UMass Community Tree Conference


Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA
United States

This one-day conference is designed for tree care professionals, volunteers, and enthusiasts including arborists, tree wardens/municipal tree care specialists, foresters, landscape architects and shade tree committee members. The conference features presenters who will examine how they select trees and other vegetation to address specifi c scenarios such as public safety and climate change. Topics include: Choosing Trees for Storm Resistance, Creating Habitat for Birds in Urban Settings, Selecting Trees to Improve Public Health in the City, Addressing Climate Change at the Local Level: Trees in the Urban Landscape, Insects and Disease: Strategic Approaches to Managing Threats, and Expert Perspectives: Evaluating the Species Selections of Our Panelists.

Sponsored by UMass Extension in cooperation with the UMass Dept. of Environmental Conservation, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the USDA Forest Service Urban Natural Resources Institute.


Cost is $95 for first registration, $75/person for each additional registration from the same company.


8:00 – 8:45 Check-In & Coffee
8:45 – 8:50 Welcoming Remarks
Morning Moderator: Alan Snow, Tree Warden, Town of Amherst, MA
8:50 – 9:40 Choosing Trees for Storm Resistance
Alex Sherman, MCA, Tree Warden, City of Springfiel
9:40 – 10:30 Creating Habitat for Birds in Urban Settings
Desirée Narango, Ph.D., US Forest Service, Amherst MA
10:30 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 11:40 Selecting Trees to Improve Public Health in the City
Angela Vincent, AICP, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission 
Neil Angus, AICP, Devens Enterprise Commission
11:40 – 12:30 Lunch (on your own)
Afternoon Moderator: David V. Bloniarz, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service, Amherst, MA
12:30 – 12:45 Scholarship Awards
Mass. Tree Wardens & Forester’s Assoc. (MTWFA) - Alex Sherman, MTWFA President
Mass. Arborist Association (MAA) Natascha Batchelor, MAA President
Southeast Mass Tree Wardens - Kyle Barry, SETW President
12:45 – 1:20 Climate Change at the Local Level: Trees in the Urban Landscape
Emily Slotnick, Senior Planner Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
1:20 – 1:30 Break
1:30 – 2:30 Insects and Disease: Strategic Approaches to Managing Threats
Jennifer Forman-Orth, Ph.D., Environmental Biologist, MA Dept of Agricultural Resources
2:30 – 2:45 Expert Perspectives: Evaluating the Species Selections of our Panelists
Brian Kane, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Dept. of Environmental Conservation
David Bloniarz, Ph.D, US Forest Service
2:45 – 3:00

Q & A
Pesticide & Professional Credits

Pesticide & Professional Credits

1 Pesticide contact hour for categories 29, 35, 36, and Applicators License pending. ISA, SAF, MCA, MCH, MCLP, and CTSP credit(s) requested.

Contact's name: 

Ellen Weeks

Contact's phone: 

(413) 545-0895

Contact's email: 

[email protected]