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#1)  Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and AF Cadre Training

Postby djluthringer » Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:18 am

Folks,

The following is the flyer we've put together for the Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and American Forests National Cadre Apprentice Training to be held at Cook Forest State Park 4/16-17/15.  This course has been approved for both SAF and ISA credits.  

Cost is free, but registration required.  30 participant limit.  To register, please contact Dale Luthringer at (814)744-8475 or e-mail at dluthringe@pa.gov.
               
                       
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Best Regards,

Dale


Dale J. Luthringer
Environmntel Education Specialist
Cook Forest State Park
P.O. Box 120
Cooksburg, PA 16217
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Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and American Forests National Cadre Apprentice Training
April 16-17, 2015

Cook Forest State Park, in conjunction with the Native Tree Society (NTS), American Forests (AF) and Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI), will host a two-day Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop to the public and forest resource professionals  focusing on learning the latest and most accurate methods of measuring big, tall, and noteworthy trees of Cook Forest and the Eastern United States.

April 16th will be a general workshop for those wanting to learn how to measure trees using advanced equipment and methods. The workshop will include a morning lecture and afternoon exercises in the field. Members from the Native Tree Society and American Forests will be available to conduct the lecture and field events.  

April 17th will be for people who wish to continue and become American Forests National Cadre members. The National Cadre consists of people who have advanced tree-measuring skills. The Coordinator of the American Forests Big Tree Program calls on members to certify nominations to the National Register of Champion Trees, train new Cadre members, settle disputes over competing candidates, develop new measuring methods, and test new equipment.

New Cadre members will begin as apprentices. Most will progress to be fully competent in all aspects of tree measuring. The April 17th program is designed to train apprentices and will be conducted by current National Cadre members.

LOCATION:  Cook Forest State Park, Log Cabin Inn Environmental Learning Classroom

REGISTRATION:   *Cost is free, but registration required.  30 participant limit.  To register, please contact Dale Luthringer at (814)744-8475 or e-mail  dluthringe@pa.gov.  

ACCREDITATION:  Society of American Forests and International Society of Arboriculture credits available.


Agenda for April 16
900-915am    ‘Welcome’, by Dale Luthringer, Environmental Educational Specialist,
                   Cook Forest State Park (EES CFSP)        
915-1115am  ‘Introduction to Tree Measuring’, by Robert T. Leverett, The Native Tree Society
1115am         LUNCH (please pack lunch, light refreshments provided)
100-400pm    ‘Field Exercises: Introduce advanced equipment and tree measuring’,  
                   by Robert Leverett, Dale Luthringer, NTS, AF, and LTI members
400-415-pm   ‘Summary of lessons learned’ by Robert T. Leverett (NTS) and others
415-430pm    ‘Conclusion’ by Dale Luthringer (EES CFSP)

Agenda for April 17

900-910am           ‘Welcome’ by Dale Luthringer (EES CFSP)
910-930am    ‘Welcome: Explanation of the National Cadre’ by representative of American Forests
930-945am    'Assign existing Cadre trainer to each trainee’
945-1145am  ‘Field Exercises: Advanced Measuring Skills & Testing’
                   by Robert T. Leverett, Dale Luthringer, and NTS members
1145am        LUNCH (please pack lunch, light refreshments provided)
115-315pm   ‘Field Exercises: Advanced Measuring Skills & Testing (cont.)’  
315-415pm   ‘Review Exercise Results’ , by each Cadre trainer and trainee
415-430pm   ‘Concluding Comments’ , by representative of American Forests and Robert T. Leverett

SKILL SET DEVELOPMENT:     methods for measuring tree height and error resolution, proficiency in locating tree top, trunk circumference measurements, methods for measuring crown spread, computing champion tree points, mathematical knowledge & problem solving

Resource professionals have the opportunity to earn credits for the following credentials per day:
       Society of American Foresters =5.5 credits

       International Society of Arboriculture = BCMA-Mgmt 1.5, BCMA-Science & Practice 2,
                      Certified Arborist 5.5, Municipal Specialist 5.5, TW Climber Specialist 5.5

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#2)  Re: Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and AF Cadre Training

Postby Matt Markworth » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:15 pm

Thanks to Dale and Bob for making this a great event. I also enjoyed Ed's presentation on some of the practical aspects of tree measuring.

