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14th Annual Great NC Tree Conference

09-07-2023 - 09-08-2023

7-8 September 2023 ~ 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Beyond the Basics:  Planning for Urban Trees

7-8 September 2023
Cary, North Carolina

At this year's conference we will explore how arborists, urban foresters, and landscape architects and planners can create and manage our green spaces for trees in a changing climate.  

The indoor session on 7 September will feature concurrent sessions, all occurring between the morning and afternoon general sessions.  One tract will focus on arboriculture and the other tract will focus on urban planning.  As always, the day will start with a Member's Breakfast, break at noon for an Awards Luncheon, and end with a silent auction.

The outdoor session on 8 September will be a field tour of Cary's unique approach to tree conservation.  Town of Cary staff will share with us their favorite locations, showcasing how they protect Cary’s tree canopy along city streets, within nieghborhoods, and among utility buildings.

Registration is now closed.

Approved CEU credits

Download agenda for detailed credit awards from ISA and NCLC.

  • International Society of Arboriculture, 11.5 credits for both days (6.5 indoor, 5 field day)
  • Society of American Foresters, 10.5 credits for both days (6.5 indoor, 4 field day)
  • NC Board of Landscape Architects, 10 credits for both days (6 indoor, 4 field day)
  • NC Landscape Contractors Licensing Board, 4 credits (3 indoor, 1 field day)
  • NC Pesticide LNDX, 0.5 credits (Plant Growth Regulator presentation)

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Fox


Leslie Bartlebaugh

PLA, ASLA, ISA Certified Arborist     

Andy Fox is a Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning, University Faculty Scholar, NC State Community Engaged Faculty Fellow, and the director and co-founder of the NC State University Coastal Dynamics Design Lab (CDDL). As a professional landscape architect, the goal of his work is tangible, actionable change in the public realm. His teaching, scholarship, and engagement activities focus on people/water relationships, with expertise in green infrastructure, high-performing public landscapes, and resilient community design. His projects have been published in professional journals, books and proceedings, presented at national and international venues, and received numerous national and international honors and awards.    

Leslie Bartlebaugh is a licensed, professional landscape architect (PLA) and an ISA Certified Arborist® with a multidisciplinary background in both the public and private sectors. Her work encompasses the horticulture, construction, natural resource, and design and planning industries with a focus on solutions that promote ecological, cultural, and economic health and inclusivity. She is focused on innovative planning, engagement, and implementation strategies for flood recovery and resilience programs, leadership in identifying, facilitating, and overseeing the implementation of community resilience initiatives, and research on landscape ecology and ecologically focused planting design. Leslie also teaches courses in the NC State Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning focused on landscape ecology, plant identification, and ecological planting design.

Registration Fees

NCUFC Member Registration

Both days

  • Early Fee, $175
  • Late Fee, $200

Indoor only

  • Early Fee, $110  
  • Late Fee, $125  

Field tour only

  • Early Fee, $85
  • Late Fee, $100
Non-member Registration 

Both days

  • Early Fee, $250
  • Late Fee, $275 

Indoor only

  • Early Fee, $140 
  • Late Fee, $155

Field tour only

  • Early Fee, $115
  • Late Fee, $130
Registration closed on 31 August.

Cary Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Boulevard, Cary, NC 27513


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