October 12, 2007
The Rhode Island Tree Council’s 2007 annual conference will explore the impacts of a warming earth on plant communities. Conference speakers will include Thompson Webb III, Professor of Geological Sciences, Brown University, John E. Parry, Urban Forestry Specialist, USDA-Forest Service, and Melissa Le Vangie, President, Trees New England.
Professor Webb will discuss the influence of climate on the geographical distribution of plants from the Ice Age to the present in his talk titled, “Climate Change and Vegetation Dynamics.” Ms. Le Vangie is a certified arborist licensed by the International Society of Arboriculture. In her talk, “Arborists and Tree Care In A Changing World,” she will explain how technology and training are helping the professional arborist preserve stressed trees. There will also be presentations by State Urban Forester, Paul Dolan, and John Campanini, Technical Advisor for the Rhode Island Tree Council.
A lecture on “Storm Damage Management and Prevention” will also be presented by John E. Parry of the USDA-Forest Service. Mr. Parry will discuss what communities need to know concerning new rules governing federal reimbursement for storm related tree damage costs. Other topics he will cover include storm mitigation, safety guidelines and ways to expedite recovery efforts in the event a storm strikes.
The conference will be held from 8:30am to 3pm, at the Aldrich Mansion, 836 Warwick Neck Avenue. The public is invited. The registration fee is $40 and includes morning refreshments and buffet lunch.
For more information, visit the Rhode Island Tree Council.