Sidewalks, roadsides & urban forestry

Monday Sept. 10, 10:30 a.m.

Money CAN Grow on Trees: New Software for Effective Urban Forest Management

On the surface, trees and software might not seem to go together. However, i-Tree is a high-tech tool that urban foresters have found invaluable in planning and managing their tree systems.

“This is an opportunity to learn how electronic public-domain assessments allow communities to integrate the environmental benefits that trees provide into an operations/planning framework,” says presenter Greg Ina, general manager of The Davey Institute.

In addition to assessment tools, the i-Tree software includes flexible application scenarios that can be tailored to a particular community's needs, and examples of how communities are applying i-Tree to their urban forestry program.

Monday Sept. 10, 3 p.m.

A Step in the Right Direction: Effective Sidewalk Management

A crumbling sidewalk is sure to get attention from cranky constituents.

“Residents want cities to take better care of sidewalks,” says speaker Janet Luessenheide, engineering technician II in Overland Park, Kan. “Cities are trying to stretch dollars further while meeting this request, but have no idea how to start.”

Learn how to craft a proactive repair and replacement program, assess condition, and build and maintain a sidewalk-condition database.

Tuesday Sept. 11, 10 a.m.

Urban Forestry for Public Works

Sure, trees are pretty, but they can have a big impact—positive or negative—on the public right of way. Effective tree management can make a significant difference.

“As a result of an APWA-sponsored project, managers now have access to urban forestry best-management manuals,” says Jennifer Gulick of Davey Resource Group. She and other presenters will lay out budgeting and funding, staffing, legislation, and urban forest management plans.

Snow & ice

Tuesday Sept. 11, 1:30 p.m.

Reactive to Proactive: The Metamorphosis of an Agency

The McHenry (Ill.) County Division of Transportation has come a long way in handling winter storms. Progress didn't happen by accident, as maintenance superintendent Mark DeVries attests. During his tenure, the department has implemented an innovative deicer blending system, received a number of awards, and served as an example for departments across the country.

“My hope is that attendees will review how their own organizations are operating and implement some of the methods we are using,” DeVries says. “The idea is to try to break the mold, from ‘that's the way we've always done it,' to, ‘if they can do it, why can't we?'”

Tuesday Sept. 11, 2:30 p.m.

Melting vs. Hauling: A Study in Cost Efficiencies

Learn the benefits of melting snow rather than hauling it to a remote dumping location.

“This new technology that's being used worldwide can result in savings of more than 50% off snow removal budgets,” says presenter John Allin, president of Snow Dragon Melters. He'll also cover the environmental impact and safety issue surrounding both melting and hauling.