The Arkansas Urban Forestry Council takes an active role in increasing the public’s awareness of the value of trees. Given here are a few examples of some of the projects AUFC has been involved with. When future events are scheduled, they will be posted on the Events page. If you are interested in taking part in future projects please contact AUFC.
Tree Board Workshop
AUFC celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Arbor Day Foundation by sponsoring a workshop in Conway to benefit Tree Board members, Tree City USA communities, and citizens interested in helping their communities become a Tree City USA. To find out how you can become a Tree City USA, see our Tree City USA page.
At our Tree Board workshop in Conway on June 21, success stories and testimonials were shared by members of active tree boards, and there was a panel discussion. The twenty-three attendees learned from speakers about the logistics of Arbor Day, what an effective tree care ordinance entails, tree inventory and marketing and publicity tools. Information from an Arbor Day Foundation representative was given on how to certify or recertify online as a Tree City USA.
Attendees were presented with flash drives loaded with information about Tree City USA, Arbor Day and other helpful information. International Society of Arboriculture continuing education units were available to professionals.
Our sponsors were Arkansas Forestry Association, Arkansas Forestry Commission and USDA Forest Service. Our partners were the Arbor Day Foundation; University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Research and Extension and Tree Board members from Conway, Searcy and Bentonville. Antioch Baptist Church provided the venue at the Faulkner County Natural Resource Center.
Arkansas ReLeaf Project and Arkansas Community Tree Recovery Campaign – 2016
The Arkansas ReLeaf Project and Arkansas Community Tree Recovery Campaign – a partnership between the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council, Arbor Day Foundation and the Arkansas Forestry Commission, also sponsored by the Centennial Bank’s “Go Green” project – distributed 6,200 new trees this year to the residents of Mayflower and Vilonia, AR. These new trees, which were free of charge, will help to replace trees damaged and destroyed by an EF4 tornado in 2014.
AUFC’s Arkansas ReLeaf Project helps to replace tree canopy lost due to natural disasters in Arkansas communities. Arbor Day Foundation’s Community Tree Recovery, a national program underwritten by FedEx and foundation members, aims to replace trees in communities affected by natural disasters throughout the United States. Free trees and hot dogs were given out to area residents who were affected by the storm.
Trees were distributed in Mayflower on March 5 from 11:00am-1:00pm, as well as in Vilonia on March 5 from 11:00am-1:00pm. The distributions included bald cypress, blackgum, northern red oak, tulip poplar, cherrybark oak, pecan, redbud and dogwood.
A tree planting was also held by AUFC and AFC in Vilonia and Mayflower on March 4, sponsored by Centennial Bank.
The picture at top was taken in Mayflower, and the picture at the bottom was taken in Vilonia.
Tree Campus USA: Healthy Trees, Buildings and People 2015
A Tree Campus USA educational event, which was free and open to the public, was sponsored by AUFC at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences on November 10. It was designed to benefit professional health care workers, professional health care facility designers, grounds workers, campus staff, faculty, students, plant enthusiasts and the general public.
There were 27 attendees, who learned about the psycho-social and health benefits of trees and plants in the natural environment and within health care facilities; native tree species; and tree planting and care projects at UAMS, which is a Tree Campus USA institution.
This workshop was held in partnership with UAMS; Tree Campus USA; University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Research and Extension; PLANTation Services; USDA Forest Service, Arkansas Forestry Commission and Arkansas Urban Forestry Council.
Northwest Arkansas Urban Tree Symposium: Challenges and Benefits of Urban Tree Planning Today 2015
An urban tree symposium in Fayetteville, designed to benefit community planners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, landscape design professionals, interested citizens and homeowners, was sponsored by AUFC at Pauline Whitaker Animal Service Arena in Fayetteville. There were 46 attendees.
Held on October 1, the primary focus was on current topics, challenges and benefits of urban tree planning today. Examples and case studies were highlighted.
Attendees learned from experts from the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, City of Fayetteville Urban Forestry, University of Arkansas Herbarium and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Information was shared about the impact of invasive trees and plants, how to protect trees during construction and planting the right tree in the right place.
Continuing education units for attendees were available from International Society of Arboriculture, American Planners Association and Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System.
