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In 2013, the NC Urban Forest Council began the Tree Board Webinar Series with the purpose of helping tree boards take the next step in their urban forestry program efforts. Since that time, we have continued to offer web-based seminars on a variety of topics.


Through a series of webinars, we hope to present ways that you and your tree board can function more efficiently and effectively within your community. Learning more about the political process, how to communicate your message, community forest management opportunities, and how to engage your volunteers will provide mechanisms for your board or commission to have more impact and better manage your urban trees and green space. All webinars are recorded and available for viewing at your convenience, so if you missed one they are available at the bottom of this page.


Attending three or more webinars, earns you a tree board education certificate and a resource guide which contains valuable information that will help your board well into the future. Stay engaged and take advantage of this networking opportunity to move your tree board to the next level.


2016 Tree Board Webinar Series


January 20th, 11:00am – 12:00 pm EST

Basics of Tree Protection Ordinances

Speaker: Ed Macie, US Forest Service

 So you have a tree ordinance, what’s next? Going from a public tree care ordinance to a tree protection ordinance can be tricky. Learn about what you need to consider when developing an effective tree protection ordinance. What are some common pitfalls that you should avoid? Ed will highlight what it takes to makes a successful tree protection ordinance and show examples of what has worked in other communities.


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February 23rd, 11:00am – 12:00 pm EST

Community Tree Planting Programs: Thinking Outside the Lines

Speakers: Dave Cable, Trees Charlotte and Cindy Rice, Trees Across Raleigh

Are you interested in starting a volunteer tree planting program in your community? Do you have an existing tree planning program, but would like to learn about additional opportunities to help your program be a bigger success? This webinar will showcase two successful tree planting programs and their innovative partnerships that have made their programs succeed. They will be highlighting partnerships, funding strategies, volunteer recruitment and give examples of what works and what doesn’t.


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March 22nd, 11:00am – 12:00 pm EST

The Role of Advocacy in Community Forestry

Speakers: Chuck Mills, California ReLeaf and Shannon Ramsay, Trees  Forever

Advocacy is often a tricky process that many people steer clear of. But advocating for urban trees and their management is critical to any community forestry program. Learn about what advocacy is, what role a tree board plays in the process, what are some key strategies you can use to bring urban forestry and your program to the forefront.


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April 19th, 11:00am – 12:00 pm EST

Management Plans – Know What You Need

Speaker: Nancy Stairs, NC Forest Service

Managing the urban forest requires sharing information about budget and staffing needs, municipal department communication, emergency planning for the short and long term.  But what kind of plan do you need for your community?  There are several approaches and knowing what will serve you community best is important when looking at developing a plan – whether using a consultant, municipal staff or a Tree Board.  This presentation is an introduction to different approaches to urban forestry plans and their components, so a community can know what it wants, communicate what it expects, and end up with the plan that it needs.


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