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Branching Out: A Deep Dive into Tree Removal Permits, Mitigation Site Development, Plan Reviews, Fees and Enforcement Webinar (YouTube)
hosted by South Carolina Forestry Commission

Webinar held Thursday, June 13th from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Joe Hansen from the Village of Wilmette, Illinois highlighted the importance of integrating arborists into the design and plan review process to promote informed decision-making regarding tree preservation.  Participants will hear valuable insights into navigating tree removal permits, understanding mitigation site development, and implementing effective fees and enforcement measures to promote responsible tree management practices.  

Storm Planning Series for Communities

The South Carolina Forestry Commission and the Green Infrastructure Center are hosting a four-part webinar series on storm preparation for communities.  Topics include tree risk assessment, standing contracts, debris management sites, and recovery.  The series will be led by GIC’s director of Forest Conservation Matt Lee, ISA, TRAQ and Darren Green, Landscape Architect, Alexandria Louisiana.  This is funded by a grant from the USDA Forest Service.  Each webinar is eligible for 1 ISA CEU Credit and 1 AICP education credit.

Session 1: Tree Risk Assessment

Tree Risk Assessment: Webinar 1 on January 16, 2024
This first webinar in our series reviews the steps to assess and address risks to your urban forest before disaster strikes. Tree risk assessment involves creating dialogue with emergency management personnel, developing a storm team, and identifying priority areas for assessment. To conduct a risk assessment, communities will be guided through who to hire, the three levels of assessment, and how to use the urban tree risk index. This module will also cover the importance and logistics of mitigating risk by removing trees and pruning, establishing timelines for periodic reevaluation, and performing periodic routine tree evaluations. 

Session 2: Standing Contracts

Webinar 2 on February 20, 2024

Ensure your community has contracts in place to manage the debris from a future disaster. This second webinar in the series covers standing contracts (also called advance readiness contracts) and explains essential elements to include and how to create them. Having the right contracted firms in place ensures your community is ready to manage the next declared disaster and to be reimbursed by FEMA. Learn how to include your city or towns’ unique specifications before bidding. Get your community back on its feet faster and ensure FEMA reimburses the maximum possible amount.

Session 3: Debris Management Sites

Webinar 3 on March 19, 2024

Storing, managing, and processing storm debris is a crucial process to ensure avoiding overwhelming the community with the sheer volume of debris. This module explains the parameters and location specifications needed for a debris management site and how to calculate the space needed based on the volume of debris generated in a storm event. Ensure all permits are in place to designate the debris management site and how to monitor for quality assurance to allow for full FEMA reimbursement. 

Session 4: Recover

Webinar 4 on April 16, 2024

We are getting better at responding to storms and cleaning up, but what happens to our tree cover? Trees need to be replanted and some trees will need additional care to continue to survive. This webinar will describe pre and post event monitoring, tree planting campaigns, and how to ensure a robust urban forest going forward.


Webinar: A Guide to Urban Forest Plans: Are you ready to create an urban forest plan?

The South Carolina Forestry Commission and the Green Infrastructure Center presented this webinar on Urban Forest Plans November 14, 2023. Learn about the benefits of planning for and managing the urban forest as well as the different types of urban forest plans. Learn how to use a self-assessment tool for communities to determine where their urban forestry program falls in a tiered system and what the next steps are for strengthening their program. They discuss what data a community should have to inform their urban forest plan and a recommended planning sequence and components of a plan and the planning process.

 Summer 2023 Air Quality Webinar

The South Carolina Forestry Commission U&CF Program presented the 2023 Summer webinar on the topic of air quality and urban forestry. Renee Madden and Amy Curran from the South Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) explain the basic air quality measures and the impacts that various air quality metrics have on community life and community health. They also talk about what SCDHEC does to educate the public about air quality and ensure air quality for the public. Finally, Chris Lepetiuk talks about what individuals and board/commission members can do to protect themselves and their community from the negative impacts of air pollutants by utilizing urban forestry and other techniques.

This session is important for all board/commission members, community members, and municipal staff. It contains strategies that community leaders can implement right away and that have a quantifiable impact on human and environmental health.

2022 Webinar Series for Planning Commissioners  

Session One –  Urban Forestry and Environmental Justice: Ensuring Common Benefits for All

The SCFC U&CF Program and PlanGreen partner to present deep dives into urban forestry topics. In this session, we explore environmental justice through an urban forestry lens, examining how planners, planning commissioners, urban foresters, and arborists can expand the benefits of the urban forest to all within a community.

Session Two – Urban & Community Forestry: Food Forests and Food Security

The second session features a deep dive into food security and how urban and community food forests can address food insecurity in communities. We will look at urban food forests – what they are, how/where to develop them, and the benefits and challenges associated with them.

Session Three – Invasive Species in Urban Forests

The third session featured guest speaker, Dr. David Coyle, who addressed environmental literacy by speaking about invasive species and their impacts on our urban forests. He outlined the relationships between native SC insects and both native and invasive plants, the benefits of native tree species on urban forest ecology, and the ways to reduce the spread of invasive plant species. 

Root, Butt and Stem Rot of Pines in Urban Settings

Jimmy Walters discusses root and heart rots of pines. He begins by explaining the value of pine trees in mitigating storm water. Walters then goes over the basics of root function, symptoms of root loss, and common root and heart rots of pines. He ends the discussion by talking about assessing the risk from root and heart rot. Methods of prevention, control and mitigation are explained.

2021 Webinar Series for Planning Commissioners (YouTube) 

  1. Certified Urban Forest Advocate Training Program Introduction
  2. Incorporating Urban Forestry Into Your Planning Process
  3. Make Planning Decisions that Protect the Urban Forest
  4. Develop Communities for Vibrant Life, Work and Play
  5. Using Trees and Urban Forests to Mitigate Stormwater Runoff