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NMSU to participate in annual Think Trees conference in Albuquerque, Feb. 2-3

Can you feel the heat? People aren't the only beings that can feel the effects of global climate change. Our trees can feel the heat and drought as well - and they are not too happy.

To help people learn how to help urban trees not only survive but thrive in a hot, dry climate, New Mexico State University is participating in the 26th Annual Think Trees Conference Feb. 2-3 in Albuquerque. The theme for this year's event is "Growing Great Trees in the Desert."

"This conference is an excellent, practical urban tree care conference," said Cheryl Kent, Extension horticulture agent for Bernalillo County. "Attendees will learn about diagnosing tree problems, keeping healthy trees while conserving water, the challenges facing urban trees in the face of climate change as well as other topics related to tree care."

Think Trees New Mexico is a non-profit organization that promotes education, training and appreciation of arboriculture and horticulture to professionals in the green industry of New Mexico and surrounding regions.

John Mexal, a professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at NMSU, will give a talk on trees, drought and global warming at the conference.

Carol Sutherland, a professor with NMSU's Extension Plant Sciences, is offering a presentation on tree pests, heat and drought. She will also give a talk on strategies to control fruit tree pests.

Professor John Idowu, with Extension Plant Sciences, will offer tips on tree-friendly urban soils.

Natalie Goldberg, department head of Extension Plant Sciences, will discuss with participants common tree disorders.

Other topics at the conference include visual tree inspection and diagnosing abiotic disorders, greenhouse warming and landscape care, and water conservation and management for trees.

Participants will receive 4.5 New Mexico Department of Agriculture pesticide applicator continuing education unit credits and 13 International Society of Arboriculture CEU credits.

The conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza, formerly Hilton Albuquerque, at 1901 University Blvd. NE, 87102.

The registration deadline for the conference is Jan. 18. The fee to participate in the two-day event, along with two lunches, is $145. The fee is $70 for students with a valid I.D. Registration at the door is $170.

To register online and find conference details, go to www.thinktreesnm.org.

For more information on the conference, contact the Bernalillo County Cooperative Extension office at 505-243-1386.