Public invited to Ohio Tree Care Conference

Staff report

ATHENS — Southeast Ohio’s regional urban forestry program will be hosting the annual Southeast Ohio Tree Care Conference on Thursday, Sept. 28, in Athens, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The public is welcome to register to attend and network with their town’s parks and grounds maintenance personnel.

“The Southeast Ohio Tree Care Conference is a regional event for citizens interested in properly managing their community’s trees and natural resources,” said Robert Boyles, Ohio’s state forester. “Guest speakers present timely and useful information on assessing hazardous trees, planting the right trees in community projects, monitoring tree health, planning for greenspace in communities and raising awareness of tree benefits and care with community decision makers.”

The conference will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, at the ODNR Division of Forestry’s Athens district office, located at 360 E. State St., Athens, 45701. The conference features a day of networking and technology transfer that furthers goals of increasing the quality of life for Ohioans through better management of our important community trees and the land that supports them.

Registration for the conference is $25 per attendee and includes lunch. Space is limited, and 5.25 International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) continuing education units (CEUS) will be offered so register soon using the Southeast Ohio Tree Care Conference registration form at

For more information regarding the conference, contact Ann Bonner, regional urban forester, at or 614-670-2630.

The ODNR Division of Forestry works to promote the wise use and sustainable management of Ohio’s public and private woodlands. To learn more about Ohio’s woodlands and the urban forestry program, visit

ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR website at

Staff report