Tough Trees for Tough Sites @ This is a virtual event
Apr 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Tree selection in urban environments is complex. Urban soils are often dramatically altered by soil removal, replacement, and compaction making the survival of newly planted trees difficult. In addition, trees in urban areas may be subjected to extreme heat, drought, periodic flooding, and pollution. This one-hour virtual presentation will highlight some trees that are known to tolerate difficult urban conditions and discuss ways to improve tree survival in these tough conditions.


Presented by: Krista Quinn, County Extension Agent, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

2023 Natural State Tree Climbing Championships @ Hendrix College
May 6 – May 7 all-day
2023 Natural State Tree Climbing Championships @ Hendrix College

Professional tree climbing competitions are held around the world to provide a platform for arborists to learn about the latest in climbing techniques and innovations in equipment. They showcase the highest level of professional skills and safety, providing a competitive learning environment for those working in the industry.

The competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field.  Competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds. Each event tests a competitor’s ability to professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.


Hazardous Tree Identification and Management @ This is a virtual event
May 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Trees provide many benefits to people and communities. However, trees can be dangerous if they are poorly maintained, damaged, or diseased.  Identifying hazardous trees and taking action to reduce the likelihood of tree failure is a critical component of tree care. In this one-hour virtual training, participants will learn what types of tree defects and conditions can lead to failure, how tree risk is assessed, and what types of actions can be taken to mitigate tree risk.


Presented by: Harold Fisher, Urban Forestry Partnership Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Agriculture Forestry Division

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