2019 Strike Team Training

Urban Forest Strike Team Training
Urbana, Illinois
July 18 & 19, 2019

This event is sponsored by: Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Arborist Association, Massachusetts Tree Wardens & Foresters Association, and the USDA Forest Service.

Registration Deadline: Monday, June 24, 2019

Urban Forest Strike Team Overview:
Natural disasters cause significant damage to our urban forests each year, and the resulting assessment and cleanup responsibilities are a challenge for many communities. The Urban Forest Strike Team (UFST) Initiative was developed to provide training and assist communities after disasters. Working through State Urban Forestry Coordinators, the UFST initiative recruits, trains, and deploys professional urban foresters and arborists to assess tree damage. These assessments help communities plan needed recovery work, save tree cover, improve public safety, and document the amount of damage and clean-up cost. Attendees will find the training useful in their own community or business, and those who meet basic requirements can be included on a State Roster, to be contacted to assist if a disaster occurs in your area. See links below for more information.

Training Overview:
The two-day training involves an overview of the Urban Forest Strike Team initiative and assessment process, FEMA standards, tree risk assessment criteria, and use of mobile devices as data collectors. About half of the training is done in outside exercises to practice using the protocol in the field. Three pre-workshop assignments must be completed prior to the workshop. See links below for more information.

Click here for the UFST Announcement and more detailed information.

Click here for the UFST Brief for more information.

Click here for the Strike Team Registration/Payment Form.

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