Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Watershed Education Events

Healthy Watershed Tour
Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Lititz, PA, 9:30AM- 3PM.
Participation in this tour has been approved for 4 CORE CECs through ASFPM. Register online at

Tree Tenders Training
Friday, May 31, 2013 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Ag Heritage Center, Chambersburg PA
Cost: $25
To register, contact David Harry at 814-865-7541

Smart Growth FORUM
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 8:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center │101 Champ Blvd. │ Manheim, PA 17545
Featuring Mark Fenton Sponsored by
Through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Coalition for Smart Growth, and LiveWELL Lancaster County, Mark Fenton, public health, planning, and transportation expert and consultant, will conduct community walkability audits and facilitate a county-wide discussion on creating healthier communities in Lancaster County. Various local transportation and planning officials and experts will facilitate the following breakout sessions: Trails and Open Space, Planning Healthy Schools, Complete Streets, Active Transportation. Community planners, transportation experts, bicyclists, health professionals, and others are invited to participate in this discussion and action planning for Lancaster County. The Forum is presented free of charge, but please register at the Coalition’s Upcoming Events Registration page at

Also check the Coalition’s website for information on participating in a Walkability Audit of three communities with Mark Fenton. Join Mark at one, two, or all three sites in Lancaster County on June 3 starting at 1:30 PM. The schedule is as follows:
1:30 Amtrak Train Station in Lancaster City
3:00 Landis Valley Museum, Manheim Township
4:30 Kitchen Kettle Village, Intercourse and Leacock Township

PA Urban & Community Forestry Lunchtime Webinar Series
"Beyond the Metro Regions: Expanding the TreeVitalize Program to Communities Statewide "
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Since its launch in 2004 in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the TreeVitalize program has helped communities in the 14 metropolitan regions of the Commonwealth begin to reverse the trend of tree canopy loss. Over 350,000 trees have been planted and 4,000 Tree Tenders have been trained. Starting in 2013, TreeVitalize will become available to all counties. Many of the webinars offer ISA, SAF, PA ASLA continuing education credits.

Directions:-To join us, click on this link or copy and paste it into your browser window

4th Annual Choose Clean Water Conference: “Clean Water Works”
June 4-5, 2013
Tremont Hotel, Baltimore, MD
cost: $17
Join regional leaders from local watershed organizations, environmental and conservation organizations, the philanthropic community, and government officials to discuss strategies necessary to restore the hundreds of streams and rivers that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Our panel discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities will focus on solutions – ideas to reduce water pollution and how to finance these improvements plans. We are pleased that The Right Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, will be our key note speaker. Bishop Sutton is a dynamic speaker and has set out on a personal mission to make the Diocese of Maryland and its Churches more “green.”

Learn how Baltimore is using green infrastructure investments to enhance neighborhood quality of life, mitigate flooding and drive job creation. Baltimore provides strong examples of how communities can reconnect to their local waters. Program highlights include:
∙ Financing clean water projects
∙ Stormwater utility campaigns
∙ Impacts of pollution on human health
∙ Fracking and land use
∙ Partnerships to grow green jobs
∙ Connecting faith-based groups and environmental groups
Field Trips: ∙ Tour the restored wetlands at Fort McHenry ∙ Get a behind the scenes tour of the Port of Baltimore ∙ Visit Masonville Cove, an urban wilderness conservation area ∙ See what neighborhoods are doing to green their communities ∙ Kayak on an urban waterway

For details on the following programs, please see
Protecting Our Urban Forest: Tree Preservation during Construction
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Come learn about tree preservation and all of the issues that must be considered when doing construction around trees, particularly when working with large machinery around trees or impacting trees through excavation, grade changes or alterations to the soil or hydrology.

Protecting Our Urban Forest: A Conversation on Tree Risk
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Join us for a discussion on tree risk in the second class in our Protecting Our Urban Forest series. Participants will learn how they can prepare for and deal with tree damage and help contribute to a healthier and safer urban forest.

Silvopasture Field Day
June 7, 2013 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Wahler Farm, 1384 Sugar Valley Rd., McVeytown, PA
Silvopasturing is an important new agroforestry system for the Northeast that allows for the sustainable production of timber, forages and livestock on the same land. Silvopasturing differs from past grazing practices in wooded areas in that the livestock and timber are intensively managed to achieve the desired objectives in a sustainable manner. New fencing systems, a better understanding of animal behavior, and the evolution of “management intensive grazing” practices have enabled the successful implementation of silvopasturing in the Northeast to provide significant environmental and economic benefits. In this intensive one-day course, Brett Chedzoy and Peter Smallidge will teach participants the basic steps and skills needed to evaluate, plan for and implement silvopasture projects on their own land or land that they manage for others. Throughout the day, Norm Conrad and Christopher Lent with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) will provide an on-site demonstration of solar- powered fencing and pumps, and information about how NCAT can assist farmers with Sustainable Energy, Farm Energy, Sustainable Agriculture, Information Technology or Business Service needs.
A registration fee of $10 is payable by check to: Mifflin County Conservation District 20 Windmill Hill, Suite 4 Burnham, PA 17009
For more information, call (717)248-4695. Registration includes lunch and training materials. The course will be taught outdoors rain or shine, in silvopasture settings, so please dress appropriately. Graziers, foresters and agency personnel are especially encouraged to attend.
Participants are encouraged to watch the archived webinar on silvopasturing at prior to the course.

