Healthy Trees, Healthy People

Join us for Pennsylvania's biennial urban and community forestry program, Healthy Trees, Healthy People.
Healthy Trees, Healthy People - Workshops
Language: English
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When: Wed., May 23, 2018 (12:00 PM - 5:15 PM)
Thu., May 24, 2018 (8:00 AM - 4:15 PM)

Where: Frick Environmental Center
2005 Beechwood Blvd
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15217

registration deadline: May 13, 2018
11:59 p.m.

Community health and livability is codependent on the health and care of its forest canopy. Research provides a wealth of information on the social, health, and ecological benefits that trees provide. Healthy Trees, Healthy People is a two-day program featuring presentations on the link between human health and community forest health, as well as information essential to the care of community trees. It is a great opportunity to share ideas with foresters, arborists, shade tree commissioners, and others.

To Be Covered

The first day will take us outside to explore examples of the role of community forests in contributing to healthy communities. During this afternoon field trip, we will see an urban tree nursery's efforts to develop healthy and genetically diverse trees, the impacts of oak wilt on tree canopy in a city park, and how active neighborhood volunteers organized to care for their street trees. The field trip will wrap up with a visit to a furniture workshop to see how reclaimed urban wood is being transformed into fine furniture.

The second day will feature a variety of presentations on tree health, its impacts on communities, and ways to plan and manage the community forest to ensure success.

Credit Information

The following Pennsylvania pesticide applicator credits are pending approval.

  • Cat. 05 (3 credits)
  • Cat. 06 (3 credits)
  • Cat. 23 (3 credits)
  • Cat. 18 (3 credits)

Continuing education credits will be offered for the following:

  • ISA Certified Arborists
  • Landscape Architects
  • SAF Certified Foresters

Scholarship Information

Thanks to the generous support of our event sponsors, we have a limited number of scholarships available. Each scholarship will cover the full registration cost for program. Priority consideration for scholarships will be given to municipal shade tree commission members, as well as those traveling from greater distances. Those interested in being considered for a registration scholarship should contact Brian Wolyniak () or Ellen Roane () as soon as possible to complete a short application form.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Thursday, May 24, 2018

12:00 pm Registration

12:30 pm How Pittsburgh is Improving Tree Health & Human Health for its Citizens

01:00 pm Board Bus

01:10 pm Depart for Oak Wilt at Schenley Park

01:15 pm Oak Wilt at Schenley Park

02:00 pm Travel to Tree Pittsburgh Heritage Nursery

02:15 pm Tree Pittsburgh Heritage Nursery

03:00 pm Travel to Lawrenceville Tree Tenders

03:15 pm Lawrenceville Tree Tenders

04:00 pm Travel to Urban Tree

04:15 pm Urban Tree - Tree Reclamation and Fine Woodworking The field trip will wrap up with a visit to a furniture workshop to see how reclaimed urban wood is being transformed into fine furniture

05:00 pm Return to Frick Environmental Center / Adjourn

08:00 am Registration / Continental Breakfast

08:30 am Welcome

08:40 am Why We Need Trees at Every Doorstep

09:40 am Understanding Stressors to Manage Tree Health

10:25 am Refreshment Break

10:40 am The “Vibrant Cities Lab” & Urban Forestry Toolkit

11:25 am Pennsylvania Tree Map for Tree Inventories & Urban Forest Management

12:05 pm Lunch (provided)

12:50 pm i-Tree: Maps, Projections & Benefit Values to Advance Your Shade Tree Program

01:35 pm Urban Forest Pest & Disease Update

02:30 pm Tracking Post-Planting Tree Survival

03:15 pm Selecting Tough Trees for Changing Urban Environments

04:00 pm Evaluation / Adjourn


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