Professional Practice

2013 Urban Forest Symposium

Date: 5/13/2013 - 5/13/2013

Type: Educational Opportunities

Location(s): Washington


2013 Urban Forest Symposium: Trees & Views
Hosted by PlantAmnesty and the University of Washington Botanic Gardens

What: 5th Annual Urban Forest Symposium

When: May 13, Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: University of Washington Botanic Gardens Center for Urban Horticulture , 3501 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105

Cost: $75 per person. Lunches available for $15. Free lunch for the first 100 registrants.

Contact: or 206-685-8033.


Trees and Views
The issue of trees vs. views is a contentious one, pitting view seekers against tree lovers on hillsides facing mountains and water, up and down both coasts. This symposium is entirely devoted to an in-depth look at the issue and will be of interest to communities, HOAs, municipalities, arborists, lawyers and prosecutors, planners, developers, tree advocates, and individuals dealing with this complex issue.

Keynote address on The Aesthetics of Views: Kathleen Day, ASLA. Kathleen Day has more than 20 years of experience combining the art and science of landscape architecture, arboriculture, and horticulture.

Trees, Views, and Slope Stability: Elliot Menashe, natural resource manager and consultant, Greenbelt Consulting, on taking action to avert flooding, erosion, and landslides. Through enlightened view-management choices, drainage control, and vegetation management, you can stop creating tomorrow’s crisis today.

Valuing Trees and Views: A series of speakers will describe how they value trees and views. Presenters include a real-estate agent, tax assessor, tree appraiser, and forest assessment coordinator working with the I-tree program to assign ecological systems values to trees and greenbelts.

Policy and Views: A brief series of presentations on city view policies and dealing with conflicting interests on public and shared lands.

View and the Law - Covenants, Ordinances and Trespass to Trees: Randall S. Stamen, attorney at law and ISA certified arborist from Riverside, California, will lead the discussion on evolving view covenants and ordinances. Other invited attorneys, including Barri Bonapart, owner of Bonapart & Associates, will discuss tree law, lessons learned, neighbor laws as they relate to illegal tree cutting for views, as well as case studies of mediation success. The attorney presentations will be followed by a speakers panel discussion and Q&A session.


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