This workshop was sponsored by Specialized Real Estate Group, USDA Forest Service, Arkansas Forestry Commission and Arkansas Urban Forestry Council. It was held in partnership with the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, University of Arkansas Herbarium and University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Research and Extension.
ISA Certified Arborist Exam Prep Workshop 2015
There were seventeen attendees at our International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist exam prep workshop held on September 29 at Arkansas Tech University, Russellville. This workshop, which addressed exam topics that have shown to be more difficult to pass on past ISA exams, was created to help prepare attendees to take the ISA exam. Passing the ISA exam is one of one of the requirements for becoming a certified arborist. The workshop was extended this year to last all day, so in addition to the topics presented last year, such as Tree Biology, Soils and Diagnosis and Treatment, attendees learned about tree worker safety and tree risk assessment. There was an option of attending only the workshop, taking only the ISA exam, which was administered following the workshop, or doing both. Five of the attendees took the ISA exam. Those present who were already ISA Certified Arborists received ISA continuing education units.
This workshop was held in partnership with ISA; Daniel’s Tree Service; U of A Division of Agriculture, Research and Extension; Arkansas Tech University and Arkansas Forestry Commission.
To learn more about the benefits of becoming an ISA Certified Arborist, go to http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/benefits/index.aspx.
Tree Planting in Vilonia – A Day in the Park 2015
Nineteen people braved the mud from recent rains to plant trees at the new Soccer and Softball Complex Park in Vilonia. Arkansas Urban Forestry Council (AUFC) hosted this tree planting on May 13, 2015.
AUFC’s annual Arkansas ReLeaf project had been held in Vilonia in 2013 to replace some of the trees that were lost due to tornado damage. In 2014, another tornado tore through Vilonia, destroying the trees they had planted in Vilonia Ball Park on Cemetery Road.
The planting holes were dug by the City of Vilonia’s backhoe operator. After each hole was dug, the backhoe operator lifted the 10-foot trees into the holes, which spared tree planters from lifting the heavy trees. Chad Parnell from Verizon helped unload the trees, and Maisha Lee and Cheryl Manley from The Cellular Connection were on hand to help with the shoveling as well as numerous employees from the Arkansas Forestry Commission and members of the community. Mulch was placed around the trees to reduce weeds and water bags were used to keep the trees watered. The trees and planting supplies were made possible with funding awarded to the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council from The Cellular Connection.
Hot dogs grilled by the Vilonia Fire Department were provided for lunch. The City of Vilonia supplied condiments, chips and water and AUFC supplied soft drinks.
The tree planting was made possible by a partnership with The Cellular Connection, the Alliance for Community Trees and the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council. AUFC is a member of Alliance for Community Trees.
Planning and Building Better Communities – AUFC’s 23rd Conference – 2015
Held on March 31 at the Benton Event Center, AUFC’s biennial conference included an opening session with Benton Mayor David Mattingly and keynote speaker R. Erin Rushing of Alta Planning + Design. Rushing’s keynote, entitled “Razorback Regional Greenway,” highlighted the 36-mile shared-use trail that extends from the Bella Vista Trail in north Bentonville to south Fayetteville.
A 15-year veteran in landscape architecture, Rushing has provided design-consulting work for residential, industrial, and recreational facilities, as well as parks and recreation projects including greenway trails in Arkansas.
The conference featured breakout sessions on selecting trees to sustain tree canopies, revising tree ordinances and the benefits of tree-risk assessments. Awards were presented for the outstanding volunteer, organization and developer, among others, during its luncheon.
Vendors were Arborjet, BioForest, Fulgham’s Inc., Minick Materials, Pinnacle Arborist Supplies and University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. CEUs were available for International Society of Arboriculture, Society of American Foresters and American Society of Landscape Architects. Certain sessions were eligible for a Certification Maintenance Credit through the American Planning Association.
Partners were Arkansas Forestry Commission and USDA Forest Service.
Building with Trees Workshop 2015
AUFC sponsored the “Building with Trees” workshop on March 24 in Hot Springs. Trees are among the greatest assets in any landscape, but many building projects require environmental changes that can negatively affect these magnificent living treasures. Seventeen attendees learned from experts from the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, the Arkansas Forestry Commission and Garvan Woodland Gardens how these impacts can be managed.
