Conferences to Focus on Crisis in Urban Forestry

The California Urban Forests Council and the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture are sponsoring two conferences to bridge the gap between the environmental, governmental and health sectors in order to sustain healthier communities. The “Urban Forestry: Future Perfect” conference is scheduled for February 19 at the International House at UC Berkeley. A second conference with many of the same panelists and topics will be held February 24 at Covel Commons at UCLA. Speakers will include Richard Louv, author and visiting scholar at Clemson University; Richard Joseph Jackson, visiting professor of environmental health sciences at the School of Public Health at UCLA; Desiree Backman, deputy director, Sacramento Tree Foundation; and Paula Peper and Jim Simpson, U.S. Forest Service Center for Urban Forest Research. For more information, call WCISA at 866-785-8960 or visit

IA Offers Point of Connection

The Irrigation Association introduced a new networking and educational conference designed for owners and managers of irrigation contracting and service companies. Point of Connection was held at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Jekyll Island, Ga., January 28-30. John Eggleston and Kurt Thompson, IA instructors, presented technical sessions focused on enhancing revenue streams.

ANLA Announces Clinic Sponsors, Hosts Blog Spectacular

The American Nursery & Landscape Association announced the sponsors for the 2009 ANLA Management Clinic. Novalis continued its platinum sponsorship and was joined by returning sponsors Master Nursery Garden Centers/New Growth Marketing, Border Concepts, the Independent Garden Center Show and Yamaha’s golf car division.

ANLA hosted the Clinic Early Bird Blog Spectacular, posting a new entry on the 2009 Management Clinic blog every hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on December 18, 2008. Industry leaders, including business owners, consultants and editors, provided ideas for managing costs, driving sales, targeting new customers and motivating staff in the midst of strong economic concerns.