From Stephanie Miler, Regional Urban Forester, Ohio DNR
It is a new year and there are many opportunities to grow and learn in 2019. Below are just a few events and articles!
Young Tree Structural Pruning
January 9, 2019
Donnell Lodge, Camp
Berry, 11716 Co Rd 40, Findlay (enter west entrance)
Want to learn one of the easiest,
most cost-effective tree maintenance activities your community, agency, or
company can do? Young tree structural pruning takes a little bit to learn, but
has a lifetime of benefits by improving the value of your
trees & tree canopy and heading off costly storm damage.
Join us for this hands-on experience…and you get to meet other cool people
doing tree stuff!
Lunch with voluntary donation
(because we’re a little way from town we’re bringing it in)
Dress for the weather
Bring hand tools if you have them
(nothing power…these are baby trees)
RSVP not required, but REALLY appreciated to firstname.lastname@example.org (want
to make sure we have enough lunch for everyone)
ISA CEUs available
Tree Commission Academy Celebrates
This one-of-a-kind class is a must
for anyone making or helping to make public tree care decisions. Developed in
Ohio for Ohio public administrators/managers, tree commissioners, urban
foresters, and tree commissioners. Visit the TCA
website for details. Make sure to check out the TCA
Catalogue too. Hope to see you and your team at a TCA in 2019.
Freshman Day 2 Class
January 17, 2019
Thank you to the City of Bryan for
working with us to find a new date for day 2. Hopefully no ice storm this time!
I’ll mail new maps and syllabuses soon. We’ll be scheduling the sophomore class
on this day and will let everyone know the dates soon thereafter.
Freshman Class – Oak Harbor
Date and time TBD, but it will be an
after-hours class for working folks. The Snow Birds should also be back to Ohio
too. Watch for more details.
Sophomore Class – Tipp
January 16-17, 2019
Hey sophomores! Here’s an opportunity
to continue your TCA experience. Return your applications by January 9th for
Senior Class – Whitehouse
January 18, 2019
March 7, 2019 Graduation date
If you’ve completed the
Freshman-Junior TCA classes, we have one last senior class scheduled for this
season. I’ll be sending updated applications to all candidates next week. If
you have representatives from your community graduating, please watch your
mailboxes for invitations to their graduation ceremony. They’ve invested a lot
of their time into this unique experience on behalf of your local program, so
it’s wonderful to have you there to celebrate their accomplishments.
Remember that if you’ve taken the
class, you may take any again for free. We do ask that you donate a little to
the host for lunch if you’re able. Let me know via e-mail if you’re interested
in any of the upcoming classes.
2018 Tree City USAs
I’ll send an updated list of all the
Tree Cities and Campuses next week. Login contacts, check your e-mails for
2019 Tree City USA Awards
April 17, 2019
Mark your calendars today for Northwest Ohio’s largest Urban Forestry gathering!
We hope that all Tree Cities, Tree Campuses, and Tree Line utilities will join
us to receive your 2018 award. It’s a tree-mendous way to meet
others who do the same kinds of things and to continue to strengthen NW
Ohio’s tree care community. All communities are welcome to join us for
this day of celebration and sharing. It’s a wonderful way to show
your tree commission/board volunteers, staff, and officials how much you
appreciate the work they do!
Invitations will be mailed to all
Tree City community Mayors/Executives and local contact persons in February.
All past Tree Cities as well as towns who meet most of
the standards will also receive an invitation via US Post.
Invitations will be e-mailed to everyone on my contact list then
also. Crestline is planning a fun day for us all, so watch your mailboxes
and e-mails in February for invitations.
Ohio Urban Forestry 40th Anniversary
June 21, 2019
Ohio State Fairgrounds Natural
Instead of the NW Ohio Urban
Forestry Seminar, this year we’ll be gathering statewide to celebrate YOU! We
have a lot in the works for this special anniversary celebration including
distinguished guests, a walking tour, yummy food, and some fun take-home
stuff. We’re excited to announce that Dr. Jason Graboski of Rutgers (one of THE
most entertaining and knowledgeable speakers on trees and urban forestry)
will be our guest presenter.
Watch for details. Let’s have
a big turnout from our corner of the state!
Video Training: Tree Risk Assessment
The Nebraska Forest Service recently
developed and hosted a series of tree risk assessment and management workshops
throughout the state. These “hands-on” workshops were developed to assist
those who manage trees in their community to better understand potential risk,
how to address it, and how to proactively manage the community forest.
Click here for
more information about this series
All of these seminars are now
available for (free) viewing and sharing and can be found
Tighten up Those Tree Specifications
Quality work starts with good
planning. It’s imperative to have quality specifications and contracts for all
of your community’s tree care activities. Visit the Ohio
Urban Forestry Toolbox for a series of helpful samples and resources.
Contact me if you can’t find what you need or if you’d like an extra set of
eyes for your documents. Quality specs and contracts help protect your
community, citizens, and the contractors by clarifying work expectations and
ensuring safe practices. They are a very wise investment in your urban forestry
Here are a few of the most popular
ANSI Standards and
BMP Guides (because we all should have a copy
of these in our town hall)
and Street Clearance Pruning
specs) (ONLA/Division of Forestry specs
Why Hire an
Arborist (because we need to stop paying
unqualified people to do tree work)
Find and Arborist
and Verify Credentials (I suggest using Postal Code with 50-75 mile radius)
Hazards of tree
felling and trimming operations PERRP Safety Alert