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Turf, Tree and Landscape Conference Feb. 4-5 in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — The 13th annual Inland Northwest Tree and Landscape Conference is scheduled Feb. 4-5 at the Doubletree Hotel in the Spokane Valley.

The conference attracts more than 300 professional landscapers, arborists, master gardeners, pest control professionals, educators, students and public and private grounds maintenance professionals from Washington, Idaho and Oregon.

“Whether you’re a small business owner, a manager of municipal lands or a grounds maintenance specialist, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet and hear from outstanding presenters,” said Tonie Fitzgerald, Washington State University Spokane County Cooperative Extension.

This year’s featured speaker is Kim D. Coder, associate professor of extension forest resources at the University of Georgia.

Coder has served on a U.S. Department of Agriculture national advisory committee on urban and community forestry, and served as a technical trainer for both the Smithsonian Institution and National Park Service . He will speak on “Tree Biology and Nutrition” and “Tree and Shrub Pruning.” He will emphasize tree-literate care and management in his second talk.

“Mythology is rampant in the landscape,” Coder said. “I am going to try to correct and identify some of these myths that cost us great trees and beautiful landscapes.”

Pesticide recertification credits for Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana will be available along with International Society of Arboriculture continuing education units. The ISA exam is offered on Feb. 5.

Nursery and grounds maintenance suppliers are sought for an exhibit show that will be held in conjunction with the conference.

Contact WSU Conferences and Institutes at (800) 942-4987 or by e-mail at wsuconf@wsu.edu for more information and to register. The registration fee is $129.

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