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2016 Trees Matter Symposium

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

Take advantage of our early bird registration from July 18th until September 17th only $75 (regular rate $90).

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 Speakers

Dr. Gilman photoDr. Edward Gilman

Professor of Environmental Horticulture at 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. 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”
Part 2: “Trees, Heat, and Drought: Changing Water Understandings”


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 Photo
Dr. Erika Svendsen

Research Social Scientist with the U.S. Forest Service Northern Resarch Station.
“STEW-MAP: The Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project”

Dr. Svendsen will discuss the social and spatial (geographic) interactions among people and groups that conserve, manage, monitor, advocate


Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunites:

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