2021 Urban Forestry Workshop: Trees, Construction And Site Development

Registration is now open for UW-Madison, Division of Extension’s annual Urban Forestry Workshop, held Aug. 19 and Aug. 24-27.

This year’s workshop will be offered a little differently. The program usually includes a classroom lecture-style session in the morning and hands-on field activities in the afternoon. This year Extension will hold the morning portion of the workshop online to allow more attendees and offer an educational option for those who are not yet comfortable attending in-person events. The hands-on activities will build on the online session, but you are not required to attend the online session to attend the in-person portion of the class.  


Online Presentation via Zoom—August 19, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

If you could change one thing, what would it be to minimize the impact of trees in construction areas? Learn various ways to protect soils and trees during construction. This session will introduce different approaches to consider during construction activities that commonly occur around trees and explore industry A300 Standards and Best Management Practices. The cost for the Zoom presentation is $10 per person. The registration deadline is Aug. 13.


In-Person Field Demonstration—9 a.m. to noon

Join us at one of four locations for an in-person program with three hours of field-based learning. Learn concepts such as the X-Factor, the Tree Protection Zone and Tree Risk for decision-making. The same content will be presented at each location. The cost is $20 per person with a limit of 50 participants per location. The registration deadline is Aug. 20 or when filled.

  • Learn about the X-Factor and resilient characteristics trees might or might not have. The tree species, age and condition help to determine the tree protection zone (TPZ). 
  • Learn about setting up temporary movement areas and what is needed to avoid soil compaction. 
  • Learn how to use air excavation to remediate poor soils and correct buried tree root systems.
  • Learn about an approach to assess a tree from roots to foliage and parts in between — also learn thinking strategical on what trees make sense to retain and which ones might be a future headache.


The In-Person Field Events Locations:

Aug. 24 – Union Grove—Old Settler’s Park, 19805 Durand Ave, 53182

Aug. 25 – Waukesha—Retzer Nature Center, S14W28167 Madison St, 53188

Aug. 26 – Madison—Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd, 53711

Aug. 27 – Stevens Point—Pfiffner Park, 2442 Sims Ave, 54481



Extension Waukesha County is handling registration. Online registration is available here. If you have previously registered through MaxGalaxy, use the same login and password. If you need to register and pay for more than one individual simultaneously, send an email to Lisa at lboyer@waukeshacounty.gov with your company name and the names and emails of the attendees, and she will reply with login details. Call 262-548-7775 with registration questions.

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