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Tree Talk

Tree Talk was an online chat series held every fourth Thursday of the month at noon to discuss urban forestry and tree care topics. These are the replay archives for the chat series:

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2013

  • May
    23

    Apple of My Eye – Urban & Rural Orchards

    The sweetest of conversations. It’s easy to under-appreciate the value of fresh fruit and the orchards that provide us with apples, pears and more. Discover how and where urban orchards are sprouting up and connecting people in need with fresh, locally grown produce.
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  • Apr
    26

    Head of the Class or Dunce? Fourth Annual Tree Report Card

    Did D.C. make the grade? The Fifth Annual Tree Report Card Grade assessing D.C.’s tree canopy will be announced during this very special Tree Talk online chat. Did the grade go up, down or stay flat? Find out live.
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  • Apr
    11

    Trees & American Indians

    How do trees fit in cultures of the past? Learn how American Indians used trees in their daily lives and continue to do so today. Our guest panelists also discussed how trees were incorporated into the National Museum of the American Indian site on the National Mall.
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  • Mar
    28

    A Second Act for Fallen Trees – Repurposing Urban Wood

    The art and appreciation of giving a second life to trees. As beautiful as healthy living trees are, sometimes wonderful things can come out of the limbs and trunks of those that have fallen. Join us as we talk about the full spectrum of wood repurposing including harvesting, woodworking, artistry and more.
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  • Mar
    14

    A Blossoming City: Flowering Trees

    The inside scoop on D.C. tree blossoms – Cherries and more. The District in the springtime is a place of wonder – but with hundreds of different species beginning to show the signs of beauty that we characterize with the warm spring months, there’s one that steals the show: the cherry blossoms. And for good reason – our experts will discuss them, as well as some other species you can find in the city that will simply take your breath away.
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  • Feb
    28

    Re-envisioning D.C.: Sustainable Designs

    Sustainable design techniques in the District + elsewhere. Considering the changes the District is undertaking in recent months and years, we want you to be informed on sustainable design elements, techniques, future concepts, etc. – in both our city, and others.
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  • Feb
    14

    “For the Birds”

    Maximizing trees for our feathered friends. It’s that time of the year: with life being infused back into spring, we’ll help you get the most out of your local trees for hosting life.. bird life! Our experts will discuss tree-friendly ways to house and feed birds through winter and spring.
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  • Jan
    24

    “The Comeback Kid: The American Elm”

    American Elm update. With a resurgence in the popularity and planting of American elms (“America’s favorite shade tree”), it’s important we discuss what makes them special – and the challenges they’ll face moving forward.
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  • Jan
    10

    “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

    Winterizing your trees. It’s so cold outside, even your trees are chilled to the core – but there are things you can do to ensure they’re ready for the spring…whenever it decides to comes around (including pruning, mulching, and watering tips.)
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2012

  • Dec
    13

    Holiday Reservations

    How you can bring trees into your kitchen and on your table for the festive season. We’ll help you cook and create with tree-inspired entrees and ingredients – everything from nuts to fruits to spices. Also featuring wine selections – those with tree ingredients, or that simply pair well with tree-tastes.
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  • Nov
    8

    Healing Powers

    Medicinal and spiritual values of trees. Moving beyond the traditional environmental and economic advantages of trees, our experts discuss the personal and medicinal relationships people form with trees and their natural surroundings.
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  • Oct
    11

    Notable Sites, Remarkable Trees

    The best sites in the DMV for historic trees and treescapes. What are the most notable treescapes within the greater Washington area? We’ll identify them, and bring some light to the District’s trees with significant historical and visual appeal.
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  • Sep
    13

    Assessing Tree Canopies

    Using technology to understand our city’s canopy. We delve into different techniques and tools that continue to advance the field of urban forestry, and how they help explain how the region’s tree canopy has changed over the past several decades (and how it compares to other urban settings).
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  • Aug
    9

    Soil and Fall Planting

    Soil types, preparing for fall tree planting and fixes for poor soil. Bahiyyah Parks and Josh Singer talk about soil quality and other considerations when planting trees in the fall.
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  • Jul
    12

    Tree Spotting

    Finding D.C.’s woody plant gems. Guest expert and author Melanie Choukas-Bradley answers questions about notable trees in the District, and goes over the basics of tree identification.
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  • Jun
    14

    Summer Tree Care

    Surviving the heat. In addition to breaking out the shorts and sandals, learn from us how to get trees ready for the impending heat and humidity of summer months – particularly weather- and mechanical- dangers for newly planted trees.
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  • May
    10

    Fourth Annual Tree Report Card

    Assessing D.C.’s tree canopy. Our Executive Director Mark Buscaino joins us to talk about the origins of the Casey Trees Annual Tree Report Card and the UTC goal of 40%, as well as its function as a visual catalyst for dialogue and discussion. We break down the latest results of the analysis.
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  • Apr
    12

    Made for D.C.

    Ideal trees for the nation’s capital. Our city is a unique environment – join us as we discuss some of the common issues trees face, as well as outlining a variety of trees that thrive in Washington D.C.’s natural ecology (shade, ornamental, evergreen, fruit, etc.).
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  • Mar
    8

    Bearing Fruit

    Planting urban orchards. Fruit trees provide a multitude of solutions for the people of the District, from food to shade. We identify which do well in the District, how-to espalier fruit trees, common local challenges to growing and spacing, and places to openly “glean” fruits.
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  • Feb
    9

    Treescaping

    Designing, building with trees in mind. Our Planning and Design Director Maisie Hughes and Meredith Upchurch of the District Department of Transportation Stormwater Management Branch discuss the latest advancements and key considerations in tree space design and tree protections.
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  • Jan
    12

    American Elms

    Returning a classic to D.C.’s streets. Casey Trees’ American Elm Restoration program is profiled – the program’s past, specific American elm cultivars and the Dutch elm disease’s impact on American elm populations.
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2011

  • Dec
    8

    Tree Bill Update

    Urban Forestry Administration Reorganization Act of 2011. Our Chief Operating Officer, Marty O’Brien discusses the latest news surrounding the Urban Forest Administration Reorganization Act, (introduced by Council Member Phil Mendelson).
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  • Nov
    10

    EAB Invasion

    D.C.’s Emerald Ash Borer quarantine. The Emerald Ash Borer epidemic in North America has recently come to the Washington, D.C. area and it’s imperative that you understand this threat, including it’s origins, and how to spot it yourself.
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  • Oct
    13

    Treescaping for Wildlife

    Trees, Birds & Wildlife. Our General Manager of the Casey Tree Farm, Brian Mayell, discusses why and how to utilize trees to aid wildlife, which tree/ plant species to use, and the important difference between native and invasive plant species.
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  • Sep
    15

    Growing Arbor Kids

    Educating Youth on the Importance of Trees in and Out of the Classroom. The beauty of trees isn’t lost on youth – but they sometimes need help seeing what makes them so special. Here are some tips on how & when to engage youth about trees.
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  • Aug
    11

    Weathering Storms

    How and Why to Prepare. The District always seems to receive a little of Mother Nature’s angst, and summer’s storms are a good example – don’t be left unprepared. We’ve got tips and best practices on how to prepare and protect your trees against local storms, both big and small.
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  • Jul
    14

    Summer Tree Care

    Protecting Young Trees. A newly planted tree is vulnerable, and requires special measures to ensure it’s survival through it’s formative years. The summer months can be particularly harsh – follow these necessary measures  to ensure your newly-planted tree survives and flourishes.
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  • Jun
    9

    Certified Arborists

    Why you want one, where to find one. As easy as taking care of your tree can be, certain things should be left to professionals. We’re joined by Todd Nedorostek, previous President of MAC-ISA., who discusses the necessity of local certified arborists and how/ where to find one for you.
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  • May
    12

    Tree Report Card

    Assessing D.C.’s tree canopy. Our Executive Director Mark Buscaino joins us to talk about the origins of the Casey Trees Annual Tree Report Card and the UTC goal of 40%, as well as its function as a visual catalyst for dialogue and discussion. We break down the latest results of the analysis.
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  • Apr
    14

    Prepping to Plant Trees

    Shopping and Planting Smart. You see our Tree Planting crew members and volunteers break ground all the time – but how exactly do you plant a tree yourself? We discuss the basics – before, during, and after – as well as best practices, etc.
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