August 19, 2010
1:00 — 2:00pm EDT
Planting and caring for the right tree in the right place is critical to optimizing benefits, reducing threats from invasive plant species, and minimizing conflicts with other aspects of the urban infrastructure. The right tree, right place viewpoint emphasizes matching the best tree species to the unique dimensions and circumstances of each planting site. Planting with these considerations in mind will help ensure that trees remain healthy, grow appropriately, increase property value, reduce energy bills, and won’t require expensive trimming or removal to prevent interference with power lines or pipes. When done right, trees will grow in value and pay you back, year after year.
Greg Paige, Arboretum Curator, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory Arboretum (Charlotte, NC)
Situated on a rolling 350 acres of property in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories is home to an incredible and diverse arboretum. This unique collection of plants serves as a research grounds and outdoor classroom. Arboretum Curator, Greg Paige, has a long and diverse career working in public horticulture for over 20 years, including time at multiple arboreta, botanical gardens, and nursery and landscaping businesses.
Chip Brown, Forestry Manager, Allegheny Power (Jeannette, PA)
Chip has worked for Allegheny Power for over 20 years, and currently oversees the vegetation program in the western half of Allegheny Power’s system. A particular interest has been investigating tree related outages to determine patterns of tree failure. He is a board member of the Utility Arborist Association, which was established for utility arborists, employed by electric utilities, to network and share information. Maintaining trees near utility lines and resolving tree-utility conflicts costs billions of dollars each year, so many utilities and utility arborists advocate planting the right tree in the right place as an effective preventative measure.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Benefits of appropriate species selection for specific sites.
* Assessing sites for utility, shade, landscaping, and other considerations.
* Best species for minimizing conflict with surrounding urban infrastructure.
* Selecting species given a site’s irrigation, drainage, sunlight, and other climate and soil factors.
* Utility arboriculture and solving tree-utility conflicts.
* When to preserve green infrastructure and relocate gray infrastructure.
* Advocating for alternative infrastructure when the right tree is already installed.
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ bimonthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10–15 minutes, followed by 10–15 minutes of questions and answers.