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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    Up By Roots: Soil workshop


    Based on his 2008 ISA published book, Up By Roots, James Urban brings the ISA’s successful regional soil workshop to the annual meeting. The workshop will be divided into four sessions: A basic soils review, a review of urban soils, and outdoor field sessions where hands on stations allow participants to touch and experience soil, the tools of the soil trade, and how to undertake an urban soils evaluation.  In the final session, participants will return to a group setting to review how to resolve basic soil problems and discuss actual field situations they have encountered in their work.  Participants will be encouraged to join in the development of alternative solutions and evaluate the practicality, limitations and cost effectiveness of proposals.  It is hoped that a cross section of arborist from different geographic regions will participate to broaden the types of soil problems being discussed.


    James R. Urban, ISA, FASLA

    James Urban specializes in the design of trees 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 many innovations including most of the current standards relating to urban tree plantings.  His 2008 book ‘Up By Roots: Healthy Trees and Soils in the Built Environment’, is becoming one of the principle tree and soil references.

    James Urban was instrumental in the development of structural cells and structural planting soils for use under sidewalk pavements, and is credited with helping to re-awaken the profession of landscape architecture to the skills required to successfully plant trees in difficult urban soils. In 2007 he was awarded the ASLA Medal of Excellence for this contribution the profession of Landscape Architecture. He is the 2013 recipient of the ISA Award of Achievement for long-term contributions to the profession of arboriculture.



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