City Trees

March/April 2013

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There and Back—to the Future: The SMA at work at CUFC10 by Ivan Listar, CUFC10 Chair, Proud SMA member and MFI Grad (2008) Photos by Ivan Listar except where indicated L ondon, Ontario, was proud to be the host city for the 10th Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC10) last October. This conference was especially significant as it coincided with the 20th anniversary of Tree Canada (http://, a not-for-profit organization that is the national face and voice of urban forestry and was the sponsoring organization of the conference. CUFC10 was dedicated to the memory, accomplishments, and legacy of Erik Jorgensen, Canada's first Urban Forester, who died in 2012. He is the person who first coined the term "urban forestry." The conference attracted 375 delegates and 55 speakers from across Canada and the USA. The overwhelming consensus was that it was one of the best urban forestry conferences they had attended. The amazing Louise Fagan was the conference coordinator who worked tirelessly to make it all happen—so much of the success of the conference and its special touches were hers. The SMA as a partner mustered its collective strength from both sides of the border. I want to especially thank Executive Director Jerri LaHaie and Past President John McNeil for all their time, effort, and contributions. 8 With one of London, Ontario's beautiful carved trees are (left to right) US Forest Service Researcher Dr. Dave Nowak, University of Toronto Forestry Professor Dr. Sandy Smith, SMA Executive Director Jerri LaHaie, and Davey Institute Research Urban Forester Scott Maco. City Trees

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