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*** Pest Alert: Houston Area Date Palm Lethal Decline Quarantine ***


March 16-18, 2015
and
March 19-21, 2015


TRAQ
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course
Fort Worth - March 16-18, 2015
San Antonio - March 19-21, 2015


Registration is now closed.
Stayed tune for info on this Falls TRAQ!

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 Fort Worth
TRAQ information

 Click here for San Antonio
TRAQ information

Click here for TRAQ flyer

 

Fort Worth
San Antonio

March 6, 2015
Certified Tree Worker Exam
March 6, 2015
1402 East 5th Street
Austin, Texas

This will be a Climber Specialist only. This is a skills and written test and there are only ten spots to fill. Here is the link to registration. Contact Nevic Donnelly at They Might Be Monkeys 512-445-2614 for more specifics.
Austin
Feb. 6-Feb. 27, 2015
Certified Arborist Test Preparation Course
Fridays, February 6th to February 27th
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston

Click here for more details

Call Sasha Kodet with SABG @ 210-207-3270 with questions
Offered by the San Antonio Arborists Association
 
March 26, 2015
Arborist Workshop:
Advanced Tree Care
Seminar
March 26, 2015, 8:00am to 4:00pm
Dustin Sekula Memorial Library
1906 South Closner Blvd., Edinburg, TX 78539

Click here for the schedule

Edward Kruprel, ekruprel@cityofedinburg.com
956-827-6205
Edinburg

March 28, 2015


2015 Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo and Spring Fling.
Saturday, March 28

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Lone Star College – Montgomery campus
SH 242/College Park Drive
Conroe/The Woodlands

Volunteer opportunities for Texas Master Gardeners and Texas Master Naturalists. Badge opportunities for boy scouts and girl scouts. Kayaking Skills Tank (skills and safety) • Archery (skill and safety) Fly Fishing • Rod & Reel fishing (fishing/boating safety) Jakes Take Aim BB Gun Range (gun safety) • Hands on crafts with lessons Baytown Nature Center touch tank (aquatic) • GPS, Orienteering & Compass Wildlife-live animals (wildlife) • Wolves of St Francis (rescue/rehabilitation) Dutch Oven Society with History (history). 

for more info -  visit http://expo.tamu.edu
Conroe

April 22-24, 2015
Texas ASLA Conference
April 22-24, 2015
Galveston Island, Texas

Click here for more information
Galveston
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 http://www.tamupress.com/product/Famous-Trees-of-Texas,8201.aspx or Amazon

All royalties received will go to the TFS TreeCovery Fund, a fund to help reforest communities that have experienced disasters.
 
National Urban Forestry Plan

Be a Participant! Help Guide the 2016-2026 Urban Forestry Action Plan Take action today! The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC) seeks your ideas in the development of the next Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan.
Click here for details
 
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:
texastreeid.tamu.edu  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 lkessner@tfs.tamu.edu
 

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

 

New Guide for Planning City’s Green Infrastructure


The American Society of Landscape Architects has launched a guide that illustrates the environmental and economic value of “green infrastructure” — designed systems, including urban trees and greenspace, that harness nature to create proven benefits for communities and the environment. Resources in the guide are organized into seven sections that go from large scale (the region, the city) to the small scale (constructed wetlands, green streets, and green roofs and walls).

Check it out here
 

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.

New National Tree Planting Standards Released

The American National Standards Institute has approved a major revision to ANSI A300 (part 6) - 2012 which brings industry consensus around tree planting. The initial standard only covered transplanting, and is now expanded to include initial planting. The new standard provides guidelines on objectives, plant and site inspection, tools and equipment, digging the hole, installing woody plants, support systems, and post-planting care practices.

You can purchase a copy of this standard from the ISA: http://www.isa-arbor.com/store/product.aspx?ProductID=129

 

 
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 http://elearn.sref.info and for ISA and SAF credit go to http://cfegroup.org .

Other Events of Interest
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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 jpg@isatexas.com 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"
 
ArborPod
 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. 

RECENT WEBCASTS

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: http://actrees.org/site/resources/webcasts
 
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