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Northern Virginia Urban Forestry & Disaster Planning
posted Feb 22, 2014 12:22 PM by dhartel

The quarterly NOVA urban forestry roundtable heard presentations from Lauren Ohl-Trlica (Arlington County EM), George Roarty (Virginia Department of Emergency Management), and Dudley Hartel (Urban Foretstry South).

The links below are for the Urban Forestry South presentation and handouts:

Role of Professional Arborists in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Disaster Resources for Urban Foresters

Urban Tree Risk Resources

Or visit TreesVirginia for all of the presentations.


Nebraska Arborists Prepare for Disaster
posted Jan 27, 2014 05:05 PM by dhartel

At the Great Plains Conference in Lincoln, the Nebraska Arborists Association heard from several speakers on the topics of tree risk.  The links that follow are presentations by Urban Tree DamageForestry South (Dudley Hartel) on the role of professional arborists in disaster preparedness and response:

Planning for Disaster - Arborists Professional Role

Disaster Response – UFST and Municipal Arborists

Handouts included:

Disaster Resources for Urban Foresters

Urban Tree Risk Resources


Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund
posted Nov 14, 2013 02:09 PM by dhartel

Bonnie Appleton

"Bonnie Appleton was an inspiring person to her students and to the industries that she worked with.  Her research bridged many fields from horticulture and arboriculture to nursery and landscape management, landscape design and utility arboriculture.  Bonnie was a frequent speaker at chapter and national ISA events and was also involved in the development of the ISA certification program.  Her passing has been felt in the green industry across the US and internationally, we miss her passion and advocacy for horticulture and arboriculture education and research.

"To honor Bonnie, the legacy of her research, and her mentoring of many students; the Bonnie Appleton Memorial Fund was recently established at the TREE Fund.  The fund will be used to sponsor scholarships to help support undergraduate students continuing in her footsteps to benefit the green industry." B. White, VDOF

Click HERE to donate directly at TREE FUND


Portland's Green Infrastructure Featured
posted Jul 15, 2013 09:37 AM by dhartel

The current issue of Stormwater discusses Portland (OR) green infrastructure projects and the three components for success:

  • engaged, (GI) supportive local government
  • development community that recognizes the benefits
  • design community that can implement green projects

The Downspout Disconnect andPhoto: Credit Nevue Ngan Green Streets programs are at the heart of their CSO (combined sewer overflow) solution.

See other LID resources at Stormwater (magazine).

Photo Credit: Nevue Ngan

Learn more at http://www.stormh2o.com/SW/articles/21998.aspx


New Englanders - Get ready for Tree Observations!
posted Feb 14, 2013 04:52 PM by dhartel

New England Leaf Out Project - Special Campaign

Are trees in the New England region leafing out earlier than they did in the past? Do tree species leaf out at different times? These are questions that researchers at Boston University are trying to answer. You can assist them in this aim by tracking the leaf-out of ten deciduous tree species.

Follow the link to the National Phenology Network's special campaign page to see the list of recommended species that will help track leafout for scientists..

Photo: leafout on Acer rubrum "October Glory" in Northeast Georgia (07Apr12)

Learn more at http://www.usanpn.org/nelop


Tree Observers Needed!
posted Feb 14, 2013 04:41 PM by dhartel

Maples, Oaks, and Poplars - Special Campaign

Help scientists and natural resources managers track the “green wave” —the flush of green that accompanies leaf-out –over the course of the spring season, and the spread of seasonal color across the country in the autumn. Observations of individual plants, taken on the ground, can help decision makers develop forecast models and early warning systems for use in forest management and public health administration via pollen forecasting.

Follow the link to the National Phenology Network's special campaign page to see the list of recommended species that will paint a national picture of the 2013 "green wave".

Photo: budburst on Fagus grandifolia in Wooster, Ohio (20Apr12)

Learn more at http://www.usanpn.org/MOP


Urban Tree Risk & Disasters:VRMP & UTRI (3rd Webinar)
posted Dec 28, 2012 01:08 PM by dhartel

Picking up with the discussion from the December 6th & 13th webinars, we will discuss how to take the information produced in the first two webinars to create a Vegetation Risk Management Plan (VRMP) to compliment your county's Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Will also discuss debris staging areas to include in your VRMP based on the UTRI.

When: Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013 2:00 PM (EST) - Duration: 1:00

Presenters: Rachel Barker & Dudley Hartel

Direct URL link to the Webinar

or...

