Join Dovetail Partners at Georgia Urban Wood Utilization Workshops


Dovetail to present on urban tree use lessons learned and innovations in urban forest management and assessment


(Minneapolis, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think-tank, July 21st and 22nd at two Urban Wood Utilization Workshops hosted by the Georgia Forestry Commission and the Georgia Arborist Association. The workshops will highlight innovative urban wood reuse methods happening across the country and ways to become involved in urban wood utilization and recycling. Municipal and tree care arborists, urban foresters, municipal public works directors, city planners and engineers, primary wood using industries that source wood from urban areas, and Georgia Forestry Commission personnel are encouraged to attend. Continuing education credits are available.


Dovetail's Project Manager for Recycling and Reuse, Dr. Steve Bratkovich, will host a presentation both days entitled "Urban Tree Use: Lessons Learned from Minneapolis/St. Paul (MN), Raleigh (NC) and Richmond (VA)". The presentation will provide an introduction to the clustering concept of economic development and address some of the key findings from recent studies in the three states.


Dr. Bratkovich has over three decades of forestry and forest products experience. His areas of expertise include business, marketing and strategic planning; urban wood utilization; primary and secondary wood processing; and sustainable forest management.


Dovetail's Executive Director, Kathryn Fernholz, will host a presentation both days entitled "Innovations in Urban Forest Management and Assessment - How Communities and Businesses can Benefit." The presentation will provide examples of approaches being used in communities to address urban forest management, urban forest assessment tools, and increased opportunities for economic, social and environmental benefits.


Kathryn is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a range of roles for more than 15 years. In her role at Dovetail Partners, she has written, researched and presented on the topics of forest certification standards, sustainable forest management and best practices. Kathryn is also an experienced forest certification lead auditor, having worked on FSC and SFI audits throughout the United States.


The Urban Wood Utilization Workshops will take place on July 21st, 2015 in Decatur, GA and July 22nd, 2015 in Augusta, GA. For registration and agenda, visit:



About Georgia Forestry Commission
The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is a state agency responsible for providing leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia's forest resources. The GFC's areas of focus  include forest management, community forests, forest fire, forest utilization and reforestation. The GFC Director is the Georgia State Forester, Robert Farris.


About Georgia Arborist Association

The Georgia Arborist Association (GAA) is an industry association dedicated to increasing the availability of professional arborists and high quality tree care services to citizens of Georgia. GAA brings together tree care professionals and enthusiasts to promote fellowship, education, training and networking while working as an advocate for issues facing the arboriculture industry.