Partners with AUFC were Garvan Woodland Gardens; University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service and USDA Forest Service.
Arbor Day Celebration and Arkansas ReLeaf Project 2015
AUFC holds an Arkansas ReLeaf project to assist a community in Arkansas each year by helping restore the tree canopy that was lost due to environmental impact. AUFC hosted an Arkansas ReLeaf project and Arbor Day celebration March 21, 2015 at Cline Park in Clarksville.
Mayor Mark Simpson read the Arbor Day Proclamation, and a tree was planted in the park for Arbor Day. Additional state, regional, and local representatives were on hand to participate in the Arbor Day ceremony and Arkansas ReLeaf tree giveaway. Free hot dogs were served, and shade trees were given out to area residents to replace trees that were lost due to environmental impact.
These projects are planned and coordinated with individual communities and may be used for tree plantings on public lands, environmental stewardship and tree education programs in the public schools, as well as to render assistance to communities for participating in the Tree City USA Program. The project is made possible by donations from local, state, regional, private and public entities. Additional support is provided by fundraising events conducted by the AUFC. Other communities which have benefited from Arkansas ReLeaf project include Vilonia, Arkadelphia, Clinton, Cherry Hill, Dumas, Mena, Scotland, Marmaduke and Redfield.
This event was sponsored by the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Mickman Brothers, Inc., Bright Harvest Sweet Potato Company, Arvest Bank, Harps Foods, Walmart Distribution Center and the City of Clarksville.
The goal of this project in 2013 was to assist the Community of Vilonia and surrounding Faulkner County by restoring the tree canopy that was lost due to tornado damage. AUFC kicked off a state-wide Arbor Day Celebration at Vilonia on Saturday, March 16. Arkansas’ official Arbor Day is the third Monday in March. A tree planting was held on Friday, March 15, at Vilonia Ball Park. A ceremonial tree was planted at the Veterans Memorial, and Mayor James Firestone read the Arbor Day Proclamation. Kyle Cunningham, president of AUFC, Chris Stuhlinger, treasurer of AUFC, and Patti Erwin of the Arkansas Forestry Commission all spoke about the significance of the project and the celebration of Arbor Day. Citizens who were impacted by the storm received free trees and hot dogs in the Fire Department parking lot. Instructions in proper tree care were given. Eighty-seven people participated.
Participating partners of this Arkansas ReLeaf project were the Arkansas Urban Forestry Council, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, the City of Vilonia, First Security Bank, Sweet Heat BBQ, Mangan Holcomb Partners and Little Rock Urban Forestry.
Past projects were held in Arkadelphia, Haskell, Dumas, Mena, Scotland and Marmaduke.
The next Arkansas ReLeaf Project and Arbor Day Celebration location will be held in 2014.
Arborist Service Day
On September 16, 2006, the AUFC held an Arborist Service Day in Conway, Arkansas at the Conway Human Development Center, a state-managed residential training facility for people with developmental disabilities. The property consists of approximately 409 acres with numerous trees, however; they do not have the resources or manpower to do their own tree work.
Although there was a very small turnout of volunteers (15 people total), several thousand dollars worth of needed tree work for this facility was completed, due of the use of three bucket trucks, one chipper and several tree climbers.
The AUFC was represented by Chuck Daniels, Dr. Lynne Thompson, Chris Stuhlinger, and Mike Parsons. The Ouachita Job Corps Urban Forestry Division from Hot Springs furnished their bucket truck, chipper, and chainsaws along with the services of Ron VanWechel and Motak Abon, instructors; Travis Hartsell, Jordan Bland, Russell Isbell, Glenn Denton, and Dan Odell, students. Mike Parsons & Son Tree Service from Bauxite furnished their bucket truck and chainsaws along with the services of Mike Parsons, Harvey Brown and David Brewer. Quality Tree Service from Vilonia furnished their bucket truck and chainsaws along with the services of Don and Debbie Page. The Arkansas Forestry Commission was represented by Larry Nance, Deputy State Forester.