Urban Forestry Conference: West Chester University

Providing Urban Trees With a Good Start: Sidewalks, Tree Wells, and other Best Management Practices

  • Friday, March 27, 2020
  • 8:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • Sykes Student Union Ballroom
  • 110 W. Rosedale Ave.
  • West Chester, PA 19383


  • Joan M. Welch, WCU Sustainability Advisory Council, Department of Geography and Planning
  • Michael Dunn, West Chester Borough contract arborist
  • Brad Flamm, WCU Director of Sustainability
  • Josh Braid, WCU Grounds Department Manager

Mission: Community outreach to increase awareness of benefits and issues related to urban forests, and to improve health of urban forest.

Program Schedule

Time Location Description
9:00 a.m. Ballroom C Plenary speaker Dr. Smiley, Research Scientist at Bartlett Tree Experts
Trees and sidewalks: how to increase longevity
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.   Break
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ballroom C Roads to Rivers: Tree Based Suspended Pavement Solutions Albert Key- Vice President, DeepRoot Green Infrastrcuture
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Ballroom A and B Lunch
1:00 - 2:15 p.m. and 2:30 - 3:45 p.m.  

Afternoon Break Out Sessions

All sessions will be held twice at each of the time slots.

  • Dr. Jennifer Chandler, Spotted Lanternfly update and training for management
  • Dr. Joan M. Welch, Developing an urban forest geodatabase: West Chester Borough Street Trees Inventory
  • Cory Rathman, PE, Land Studies, Stream bank Stabilization in Urban-Suburban Settings
  • Michael Dunn, Heritage Tree Program and storm water management in West Chester Borough
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.   Post-conference Reception sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts

PARKING: Conference registrants should park in the M-lot complex.

Do Not Park in the K-lot behind Sykes Student Union or you will be ticketed and towed.

Register Online

Or send a check to cover registration and continuing education certificate fees (if applicable) and include the following information to:
West Chester University
Conference Services
628 S. High Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Which two afternoon breakout sessions (1-4) would you like to attend (for planning purposes only):

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