FS009 The Boston Tree Party: Examining Tree Planting in the City

John Moyles, ASLA
Reed Hilderbrand
Watertown, MA 
United States
Chris Moyles ASLA, a Principal at Reed Hilderbrand, has over twenty years of experience working on complex projects in the urban environment. He has developed a particular interest in the implementation of high-performance landscape systems, specifically soils manufacture, planting design, and sustainable construction practices. Chris’s recent projects include the Poetry Foundation, the Chazen Museum of Art, The Parrish Art Museum, The Ohio State University, and Rosslyn Plaza. Chris received his Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia.
Robert Pine, FASLA
Pine & Swallow Environmental
Groton, MA 
United States
Bob Pine, FASLA, PE holds an MS in geotechnical engineering from Cornell University and an MLA from Harvard’s GSD. A Principal and founder of Pine & Swallow Environmental, he has over thirty years experience with soil, hydrologic and environmental design, sustainable practices and construction. Recent projects include: The Highline, Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Hudson River Parks in NYC; Cincinnati Riverfront Park; Shelby Farms Park in Memphis; and sustainable streetscape projects in Boston and throughout the country.
Richard Burck, FASLA
Richard Burck Associates, Inc.
Somerville, MA 
United States

Richard (Skip) Burck, FASLA, FAAR, is the principal of Richard Burck Associates, Inc. A graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Design and recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship, Skip has over thirty years of experience as a landscape architect. He formed Richard Burck Associates as a master planning and project design firm for public and private institutions, secondary schools, colleges, and universities. Skip organized and co-chaired the 1995 Urban Street Tree Planting Symposium, which initiated significant change in street tree planting criteria in the Boston area. Skip has taught or lectured at the GSD, Mount Holyoke College, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island School of Design, and Boston Architectural College.

Kelby Fite
Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories
Charlotte, NC 
United States
Kelby Fite is an Arboricultural Researcher for Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in Charlotte, North Carolina, and focuses his research efforts on urban soils, tree root biology and integrated pest management.  He holds a Ph. D. in Plant and Environmental Sciences from Clemson University, a Master of Plant Protection and Pest Management and a BS in Horticulture from the University of Georgia. He is an ISA certified arborist and has co-authored the ISA Best Management Practices for Managing Trees During Construction.
Robert Uhlig, ASLA
Halvorson Design Partnership
Boston, MA 
United States
Robert Uhlig, ASLA, is President of Halvorson Design Partnership, Inc.,serving as Principal-in-Charge on many urban projects including: the ASLA honor-award-winning South Boston Maritime Park, Center City Park in Greensboro NC, the BAC Green Campus project and numerous other sustainable landscapes. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Landscape Architecture from NC State. He is a LEED® Accredited Professional, a Certified Construction Specifier, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Landscape Architecture Department at the Boston Architectural College.
Fri, 11/15: 8:00 AM  - 5:00 PM 
Field Session 
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 
Room: 152 
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This session will visit a mix of Boston's iconic and contemporary spaces to examine and assess different approaches to high-performance tree plantings in challenging urban environments. Leading landscape architects and their collaborators will walk through the objectives, design concepts, and planting strategies at each site.

Learning Objective

1) Assess the components and support systems required for successful tree planting techniques in complex urban environments.
2) Understand the innovative technologies and approaches producing sustainable, high-performance results.
3) Know about the challenges and successes through an on-site dialogue with the designers, soils scientist, and arborist.
4) Understand the immediate and long-term management requirements for trees in urban environments.


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