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DU Hosts the 2014 Tree Diversity Conference

January 24, 2014

flyer Our urban forests are under siege from disease, aging canopy, budget constraints and more. Leading experts on creating a vibrant urban canopy from across America will launch this first event of its kind in Colorado.

The conference is from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014, at Lindsay Auditorium Room 281.

Our featured speakers are:

Steve Bieberich- "Trees for Hot Dry Places"
Steve Bieberich owns Sunshine Nursery in Clinton, Oklahoma. He's developed numerous trees that thrive in the dry climate and alkaline soils of western Oklahoma. He has collected in Asia and across America, grown and evaluated in his nursery-arboretum. He was the first to introduce the thornless male Osage orange cultivar 'Whiteshield.' He's a world authority on cultivated Ulmacea.

Guy Sternberg - "Tough Trees for Urban Landscapes"
Guy Sternberg owns Starhill Forest Arbore-tum in Petersburg, Illi-nois. Guy retired after a long career with the Illi-nois Dept. of Natural Re-sources and is a life member of the Interna-tional Society of Arbori-culture as well as a landscape architect. He was also a founding member of the International Oak Society. He has written two books on native American trees (Timber Press), and has introduced many new tree cultivars.

Scott Skogerboe- "High Plains Tree Selection & Propagation"
Scott Skogerboe is the head propagator at Ft. Collins Wholesale Nursery, growing over 300,000 plants a year. Scott, a Ft. Collins native and CSU graduate in land-scape horticulture, has spent decades in exploring, selecting and propagating trees and shrubs that are adaptable to climate and soil conditions in communities stretching from Casper, WY to Albuquer-que, NM.

Mike Hayman- "Citizen Activism to Revitalize an Urban Tree Canopy"
Mike Hayman lives in Seneca Gardens, Ken-tucky. He was a professional newspaper pho-tographer who undertook a major tree planting and diversification program near Louisville af-ter a freak windstorm devastated a mature but non-diverse tree canopy twenty years ago. His efforts, now codified in city policy, were among the first to mobilize major citizen support of species diversity and Seneca Gardens is now viewed as a mini-arboretum.


Attendance $60 per person, $35 for registered students. Includes Panera box lunch. Prompt payments made by credit or debit card by logging on to www.paypal.com and clicking on the "Send Someone Money" button. Specify that the payment be made to 2014treediversityconference@gmail.com in the field "Their Email." Please include the names of all the people you are registering in the comments box on the PayPal form.

*Continuing Education Credits available for arborists. Certification with International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

For more information, see the flyer.