The Virginia Association of Forest Health Professionals

30th Annual Conference

February 14 – 15, 2022
Hotel 24 South
Staunton, Virginia

Monday, February 14th 

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introductions – VAFHP Committee

9:15-9:45 Emerging Topics on Urban Forest Health and Management in the Southeast U.S. – Eric Wiseman, Ph.D, Virginia Tech
9:45-10:15 Pesticide Safety – Jason Cooper, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
10:15-10:45 Eastern White Pine Management: A model system for improving tree health – Bill Livingston, Ph.D., The University of Maine


10:45-11:00 Break


11:00-11:30 Upgrading Hardwood Management – Joe Rossetti, Virginia Department of Forestry 

11:30-12:00 Multiple Lines of Evidence for Fire in the Southern and Central Appalachians – Melissa Thomas-Van Gundy, Ph.D., U.S. Forest Service

12:00-12:30 Field Identification of Beech Leaf Disease – Devin Bily, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


12:30-1:30 LUNCH provided by VAFHP


1:30-1:45 Recertification Credit Form Process – Joan Allen, Fairfax County Urban Forest Management
1:45-2:15 Utilizing Drones in Invasive Plant Management – Kelsey Huelsman, University of Virginia
2:15-2:45 Urban Trees, their Pests, and the Birds which Depend on Them – Larry Long, Ph.D., North Carolina Forest Service

2:45-3:15 Elaeagnus pungens: A thorny issue in southeastern forest management – Molly Darr, Ph.D., Clemson University


3:15-3:30 Break


3:30-4:00 Spotted Lanternfly Regulation Update – David Gianino, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

4:00-4:30 Developing a Biocontrol project again spotted lanternfly – Juli Gould, Ph.D., USDA APHIS *
4:30-5:15 Pesticide Regulatory Update – Debbie Brown, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services


5:15 Announcements and Adjourn

Tuesday, February 15th 

8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-9:00 Rapid risk assessment to aid early detection of an introduced water chestnut (Trapa bispinosa) in northern Virginia – Ian Pfingsten, US Geological Survey *

9:00-9:30 Asian Longhorn Beetle Update in South Carolina – Meredith Bean, Clemson University
9:30-10:00 Laurel Wilt Disease marches towards Virginia – Kelly Oten, Ph.D., North Carolina State


10:00-10:15 Break


10:15-10:45 Exploring Opportunities for Establishing and Monitoring Conservation Habitat on Right-of-Ways for Monarch Butterflies, Bumble Bees, and Other Pollinators – Adam Baker Ph.D., Davey Tree Expert Company

10:45-11:15 Recent Invasives impacting forestry, Red Imported Fire Ant and Elm Zigzag Sawfly – Eric Day, Virginia Cooperative Extension

11:15-11:45 Woodland Land Care Practices: An Opportunity to Expand Your Business Services – Jonathan Kays, University of Maryland

11:45-12:15 Over a Decade of Community Food Forest Evolution and Connection to Urban Forest Health – Catherine Bukowski, Virginia Tech *


12:15 Wrap-up and adjourn / Lunch on your own


* Presentation will be delivered virtually



The VAFHP Conference Planning Committee is thankful... for you.

Not only for participating in this educational and networking event, but for

doing what you do.

Together we improve the lives of all Virginians, even those who don’t know

they depend on the trees and forests we tend to.