Monday, December 5, 2011

Our Annual Gathering is Tomorrow!

It's crunch time here at the office!  Our Organic Land Care Annual Gathering is tomorrow at 8:00am at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.  This year's theme is Trees: Landscaping for Future Generations, and will feature Keynote Speaker Tom Wessels on The Foundational Principles of Sustainability.  We have some really great speakers lined up for the event including Dr. Kevin T. Smith, Diane Devore, Dr. Robert Marra, Peter Wild, Todd Harrington, Dr. Claire Rutledge, Dr. Jim Conroy, and Basia Alexander.  And the best part is that's it's not too late to register!  Call the office at 203.888.5146 to get your last minute registration in! 

The United Nations has declared 2011 the "International Year of Forests" highlighting the environmental, historical and cultural value of trees and forests around the world. Presenters at the Annual Gathering will discuss the role of trees in our natural history, their integration in organic landscaping, threats to New England’s woods, and the importance of planting and preserving native trees in the landscape.  Despite the tendency to associate trees with the environment, they are a central part of the designed landscape.  Trees are an ecological staple, providing habitat, flood and erosion control, carbon sequestration and a host of other natural services to developed areas.

The Program:

7:30 - 8:00: Registration
8:00 - 8:15 Welcome: Frank Crandall
8:15 - 9:15 Peter Wild & Todd Harrington
9:15 - 10:30 Keynote Speaker: Tom Wessels
10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:45 Diane Devore
11:45 - 12:05 Claire Rutledge, Ph.D.
12:05 - 1:00 Lunch (Book Signings from 12:30 - 1:00)
1:00 - 2:00 Kevin T. Smith, Ph.D
2:00 - 2:30 Robert Marra, Ph.D.
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 3:45 Jim Conroy, Ph.D. & Basia Alexander
3:45 - 4:30 Mike Nadeau (Plantscapes Inc.), Todd Harrington & Diane Devore, Panel Discussion: "Solutions to Assist Your Business in Challenging Economic Times"

Hope to see you there!
-Melissa

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