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.
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. 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”
Part 2: “Recent Advances in Nursery Production: Improving Roots and Tops.”
Dr. Kim Coder
|Professor of Community Forestry at the University of Georgia
Part 1: “Trees Surviving Ice Storms: Prioritize
Part 2: “Trees, Heat, and Drought: Changing Water Understandings”
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. 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.
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