The initial confirmation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in any state has typically been in its more densely populated areas. However, once established, confirmation slowly extends into rural communities. Vermont, like many New England states, is dominated by rural landscapes, which makes the management of EAB uniquely problematic. With an eye toward policy development, Mark Duntemann will present on two specific topics. First, he will provide some brief insights from his experiences on how urban and rural communities in Illinois approached EAB management, first identified in 2006. Then, the majority of the discussion will focus on strategies to consider for the unique landscape that comprises Vermont towns.
Presenter bio: Mark Duntemann founded Natural Path Urban Forestry Consultants in 1988. The firm’s area of expertise is arboricultural maintenance and management policy development, with an emphasis on tree risk assessments and tree risk management. Through this specialization, Mark has been an expert witness in dozens of tree-related injury and fatality cases. This experience informs his understanding of tree risk issues. Besides North America, his experiences have included work in Europe, South America and Asia. Mark has a Bachelor’s of Science in Forest Resources from the University of Montana and a Master’s in Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Mark is an ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist, an ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification instructor and a former Tree Warden for the Town of Worcester and the City of Montpelier. He was recently appointed to represent the ISA on the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers in the development of the 10th edition of Tree and Landscape Appraisal Guide.