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IAA Slates Certified Arborist Workshops & Exam in Glencoe

isa-certificaton-logoThe Illinois Arborist Association announced the schedule for upcoming International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certified arborist workshops and exam to be held at the Chicago Botanic Gardens in Glencoe.

Workshops will be held 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on each Thursday between Feb. 9 and April 6. The certification exam will take place on April 13.

Certification allows an arborist to advance his or her career and demonstrate commitment to the tree care profession.

The ISA Certification Board requires a candidate to have a minimum of three years of full-time experience in arboriculture. Acceptable experience includes the practical use of knowledge involved in pruning, fertilization, installation and establishment, diagnosis and treatment of tree problems, cabling and bracing, climbing, or other services that directly relate to arboriculture.

Download the brochure to learn more and to register.



Scenes from the 34th Illinois Arborist Association Convention

The Illinois Arborist Association’s 34th Annual Conference & Trade Show is one for the books.

The successful event, which brings together hundreds of arborists, tree care professionals and industry suppliers, took place Oct. 18-19 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Tinley Park, IL.

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team was among the three dozen exhibitors of the event trade show. IL WUT representatives displayed samples of urban wood lumber, passed out copies of the new Urban Wood User’s Resource Guide and signed up attendees to the monthly Illinois Urban Wood newsletter. IL WUT representatives also took full advantage of networking opportunities to discuss urban wood use with current practitioners and those considering joining the movement.

The well-attended conference sessions provided IAA members with opportunities to earn CEUs. Educational tracks included Commercial, Municipal, Demonstration Tree, Oak Forest Restoration Along the Rural Urban Interface, Spanish and Utility.

Learn more about the Illinois Arborist Association.



Keep Spreading the News

NewsboyBy Rich Christianson

We have received awesome initial coverage to our press release announcing the inaugural Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle Conference, March 18, 2016 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook, IL.

By my count, the press release has been posted by 11 publications and government entities. We thank the following organizations for showing our conference some love!

  • Illinois Biochair Group
  • Cabinet Makers Association
  • FDMC Magazine
  • Great Lakes Pollution Prevention Roundtable
  • Illinois Biomass Working Group
  • Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
  • Illinois State Technology Center
  • International Interior Design Association, Illinois Chapter
  • Wood & Panel USA
  • Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America
  • Woodworking Network

Hopefully I’ve missed some postings and apologize if this is the case. Please do me a big favor and send me a link or a note to richsonmediapro@gmail.com.

In any event, there is still plenty of time to keep the promotional bus for the Full Circle Urban Forest conference rolling. Our next press release – coming soon – will focus on the conference speakers and topics.

Welcome to the more than 50 new subscribers who signed up to receive the monthly Illinois Urban Wood Update at last week’s highly successful Illinois Arborist Association Conference & Tradeshow in Tinley Park, IL.

Allow me to conclude by sending a huge WUT shout out to our friends at the IAA for being gracious hosts and great allies for the urban wood cause!



Illinois Wood Utilization Team States Its Case for Urban Wood at IAA Event

IAA 33rd Annual Conference & Tradeshow, Urban Wood

The Demonstration Tree was the center of exhibit floor education for climbing and chainsaw maintenance tips.

By Rich Christianson

Members of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team (IL WUT) were active participants at the Illinois Arborist Association’s 33rd Annual Conference and Trade Show, Oct. 19-21 in Tinley Park, IL.

IL WUT showcased 20 board samples of urban wood lumber at its exhibit booth, including ash, red and white oak, elm, cherry, box elder and more. Arborists and other attendees who visited the  IL WUT booth got a hands-on opportunity to see and feel high-quality lumber sliced from felled urban trees.

IL WUT is a strong advocate of putting urban wood trees lost to insect infestation, weather, old age or other end-of-life causes to their highest possible use. This includes the potential for using locally sourced urban wood to manufacture cabinets, furniture, flooring and other wood products such as the ash “Wonderboy” baseball bat that drew a lot of attention at IL WUT’s booth during the show.

The IAA Conference & Tradeshow drew hundreds of municipal and commercial tree care specialists from throughout the state. Many of the attendees took home a flyer passed out at the IL WUT booth promoting the “Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle” conference scheduled for March 18, 2016 at Hamburger University in Oak Brook. The unique event will provide a vital forum for all urban forestry stakeholders to address the steps needed to create and sustain a viable value-added market for urban lumber.