A Watershed United
June 10-11, 2013
Inn at Lambertville Station, Lambertville, New Jersey
We hope you’ll join us for an informative mix of panel discussions, working sessions, and field trips to learn more about the current health of the Delaware watershed, effective approaches that are being used to protect and improve its resources, and Coalition initiatives to support similar efforts across the basin. This conference is geared towards those who are working throughout the watershed in professional or volunteer capacities, including members of nongovernmental organizations such as watershed associations, land conservancies, recreational/sporting interests, education/nature centers, and environmental organizations, as well as staff from local, state, or federal agencies. This is a great opportunity to network with your peers along the banks of the Delaware! Conference details, including registration information and the agenda, are available at or Contact Kim Beidler at 609.392.1182 or

Oak Wilt Identification and Management Workshop
Wednesday, June 12 at 8:00 am CDT to Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 2:30 pm CDT
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739

This training will be noted on the website as well as on any handouts and other material referencing qualified individuals. Go to for more information and to register.
Dr. David Appel and I will be conducting the training. Registration is limited to 25

Bringing a 'Sustainable Jersey' Program to the State of Pennsylvania   (Oram's comment This one seems a little scarey - Taking Something that Development in NJ - packaged in Pittsburgh and then applying to All of PA).
June 17, 2013 at 1:00pm Eastern
Sustainable communities require informed government, citizens, businesses and institutions. All of them play a continued role in ensuring a high quality of life. Often though, the barriers to achieving high quality of life are written into the policies and ordinances, corporate rules and institutional by-laws. In order to change them a strong partnership between all parties is required. Nationwide, all types of organizations are implementing measures to further their own independent sustainability, and yet without strong local government leadership with an eye to sustainability, the organizations will be limited in their success. With the help of this Environmental Leadership Program grant, we are proposing to expand the Sustainable Pittsburgh and 'Sustainable Jersey' models to encompass all 2,562 municipalities in Pennsylvania.

This webinar features ELP Senior Fellows Heather Cowley, Jessica Sprajcar and Lori Braunstein. Register for more details at

The Woods in Your Backyard - University Park
Saturday, June 22, 2013 9:00 AM - 3:15 PM
Penn State University 107 Forest Resources Bldg., University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
The Woods in Your Backyard teaches stewardship of small parcels of land. By enhancing or creating natural areas and woodland on your lot, you can enjoy recreation, aesthetics, wildlife, and water quality. If your lot connects to other lots, there’s ample opportunity to make an even bigger impact by getting neighbors involved! Owners of even just a few acres can make a positive difference in the environment through planning and implementing simple stewardship practices. For more information or to register:

Emerald Ash Borer Workshop
Monday, June 24th, 2013, 9:00 am—1:00 pm
Dauphin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Center Auditorium
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 9:00 am—1:00 pm
York County Extension Room 1
Join us to learn how to conserve the environmental benefits of ash trees and moderate the insect’s impact on municipal budgets, property value, safety and infrastructure. At this workshop, you will learn more about planning and strategies to help mitigate EAB-related risks. Municipal officials and employees; corporate and institutional landowners; landscaping and tree care companies; and anyone interested in planning for the imminent EAB infestation will gain valuable perspectives on management. ISA, PA LA, and Pesticide Applicators CEU credit will be available. The workshop fee of $20 includes continental breakfast and handouts. See to download a brochure.

Northeastern Pennsylvania Ornamental Pest Walkabout
June 25th between 9:30am - noon at
Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Cost: $20
Join Greg Hoover, Penn State Extension Ornamental Entomologist and Dr. Gary Moorman, Penn State Extension Plant Pathologist for an interactive session walking the grounds, and exploring their plant collection while scouting for insects and diseases. PDA Pesticide Credits and ISA Certified Arborist CEUs will also be awarded. If you have questions about the program, please call 825-1701 or email me at

The presentations, posters, and proceedings from the 2013 Delaware Estuary Science & Environmental Summit are now available. Review your favorite talks or come see the sessions that you missed. There are some great pictures from the event too!

A 7-minute rain garden video, officially titled "Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time", is finally live. I want to send it to you to tell this wonderful story and show what I am currently engaged in. Here is the url -->
Courtesy of Susan Curry, Borough of Ambler community volunteer extraordinaire! I enjoyed this greatly. (Julianne)

The 16th annual Woody Plant Conference
Friday, July 19, 2013
Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
This popular day-long conference, scheduled for focuses on great woody plants for the Mid-Atlantic states and how to best use them in the landscape. The conference is geared to landscape professionals and avid amateur gardeners. Continuing education units (CEUs) for PA landscape architects, International Society of Arboriculture certified arborists, PA Certified Horticulturists, and update credits from the PA Department of Agriculture will be available. Speakers include:
-Andrea Wulf-award-winning author who has written extensively on John Bartram and how he transformed the English landscape with the introduction of American trees and shrubs.
To register online or download the brochure go to

The Partners in Community Forestry Conference
November 6 & 7, 2013 SAVE THE DATE!
Pittsburgh, PA
Currently the largest annual gathering of government and private sector urban forestry professionals in the country, it is an honor that a Pennsylvania city has been selected to host it for the second time in less than 5 years. If your schedule permits, please plan to attend the conference this year and see for yourself the momentum building around urban forestry in Pittsburgh. For more details, check out

Continuting Education Events for Educators, Professionals, Surveyors, Geologists, etc  (LEED, Sustainability, Engineering, Earth Science, Design).

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