tree with good structure and roots will save you from a lot of headaches. High quality trees have a better chance to thrive and are less prone to insect and disease problems.
Pruning Young Trees for Strong Structure -
Pruning young trees will increase their value and life span, making them community assets rather than liabilities. Properly pruned trees require less maintenance and are less likely to break during storms. This webinar builds on the concepts introduced in "Selecting and Planting High Quality Trees" therefore viewing both is recommended. Audio starts at 17 seconds.
Preparing for the Certified Arborist Exam -
Becoming an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist demonstrates that you are a professional with a high level of knowledge about trees. This webinar will cover exam format, introduce the materials you might expect in the exam and recommend study materials. Audio starts at 1:21.
What did we learn from the September 2012 windstorm? -
Fall of 2012 was a stormy one for many areas of South Central Alaska; strong winds and precipitation left countless trees damaged or uprooted and caused property damage. This webinar includes observations in the Anchorage area, lessons learned and tips on how to avoid conditions that may lead to future trees failures. Audio starts at 2:49.
- Alaskaplants.org - Alaskaplants.org - Information about trees, shrubs, and vines known to be growing successfully in Alaska landscapes. The site will help you plant the right plant in the right place.
- Hazard Tree Management in Alaska - US Forest Service website provides basic information about hazardous trees.
- University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service - hundreds of publications on gardening, landscaping and sustainable living.
- Rain Gardens - Municipality of Anchorage Watershed Management Services’ website provides information on using trees and other plants to reduce storm water runoff and keep pollutants from our waterways.
- Localplants.org – Local Alaskan plants clearinghouse for people interested in producing or purchasing plants in Alaska, reducing invasive species, and supporting local business.
- Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plants Management - Committee for Noxious and Invasive Plants Management - raises awareness of the problems caused by non-native invasive plants in Alaska.
- Alaska Pioneer Fruit Growers Association - experiences of successful fruit growing in Alaska.
- The International Society of Arboriculture - professional certification organization with a wealth of information related to tree care and a directory of certified arborists.
- Pacific Northwest Chapter of International Society of Arboriculture - promotes proper tree care in the Northwest.
- Society of Municipal Arborists - promotes and improves the practice of professional municipal arboriculture and aims to raise public appreciation for the importance of urban trees.
- Tree Care Industry Association - develops safety and education programs, standards of tree care practice, and management information for arboriculture firms worldwide.
- USDA Forest Service - provides funds to state community forestry programs and is the national partner in assisting communities.
- National Urban & Community Forestry Advisory Council - supports urban and community forestry at a national level and administers an annual federally funded grant program.
- Alliance for Community Trees - dedicated to improving cities, towns and metropolitan areas through information sharing, training, technical assistance, policy and program development, and advocacy.
- National Arbor Day Foundation - aims to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees through education and programs like Tree City USA, Tree Line USA, and Tree Campus USA.
- American Forests - nation's oldest nonprofit citizens' conservation organization, a world leader in planting trees for environmental restoration and the science and practice of urban forestry.
- Center for Watershed Protection - non-profit corporation that provides technical tools for protecting streams, lakes and rivers.
- Community Trees - Trees don’t cost. They pay. Learn about the economic, social, and environmental benefits that trees provide.
Research and Education
- "Stem Girdling Roots: The Underground Epidemic Killing Our Trees," - University of Minnesota and the USDA Forest Service (2011)
- Human Dimensions of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening - research on peoples' perceptions and behaviors regarding nature in cities.
- Green Cities: Good Health - research on how nature in cities improves human health and well-being.
- Urban Natural Resources Institute - monthly online presentations on timely topics and research.
- Center for Urban Forest Research - scientific evidence that urban forests add value to communities by USDA Forest Service.
- Morton Arboretum - research on tree health and improvement with special emphasis on roots and the environment below ground.
- Washington State University Extension - fact sheets, case studies, and research that expose horticultural myths.
- The University of Florida Extension - information and PowerPoint presentations on urban trees and forestry suitable for all regions and climates.
- Online seminars for municipal arborists with articles and tests for continuing education credits.
Other ResourcesOregon State University Landscape Plants: Images, Identification, and Information Raising Forest Tree Seedlings at Home: Simple Methods for Growing Conifers of the Pacific Northwest from Seeds Illinois Green Industry Association - guidelines for growing, planting, and maintaining healthy trees; photos and up-to-date specifications. Reforestation, Nurseries and Genetics Resources - Art and science of raising seedlings.
- Library books on trees and arboriculture - Most of the books in the list are reference books donated by the Alaska Community Forestry Program.
- American Standard for Nursery Stock (ANSI Z60.1-2004)
- Northern Trees- process of tree selection and list of northern species.
- The USDA PLANTS Database
- Cornell University Urban Horticulture Institute and Woody Plants Database
- Oregon State University Landscape Plants: Images, Identification, and Information
- Raising Forest Tree Seedlings at Home: Simple Methods for Growing Conifers of the Pacific Northwest from Seeds
- Illinois Green Industry Association - guidelines for growing, planting, and maintaining healthy trees; photos and up-to-date specifications.
- Reforestation, Nurseries and Genetics Resources - Art and science of raising seedlings.