Society of Municipal Arborists

Leading the world in building the confidence, competence, and camaraderie of the family of professionals who create and sustain community forests.

51st Annual International Urban Forestry Conference and Trade Show

Call for Presentations - Extended!

The Society of Municipal Arborists will hold its 51st Annual International Urban Forestry Conference and Trade Show on November 17th, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Monday, November 16th, 2015 in the afternoon. SMA invites potential speakers to submit presentation/workshop proposals to the SMA Conference Committee Online

Proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm EDT on April 24th, 2015. Successful presenters accepted for the program will be notified in May, and the conference program will be announced in June.



Anniversary Book ImageThis is your chance to own a copy of the History of the Society of Municipal Arborists 1964-2014. An amazingly detailed account of your organization's founding and development through the years. We have a limited number of copies available for sale through the SMA website for only $15.00 each, which includes postage to your doorstep.

You'll be sure to want to have a copy of this keepsake book for your enjoyment and use. It also includes an archival list of all SMA conferences, award winners, and recognitions.

Help celebrate our 50th year — order your copy now. They won't last long!


Vegetative Risk Management Planning

This project, funded in whole or in part by the U. S. Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program, as recommended by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council, was developed as a collaboration tool to engage Urban Forestry professionals and Emergency Managers on a regional level to develop Vegetative Risk Management Plans (VRMP). The goals of a VRMP are to reduce the impact of storms on the urban forest, lessen personal injuries and property damage and decrease emergency management cost.


EAB Position Paper & Toolbox

As Emerald Ash Borer continues to ravage the ash populations of many North American communities, the SMA Board, under the leadership of President John McNeil and with the help of the SMA Past Presidents' Council, has undertaken to provide our members with the greatest possible range of information to assist in planning for the tiny, green pest.


Green Communities are $mart Communities

SMA has recently developed a set of Urban Forestry Best Management Practices for use by municipal arborists, planners, urban foresters, concerned citizens, green industry professionals, or anyone interested in creating and sustaining trees and green space in their communities. They are designed to be simple, easy to understand, and versatile for anyone wishing to explain, understand, or investigate the many ways in which green development makes good economic sense.


2015 SMA


2015 SMA TOY Vanessa

Yellowwood (Cladrastis kentukea)

Past TOY Winners

MFI 2015

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February 22‐27
Oregon Garden Resort
Silverton, Oregon