City Trees

March - April 2012

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Partners Updates State Coordinators Successful Teamwork in Utah by Meridith Perkins, Utah Urban & Community Forestry Coordinator assistance, grant money, or advocacy, your state urban and community forestry coordinator is at your disposal. We strive to be all-knowing, ever-helpful, tireless, and time-unlimited—a kind of superhero in brown and khaki swooping in to save the day! The Utah Urban & Community Forestry works hard to meet this high standard but we can't do it alone. A Though we would sometimes like to take all the credit, state forestry agencies are fueled by a cadre of secret agents and informants that maximize our efforts. In Utah the Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands (FFSL) relies on Utah State University (USU) Extension, Utah Community Forest Council (UCFC), the non-profit TreeUtah, and industry professionals to tackle daily urban and community forestry (U&CF) issues. This combination of partnerships comes together to create a rising tide that lifts all ships. Here's how some of the partner relationships work in Utah. Our State U&CF program uses USU Extension like a Crime Scene Investigation team composed of insect, disease, s a municipal forester you can expect a lot from your state forestry agency. When you need advice, technical soil, and water specialists who inform us about the most current research and issues. Extension also employs a team of friendly regional agents across the state who inter- face with master gardeners and environmentally minded citizens. By working with these agents, our state forestry staff can piggyback on local events and public outreach activities with minimal overhead coordination. The USU Extension Agency connects us to the public and fills gaps in our training programs. Their experts step up to the plate to teach budding certified arborists how to clas- sify insects and measure dry weights in soil. They offer us the use of their facilities and webinar access so we can educate people in the far corners of the state and promote our shared mission of urban tree care and maintenance. In return, FFSL provides forestry expertise for Extension workshops, assists with special projects and fact sheets, and promotes Extension programs to a larger audience. Current FFSL-USU Extension projects include: Two annual Arborist Schools, mobile application develop- ment for, and regional public Tree Care Workshops. TreeUtah plants a tree with a community group to celebrate Arbor Day. 18 City Trees

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