Today it feels like summer is certainly in full swing in Northern California. With our spring planting season behind us, we are busily confirming speakers and sessions and putting together a great conference for late September.

Our 2019 Urban Forests Conference will be in San Luis Obispo from September 26 to 28. Connect with municipal arborists, urban forest managers, landscape design professionals, planners, urban wood enthusiasts, and non-profits from across California for this unique educational and networking experience. Held over two days, September 26 to 28, each full day has a distinct theme. Here is a brief overview of the schedule.

Thursday, Sept 26: Kick Off Tour Late afternoon (TBC)

Tour the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Campus Urban Tree Canopy with the legendary Dr. Matt Ritter.

Friday, Sept 27: Day One 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

“The Time is Now – Urban Forestry & Climate Change”

Friday, Sept 27: Awards and Soiree 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Tree-Huggers Soiree & Annual Urban Forestry Awards

Saturday, Sept 28: Day Two 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

“Urban Wood – Growth of an Industry”

Saturday, Sept 28: Finale Tour 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Grand Finale Tour – Pacific Coast Lumber Sawmill

Haiku Promotion Update

We received many great entries for the annual haiku promotion. Our judges are going through each and every entry, at the moment. We will be announcing the winners in next month’s newsletter. 

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Street Tree Book

The third edition of “Street Trees Recommended for Southern California” is available from Street Tree Seminar. The book features extensive pictorial coverage that makes it an indispensable identification tool for all levels of expertise. Order your copy online.

Order book

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Regional News

Pests and Tree Care – Street Tree Seminar May Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the May 22nd meeting with Dr. John Kabashima on “Pests and Tree Care” at JJ Mauget Company. It was very refreshing to see many students in attendance, both undergraduate and postgraduate.

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Central Coast Regional Urban Forests Council

On Saturday, May 25th the city of San Luis Obispo hosted a tree awareness day. Featuring a “live” walking tree, the day included a tree tour by Dr. Matt Ritter. Educational booths and speakers shared information on the importance of trees and the need for public participation. Thank you to all the supporters and participants; City of San Luis Obispo, Davey Resource Group, PG&E Pacific Coast Lumber, CaUFC Central Coast Region, SLO Tree Friends, SAFE Gardening and Heritage Tree.

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Inland Urban Forests Council

Diana Ruiz was talking trees last month with the Riverside Neighborhood Partnership. Watch the video here, the tree part starts at about 7 minutes. 

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Upcoming Events

2019 Urban Forests Conference

September 26 – 28
San Luis Obispo

Sacramento Valley Regional Urban Forest Council

Unveiling the City of Sacramento’s new Urban Forest Master Plan

Kevin Hocker, Urban Forest Manager

Thursday, June 13
11:30 am to 1:00 pm

San Diego Regional Urban Forest Council

Healthy Trees for Healthy Neighborhoods

Wednesday, June 19
8:30 am to 11:00 am

Local attention to climate action and recent concerns about the quality of tree planting have brought many discussions–and the urgency of turning discussions into actions. A “call to action” and a campaign have been proposed. This challenge is to plant healthy trees in the next five (5) years to ensure healthy neighborhoods in the next 25 years, in the San Diego region!

Join us for a first planning workshop.

Girl Scouts San Diego program center,
1231 Upas Street,
San Diego

No fee. Register at https://healthytrees-june19.eventbrite.com
(so we can plan for coffee and structure the workshop).

Bay Area Urban Forest Ecosystem Council

Rapid Response to Invasive Shot-hole Borers
What to expect and how to prepare.

Friday, July 12

10 am to 1 pm

UC Cooperative Extension Santa Clara County
1555 Berger Drive, Building #2
San Jose

Dr. Beatriz Nobua Behrmann of UC Cooperative Extension in Orange County will share her experiences and the lessons learned in Southern California’s ongoing battle with Invasive Shot-hole borers (ISHBs, formerly known as PSHB). The focus will be on how to prepare for the arrival of these pests, and specifically on forming a rapid response team to effectively manage the infestation.

Can’t make it to the presentation? Join the Zoom meeting. View call-in details on the flyer.

Street Tree Seminar

Urban Forestry Survival Plan

Thursday, July 18
8.00 am to 3.30 pm

LA/OC has their summer symposium at Kellogg West on Cal Poly Pomona campus on July 18. The theme is “Urban Forestry Survival Plan”. Great speakers include Carla Short from San Francisco Public Works, Walt Warriner, Brittany Dyer from American Forests, Dr. Igor Lacan, Cris Falco from West Coast Arborists and Dr. Beatriz Nobua-Behrmann from UCCE.

Register on the Street Tree Seminar website




The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting project proposals for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program from April 12, 2019 through June 17, 2019. Approximately $6.7 million in awards will be funded by this program.  Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process, anticipated late Summer, Early Fall 2019.  

Eligibility and program requirements, including online submittal information, can be found at: http://resources.ca.gov/grants/environmental-enhancement-and-mitigation-eem/

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