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Campus Tree Conference


Do you maintain the health of campus trees?  Campus landscape directors and crews, physical plant managers and staff, campus arborists, administrators and other personnel are invited to attend our 2022 Campus Tree Conference, set for Wednesday, September 28, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Our host for this year's Campus Tree Conference is Georgia Gwinnett College,1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043.  Topics covered this year will be managing trees with campus growth; tree management plans; trees, trails, and safety; soil compaction; tree risk assessment; and campus tree inventories and tools; and how a campus can serve as a nature refuge for the wider community.  4.5 ISA Arborist, Municipal Specialist, and BCMA - Practice CEUs will be available.  4.5 Forester CFEs applied for.  Landscape Architects and other professionals will receive a certificate of attendance for their CEU records.  Registration includes breakfast refreshments and lunch. 

See full agenda here.

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Campus Tree Conference Speakers


ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS:  Jason Gregory, Senior Planner, Office of Planning & Space Management, Georgia Tech; Shelly Prescott, Assistant Grounds Director, University of Georgia; Ava Dixon, Sustainability Coordinator, Columbus State University

2020 Campus Tree Conference - A Webinar

On September 17, 2020, Georgia Tree Council presented its Campus Tree Conference in webinar form. During this 3-hour online program, we heard a variety of speakers on how to make a good contract for arboricultural services at your campus, what a commercial tree company should expect when working with a campus, how to get your campus certified as an arboretum, and how to ensure that your campus trees and greenspace remains healthy and thriving during these challenging times. Speakers included University of Georgia's Dr. Ellen Bauske and Bodi Pennisi, Arbor Equity's Dan Bauer, and Agnes Scott College's Karina Leung.

2019 Campus Tree Conference

This popular conference is for physical plant managers, landscape directors, administrators, sustainability staff, and others who care for trees on a college campus or any other campus setting.  The 2019 Campus Tree Conference was held at University of North Georgia's Gainesville Campus, 3820 Mundy Mill Rd, Oakwood, GA 30566.  

Speakers and attendees discussed tree risk, soil compaction, wildlife, tree inventories, climate variability, management plans, recycling campus trees and debris, and other topics, and enjoyed lunch and a tour of tree care on the UNG campus..  See full agenda here.



At the 2018 College Canopy Conference at  Clayton State University in Morrow, we heard talks on the latest research regarding changing urban landscapes and concerns such as the West Nile and Zyka viruses; campus sustainability, best practices for treecare and campus communication; tree risk assessment and keeping people safe; establishing a butterfly garden, pollinator garden, or arboretum; and specific challenges for treecare on college campuses.

We’d enjoyed an interesting trail walk and talk through this lovely campus, including their QR-coded tree plantings,Spivey Hall, and the Butterfly Garden. Thank you to our sponsor, the GreenSeason Group for supporting this event.





The 2016 GUFC College Canopy Conference was at Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, Georgia.  We heard talks on best management practices and campus management plans and enoyed tours which included the Trees of the Oxford College Quad, Oxford’s famed Yarbrough Oak, and tree care on construction projects.This popular conference is a must for physical plant managers and crews, landscape directors, administrators, arborists, and others who are responsible for healthy campus urban forests.


Agnes Scott College in Decatur hosted this popular conference on September 22.   Conference topics included Agnes Scott College’s urban forest audit, campus tree protection, water recycling, young tree pruning, nursery stock selection, Tree Campus USA, and the Agnes Scott Arboretum.

Sample Past College Conference Presentations

For additional presentations from our Campus Tree Canopy Conferences, click here.