Workshops and Quarterly Programs

We invite you to join us for GUFC’s Second Quarterly Program, “Invasive Species and the Urban Forest,” set for Friday, May 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room at City Hall Annex, 300 N. Lee Street, Valdosta, GA  31601.  Attendees will learn about invasive species in the urban forests, available treatments for invasive insects and plants, alternatives for invasive landscape trees in Georgia, and challenges and opportunities that influence the use of native plant material in commercial landscapes.  Also on the agenda are Bugwood apps for Early Detection and Rapid Response.  Speakers will include Karan Rawlins, Invasive Species Coordinator, Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health (Bugwood), the University of Georgia, Tifton; Rebekah Wallace, EDDMapS Data Coordinator, Bugwood; Dr. Elizabeth Benton, Forest Health Outreach Specialist Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia, Athens; Elizabeth Moss, Forest Health Technician, Bugwood; and Steve Sanchez, LEED AP, Principal, HGOR Landscape Architects and Planners. (photo by Karan Rawlins)

Registration:  $40 GUFC members, $55 Non-members.  Lunch is included.

ISA CEUs available:  2.75 Certified Arborist, 2.75 Municipal Arborist, 0.5 BCMA – Science, 1 BCMA – Practice, and 1.25 BCMA – Management.

2.5 SAF Cat1 CFE credits.  A certificate of professional development will be available for landscape architects and others.
Eventbrite - GUFC "Invasive Species" Spring Quarter Program


Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborist Jerry Holcomb on May 16 and 17, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (both days), at the John W. Stevens Wetlands Education Center at J.F. Gregory Park, 521 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, GA  31324.

Jerry will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees. REGISTRATION FEE: $100 GUFC members; $115 non-members (Lunch and refreshments provided on both days.)STUDY GUIDE: Attendees should read through the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide (not included) to prepare for the review and the exam.* The Arborist Certification Study Guide is available at and An ISA Certified Arborist exam will be scheduled approximately one month after the review course for those wanting to take it. Attendees will be responsible for completing their own application for the exam. SCHOLARSHIPS:The Georgia Forestry Commission is offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration for tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not ISA Certified Arborists.  Download scholarship form here. Scholarship application must be approved by the Georgia Forestry Commission before registering for the class. CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS:ISA CEU hours will be available for certified arborists taking the class as a refresher course. Questions? Call Mary Lynne Beckley at 470-210-5900 or e-mail her at
Eventbrite - Arborist Certification Review Class May 16-17 in Richmond Hill

*A certified arborist exam is scheduled for the same location on June 14, for those wishing to take the exam.  You do not have to take the exam at this time to attend the class.  Learn about applying for eligibility to take the exam here: