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Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2015


Re-Connecting with the Environment

Early registration ends Sept. 11!

The 36th Annual Texas Tree Conference, Academy, Awards, Tree School and Trade Show


Waco Convention Center
September 30 - October 2, 2015


Click here for more information or to register


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Sept. 30, 2015

2015 Texas Tree Academy


Waco Convention Center
September 30, 2015
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(Registration is from 8:00 to 9:00)


This year there will be a morning classroom session by Dr. Chris Luley on how to identify wood decay fungi and their role in tree risk assessment and stability.


The afternoon session will be held outdoors and include hands-on field stations including:

-Soil Texture Determination in the Field

-The Use of Sonic Tomography and Resistance
-Drilling for Advanced Decay Detection

-Urban Wood Utilization—Portable Sawmill Demonstration

-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)

-Ground Penetrating Radar to Detect Tree Roots

Click here for more information


(The Tree Academy requires a separate registration from the Conference - includes lunch)

Sept. 30, 2015

Electrical Hazard Awareness
Program (EHAP) in Spanish)

September 30, 2015
Waco Convention Center
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This training will be in conjunction with the Texas Tree Conference in Waco. The Electrical Hazards Awareness Program, or EHAP, is a training program that employers can use in conjunction with documented on-the-job skill training and assessment to increase awareness and assure the competency of their employees to work safely and to meet ANSI and OSHA requirements.

Click here for more information

(This workshop is not part of the main conference and requires separate registration)

(Class size limited - lunch is included)



October 2, 2015


Texas Tree Schools
 Friday, October 2, 2015
Waco Convention Center
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM


Track 1 - Basic Tree Care and Safety Workshop - 5.0 CEUs

A great review or introduction to basic tree care for tree workers.  A stand-alone one day workshop that will be a combination of classroom and filed demonstrations.  Topics covered will include basic tree biology, tree pruning, ascent techniques review, tree hazard assessment, job site safety and chain saw operation and safety.  Master instructors are Guy LeBlanc and Brad Hamel. 


Pista 2 - Primeras Jornadas para Trabajadores de Arboles - 5.0 CEUs

A Spanish language workshop covering tree benefits, water management, pruning and tree biology. Expert speakers will include Mark Duff of the Texas Forest Service and Rosa Elana of Arboricultura Urbana y Paisaje in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Click here for more information


 (The Tree School requires a separate registration from the Conference - includes lunch)




Call for photos:

Texas Tree Conference

Tree Geek Slideshow


What’s the weirdest tree related thing you’ve seen this year? Did you get a photo of it?


Submit your interesting images and offbeat pics for an opportunity to share the uncommon with your fellow tree geeks at this year’s Texas Tree Conference.  A slideshow will be put together for all to enjoy during the conference.


Be sure that your photo:

●      Quality: at least least 300 dpi or better

●      Size: 3-4MB

●      Include photo credits

●      Has a short description


How to share:

●      Email images directly to


●      Upload to Flickr here>


Deadlines for the Texas Tree Conference’s Tree Geek Slideshow is 9/22/15


Photos may be submitted anytime for general sharing purposes.



●      Photos may be used and shared for all sorts of media purposes, by submitting yours, you are signaling that you agree to share.

●      ISAT puts safety FIRST; do not expect to see slides utilized that violate ANSI standards.

Nov. 4-7, 2015

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course
Austin - Nov. 4-7, 2015

Registration Closes Oct. 8


The Texas Chapter ISA is offering the new ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) course and assessment. TRAQ provides an opportunity for arborists to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.


Skip Kincaid will be your instructor covering Tree Biology and Mechanics, Tree Inspection and Assessment, Data Analysis and Risk Categorization, and Risk Reporting. The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course prepares the participant to take the TRAQ assessment to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified.


The qualification consists of a two-day educational course followed by a one-half day assessment that includes both a written and field component. It is required that you attend the course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive this qualification.


