Event Contact: Ben Thompson, Urban Forestry Specialist, WA State Department of Natural Resources; 360-902-1382; ben.thompson@dnr.wa.gov

I hope you will consider attending the 2016 Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI), which will be held later this fall. CTMI is an intensive training and professional development course covering topics relevant to urban and community forestry management in the Pacific Northwest. The course has just been re-designed to emphasize peer-to-peer learning within three creative, dynamic, and engaging sessions:

  • Session 1: Community: 2 days’ worth of instruction covering communications, public outreach, partnership building, working with diverse audiences, working with tree boards and committees, and principles of leadership. (September 12-14 at the Alderbrook Resort and Hotel in Union, WA)
  • Session 2: Trees: 2 days’ worth of instruction covering technical foundations including tree I.D., pruning, planting, tree and site selection, utility arboriculture, and a tour of municipal forestry operations. (October 11-13 at the Hilton Vancouver Convention Center in Vancouver, WA, and other field sites in the Portland-Vancouver metro region)
  • Session 3: Management: 2 days’ worth of instruction covering days of principles and practices for managing trees such as ordinance development, tree inventory, management planning, and strategies to advance your urban forestry program. (November 8-10 at the Oregon Garden Resort and Conference Center in Silverton, OR)
Each Session will also require pre- and post-work in the form of readings, videos, presentations and participation in group discussions online. The tuition fee includes course materials, instruction, some meals, and transportation for the Session 2 field tour. Travel to-and-from each session, some meals and lodging costs will not be covered by tuition, although each facility will have a block of rooms available at government per diem rates. Individuals who are actively engaged in urban and community forestry management in Oregon and Washington are eligible for CTMI. The course will be limited to 30 participants; applications from municipal and other public employees will take precedence. ISA Certified Arborists in attendance will be eligible for continuing education units. Visit https://ctmi-2016.eventbrite.com for registration and other info. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have about the course. Thank you for considering the 2016 Community Tree Management Institute.