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Tree Symposium

2012 Estes Park Tree Symposium   
Wednesday, May 16 in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave.
Doors open at 7:45 a.m.
8 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
How to Pick and Fight Your Tree Battles, Dave Leatherman, Entomologist. Dave will provide an assessment of the current state of the forest as well as what to expect in the near future; he will review approaches individual landowners can take to address forest issues on their own property.
Dave Leatherman's Bio: Born and raised in Ohio, Dave obtained a Bachelor of Science in biology degree from Marietta College in 1971, and a Master of Forestry degree from Duke University in 1974. He served as the Forest Entomologist for the Colorado State Forest Service headquartered at Colorado State University in Fort Collins from 1974 to 2005. Major responsibilities included management of mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm, diagnosis of pest injury to trees/wood, surveys for gypsy moth, outreach/teaching, aerial detection mapping, and collection of specimens for the arthropod museum at CSU. Dave is the father of three boys. Hobbies include birding and nature photography. Currently Dave writes a column in Colorado Birds (journal of the Colorado Field Ornithologists) entitled “The Hungry Bird” (about bird food habits) and is working on a book about “two years in the LIFE of a cemetery”.
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Natural Disaster/Emergency Management Panel, Scott Dorman, Firechief; Eric Rose, Estes Park Police Commander; Erik Nilsson, Larimer County Emergency Manager; Doug Watry, RMNP Fuels Management Specialist; Dave Hamrick, USFS District Fire Management Officer. Panel members will discuss mitigation responses that will be critical in the event of a wildfire emergency.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Local Plants/High Elevation Landscaping for Estes Park Gardeners, Merle Moore, Horticulturist, former Executive Director of Denver Botanic Gardens. Mr. Moore will provide information about selecting, properly placing, nurturing, maintaining and protecting appropriate plants for the Estes Valley area.

Merle Moore's Bio: Mr. Moore came to Colorado in 1978 as Assistant Director of the Denver Botanic Gardens. In 1980 he became Executive Director of DBG and remained in that position until 1989. In 1990 Moore was hired by the Denver Zoo where he worked until his retirement in 2005. He developed and guided the horticulture program of the Denver Zoo as Director of Horticulture & Grounds Maintenance. He was responsible for plant selection and landscaping of three of the zoo’s landscape-award winning exhibits; Tropical Discovery, Primate Panorama and Predator Ridge.
In January, 2007, Mr. Moore was honored by the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association when he was inducted into the CNGA Hall of Fame. He is now retired from full-time horticulture work and currently resides in Estes Park. He is a member of the CSU Annual Bedding Plant Trial Garden Committee, and is a horticulture lecturer, consultant, and tour guide.
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Mountain Pine Beetle Update, Diana Selby, Colorado State Forest Service Asst. District Forester. Diana will review what’s happening with the MPB infestation, MPB biology, history, current trends, treatment options.

Diana Selby's Bio: Diana has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Fort Lewis College and a Master’s in Science in Forestry from Colorado State University. She worked as a seasonal employee for the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and United State Forest Service as a biological and forestry technician before accepting a permanent position as a forester with the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) in 2005. Diana's first position with CSFS was in the Franktown District as a forester for 2 ½ years before she competed and accepted an equivalent forester position in Fort Collins. She completed the agency forester taskbook and was promoted to Assistant District Forester in 2009. The majority of her duties involve working with landowners and communities to reduce wildfire risk and increase forest health through proper forest management and community planning. Diana is the lead on managing cost-share grants to assist communities in reducing wildfire risk, Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs), GIS reporting (WebDET) and the urban and community forestry program for our district. She also assists with forest insect and disease issues, educational presentations on forest issues, seedling tree planting, and other district programs.



Questions?  Contact us at 970-577-3587 or jimber@estes.org.