2020 Annual WASLA Conference

Seattle Airport Marriott, March 27, 2020

How Do We Use The New Science About Trees Functioning as "Super Operators" in Our Planting and Site Designs for a Resilient Future?


Workshop session to discuss implications of new findings that trees 'talk'. We will be looking into how this newer forestry science shows how plant communities exchange nutrients, water, and information and its impact on planting design, as well as how it can be incorporated in creating resilient planting and site design.We will be discussing Dr. Suzanne Simard's TEDtalk, "How Trees Talk to Each Other", and our future role as stewards with local experts.

Speaker Bios:

Kas Kinkead, FASLA, Principal of the Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Group, Osborn Consulting

Kas Kinkead FASLA has been practicing for over thirty years. She has focused on sustainable design for educational facilities and stormwater systems. Kas was part of the effort to establish one of the earliest sustainability protocols for public schools in the country. She is also known as a leader in bioretention and raingarden systems in the PNW- having designed over 500,000 sf of bioretention cells and site design for over 150 schools. She has been 'accused' by some owners as being 'too deep green'- an accusation she is proud of bearing.
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Ben Roberts, Urban Forester, City of Seattle Department of Transportation
Ben Roberts is the Urban Forester within Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Urban Forestry's Landscape Architect Office. Ben's career in Arboriculture spans over 20 years beginning in the private tree care industry, and expanding to the municipal sector with Seattle's Urban Forestry department in 2005. Ben's roll in the SDOT Urban Forestry Landscape Architects Office is primarily multi-family, commercial and large scale private development design guidance and plan review to effectively and efficiently assist in Landscape and Street Tree design components as required under City of Seattle Land Use/SDOT code. Additionally, Ben provides technical arboricultural expertise in the construction phase of various private development, capitol and utility projects within the City of Seattle's public Right of Ways.
Haley Galbraith, Senior Arborist, Tree Solutions, Inc.
Haley Galbraith is a Senior Arborist at Tree Solutions, Inc. She graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management. She originally joined the Tree Solutions team in 2011 following the completion of an internship with UW Capital Projects where she assisted in a campus-wide tree inventory. Haley applies her knowledge of ecosystem function and forest stand dynamics to an urban setting every day as a Seattle-based consulting arborist. Her specialties include tree risk assessment, advanced decay testing, evaluation of trees as support structures, climbing inspections, and municipal arboriculture. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of ISA and the Washington Community Forestry Council for DNR. Haley is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist, Municipal Specialist (PN-7512BM), Qualified Tree Risk Assessor, and ASCA member.

Learning Objectives

To incorporate new findings in forestry science into sustainable planting strategies and address climate change impacts to planting design.