View the Bringing-the-Urban-Forest-Full-Circle-Save-the-Date-Promo.

Several IL WUT members’ organizations exhibited at the show, including Peggy Drescher, Midwest outreach coordinator of the Tree Care Industry Association; Bob Benjamin, outreach coordinator at USDA/APHIS/PPQ and Bruce Horigan, owner of Horigan Urban Forest Products.

IL WUT members lending a hand at the IL WUT booth included Rich Christianson, IL WUT conference director; Paul Deizman, CF, forest stewardship & forest legacy of IDNR; Tom Gargrave, regional forester for IDNR; Steve Lane, GIS coordinator for Graf Tree Care; and Jim Semelka, arborist for Sterling Tree Solutions.

Lane also moderated conference sessions, while team member Scott Schirmer, plant and pesticide specialist supervisor for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, was the featured presenter of “Nursery Inspection: Why They Are Important; How Do They Affect You?”

The IAA Conference ran three days with presentations devoted to topics including Electrical Hazard Awareness Program, Tree Disorder Diagnosis, Status of Urban Forestry in the State of Illinois and Oak Forest Restoration Along the Rural-Urban Interface.

For more information about the Illinois Arborist Association, visit http://illinoisarborist.org.



Illinois Wood Utilization Team Receives ‘Bringing the Urban Forest Full Circle’ Grant

The Illinois Wood Utilization Team is pleased to participate in Bringing Urban Forestry Full Circle, a new, multi-state collaborative project that will promote full-circle urban forest management to capture the full worth of community trees from seed to sawdust, expanding the public benefits of trees, from shade to finished wood products. The project is supported by the USDA Forest Service Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program.

Interested persons and parties are invited to connect with this project by exchanging information.

Along with regional program leadership provided by Glacierland RC&D, located in Green Bay, WI, these lead partners in four states are working together:

Illinois – The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Illinois Wood Utilization Team

Michigan – Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation and Development Council and Recycle Ann Arbor

Missouri – Missouri Department of Conservation

Wisconsin – Sustainable Resources Institute Inc. and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

UrbanForestLogoBringing Urban Forestry Full Circle (Full Circle) will draw from the broadly collaborative work that was done to create the Urban Forest Products Alliance (UFPA) in 2009-10. The U.S. Forest Service Wood Education Resource Center supported that effort that created a consensus strategic plan to “promote the sustainable recovery and the highest and best use of the products of urban forests.” The Full Circle project proposal can be downloaded from the Forest Service website at: http://www.na.fs.fed.us/rfp/.

Full Circle has a two-tiered work plan.

1. First, the partners will be guided by the UFPA strategic plan to build regional and national capacity for an urban wood market. The project partners will create a marketing plan for urban wood; maintain a website to promote urban wood knowledge and bolster industry by advocating and educating the public of high-value uses of urban wood. Most importantly, the project will bring together established and nascent urban wood efforts in the partner states and beyond, providing leadership and sharing of information.

2. At the state level, each of the partner will work to strengthen its state’s urban wood utilization capacity program. Existing state urban wood teams in Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin will be strengthened and a new team will be formed in Missouri. The partner states also will work together to convene their own urban wood conference sharing experiences and resources.

We invite you to (re)connect with this group by signing up for email updates. By signing up, you’ll be among the first to learn about events, demonstrations, reports and other news from this project. To subscribe to Urban Forest Products Alliance e-mail news alerts, follow this link: UFPA e-mail news alerts. If you are not already participating in the UFPA Linked In group, please also join that international informal dialogue. (You will need a Linked In profile to join.)

UFPA has sustained urban wood dialogue in the past few years despite lack of organizational capacity and funding. The U.S. Forest Service now reinvigorates the movement by supporting Full Circle for 2 years. Please join us.

Nick Kuhn, Missouri Department of Conservation
Edith Makra, Illinois EAB Wood Utilization Team and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus
Don Peterson, Sustainable Resources Institute, Inc.
Jessica Simons, Southeast Michigan Resource Conservation & Development Council and Recycle Ann Arbor’s Urbanwood Project
Glacierland RC&D

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