Webinar Archive

Watch recordings of previous webinars.

Virtual Forest Health Meeting: Tools for foresters – Using field- and computer-based applications for success in forestry

The number of tools designed to assist foresters with their work in the field and office is large, with new technology being routinely developed.  This webinar will focus on one field-based tool (Avenza Maps) and a variety of tools for use in the office that have been developed by the Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative (FEMC).  The demonstration of Avenza will lead attendants through the mapping capabilities of the software.  The FEMC software presented will include their Forest Health Atlas and Forest Indicators Dashboard, which allow users to view historical forest health data as well as long-term trends in multiple tree and forest health measures in the region.

Jon Cherico, Protection Forester, Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Barre, VT

Jim Duncan, Director, Forest Ecosystem Monitoring Cooperative, Burlington, VT

Arbor Day Webinar Series: Managing Town Forests

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.

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

Virtual Forest Health Meeting: The Intersection of Invasive Species and Climate Change in the Northeast

The impacts of a changing climate are being felt worldwide, and the northeastern U.S. is no exception. In this webinar, the growing prevalence and abundance of invasive species in the region, and the ways in which climate change influences their biology and ecology, will be discussed. Examples of work being conducted by the Regional Invasive Species & Climate Change management network will be presented as well.


Emily Fusco, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Invasives Webinar

Whether you own a large woodlot or just a small yard, you have probably struggled with invasive exotic plants. Invasive exotic plants (not to mention animals, pests, and pathogens) are a major threat to global biodiversity. In Vermont, they are an existential threat to the health of our forests and other ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. They also diminish the capacity of forests to perform many other important functions, cleaning our air and our water, sequestering carbon and providing habitat for our pollinators, in addition to many more.  

If you have ever faced-off with invasive exotic plants, you know that they spread like wildlife and are extremely difficult to control. Join Ethan Tapper, the Chittenden County Forester, Vermont Woodlands Association and Vermont Coverts for a virtual discussion of the threats posed by woody invasive plants, how to identify them, and options for treatment. The discussion will feature a short presentation and then move to questions from participants, so please bring your thoughts and questions about invasive exotic plants and how to deal with them. 

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Thank you to UVM for hosting our webinar on Zoom.


Apple Tree Pruning and Maintenance with Dave Wilcox, VT FPR

Please join Dave Wilcox, Tree Farmer and forester with VT Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation for webinar on Apple Tree pruning and maintenance.  This webinar will cover how to properly prune all types of Apple Trees. Dave has been releasing and pruning Apple Trees on state land as well as his own property for many years.  Even though the apples provide an autumn benefit, the best time to prune the trees is in the early spring. The discussion will focus on identifying trees to save, and the steps to take to bring them back as healthy productive trees.  This webinar is FREE and sponsored by the Vermont Woodlands Association, the Vermont Tree Farm Committee, and VT FPR.  Registration is required. Zoom link will be sent upon registering.

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Thank you to UVM Extension for hosting our webinar on Zoom.

Webinar: A Call to Action for Ash Tree Conservation and Resistance Breeding

Kathleen Knight, USDA Forest Service
Jennifer Koch, USDA Forest Service
Jonathan Rosenthal, Ecological Research Institute

Ash tree species in North America are under mortal threat from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), now in 35 states and five Canadian provinces. There are ongoing efforts to conserve this native tree species by producing genetically diverse, resistant seedlings suitable for restoring ash on the landscape. Identifying “lingering ash” is a critical component of amplifying these efforts, and this presentation will explain the narrow window of time in which urgent actions are needed to discover and preserve these individuals. Once identified, these trees can be replicated through grafting for further testing. Trees that are shown to have some level of resistance can be used as parents in conservation breeding programs. Drs. Kathleen Knight and Jennifer Koch of the USDA Forest Service will review EAB and ash tree mortality from an ecological perspective and report on the breeding program and latest results.  Jonathan Rosenthal of the Ecological Research Institute will share a model training program, based on their results, to find and collect materials critical for breeding resistance into the ash tree population.

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Webinar: The Science of Sap Flow

Join Dr. Abby van den Berg, University of Vermont, for the Urban Forestry Today noonhour (Eastern) webcast, as she discusses the science & physiology of sap flow in trees.

Cost:  Free

CEUs: This webinar is eligible for 1.0 CEU with the International Society of Arboriculture and 0.5 Massachusetts Certified Arborist CEUs.

Visit joinwebinar.com and enter the ID code: 858-679-363

For more information, contact: Rick Harper, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst at rharper@eco.umass.edu

The Urban Forestry Today 2020 Webcast Series is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Department of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, University of Massachusetts Extension, and the Massachusetts Tree Wardens' & Foresters' Association.

Webinar: Managing Forests with Birds in Mind

On-the-ground actions by landowners are key to the conservation of forest birds. Learn what you can do on your own property by registering today for the next Woods, Wildlife and Warblers webinar at 10 am on July 23!

Wildlife habitat remains one of the main reasons that many people own land. Questions about how to actually go about creating or maintaining great habitat for birds and other wildlife are often on landowner’s minds. What are birds looking for in my woods? Is wildlife habitat compatible with other things I want to do in the forest? What in the world is an expanding gap irregular shelterwood? The list goes on and on.

For over a decade Audubon Vermont has been assisting landowners in thinking about how to incorporate consideration of birds and their habitat needs into forest management. Steve Hagenbuch, Audubon Vermont’s Forest Bird Conservation Biologist, will guide us through the process of understanding the habitat needs of birds, management techniques that help provide those needs, and other forest health benefits to management with birds in mind.

This webinar is hosted by Woods, Wildlife and Warblers. This event is free but registration is required.