Craig Murk has been involved in tree work since the early 1990’s. Starting out in landscape construction, he spent the first five years of his career installing landscape plants and trees, turf, and tending nursery stock. Around 1995 he went to work as a climber in residential tree care. Graduating from the PNW Line JATC Journeyman school in 2004, he has worked in many aspects of the line-clearance industry. As a consulting Utility Forester, he has been to Hurricane Katrina and Irma. Previously a Job Corps instructor, he now works for ACRT Inc. as a trainer for private companies, utilities, and co-ops.
Dr. Leslie Beck is the Extension Weed Specialist in the Department of Extension Plant Sciences at New Mexico State University. She received her B.S. in Horticulture and Landscape Management and her M.S. in Agriculture from Tarleton State University specializing in golf course and turfgrass management. She received her Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science, specializing in turfgrass management, from Texas Tech University. Dr. Beck’s primary extension responsibilities include progressive statewide educational programming in weed science, including annual and perennial weed management, weed identification, and herbicide application for all cropping systems including agricultural commodities and turf and landscape areas.
Dr. Rossana Sallenave is the Extension Aquatic Ecology Specialist in the Department of Extension Animal Sciences and Natural Resources at New Mexico State University. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of Guelph in Canada. Her background is in freshwater ecology, and aquatic ecotoxicology. Her extension goals are to provide information and educational programs to New Mexicans about aquatic ecosystem health, water quality, and managing aquatic resources in a sustainable way.
Dr. Tom Coleman is a USDS Forest Service Forest Health Protection Zone Leader/Entomologist. He received his Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Kentucky. He has worked for the Forest Service for a decade and studied the biology, management, and impact of several native and non-native insects in several Southeastern U.S. states, southern California, and New Mexico. Tom has worked with a variety of forest insect pests, including goldspotted oak borer, hemlock woolly adelgid, southern pine beetle, Douglas-fir tussock moth, pinyon needle scale, and polyphagous shot hole borer. Tom’s interest in urban forest health began with his work on invasive insects in southern California.
Greg Miller is the 2017-2018 President of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Greg is the president of the Albuquerque-based firm Morrow Reardon Wilkinson Miller Ltd., and is a licensed landscape architect in seven states. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at the University of New Mexico, and has authored feature articles and case study chapters.
Korey Lofy is the Rocky Mountain Territory Arborist Manager for Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements. He helps tree care companies and municipalities in the Rocky Mountain region grow their plant healthcare programs. He’s worked in the green industry for over 15 years. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point with a B.S. Urban Forestry, Forest Recreation, and Interpersonal Communication. He is an ISA Certified Arborist with a pesticide applicator’s license in 4 states. Korey aspires to further his knowledge about trees and to become one of the most approachable and professional resources to help Rainbow clients grow their businesses and save trees in the process!
Nancy Buley is Director of Communications for J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co., wholesale tree growers of Boring, Oregon. She is a member of AmericanHort®, Oregon Association of Nurseries (OAN), Garden Writers Association, and the Society of Municipal Arborists, from which she earned a certificate from the Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI). Nancy serves on the board of directors of Friends of Trees and is a Lifetime Honorary Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. A Bachelor’s Degree in Technical Journalism plus a Horticulture Minor earned from Oregon State University prepared her for a career devoted to “preaching the gospel of trees.”
Paul Johnson is the Urban & Community Forestry Program Leader for the Texas A&M Forest Service. Paul is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist, Certified Arborist/ Municipal Specialist, and is a member of the ISA Board of Directors. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in Forestry, attended the Municipal Forestry Institute in 2008, and has been a radio talk show host, newspaper columnist, Extension horticulturist, University adjunct instructor, and plant health care specialist. Paul loves to talk about trees and how to talk about trees. Paul believes #TreesAreKey to healthier, happier communities.