Urban Forest Innovative Solutions


Urban Forest Innovative Solutions (UFIS) is pleased to announce the 2012 Soils and Urban Tree Conference, to be hosted at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Forestry in Vancouver on May 3rd and 4th, 2012.


Sponsored by Tree Canada, the conference brings together five leading soil experts for two days of lectures and field studies to present the latest concepts relating to ideal soil structure and biology. Attendees will learn how a new breed of arborists are growing healthy trees and preserving mature trees by literally looking at the roots of tree care.

Who should attend?

  • Arborists
  • Landscape architects
  • Urban foresters
  • Parks and public works personnelLandscapers
  • Tree nursery personnel
  • Anyone interested in improving urban soils and tree health!


To download the complete brochure visit: http://www.ufis.ca/pdf/Soils-and-Urban-Trees-2012.pdf



William Bryant Logan is an award-winning natural history writer and environmental columnist. He wrote the Cuttings column for the New York Times and helped launch Garden Design magazine. Bill has been a contributor to numerous magazines. His book on gardening tools won the Best Book of the Year award from the Garden Writers Association of America. In 1992, he founded Urban Arborists to care for trees in New York City. Three years later he published Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth.


Paul Stamets has been a dedicated mycologist for over thirty years. Over this time, he has discovered and co-authored four new species of mushrooms and pioneered numerous techniques in the field of edible and medicinal mushroom cultivation. He has been named one of Utne Reader’s “50 Visionairies Who Are Changing the World” for his pioneering research and applied mycology. See Paul’s TED Talk at www.ted.com/speakers/paul_stamets.html


Olaf Ribeiro, B.S. (Agr.), M.S. (Plant Pathology), Ph.D. (Plant Pathology & Genetics). Olaf has over 30 years experience in diagnosing plant health problems in both the U.S and overseas. He has published over 50 scientific papers in refereed international journals as well as many popular articles on plant diseases and tree preservation. He is internationally recognized for saving historic and ancient trees by improving their health.


Peter Wild is the founder and CEO of Arborjet Inc., a manufacturer of tree injection systems and medicaments. Wild is also the president and owner of Boston Tree Preservation, an organic-based, proactive tree-care business founded in 1977. He was one of the first people to develop and use vermicomposting for fertilization and disease and insect pest management.


James Urban, FASLA, specializes in the design of tree plantings and soils in urban spaces. He has written and lectured extensively on the subject of urban tree planting and has been responsible for the introduction of numerous innovations, including many leading-edge standards relating to urban tree plantings across North America. His 2008 book Up By Roots: Healthy Trees and Soils in the Built Environment, has become one of the principal tree and soil references, and won the ASLA Honor Award in 2009.


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