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Urban tree care, effects of severe WX on SWREC forestry field day agenda

HOPE, Ark. -- Caring for trees in urban settings and the effects of severe weather on the states’ woodlands are part of the 2014 Forestry Field Day set for May 1 at the Southwest Research and Extension Center.

“With the terrible winter we’ve had and the effects of ice and wind on trees, many homeowners are wondering what to do for the trees on their property,” said Jon Barry, extension forester with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “This field day will focus on forest and tree health.”

The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration and will adjourn at 2:30 p.m. 

Vic Ford, director of the Southwest Research and Extension Center at Hope, will discuss environmental factors such as drought and flooding that impact tree health. Barry and Kyle Cunningham of the Arkansas Forest Resources Center will discuss pests and diseases of pines and hardwoods. The morning session will conclude with a field walk to examine diseased and infested trees so landowners can learn first-hand how to recognize symptoms.

After lunch, Alison Litchy, urban forester with the Arkansas Forestry Commission, will discuss factors that cause stress for urban trees and urban tree care. 

“Tree care is one of the greatest home-related maintenance problems faced by urban landowners,” Barry said. “Often a few simple steps can add decades to the life of a tree.  Come find out how to take care of your trees.”

For those who register by April 25, the fee is $10 per person. Registration at the door is $15 per person. Those who register ahead will be provided a lunch. A registration form can be downloaded from the SWREC web site or the AFA web site.  To receive a registration form by email, contact Jon Barry at 870-777-9702, extension 112 or at jbarry@uaex.edu.

The agenda:

8:30 a.m.

  • Registration

9:15 a.m.

  • Environmental Stresses that Affect Trees by Vic Ford, director, Southwest Research and Extension Center
  • Pests and Diseases of Pines by Dr. Jon Barry, extension forester, Arkansas Forest Resources Center
  • Pests and Disease of Hardwoods by Kyle Cunningham, extension forester, Arkansas Forest Resources Center

11:15 a.m. Field Tour

  •  Pest and Disease Field Tour by Barry, Ford and Cunningham

1:45 p.m.

  • Urban Tree Stress and Care Alison Litchy, Urban Forestry Partnership Coordinator, Arkansas Forestry Commission

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The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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