Arbor Day Webinar Series

The Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program has postponed the Arbor Day Conference until the fall, but that won't stop us from celebrating Arbor Day!  Presenters that were already signed up for the conference have offered to share their presentations for an Arbor Day Webinar series. This is a five week series, with a webinar each Thursday at 10am (EST), starting April 30th, 2020. See the schedule below!

How to Join

Webinars are free of charge and offered through GoToWebinar. Participants must pre-register for each webinar at the links provided under each webinar. You will receive access information once you are registered. Video recordings will also be made available if you are unable to attend the live presentation. Questions? Email Gwen at

Thursday, April 30th, 10 a.m.

Managing Town Forests

Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester, VT Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation

Over the last century, Town Forests in Vermont have provided many public benefits for our communities, including public spaces to enjoy nature and recreate, wildlife habitat, water quality, and conservation education, among other benefits. They do so while being flexible, accessible public resources to our communities and navigating substantial challenges as differing uses and management philosophies collide. Join Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester, for a general discussion of how to navigate the challenges associated with the management of Town Forests, from planning and outreach to implementation and follow-up. We will also discuss and how to manage these public resources to increase understanding of forests and forestry in your community.

Watch Recorded Webinar

Thursday, May 7th, 10 a.m.

Forest Pests and Diseases

Savannah Ferreira, Forest Health Specialist, VT Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation

Join this session to learn about beech leaf disease and pine pathogens. Forest Health Specialist, Savannah Ferreria will cover the threats these pests and diseases pose, as well as how to identify, and report any sightings.

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Presentation Slides

Thursday, May 14th, 10 a.m.

The Resurgence of Red Spruce – Some Good News During These Trying Times

Paul Schaberg, Plant Physiologist, USDA Forest Service

The decline and resurgence of red spruce provides the best documented example of the impacts of acid deposition on a tree species in the United States. This presentation will describe the 50+ years of science documenting this changing trajectory for red spruce and highlight connections to other tree species and the possible influence of new factors, including climate change.

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Thursdsay, May 21st, 10 a.m.

Edible Landscapes and Soil Health

Cat Buxton, Grow More, Waste Less | Food Systems Consulting
What would happen if we shifted the paradigm of how people interface with the land? Can we as gardeners and land managers help to slow water down, deepen watersheds, increase biological soil health and create conditions for thriving ecosystems, all while providing food and flowers for humans and wildlife? When we listen carefully to nature, we are shown what is possible. This presentation will deepen your interest in building healthy soil and leave you inspired to get involved in your own backyard, schoolyard, town forest and public lands to deepen the roots of security and community resilience for future generations.

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Presentation Slides

May 28th, 10 a.m.

Rural Road Resilient Right-of-Ways

Joanne Garton, Technical Assistance Coordinator, VT Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation

Rural roadside vegetation shapes our towns, shades our backroads, livens our landscapes, and grows character in our front yards. Management of town roadside is largely at the discretion of a few individuals in each town; as such, it’s no surprise that towns handle their municipal right-of-ways differently from each other. Learn about the elements of a backroad that towns value and manage, the processes that make roadside vegetation management cooperative, and the partners you need to engage to plan thoughtfully for resilient roadside trees.

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Presentation Slides