Annual Training Conference '21 Virtual Navigation Guide

Building A Resilient Arboriculture & Urban Forestry Program in Rural Municipalities Speaker: Alexander Martin | 1 CEU Monday, October 25, 2021 | 1 pm PDT | Live Q&A following webinar Online Store: Communities that fall outside the colloquial understanding of “urban” – whether peri-ur- ban, rural, or remote – maintain active within-community forests. While not always la- beled as “urban forests”, their maintenance regimes are exceedingly similar to that of many cities, albeit on a smaller scale. Much of arboriculture and urban forestry research is applicable to smaller municipali- ties; however, many of these municipalities are facing unique challenges which require targeted approaches. High-end technology is not always available, fiscal decisions limit management decisions, and the management of the wildland-urban interface calls for duality in management techniques – the merger of traditional forestry and urban forestry. Wildfire in the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) remains a concern for many of these communities. In Canada, the FireSmart program remains an active component of community forest management. In analyzing the FireSmart program, this presentation discusses the im- pacts on canopy cover as a result of maintaining buffer zones in the municipalities. An additional concern is proper utility vegetation management (UVM). Common techniques, including herbicide application and mulching, can impact aesthetics; community reaction and distrust arise, leading to pressure to change UVM techniques. In Canada’s Indigenous communities – 80% of which are located in areas affected by wildfire – proper fuel management procedures can be guided by Indigenous-based for - est resource management, which has proven to be more successful in reducing risk of impactful wildfires, the benefits of which include a more holistic approach, benefiting both flora and fauna.

Alexander Martin, BCMA CTSP is the Director of Ironwood Urban For- estry Consulting Inc. Originally from Manitoba, Canada, Alexander has a background as a climbing arborist and supervisor with experience in municipal contract work and Dutch elm disease programs. He special- izes in municipal arboriculture consultation and the merger of sociology and urban forest management.

A Dead Tree’s Excellent Adventure Speaker: Ken Bevis | 1 CEU | 1 CFE Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | 12 pm PDT | Live Q&A following webinar Online Store:

The Ecology of Dead Wood. This webinar talks about how dead trees are an integral part of natural forest ecology, and many of the wildlife species that utilize this habitat. I de- scribe the best types of cavity snags observed in nature, and suggest ways that arborists can mimic nature to provide this habitat in a variety of settings.

Ken Bevis is the Stewardship Biologist for the Washington Department of Natural Resource’s (DNR) Small Forest Landowner office. Ken is orig - inally from Virginia, and has lived in Washington since 1986. He has worked for the U.S. Forest Service, Yakama Indian Nation, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (15 years) and now, DNR. He holds a a Masters of Biology from Central Washington University (1994), where he studied woodpeckers and dead trees and holds a BS in Forestry and Wildlife from VirginiaTech (1979). He was a spotted owl biologist for the

Yakama Indian Nation for five years after graduate school, then moving to the WA Dept of Fish and Wildlife, working in forest harvest review and grant writing for a decade. A five year stint in salmon recovery project development followed in the upper Columbia region. He now works as an advisor and teacher for small forest landowners across the entire state, providing habitat consultations on small private forest lands.

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