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The Raising Trees Webinar series is a weekly, one-hour webinar that discusses topics related to caring for a landscape’s most valuable resource, trees. Each of these webinars can be counted as one ISA Continuing Education Credit.

Dates and Topics

Each weekly webinar is free to attend and will start at Noon CST. The webinars are presented through Zoom, an online video presentation format.


May 14 – What’s Bugging My Trees? Managing Common Tree Pests in Urban and Suburban Landscapes

David Coyle, assistant professor of forest health and invasive species, Department of Forestry and Env. Conservation, Clemson University

Trees are food for many different insects and fungi. This webinar will talk about the common pests you might find on your tree, help you figure out what they are, and discuss strategies for management.




May 21 – Post-Storm Tree Assessment: A Guide to Safer Trees

Beau Brodbeck, Alabama Extension specialist of community forestry & arboriculture, Auburn University

In recent weeks the southeast has seen a series of storms that have caused significant tree damage in landscapes. Some damage is obvious while in other cases it might be harder to identify. Without corrective action these damaged trees can fail and cause further property damage or decline in health and die. This presentation will address identifying and managing common post-storm damage in trees and how to reduce further wind-related failures in the future.




May 28 – Choosing Native Species for Use in City Environments: Why it Matters

Nancy Loewenstein, Alabama Extension specialist in invasive plant management

Plants serve many purposes in our landscapes, and numerous considerations go into choosing the right plant for a location. One important consideration is whether to use native or non-native species. In this webinar, learn how native plants can make a difference by providing a sense of place, habitat connectivity, and other beneficial ecosystem services. Using natives also prevents the escape of known invasive species and the potential introduction of the next ‘kudzu’.




June 4 – Photo-Visualization Tools for Designing and Managing Landscapes using CanVis

Jason Gordon, assistant professor in community forestry, University of Georgia

Most people learn best through viewing pictures, video, or other non-verbal methods because the brain can quickly process visual information. Photorealistic visualization helps to communicate landscape change and can be used to demonstrate a tree pruning outcome, illustrate the intent of a vegetation ordinance, planning home gardens, and other applications.

This presentation teaches about using CanVis, a free software simple enough for users with basic computer skills to manipulate objects and images that can help them to plan and understand green infrastructure design. Participants will learn how to access the software, what to use it for, and tricks to make a good project.




More Information

For more information about the Raising Trees Webinar Series, contact Beau Brodbeck at brodbam@auburn.edu or at 251-259-6507.

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