2010 NC Urban Forestry Conference : Early Registration Discount Ends July 31

Conference to Focus on North Carolina’s Growing Urban Forests

North Carolina is the sixth fastest growing state in the nation and to address the effects of this population boom on the state’s urban forests, university and state officials have joined public interest groups to host a conference entitled, “Acorns to Mighty Oaks: Growing a Healthy Urban Forest,” September 14-16 in Raleigh.

This third annual conference is being hosted by the North Carolina Urban Forest Council, the North Carolina Division of Forest Resources, and North Carolina State University’s College of Natural Resources.

The conference is designed to cover environmental, policy and educational issues, as well as the technical tools and resources needed to assure urban forest quality throughout North Carolina. Speakers and exhibits will focus on planning and maintaining sustainable green urban environments.

N.C. Urban Forest Council chairman, Karen Neill, will give the opening address for the two day conference and one day pre-conference workshop. The conference will feature keynote speaker Richard Roti, of the Charlotte Public Tree Fund.

The expected 200 attendees will come from local tree boards, elected officials, planning commissions, appearance commissions, the development community, city staff, landscape architects and other state agencies. There will be a variety of exhibitors at the conference including arborist services, urban forestry educators, non-profit organizations focused on urban and community forestry, municipalities with success stories, and researchers.  There are also conference sponsorships and continuing education credits available.

Full agenda and registration information can be found on the conference web page at: www.ncsu.edu/feop/urbanforest/ or call the Forestry and Environmental Outreach Program at North Carolina State University at 919-515-9563.  Participants must register by July 31, 2010 to receive the early registration fee.

The conference will take place at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, 421 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, N.C. 27601

For more information call Leslie Moorman, urban forestry program assistant with the N.C. Division of Forest Resources at 919-857-4842.