In early October, the Alaska Division of Forestry and Alaska Community Forest Council will host a series of classes in Anchorage and Fairbanks for arborists, landscape architects, foresters, developers and others who want to learn how to retain trees during development and to diagnose structural problems of trees.
The workshops will be taught by Scott Baker, founder and principal of Tree Solutions Inc., a tree consulting company in Seattle. Baker is a Board Certified Master Arborist and Registered Consulting Arborist who has previously worked as a developer and has extensive experience with construction and building codes. He is a certified instructor with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) in tree risk assessment. Continuing education credits for both classes are available to members of the ISA, American Society of Landscape Architects and Society of American Foresters.
Site Planning and Construction with Trees in Mind, Oct. 1 and Oct. 5
Fairbanks class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 1; City Council Chambers, 800 Cushman Street
Anchorage class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 5; main conference room of the Municipality of Anchorage Public Works Department, 4700 Elmore Road
Description: Learn practical techniques for successfully retaining trees when building roads, homes, or other structures. See examples of how retaining healthy and attractive trees will reduce costs for removal and replacement and create more attractive landscapes. Case studies will demonstrate practices that will reduce damage to trees and possible hazards in the future. A field trip to local sites will help participants gain a better understanding of how to determine which trees can and should be retained, which should be removed before construction, and steps to take during and after construction to maintain trees in good health.
Techniques for Diagnosing Structural Problems in Trees, Oct. 2 and Oct. 6
Fairbanks class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 2; City Council Chambers, 800 Cushman Street
Anchorage class: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oct. 6; main conference room of the Municipality of Anchorage Public Works Department, 4700 Elmore Road
Description: This workshop will help you hone your diagnostic skills and ability to assess the condition of trees to determine the significance of defects. Baker will cover tree biology, structure, and anatomy, visual tree assessment and common diagnostic tools, and methods for reporting results of an assessment. A classroom presentation will be followed by outdoor field practice. The workshop is open to anyone but intended for arborists, foresters, and others with a working knowledge of tree biology, anatomy, and assessment.
Registration is required, and space is limited. To register, go to http://forestry.alaska.gov/community/news.htm to download the registration form and submit it with a check. The registration deadline is close of business on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Please direct questions to Stephen Nickel at 269-8466 or firstname.lastname@example.org.