ACTrees Day

SAVE THE DATE! ACTrees Day 2014 is on November 4th in Charlotte, NC. Registration is now open!
ACTrees Day is Alliance for Community Trees’ annual meeting where our national network of members and partners learn and share best urban forestry practices with colleagues from across the country. The goal of ACTrees Day is to build a national network of community tree organizations that is knowledgeable and moving toward shared goals to grow and maintain urban forests. This year’s theme is “Restoring Communities.“

Restoring Communities: Trees for People, Wildlife, and Landscapes

Science and practice show that restoring nature to cities creates healthier habitats for people and wildlife, while also enhancing aesthetic beauty, environmental quality, social cohesion, and economic vitality. Using cross-sector partnerships and innovative programs, ACTrees member organizations are restoring trees and green infrastructure to urban areas — and reaping the benefits. Join us for ACTrees Day 2014 to learn how creative local organizations are embracing the concept of restoring nature to cities, racking up remarkable results for their communities and their organizations.

Travel Scholarships:

ACTrees members and Urban Forest Councils can apply for travel scholarships by contacting

Registration Is Now Open.

Monday November 3 — Bartlett Tree Research Lab Tour and Reception

12:30pm – 7:30 pm
Registration Fee: $45

Capacity is limited, so register early! Registration includes transportation to/from the hotel, private tour, appetizers, and drinks.

Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory is home to an incredible and diverse arboretum, which serves as research grounds and outdoor classroom for a variety of tree and arboricultural research. Staffed with scientists in fields such as plant pathology, entomology and botany, the labs advise company arborists on the latest advances in arboriculture for the benefit of their customers. The tour will be led by Bartlett staff and will be followed by time for ACTrees members to explore the grounds independently (on golf carts).

Afterwards, enjoy food and drinks with other ACTrees members and supporters at an exclusive reception in the foyer, dining room, and patio. There will be a potential opportunity to have your copy of American Canopy –Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation by Eric Rutkow signed by the author at this event. Copies will be available for purchase.

Registration is limited, so register now!

Related Resources:
Download proceedings from past Annual Member Meetings: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 20092008, 2007
Partners in Community Forestry Conference
Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition

ACTrees Day 2014 is sponsored by Corporate Leadership Council member CSX, as well as the US Forest Service, Bartlett Tree Experts, The Davey Tree Expert Company, and J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.


ACTrees Day Agenda

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Tuesday November 4 — ACTrees Day 2014

08:00am – 08:30am Registration & Breakfast


08:30am – 10:00am Welcome & ACTrees Business


10:00am – 10:15am Break

10:15am – 10:45am Concurrent Sessions

Beth Corrigan, Community Trees Program Coordinator, The Morton Arboretum
Extend Your Resources With Volunteers
Blake Watkins, Tree Care Coordinator, Friends of the Urban Forest
You Wouldn’t Tell a 3-year-old to Move Out and Get a Job: The Unfair Burden
We Put on Young Trees


Jen Kullgren, Community Forester, Tree Pittsburgh
Neighborhood Level Planning for Urban Forestry Initiatives


Anna Dooley, Executive Director, Greenscape of Jacksonville
Fundraising: Plant All Day, Party All Night

11:00am – 12:00pm Engaging Diverse Communities Panel

Owen George, President, Trees NC
Growing Deep Roots in a Historically Underserved Neighborhood

Valerie Rupp, Assistant Director of Community Greening & Great Parks Programs, Parks & People Foundation
Growing One Park: Structuring Programs to Engage Diverse Community Members in Urban Forestry and Greening

Rachel Malarich, Forestry Senior Manager, TreePeople
Connecting with New Communities: TreePeople’s experience in under-served neighborhoods

Sue MacQueen, Executive Director, UC Green
Working With Urban Youth in Community Forestry

12:00pm – 01:15pm Lunch with Special Guest Speaker Eric Rutkow


Rutkow_EricWEBAuthor, historian, and lawyer Eric Rutkow will be the keynote speaker at this year’s ACTrees Day. He will discuss his book American Canopy -Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation, which tells the extraordinary story of the relationship between Americans and trees and how forests shaped the development of the country. Have your copy of American Canopy –Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation signed by Eric after the presentation. Copies will be available for purchase. Read the Boston's Globe's review.

01:15pm – 01:45pm Concurrent Sessions

Sam Bishop, Director of Education, Trees New York
Small trees, big flavor: fruit tree growing in cities and back yards
Anne Fenkner, Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, Sacramento Tree Foundation
Fruit for Families


Lee Mueller, Program Director, Urban Forest Project, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks & Dotti Clune, Chair, Grand Rapids Urban Forestry Committee
Why Your City Government Needs You: Advocating at the Local Level
Jennifer Chang & Andrea Mojzak, Green Cities Project Managers, Forterra
Green City Partnerships: Building a Regional Network to Restore and Maintain Urban Forests and Natural Areas


Burney Fischer, Ph.D, Clinical Professor, School of Public & Environmental Affairs; Co-Director, Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University & Jessica Vogt, Ph.D, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Furman University
Trees and People: Assessing Urban Greening Organizations’ Neighborhood Tree Planting Program Outcomes – An Interactive Session with Researchers

02:00pm – 03:00pm The Need for Trees! A Workshop on National Urban Forest Research Planning

Kathleen Wolf, Ph.D, Research Social Scientist, College of Forest Resources, University of Washington

03:00pm – 03:15pm Break

03:15pm – 04:00pm Concurrent Sessions

Greg Levine, Co-Executive Director and Chief Program Officer, Trees Atlanta
Trees, Trails and Wildlife Corridors

Rachel Malarich, Forestry Senior Manager, TreePeople
Drought Busters — Using Roadside Barriers and Working with Municipal Partners to Respond to LA’s Water Woes

Stephanie Juchs, Community Education Coordinator & Dr. Jessica Sanders, Director of Technical Services and Research, Casey Trees
Urban Forests as Citizen Science Laboratories

Karen Zumach, Community Forestry Manager, Tree Trust & Margaret Tyler, Environmental Inspector, City of Minneapolis Health Department
Taxes for Trees: Engaging Businesses to Plant Trees


State Urban Forest Councils Meeting

04:00pm – 04:30pm Closing


NOTE: Agenda is subject to change. For most up-to-date, view online agenda.

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