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Seeking Beauty On A Frigid Day (BYOB-15, Day Six), a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Clarice Barbato-Dunn’s photostream

The Pittsburgh City Paper has called Tree Tenders “the national guard of the arborist world: a civilian group taking care of what the pros can’t quite get to.” On Saturday, July 16th, Tree Pittsburgh will host a Tree Tender Symposium for specifically for Tree Tenders from across Pittsburgh and Allegheny County (scroll down to find out how to become a Tree Tender). The symposium will provide the opportunity for Tree Tenders to network with fellow tenders, share strategies for tree advocacy in their neighborhoods, and learn about highlighted projects and neighborhoods for inspiration.

You do need to register now here as registration closes at 5 p.m., today, Monday, July 11th.

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Tough Place for Trees – Bloomfield ‘Hood – Pittsburgh, PA, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Greg Blick’s photostream

The speakers for this event include:

  • Fred Hain, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Entomology and Director of the Forest Restoration Alliance. Hain will focus on invasive hemlock adelgid insects and his research for a long-term goal of breeding resistant fir and hemlock trees.
  • Sandy Feather, Extension Educator at The Penn State Center. Feather will speak on common insect pests of urban trees and mechanical control options and organic treatments for the homeowner.

Second Annual Tree Tender Symposium
When: Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Where: August Wilson Center for African American Culture, 980 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Register Now: Here

If you’re interested in joining the over 1,500 certified Tree Tenders, you can still sign up to take the Tree Tender Course. The course covers urban forestry practices, tree biology and health, basic tree identification, proper pruning and maintenance, and instruction on how to lead your community in organizing tree plantings and tree care. In order to become certified, attend all three evening sessions:

Session 1: Wednesday, July 13, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Session 2: Wednesday, July 20, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Session 3: Wednesday, July 27, 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

The sessions take place at Penn State Center (Pittsburgh), 1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The cost is $15 to $40. You can purchase tickets now here.

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Giant Ginkgo, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Matt Niemi’s photostream