March 14th, 2012 by UWBG Communication Staff
Mobilizing Volunteers for the Urban Forest
The 2012 Urban Forest Symposium will address the concerns of municipalities, NGOs and educational groups whose work involves volunteer planting and care for the urban forest. This year’s speakers understand what it takes to have a truly successful program. Our keynoter, world renowned speaker and grassroots organizer Andy Lipkis, will take us on the inspirational journey from the founding of the Los Angeles’ Tree People who planted one million trees for the 1984 Olympics to the influential, 10,000 volunteer organization it is today. Throughout the day representatives from a variety of non-profit organizations will share what has, and what hasn’t worked to motivate volunteers and secure funding. The technical track will cover how to avoid common problems with volunteer tree planting projects and how to set your project on track for long-term success. It will also have the latest on best practices for tree planting.
- When: May 14, Monday from 9 am to 4 pm
- Where: University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105
- Cost: $45 per person. Lunches are available at a cost of $15. Free lunch for the first 50 registrants, provided by Davey Tree Expert Co., Trees for Life, Thundering Oak Enterprises and Seattle Tree Preservation, Inc.
- Contact: Jean Robins at 206-685-8033. Online Registration.
- Sponsors: UW Botanic Gardens, Washington State DNR, USDA Forest Service, the Northwest Horticultural Society and King County
- More information and print registration form.
June 7th, 2011 by UWBG Horticulturist
A loosestrife by any other name. . .
If you have trouble remembering this plant’s name, you might try thinking of the strife it has let loose on our wetlands.
In 2009, the Department of Ecology awarded the UW Botanic Gardens a 5-year grant for the control of garden loosestrife (Lysimachia vulgaris), a class B noxious weed mandated for control by the King County Noxious Weed Control Board. Now we’re hosting a symposium featuring the latest observations and expertise on aquatic weed management.
In his keynote address, Steve Manning, founder and president of Invasive Plant Control, Inc., will present economically and environmentally sound techniques for controlling invasive aquatic weeds. You’ll also hear from King County Noxious Weed Specialist Katie Messick and representatives from the UW Botanic Gardens and Seattle Parks Department. The afternoon will be devoted to a kayak or walking tour (your choice) through Lake Washington’s wetlands, one of garden loosestrife’s primary haunts in this region.
Designed for professional audiences, this symposium is open to everyone interested in aquatic weeds and their control.
Managing Aquatic Weeds: Challenges and Opportunities
Wednesday, July 13, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM
Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E, Seattle
Professional Credits: WSDA, WSNLA (pending)
Symposium with Kayak Tour, $55; Symposium with Walking Tour, $30
Box lunch included when you register by July 10: 206-685-8033 or online
March 8th, 2011 by Tech Librarian, Tracy Mehlin
Trees and the Urban Infrastructure
Plant Amnesty and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens are reprising their highly successful Urban Forestry Symposium, an all day event at the Center for Urban Horticulture. The past two symposiums have focused on the value and preservation of trees; this year’s event will delve into the nitty gritty of how can trees and urban infrastructure co-exist. The event will bring together highly-regarded “tree people” from a variety of fields that affect urban trees, including ecologists, arborists, landscape architects, and utility planners. The symposium promises to be highly informative, with sessions covering topics ranging from foundational values to technical solutions and political strategies. Inspirational keynote speaker Chris Maser has been called “Gandhi of the forest”. He is a research ecologist and courageous writer who rethinks the future beyond simple slogans – using hard science and the wisdom of the ages he can and will show us how the urban forest can be designed to effectively serve the citizens of the city. Additional presentations and panels promise to be lively.
Where: UWBG Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st Street, Seattle 98105
When: Monday, May 9, 2011 from 9 am to 4 pm
Cost: $55. Lunch is an additional $15. Bringing your own sack lunch is also an option. There will be a free lunch for the first 50 registrants.
Credits: Credits available for ISA, WALP, WSNLA, APLD WA and ASLA members.
Contact: Jean Robins at 206-685-8033, firstname.lastname@example.org
Complete information. Register online or print and return this registration form.