Urban Forestry Webinars

Urban Trees in Your Backyard Series

Urban Forestry Education Webinars for Homeowners, Tree Professionals, and Community Leaders

There is no cost to attend these workshops. Please register separately for each webinar that you plan to attend. The webinar invitation will be sent to your email after the registration form is received.

Monday, November 2, 2020 Tree Biology - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


This workshop will give homeowners a foundational understanding of tree physiology and what trees need to survive. Healthy trees are more resilient to drought, disease, and pests, and require fewer inputs from the property owner. We will learn how pest damage can inhibit tree growth, interfere with nutrient absorption, and quickly wreak havoc on an unsuspecting victim.

Monday, November 9, 2020 – Wildlife Benefit of Trees- 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Trees and shrubs provide an essential habitat for native insects, birds, mammals, and other wildlife in our urban forests. This workshop will discuss how pollinators and wildlife use and benefit from our urban trees and shrubs and how establishing habitats in our own backyards can enhance the regional ecosystem.

Monday, November 16, 2020 Identification of Common Tree Problems - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


This workshop will cover some of the common pests and diseases of trees and shrubs. Learn how to recognize signs and symptoms, how to account for abiotic stresses, site constraints, and species type to analyze plant problems, as well as some preventable measures to keep plants happy and healthy. You will walk away knowing how to diagnose many everyday problems through specimen collection and research.

Monday, November 30, 2020 Effect of Invasive Species on the Urban Forest - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


This workshop will cover common invasive species that effect urban forests throughout the state. We will learn about invasive species that are commonly found across New York State. The class will cover details about each species, how it was introduced into our native landscapes, how to properly identify, why they are detrimental to native plants and trees, and how to manage the invasive species.

Monday, December 7, 2020 Clearing the Air on Pesticides - 5:00pm to 6:00pm


Pesticides can be a valuable tool in the Integrated Pest Management toolkit, but finding the right information can be a challenge. This workshop will cover when and where pesticide applications should be considered, and how homeowners can ensure that their applicator is following best management practices.

Monday, December 14, 2020 -Establishing a Backyard Ecosystem using Urban Trees - 7:00pm to 8:00pm


Urban trees are valued for the environmental services they provide, such as energy conservation, carbon sequestration, improving air quality, and storm water mitigation. Urban trees also provide essential habitat for insects, bird, small mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. All of these animal residents add to the ecological function of the urban forest and by welcoming birds, bats, and other insectivores, humans and trees alike benefit from the resulting insect pest control.

Funding for these Urban Forestry Education Workshops is provided by the NYS DEC through their Urban and Community Forestry Education Program.

Last updated November 4, 2020