Webinar Archive

Watch recordings of previous webinars.

The Basics of Tree Pruning

When is the best time to prune? What is the proper way to make a pruning cut? What considerations should you make and what knowledge should you have about a particular tree before pruning it?  This webinar will cover benefits of pruning, basic pruning techniques, tips for making a proper cut, and tools and tool safety.  Appropriate to novices and professionals alike!

Presenter: VJ Comai, Owner of South Forty Nursery and President of Green Works, Vermont's Nursery and Landscape Association

Vermont Tree Laws: A Refresher

Vermont's Tree Warden Statutes are over 100 years old! Paul Gillies, author of the Law of Trees and one of the state's leading experts on Vermont public tree laws, will review the laws regarding public trees. Learn how our state's statutes support community trees and gain a better understanding of how to comply and strengthen them locally.

Presenter: Paul Gillies, Vermont Institute for Government

Planning for EAB: Stories from Around the State

Communities around the state are preparing for the arrival of the emerald ash borer (EAB).  Learn what other towns are doing, what some of their challenges have been, how they're overcoming obstacles, and steps you can take to help your community prepare.

Presenters: Caitlin Cusack, UCF Program, Nancy Patch, Franklin/Grand Isle County Forestry, Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation, and John Akielaszek, Montpelier Tree Board member

Fun with Wood Decay Fungi

Not all conks and mushrooms are created equal. Learn to identify a handful of the most common tree decay fungi, what they can indicate about what's happening under the bark, and how we can use this information in tree risk management. You'll never look at conks and mushrooms the same way again!
Presenter: Isabel Munck, Forest Pathologist, USDA Forest Service

State of the Urban Forest

You've heard of the State of the State address -- what about the state of our urban forests? Learn what contributes to urban forest health, how we monitor urban forest health, and what we can do to improve the sustainability of the forest in which we live.  

Presenter: Rick Harper, Associate Professor, UMASS Extension

Destructive Invasive Tree Pests Are Headed our Way: Is Your Community Ready?

On its spread east, the emerald ash borer (EAB) is killing all species of ash. Dead trees create public safety hazards and the loss of ash trees decreases property values and negatively impacts the ash products industry, forest ecosystems, and urban tree canopies. Mark Whitmore, an entomologist with Cornell Extension, will share how this tiny beetle is impacting different communities in New York, how those communities prepared (if at all), and how staff, volunteeers, and residents are responding. This is an opportunity to learn from their experiences and will help your community develop and implement a plan to help prepare for the arrival of invasive tree pests.

Presenter: Mark Whitmore, Cornell University

Community Gravel Beds for Bare Root Planting

The University of Minnesota has been researching and installing community gravel beds as an effective and efficient way to store bare root trees until they can be planted. This allows communities to purchase larger quantities of trees and plant them throughout the season. Aside from the convenience, there are many other benefits, the first one being better root systems leading to a reduction in tree mortality. Learn about appropriate trees, sizes, timing, and best construction techniques from their years of experience with over 16 sites.

Presenters: Gary Johnson and Chad Giblin, University of Minnesota

Seven Habits of Highly Effective Tree Boards

Working in partnership with other individuals and organizations is necessary for successful community forestry efforts, but it can often be challenging! Learn strategies for building strategic and effective partnerships, as well as overall strategies on developing and strengthening your tree board, advisory committee, and urban forestry partnerships to become highly effective in your community.  

Presenter: Paul Ries, Oregon Urban and Community Forestry Program