WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio’s sixth annual Why Trees Matter forum, a look at the social, economic and environmental benefits of trees in cities and suburbs, takes place Oct. 19 in Wooster. Anyone interested in Ohio’s community forests is invited, including landscapers, street-tree commissioners, plant nursery operators, local government officials, utility company workers and economic and community development managers.
Included are keynote talks by Ralph Sievert, park forestry director, city of Minneapolis, Community Forest: The Reality Show, and Stan Gehrt, School of Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University, Urban Coyotes Living in the Urban Forest.
Featured, too, will be:
• Why Trees Matter and Tree Campus USA Projects by Jim Chatfield and Kathy Smith, both of OSU Extension’s Why Trees Matter signature program.
• Planting Trees, Growing People by Maureen Austin of OSU Extension and the Why Trees Matter program.
• Ohio’s Non-native Invasive Pests and Your Trees by Chatfield and Amy Stone and Joe Boggs, both also of OSU Extension and Why Trees Matter.
• A Secrest Arboretum update and tour by Ken Cochran, the arboretum’s program director.
Hours are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 959 Dover Road, Wooster, across from OARDC. Registration costs $70 per person and is needed by Oct. 14. Lunch is included. A vegetarian option is available.