Greetings NCUFC Members,
 
It is that time of year again when our Board of Directors begins to put together plans for the Council for the upcoming year. As a matter of fact, we just met up last week at the NC Forest Service's Mountain Training Facility in Crossnore, NC for our annual board planning retreat. We developed a new 3-year strategic plan with the help of facilitator Dr. Paul Ries. We also held our quarterly Council business meeting and we have put together a list of some pretty exciting opportunities and events for the NC urban forest crowd for 2021. We are always open to member input, so please reach out to Executive Director Leslie Moorman if you have ideas you would like us to consider.

Looking ahead, we still have a few more events going on during the last couple months of 2020, so be sure to check out our calendar and sign up. Be sure to check out the NC Urban Wood Group's educational webinar in December, featuring a Sawmill and Vacuum Kiln Training Demo. It is sure to be a great opportunity to learn and network. Once again, we will be offering our Certified Arborist Prep Course next month. This time, it will be presented in a virtual format. If you are planning to take the ISA Certified Arborist Exam in the near future, this course will help you get ready for sure.

Stay well and healthy and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Jason Combs
Board Chair, NC Urban Forest Council
Division Vegetation Management Specialist, Duke Energy Progress, Inc.