The level of engagement from the audience and the level of interest in accurately measuring trees was off the charts.

               
                       
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#3)  Re: Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and AF Cadre Training

Postby Erik Danielsen » Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:35 pm

Thanks for posting these photos... I really deeply regretted not being able to make it to this gathering. A confluence of work and family considerations (a wedding to attend in florida a couple days before the gathering) rendered it impossible. Next year, I hope, and/or perhaps Colorado.

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#4)  Re: Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and AF Cadre Training

Postby Matt Markworth » Tue Apr 28, 2015 9:33 pm

Erik Danielsen wrote:Thanks for posting these photos... I really deeply regretted not being able to make it to this gathering. A confluence of work and family considerations (a wedding to attend in florida a couple days before the gathering) rendered it impossible. Next year, I hope, and/or perhaps Colorado.


Erik,

I know the feeling, scheduling conflicts are definitely no fun. Too many places to be, and so little time!

The upcoming CO event should be a blast if you're able to make it (only about 8 weeks away!) This year I want to make some deeper trips into the 100,000+ acres that is Hermosa Creek. I think there is a lot more to be uncovered in the big tree/tall tree story out there.

If you are interested in learning more about the AF National Cadre apprentice program, that can also be done via phone/email/etc, if you're not able to attend one of the workshops.

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#5)  Re: Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and AF Cadre Training

Postby dbhguru » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:21 pm

Erik,

 We're having the second tree measuring workshop on May 8th at Mohawk Trail State Forest. It is only a one day event, but participation will be more than I originally thought. I expect between 20 and 25. There is room for more. Come over and join us if you can. Bryant Smith big tree coordinator for American Forests will be present. Representatives from LTI will be present.

 If you had to make a choice between Mohawk and Durango, I'd choose Durango. No contest there. The San Juans are incredible and the opportunities for discovery unlimited, but this is not to put down the Massachusetts event. It will be very useful. And we're also looking at the possibility of a workshop in Virginia around Sept 15th. It will be at Virginia Tech at Blacksburg. Like Mohawk, it will be a one day event.

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#6)  Re: Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and AF Cadre Training

Postby edfrank » Thu Apr 30, 2015 3:56 pm

Some more images for the workshop:

               
                       
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#7)  Re: Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and AF Cadre Training

Postby djluthringer » Tue May 05, 2015 9:58 am

Folks,

Thanks again to everyone who helped pull this workshop together.  We couldn't have done it without you.  Here's some pics taken by Adam Haritan during the workshop.

Best Regards,

Dale
               
                       
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Bob getting us up to speed.
               
               
               
                       
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#8)  Re: Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and AF Cadre Training

Postby djluthringer » Tue May 05, 2015 5:32 pm

Folks,

Here's a you-tube video of the first day of the workshop by Adam Haritan:



https://youtu.be/ihfvKvxi5Sg

Many thanks, Adam !
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#9)  Re: Advanced Tree Measuring Workshop and AF Cadre Training

Postby Don » Tue May 05, 2015 7:45 pm

Dale/Bob/et al-
Great job you guys, impressive attendance (even more impressive attention paid!), looked well-planned, and succesful.  May all our workshops be so as well!  I'd love to have been able to have attended.
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#10)  Re: Making my Invitation Public!

Postby pattyjenkins1 » Fri May 08, 2015 11:27 am

Atlanta, the most heavily-forested city in the United States, is always a great place for tree people to visit. Any time you guys want to have a workshop in the Deep South, we're game to host or help out. We have plenty of resources in the arborist and tree-lover communities, plenty of great forests close by, and plenty of beer stores to supply a Beer Judging Competition. Just say the word.
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