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Managing Risk for City Trees Workshop
March 13, 2014 
9:00am - 2:00pm
Oakland, CA

Join us for a workshop covering key information you NEED to know for managing city trees.

Topics will include:
“Legal Liability for Tree Risks" – Bob Blum, Attorney & Partner, Nixon-Peabody LLP
“Tree Inventories – Tools for Risk Management" Christian Bonner, Area Manager, Certified Arborist & Munici-pal Specialist, West Coast Arborists, Inc
“Drought – Impacts on Tree Health and the Community" Daniel Carney, Landscape Architect & Water Conservation Manager, Marin Municipal Water District
“Mechanical Tree Failure Detailed by Classic Example" Steven Tyler, Public Works Superintendant, Town of Atherton

Location:  Joseph P. Bort Center Auditorium, 101 Eight Street., Oakland, CA 94607

CEUs: 3.5 WCISA CEU's Applied For

Click here to register


Urban Wood Swap

Inspired by the "From Saw to Table" workshop and looking for a way to swap urban wood?  Visit UrbanWood.  This website, sponsored by the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, provides a forum for buying and selling a variety of wood and wood products.  

Previous Workshops:

From Burls to Bowls
A workshop that highlighted the utilization of salvaged urban wood from street trees and other sources in the Bay Area
FEBRUARY 13, 2013 ~ 9:00AM till 2:00PM
231 Whisman Road, Mountain View, CA

Also included Mary Flint of California Firewood Task Force

Direction, Connection - Leading in Your Community!
A day building and polishing leadership and advocacy skills
AUGUST 29, 2012 ~ 7:00AM till 4:00PM
City of San Jose
Conference Room, San Jose CA
Click here for the flyer

Los GatosTree Tour
with Barrie Coate
Urban Forestry PR Training
with Nancy Hughes

Thursday, June 28, 2012 ~ 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Town Hall Council Chambers
101 E. Main St. Los Gatos, CA  95030

Learn about the characteristics, benefits, and challenges of San Francisco Bay Area landscape trees. 
Plus training on how to share your urban forestry knowledge at an informative PR Training provided by Nancy Hughes. 
3.25 CEU's Available for Attendees!
Check out our Workshop Flier for more information.

From Saw to Table took place January 25, 2012. 
Click here for workshop highlights.

California Urban Wood Products Conference took place May 19-21, 2011
The Presidio of San Francisco.

Program Highlights:
  • Overview of the emerging urban forest products industry, Sam Sherrill and Eric Oldar.
  • Certification. Is it necessary and does it help sell products?, Katy Fernholz.
  • Carbon sequestration of urban forest products, Steve Bratkovich.
  • What is happening elsewhere in the US?, Jessica Simons.
  • Estimating the saw log content of the urban forest, David MacFarlane.
  • Urban Forest Products Today and Industry Shifts in the Design/Build Industry, Paul Discoe.
  • The role of CA arborists and tree service companies, Andy Trotter.
On May 19 - 21, all those interested in utilizing downed urban trees to make urban wood products will assemble for the first time in San Francisco's Presidio Park.  This is a very important gathering for the emerging California Urban Forest Products Industry whose slow but steady formation has been underway for the past two decades.  This is the critical year, the year to begin work on forming the Urban Forest Products Association of California that can link to the nationwide Urban Forest Products Alliance.  This is the year for urban forest product business owners, urban foresters, arborists, educators, urban forest researchers, and advocates to meet for the first time and to begin setting the agenda for the further growth and development of the industry.  Speakers from within the State and from other states will be present to discuss the industry's most critical issues including new business formation, certification of urban forest products, measuring the urban forest resource base, and how community and governmental organizations can support the further development of the industry throughout the State.  If you have any interest in California's urban forests and how trees from those forests are used once they come down then this conference is a must-attend event. 
Meetings and discussions will be held on Thursday and Friday.  On Saturday, at the Presidio Parade Ground, an all-day event open to the public will be held to showcase urban forest products and how urban trees are processed into lumber.  This is a unique opportunity to see what others are doing, educate the public, and to sell urban forest products.

Sam Sherrill
A very warm welcome to San Francisco and the beautiful Presidio of San Francisco!
We have put together a fantastic collection of speakers from across the nation who represents some of the top leaders in urban wood utilization. Learn from their extensive experience some lessens to bring about the change you would like your community to make.
A special thank you to Cal Fire for their financial support as they have known for years the importance of this industry becoming successful to both divert green waste and to produce amazing wood products to educate our cities of the extreme value of our trees beyond the production of bio-fuels and mulch. Since much of the talk is to carbon sequestration in urban forestry these days, I can think of no better way to store carbon than a beautiful finished slab conference table!
And another thanks to our local and, not so local, artisans who have transported their incredible urban wood products to share with us. These incredible pieces represent examples of end uses that we all want to see more of in the coming years.
Doug Wildman