Webinar Archive

Watch recordings of previous webinars.

Tree Planting 101 Webinar

Tree planting is great fun but in order to ensure health and survivability, it is important to understand how trees work, how they interact with their environment, and how to properly plant them so they become established in their new home. Learn all this and more in this webinar!

Presenter: Brian Sullivan, Arborist Technician for the City of Burlington and Vice President of the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

Tree Selection and Planting Site Selection Webinar

Do you need help deciding what tree to plant and where to plant it? This webinar will help you choose the right tree for the right place. In addition, you'll get tips for inspecting, choosing, and purchasing trees and will learn what to consider about the planting site before the tree goes into the ground. Your future tree (and you!) will be glad that you attended!

Presenter: Warren Spinner, Burlington City Arborist.

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