Click here for more information

Click here for TRAQ flyer



Nov. 4-7, 2015

Urban Forest Steward & Habitat Steward Training
Austin - Sept. 12 - Oct. 17, 2015

Urban Forest Steward is a series of workshops about urban trees organized by TreeFolks and PARD Austin Urban Forestry. Drought, disease and habitat degradation take a constant toll on urban trees. Texas A&M Forest Service estimates that the 2011 drought killed more than 5.6 million urban trees across Texas.  We believe that the more you know about trees, the more you’ll want to take care of the trees at your home and in your community. The goal of Urban Forest Steward is to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to do just that!


Nov. 13-14, 2015

V National Forum of Arboriculture and Urban Danonomía

13-14 and November 15 of the year 2015
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico


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April 2-3, 2016
San Antonio

The World Comes to Texas!!!

2016 International Tree Climbing Competition
Come to Texas in 2016
April 2-3, 2016
Brackenridge Park, San Antonio, Texas

You are invited! In addition to the competition, next year’s ITCC will offer educational opportunities with demonstrations of safety and best practices, industry vendors, and many activities to engage the public, creating an exciting event for everyone who will participate.

Click here for highlights from the 2015 ITTC in Tampa

Click here for ITCC information

San Antonio

August 13-17, 2016
Fort Worth

The World Comes to Texas!!!

2016 International Tree Conference and Trade Show
Come to Texas in 2016
August 13-17, 2016
Fort Worth, Texas

Save the date! ISA’s Annual International Conference and Trade Show is the world’s premier gathering of arboricultural professionals, where practicing arborists and urban foresters come together with top researchers and educators to learn the latest in research, technology, and innovations in arboriculture and urban forestry. 

Click here for the announcement


  Call for Papers: Submit Your Proposals for the 2016 ISA Conference in Ft. Worth

  Presentation proposals will be accepted through Friday, 4 December 2015. Click here for more information and make note of the 2016 Fort Worth conference dates: 13-17 August 2016.
Sept. 4 to Sept. 25, 2015
San Antonio

Certified Arborist Test Preparation Course

Fridays, September 4th to September 25th, 2015 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
San Antonio Botanical Garden


Registration Link


 Course Description:

This course was designed to help prepare professional arborists to take the ISA Certified Arborist examination. The teaching cadre has over 210 combined years of experience in the tree care industry. Nonprofessionals are also welcome to attend the entire course or other sessions to gain a better understanding of the benefits of trees and develop their tree ID and tree care skills. Three years of experience is required to take the ISA Certified Arborist exam. For more information on the exam, please visit Course schedule:

September 4 Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, and Tree Support

September 11 Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment

September 18 Pruning and Oak Wilt, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, and Tree Assessment and Risk Management

September 25 Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, Climbing and Working in Trees


San Antonio
The Famous Trees of Texas
 2015 Edition

The long-awaited Famous Trees of Texas, TFS Centennial Edition, which tells the exciting stories of Texas frontier history that trees might tell if they could speak is now available through TAMU Press,8201.aspx or Amazon

All royalties received will go to the TFS TreeCovery Fund, a fund to help reforest communities that have experienced disasters.
What am I?
ID Those Texas Trees

The Trees of Texas has a new look. This summer the website underwent a major revision to give it a new look and new life.  Check out the website here:  New Trees of Texas posters and bookmarks are available for giveaways in the Conservation Education office, stop by and get yours today. To learn more about the different Texas A&M Forest Service conservation education programs, contact Leslie Kessner at

Texas Tree Trails -
There’s an app for that!

Tree Trails, an educational application designed to collect, display, and share information about trees, has a free mobile application available on iTunes.  The Tree Trails application allows teachers, youth leaders, community parks personnel, arborists and others to create a custom trail of trees, complete with photos and ecosystem services values.

Click here to see it in action


Arborist News Quizzes Online

Arborist News Quizzes are now available through the ISA web store. Free to members for one year. Learn how to access this easy way to earn CEUs.

Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Quizzes Online

Arboriculture & Urban Forestry quizzes less than one-year old are available online for free to members only. Online quizzes over one-year old may be purchased by members for $9.95 and by non-members for $12.95. If you are certified and successfully pass the quiz with a score of 80% or higher, CEUs will be posted to your account within 48 hours.
Study Urban Forestry On-Line

eLearn Urban Forestry is a state-of-the-art online, distance-learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes, including service foresters, natural resource planners, landscape architects, city officials and public works employees. 

To access the program for free go to and for ISA and SAF credit go to .

Other Events of Interest

Read the Latest Editions of ISA’s Magazines Online

Read the latest Arborist News

Not an ISA member, click here!

The National Tree Benefit Calculator

What is that tree worth?

Find out here on the National Tree Benefit Calculator


2015 update - Texas Supplement to the Guide for Tree Appraisal

This Texas Guide is designed to be used by professionals who need to perform plant appraisals involving casualties, damages and takings of plant materials.

You can purchase the Texas Supplement here.

This document represents the third approximation of the Texas Supplement to the Guide for Plant Appraisal, developed by the Texas Regional Plant Appraisal Committee under the auspices of the Texas Chapter - International Society of Arboriculture. It is intended to be utilized as a companion or supplement to the 9th Edition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal, written by the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers and published by the International Society of Arboriculture.

If you are a member of the Texas Chapter ISA, you can contact John Giedraitis at for a free copy of the 2015 Texas Supplement. If not, you can purchase it here and as a bonus, you will also receive a free $45 Texas Chapter International Society of Arboriculture 2015 membership.

You can purchase the Guide for Plant Appraisal, 9th Edition here.

ISA Online Learning Center

ISA Online Learning Center

The ISA Online Learning Center is your portal to learning and professional development in the field of arboriculture. Here, you will find training courses such as the Introduction to Arboriculture Interactive Series as well as other courses on a variety of topics. Now, continuing education is available online 24 hours a day no matter where you are located.

As a special launch offer, take the Tree Worker Safety module for free and attain CEUs by successfully completing the course!

To get started, click the button below to login using your ISA online account or to create a free account to enter the ISA Online Learning Center.

You do not have to be an ISA member to create an online account.

Launch ISA Online Learning Center

What are shade trees good for?
What's so good about landscape trees?

A short video called "Why Trees"
 ISA Launches ArborPod

Podcasts, or Personal On-demand Broadcasts, have become one of the most direct ways of receiving educational programming specific to a particular topic of interest through a series of digital audio or video recordings. How does a podcast work? Audio or video files can be automatically transmitted via Internet and downloaded to a personal computer, smart phone, or MP3 player. A podcast can be compared to a magazine subscription in that the user subscribes to a podcast series and new content is generated and received on a regular basis. ISA has identified this medium as a highly accessible and effective means of providing ongoing, arboricultural information to tree care professionals to address today’s most current and relevant topics. We are excited and proud to have launched the first series of ArborPod™—Science of Arboriculture—which is now available through iTunes.

Detective Dendro

Climbing and Rigging

Free online training for boards, supporters

Tree Board University is a free online training program that provides self-paced training modules for both current tree board members and those interested in assuming leadership roles. More
  Alliance for Community Trees Archived Webcasts
On the third Thursday of each month, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) hosts a national webcast at 1 p.m. EST.  These webcasts are designed to provide information and training for urban forestry volunteers, community planners, and other professionals.  All webcasts, from June 2007 are archived on the ACT website and are free to view.  Sessions last approximately one hour and highlight successful programs and practices from across the nation. 


Available for free download

Storms Over the Urban Forest- Part I: Natural Hazard Management Planning
Tapping Carbon Markets for Urban Forests
Tree Technology- Part II: CRMs
* Reaching Bilingual Audiences

To view archived ACT webcasts visit:
Click here for the ISA International Calendar
Click here to view Past Events