November 3-4th 2014

Charlotte, North Carolina

Meeting Information

The tenth annual Continental Dialogue meeting will be held in conjunction with the Arbor Day Foundation’s Partners in Community Forestry National Conference.


Orientation to the Continental Dialogue

Emerging Regional and National Issues in Tree and Forest Health

  • Rob Trickel, North Carolina Forest Service, Forest Health Branch Head
  • Dr. Philip Berger,  Executive Director for Science and Technology, USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine
  • Monica Lear, US Forest Service, Director of Forest Health Protection

Lightning Round Updates

  • Wood Packaging Industry  –  Brad Gething, Technical and Pallet Design System Manager, National Wooden Pallet and Container Association
  • Arbor Day Foundation  – Dan Lambe, President, The Arbor Day Foundation
  • Chicago Regional Tree Initiative  – Lydia Scott, Community Trees Program Manager with the Morton Arboretum
  • Tree Health Tracking – Dr. Rich Hallet, USFS New York City Urban Field Station
  • Forest Health Enterprise Team Program Highlights – Dr. Frank Sapio, USDA Forest Service, Director of the Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team
  • Firewood Heat Treatment and Federal Regulation  –  Paul Chaloux, National Program Manager for Emerald Ash Borer, Gypsy Moth and European Larch Canker, USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine

Panel # 1: International Perspective and Opportunities

Panel #2: Overview and Update of Dialogue Initiatives and Actions

Lightning Round II

Panel #3: Firewood Policy and Research

Panel #4: Apps, Video, and Social Media as Tree Health Tools

Panel #5: Firewood Partnerships and Perspectives