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TREE Fund Webinars

TREE Fund webinars bring you the latest in tree research, directly from the scientists themselves. These one-hour programs are free and offer 1 CEU credit from ISA, SAF or NALP. Pre-registration is highly recommended; in doing so, you’ll receive a reminder email the day before the program.   

Upcoming Webinar

Dr. Brian Kane, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Arboricultural Biomechanics”

August 23 at 12:00 p.m. Central (translate to your time zone)

Register HERE

Join us for a discussion of arboricultural biomechanics – the study of how arboricultural practices like pruning, cabling, and rigging affect the mechanical performance of trees. We usually think of mechanical performance in terms of likelihood of failure and how arboricultural practices might affect the likelihood of failure. For example, if we prune a tree in a certain way, how does that affect its likelihood of failure?

Dr. Brian Kane is the Massachusetts Arborists Association Professor of Commercial Arboriculture at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He has published over 50 scholarly papers, most of them have considered topics in arboricultural biomechanics and tree worker safety. He previously served on the ISA’s Board of Directors and currently chairs the Nominating and Elections Committee. Before joining academia, he worked as a production arborist and he maintains his ISA Certified Arborist credential. He has competed in several regional tree climbing championships, placing 4th in New England in 2006.

We are grateful to our webinar host, Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES).


Future Webinars

Registration will open approximately one month before the program date.

Dr. Dan Herms, The Davey Tree Expert Company

“Emerald Ash Borer: Strategies for Conserving Ash in the Urban Forest”

November 28 at 12:00 p.m. Mountain

  Dr. Nina Bassuk, Cornell University

Trees and Construction

December 13 at 12:00 p.m. Mountain

Dr. Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington

Trees and Health

February 2019



Watch Previous TREE Fund Webinars

Note: CEU credit is only available for live broadcast.


Utility Arborist Research Fund: Work in Progress, Work to Come

J. Eric Smith, TREE Fund and Dr. Christopher Halle, Sonoma State University – May 2018

Note: presentation was very large so has been uploaded in four parts: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4

Invasive Insects of Shade Trees: A 30 Year Perspective from Colorado

Dr. Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University – May 2018


Do Planting Stock Decisions Really Make Much Difference Down The Road?

Dr. Michael Arnold (Texas A&M University) – February 2018

Drought Tolerance in Trees – Improving Tree Selection for Challenging Urban Sites

Dr. Andrew Hirons (Myerscough College, U.K.) – November 2017

Tree Species Selection Guide (based on this research)

Municipal Forestry Baseline, Trends, and Dashboard

Dr. Richard Hauer (U. of Wisconsin – Stevens Point) – September 2017

Soil Profile Rebuilding: Rehabilitating Compacted Soils

Dr. Susan Day (Virginia Tech) – June 2017

Supporting Materials:


Tree Risk Assessment – Perceptions, Reality, and Reliability

Dr. Andew Koeser (U. of Florida) – April 2017

Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch, University of Wisconsin

Soil Compaction and Urban Trees: Strategies for Gaining Ground

Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch (U. of Wisconsin – Stevens Point) – November 2016

Supporting Materials:

Dr. Ed Gilman, University of Florida

An Approach to Pruning You Won’t Forget

Dr. Ed Gilman (U. of Florida) – May 2016

Dr. Nina Bassuk, Cornell University

Strategies for Successful Urban Tree Growth in Wet and Dry Sites

Dr. Nina Bassuk (Cornell University) – Sept 2015

Dr. Rich Hauer, Univerity of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Emerald Cash Borer: It Will Cost You Money-Ways to Manage the Ash Cash Flow

Dr. Rich Hauer (U. of Wisconsin – Stevens Pt.) – April 2015

Thank You for Another Successful Tour des Trees

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