Updates from the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program
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Be a Part of VT's Arbor Day Conference: May 6th

In honor of Arbor Day and the hardworking professionals and volunteers that care for our state's trees, we are hosting a one day conference on Vermont's Arbor Day: Friday, May 6th.

The conference is designed for the stewards of Vermont's urban trees and community forests and will provide an opportunity to enhance technical skills, engage in urban forestry hot topics, and to network. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of VT's tree tribe on VT's tree day!

Learn more on our website. Registration and a detailed agenda will be available soon. The conference will be hosted in partnership with Greenworks.


Celebrating VT's Champions of Trees 

We need your help to recognize local tree and forest champions. If you know of an individual or group that has been a super steward,  consider submitting a nomination for a VT Tree Steward Award. Award recipients will be announced in the spring and the ceremony will take place on Friday, May 6th in Montpelier at the inaugural VT Arbor Day Conference. Learn more and nominate your tree and forest champions today! Don't delay, nominations are due April 1st! 

We Need Your Help to Grow Works of Art 

To celebrate Vermont's Arbor Day (May 6th), we are inviting students in grades 1-8 to participate by creating tree art!  This year the Growing Works of Art contest theme is Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities.  Celebrate the beauty and function of schoolyard and community trees with your students by helping them create a work of art that showcases the importance, beauty, and diversity of trees in communities across Vermont. Students should also write 3 - 5 sentences describing the benefits they -- or their community -- enjoy from their chosen tree. Submission deadline is March 18th. Learn more here!

25 years, Oh My! Apply for A Commemorative Tree Planting Grant

This year the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program is celebrating its 25th birthday! To help us commemorate this important milestone, we are asking our partners at the local level to join us in the jubilation by doing our favorite thing: planting trees! We are offering $25,000 in grants - up to $1,000 a piece - for 2016. Next year, we plan on bringing back our traditional grant program. Applications are due April 16th. Learn more.

Farewell from Mollie Klepack

With excitement and sadness, I am leaving the Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator position for my next adventure with the Green Mountain Club.

Reflecting back on the last year and a half, I am struck by the passionate, creative, and dedicated people I have had the privilege to work with and teach.  Through our collective efforts we have educated over 20,000 individuals and increased the awareness of another 400,000! It has been a privilege working with all of you, and I look forward to joining the ranks for the Forest Pest First Detectors. Continue reading here.

Yours in Pest Detection,

Latest News & Resources

Upcoming Events

February 24
Webinar: Managing Diverse Viewpoints
More VT UCF webinars

February 26
Best Pruning Practices
Charlotte, VT
More GreenWorks events

March 24
Maintenance & Preservation of Mature Trees
Lebanon, NH
More NE-ISA events

March 30
Green Stormwater Infrastructure Symposium
Burlington, VT

May 6
Vermont Arbor Day and Conference
Montpelier, VT
Be part VT's tree tribe on VT's tree day!

May 20 - 22
VT Coverts: Cooperative Training
Plymouth, VT
More VT Coverts' events

Vermont Woodlands Association's events

More events

Lunchtime Webinar February 24th, Noon

Join us on February 24th at 12PM EST for our winter webinar series! Emily Silver Huff, Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service, will be presenting on 'Managing Diverse Viewpoints: decision-making and best practices on volunteer boards'. Learn more and register here.

Featured Resource

The 2016 Planning Manual for Vermont municipalities and Planning Commissions, replacing the last edition developed in 1988, is now available. Developed by the VT Agency of Commerce & Community Development, the manual is designed to help communities identify the issues that matter most and to develop action-oriented strategies to tackle them. Learn more.

Gary Speaks for the Trees


Where the Big Trees Are
Gary Salmon is the Tree Warden of Sailsbury and is also a retired forester with the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation. In this column, he shares his incredible knowledge and passion for trees. Read 'Where the Big Trees Are!'.

Featured Tree

Musashino Zelkova
Zelkova serrata
The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) has voted Zelkova serrata ‘Musashino’ the 2016 Urban Tree of the Year. This tree is adaptable to a variety of harsh urban growing conditions and has strong ornamental traits. It is often a species or cultivar considered underutilized by urban foresters. Learn more here.
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