2016 Trees Matter Symposium

Trees Matter Symposium is October 19th in Silver Spring MD

Wednesday, October 19, 7:30am-4:00pm
Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring, MD

The fifth annual Trees Matter Symposium focuses on the health and welfare of trees in our increasingly developed landscapes. Learn from some of the country’s leading experts about innovative efforts to plant, protect and preserve trees in urban and suburban settings.

Trees provide many benefits: they cleanse and cool our air, stabilize our soils, provide wildlife habitat and beautify our urban and suburban areas. We encourage all arborists, landscape industry and environmental/green industry professionals, engineers, designers, housing developers and interested citizens to take advantage of this opportunity to learn new techniques and concepts on what can be done to ensure the survival of trees in our built environment.

2016 Trees Matter Speakers and Agenda

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens | Networking with Exhibitors
8:00 a.m. Welcome | Phil Normandy, Brookside Gardens Plant Curator and Horticulturist and Mike Riley, Director of Montgomery Parks
8:15 a.m. Dr. Erika Svendsen | “Cultivating Civic Stewardship in the Urban Forest”
9:20 a.m. Dr. Edward Gilman | Part 1: “Tree Crown Reduction Strategies”
10:15 a.m. Refreshments and Networking
10:45 a.m. Dr. Kim Coder | Part 1: “Trees Surviving Ice Storms: Prioritize Damage Forms and Mitigation”
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Dr. Edward Gilman | Part 2:  “Recent Advances in Nursery Production: Improving Root and Tops”
1:30 p.m. James Urban | “Six Critical Elements in Street Tree Design”
2:35 p.m. Refreshments and Networking
3:00 p.m. Dr. Kim Coder | Part 2: “Trees, Heat, and Drought: “Changing Water Understandings”
4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Dr. Gilman photo

Dr. Edward Gilman

Professor of Environmental Horticulture at http://forestvalleytree.com/the University of Florida
Author of the Illustrated Guide to Pruning

Part 1: “Tree Crown Reduction Strategies”
Trees damaged in storms, or those growing too large for the location can sometimes be reduced to meet customer objectives. Other times, it is more difficult. Dr. Gilman will discuss all known methods of tree reduction, and what happens when it’s done correctly.

Part 2: “Recent Advances in Nursery Production: Improving Roots and Tops.
Dr. Gilman will discuss brand new methods that nearly eliminate root defects in containers, and field production strategies that ensure good roots. Practical strategies are emphasized based on experience and research across North America.

Dr. Coder Photo
Dr. Kim Coder
Professor of Community Forestry at the University of Georgia

Part 1: “Trees Surviving Ice Storms: Prioritize
Damage Forms and Mitigation”
Ice storms continue to damage trees and surrounding structures on an annual basis. Ice, wind and time conspire to damage trees.  Dr. Coder will discuss various damage forms and mitigation options.

Part 2: “Trees, Heat, and Drought: Changing Water Understandings”
Trees, hot temperatures, and water deficits are intimately bound together in a stress syndrome. Dr. Coder will explain that any discussion of water in trees must deal with site heat loads to fully understand tree water stress and provide adequate water resources to alleviate stress. 

James Urban Photo
James Urban, FASLA
Specializes in the design of trees and soils in urban spaces and author of Up by Roots: Healthy Soils and Trees in the Built Environment.
“6 Critical Elements in Street Tree Design”
Mr. Urban will review the six concepts that need to be included in the design of any tree and provide direction to how each can be incorporated into the design and construction of tree planting spaces.
Dr. Svendsen
Dr. Erika Svendsen
Research Social Scientist with the U.S. Forest Service Northern Resarch Station.
“Cultivating Civic Stewardship in the Urban Forest”
Dr. Svendsen will discuss how urban and community forestry programs can serve as a catalyst for personal and community-based restoration and recovery.  She will cover the concept of ‘unplanned space’ and how it relates to social cohesion and community resilience.  She will also explain how to visualize signs and/or indicators of social resilience in the context of urban greening projects.

Continuing education units (CEUs) are available for the International Society of Arboriculture (5.25), Society of American Foresters (5.5), American Society of Horticultural Sciences, American Society of Landscape Architects (6), and Maryland Licensed Tree Experts (6).

Thank you to our 2016 Trees Matter Presenting Sponsors



Forest Valley Tree and Turf Logo
Montgomery Parks Foundation Logo

 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities:

For more information on how you can become a sponsor or an exhibitor at the Trees Matter Symposium, see our sponsor forms or contact:

Thomas Berry
Urban Forester

Last Updated: October 18, 2016