4 CEU’s a Beer with NYASLA!!

4 CEU’s and a Beer: The Roots of It: What You Need to Know About Trees

March 3 @ 1:00 pm5:30 pm



4.0 LA CES/HSW pending.

4.0 ISA CEU credits.

A full panel of speakers will focus on the state of science which affect Arboriculture and the Landscape Architecture communities. The agenda is as follows:


Nelson Villarubia, Executive Director, TreesNY & Jennifer Nitzky, President, ASLA-NY

Moderator Al Key, DeepRoot Green Infrastructure, LLC

I. State of the Urban Forest Overview

jim urban headshotJames Urban, FASLA

This presentation will introduce trends in recent study in the area of urban soils, nursery practices and tree planting that have relevance to landscape architecture.   Research, particularly related to urban soils, has only recently seen experiments that are intended to test the basis of practice in the profession.  Translating findings into details and specifications takes an understanding of both the scientific results but also respecting the limitations when introducing anything new into a complex construction industry.   While many questions remain to be explored, science based details and construction specification are emerging and available to practitioners.

II.  Tree Roots in a Concrete Environment

Tom head shotDr. E. Thomas Smiley, PhD

Tree roots are affected by the environment in which they grow and they also impact that environment. For optimum tree growth and longevity of the infrastructure, landscape design is key. This talk will present results of three long term experiments at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories that look at sidewalk longevity and tree growth in urban plaza environments.

III. Nursery Stock Standards and Specifications

gilman_edward_headshotEd Gilman, Professor Emeritus UFL

When a process can be simplified, we understand it. New research and experience in the last five years points to simple methods of determining nursery plant quality. From this, we developed more than 70 CAD-editable (.DWG) and .pdf details with elevations, plan views, and schematics of high quality nursery stock along with details of every imaginable planting situation – all reviewed by a national team of experts. These will be thoroughly described with many examples.


IV. The Social Life of Urban Forests: Ecosystem Services, Cultural Values, and Civic Stewardship

LKCLindsay Campbell, USFS

This talk will discuss a number of different frameworks and approaches for understanding relationships between people and trees. Ecosystem service discourse has gained popularity in certain scientific and planning circles, while social science reminds us to probe the cultural meaning and values of trees in other ways. Finally, we will discuss civic stewardship of the urban forest and present a methodology to assess, visualize, and support the system of stewardship.

V. Bridging the divide between rendering and reality – strategies to see your vision succeed 

Annette Wilkus headshotAnnette Wilkus, FASLA

This presentation will discuss the reality of implementing design ideas.  We’ve become a profession of photo montages, but how does that translate into reality?  By better understanding the challenges of construction including scheduling and seasonality, your contract documents, including specifications, can bridge that gap. This will  be an explanation of how to address the realities of construction.

Refreshments served afterwards.

For more information and to register, click here.

Generously sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts and Deep Root.

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