Go to UFSe Events to download instructions

AUDIO INFORMATION:

USA Toll-Free: 888-858-2144

Access Code: 2358744

1. Dial the Conference Toll-Free Number

2. Enter Access Code 2358744#


Urban Tree Risk & Disasters:VRMP & UTRI
posted Dec 06, 2012 06:05 PM by dhartel

UTRI – Risk zones, assessments, and mitigation

Picking up with the discussion from the December 6th webinar, we will demonstrate and discuss the GIS processes for each of the UTRI layers (vector to raster conversions, assigning relative ranks for each layer, and the map algebra step) leading to the final UTRI for each street segment. This webinar will also discuss field verification, ANSI A300 risk assessment levels used, and mitigation recommendations and prioritization.

When: Thursday, Dec 13, 2012 2:00 PM (EST) - Duration: 1:00

Presenters: Rachel Barker & Dudley Hartel

URL direct link for the December 13th Live Meeting

To UFSe Events for downloadable instructions (Recommended for new Live Meeting users).

Meeting time: Dec 13, 2012 2:00pm EST (Thursday) - Access beginning at 1:00PM EST

 

DOWNLOADS:

Check on Tuesday the 12th for handouts to download.

AUDIO INFORMATION:

USA Toll-Free: 888-858-2144

Access Code: 2358744

1. Dial the Conference Toll-Free Number

2. Enter Access Code 2358744#

Learn more at https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usda/join?id=WF3KWT&role=attend&pw=j%7E%7B%608C9%5Cj


Urban Tree Risk & Disasters: Vegetative Risk Management Plan & UTRI
posted Dec 06, 2012 10:07 AM by dhartel

URTI – Getting started & data and data preparation
Following a very brief introduction to the Vegetation Risk Management Plan (VRMP) and the Urban Tree Risk Index, we will discuss the sources and basic preparation of data needed to produce the tree risk zone map with UTRI used for pre-storm mitigation and planning.

When: Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 2:00 PM (EST)
Duration: 1:00
https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/usda/join?id=26PH3D&role=attend&pw=j%7E4B3CD%7Dt
Meeting time: Dec 6, 2012 2:00 PM (EST)

AUDIO INFORMATION
USA Toll-Free: 888-858-2144
Access Code: 2358744
1. Dial the Conference Toll-Free Number
2. Enter Access Code 2358744#
Quick Tip - hit # to bypass announcements

FIRST-TIME USERS
To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is
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i-Tree Version 5 Released
posted Oct 03, 2012 02:56 PM by dhartel

If you have i-Tree installed just start any module (e.g. Eco) and then Help->Upgrade; otherwise visit i-Tree, login, and download.

This latest upgrade to the i-Tree software suite introduces cutting-edge features and new enhancements:

Web-based Data Collection

Canadian & Australian Improvements

i-Tree Design

  • Integrated i-Tree Forecast function for projecting tree benefits in future years
  • Ability to add multiple trees around a parcel
  • Functionality for Canadian users
  • Display of priority planting zones based on net tree benefits

i-Tree Canopy

  • Project area delineation tool; alleviates the need for importing GIS shapefiles
  • Process for Google Earth historical image canopy change analysis option
  • Enhanced reporting options

i-Tree Eco

  • New web-based data collection system for mobile devices
  • Google Maps-based sample plot generator for simple random plot creation
  • New pest risk analyses based on host susceptibility, pest/disease range and structural value
  • Updated ecosystem services valuation using EPA's Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP)
  • BenMAP estimation of public health incidence reduction and economic benefits based on air quality improvements attributed to trees
  • Eco inventory report enhancements, including building-energy effects for individual trees
  • Rainfall interception reporting for plot-based and complete inventory projects
  • Reporting for standard PM2.5 (air particles less than 2.5 micrometers) and biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions
  • Complete i-Tree Pest Detection Protocol reporting
  • Expanded Australian and new Canadian functionality

i-Tree Vue

  • New summary reports for land cover statistics and analysis options
  • Land cover change tool for updating NLCD pixel classification
  • General user interface refinements

i-Tree Streets

  • Web-based data collection system for mobile devices
  • General user interface refinements and functional improvements based on user feedback

i-Tree Hydro

  • i-Tree Hydro refinements will be released as a version 5.0 upgrade in the near future

Learn more at http://itreetools.org/


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