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N. C. Urban Forestry Conference

11th Annual Great NC Tree Conference

Thursday, September 20th - Friday, September 21st 2018
Benton Convention Center Winston-Salem - Twin City Quarter
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Leveraging Your Urban Forest: Tapping into the Power of

People, Planning & Trees


This conference will focus on how we can leverage our partnerships and management to create a diverse urban forest that is resilient to change. We will explore new technologies for managing trees and showcase examples of communities successfully incorporating trees into long term planning. The field day will showcase tree management practices and landscape design projects that will promote a healthy, diverse urban forest.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kelby Fite, Bartlett Tree Research Lab

This year’s conference is being held at the Marriott Winston-Salem. The outdoor field day event will be held at Washington Park, with a walking tour of downtown Winston-Salem and Old Salem.


Registration Fees:

Standard full conference (includes both Sept. 20th and 21st)

Member: Early Bird (before August 30th) - $135.00

               Late (after August 30th) - $160.00


Non-member: Early Bird (before August 30th) - $185.00

Late (after August 30th) - $210.00


One Day Registration (includes access to educational events and lunch on day selected)

Thurdsay, September 20th

Member: $110.00



Friday, September 21st

Member: $85.00

Non-member: $125.00

 Thursday, Sept. 20th

7:30 – 8:15                            NCUFC Members Breakfast

8:30 - 10:00 am                  General Session                                                 

Welcome and Opening Remarks                                                 

Tim Porter, NC Urban Forest Council Chair                             

Keynote Address:  Benefits of Diversity in the Urban Landscape

Kelby Fite, Bartlett Tree Research Lab 

10:00 – 10:30 am                Break with Exhibitors 

10:30 – 11:15 pm                  Concurrent Session  

The Ins and Outs of Tree Preservation, the Community Perspective Panel Discussion

Zach Manor, City of Raleigh; Alex Johnson, City of Durham; Keith Finch, City of Winston-Salem

The Landscape Approach to Invasive Species Early Detection and Rapid Response - A Land Conservation Challenge for the 21st Century.

Dr. Randy Westbrooks, USDA APHIS/USGS BRD

11:20 – 12:15 pm                  Concurrent Sessions

Integrating Trees into Storm Water Design and Policy A Tool to Make it Easier for You and Your Community

Jenny Gulick, Urban Canopy Works LLC

Urban Wood Utilization in NC: Practices and Perceptions of Municipalities and Certified Arborists

Eric Wiseman, Virginia Tech

12:15 – 1:15 pm                    Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon

1:30 – 2:15 pm                     Concurrent Sessions

Integrated Pest Management for Urban Trees Starts with Design

Dr. Steven Frank, NC State University

Urban Soil Challenges and Opportunities

Kelby Fite, Bartlett Research Lab

2:20 – 3:05 pm                     Concurrent Sessions

Planning for Diversity Where and How to get What You Want

Dr. Barbara Fair, NC State University

Community Roots Day Tree Planting in Winston-Salem Engaging the Community

                                                      George Stilphen, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful

3:05 – 3:35 pm                     Break with Exhibitors

3:35 – 5:00 pm                     General Session

The 10-20-30 Rule – Is it a Useful Standard for Urban Forest Diversity?

Mark Ambrose, NC State University

The Ohio Urban Site Index and Master Planting Design Process

Alan Siewert, Ohio Division of Forestry
Friday, Sept. 21st
9:00 –  3:00                         Field Day at Washington Park with demonstrations and a walking tour
Join us for a day in the field! Many of the topics discussed at the indoor education sessions will be demonstrated and discussed in real world fashion. Attendees will be split into groups and will rotate through the different stations, giving them the opportunity to see an expert demonstrate the management practice and ask questions. This is an outdoor field day with a fair amount of walking, so please dress appropriately. Lunch will be provided on site.
The demonstration stations include:Walking Tour of Old Salem and Downtown Winston-Salem, Tree Injection Demonstration, Climbing and Rigging, Invasive Species Control Measures, Biochar and Urban Soils


ISA:  Thurs 6.25 CEUs;  Fri 5 CEUs
SAF:  Thurs 6 CFEs; Fri 5 CFEs 
NC pesticide:  Thurs 1 credit DGLNX
NC landscape contractor:  Thurs 5L; Fri 1.25L
NCBLA:  10 credit hours

Conference Hotel Information:

Conference group rate ($139 per night) available at Winston-Salem Marriott
425 North Cherry Street, Winston-Salem NC 27101

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