2011 Texas Tree Academy
and Tree Conference Scholarships Available

A limited number of $300 scholarships are available to city employees to attend a Tree Academy Workshop and the 2011 Texas Tree Conference in Waco.

To apply, please send an email to John Giedraitis at jpg@tfs.tamu.edu with your name, title, the city that you work for, your municipal tree management responsibilities and if you would attend if you didn't receive a scholarship.

We have fewer scholarships and greater demand this year so please don't apply unless you absolutely wouldn't be able to attend without this assistance. You will promptly receive an email response.

You must apply by the Conference early registration deadline of September 15, 2011
First Come - First Served

A Great Training Opportunity! Network With Your Peers!

2011 Texas Tree Academy
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
 10:00 AM—5:00 PM  (5.5 ISA CEU’s)

Track A: Municipal Tree Academy

Part I:  Connecting Urban Forestry and Landscape Architecture
David Cristiani, Quercus -  10:00 am - 1:00 pm  -  3.0 CEUs
In the first part of the Municipal Tree Academy David Cristiani will present a program on bridging the intents and knowledge of forestry with landscape architecture professionals.  Topics covered will include:
¨ Sample drafting conventions, techniques and symbols
¨ Designs for a site’s environmental constraints including water harvesting and irrigation considerations
¨ Design for human movement, human and wildlife habitat, framing or screening viewsheds, spatial relationships of landscape elements, considerations for built landscapes with natural open space / passive park uses, and consideration for the tree landscape with athletic fields / active park uses
¨ Design for a whole landscape - varied tree and plant forms, companion plantings based on cultural and aesthetic needs, plant spacing. 

Part II:  A Sampling of 30 Re-purposed Parking Lot Designs & Sites Using Structural Soil for Shade Trees
Dave Dockter, City of Palo Alto - 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm  -  1.5 CEUs
Urban forestry and downtown sidewalks have utilized engineered structural soil for more than a decade, but it is not a magic bullet for all problems. This technique can mitigate these conditions when the goals collide, and can give a project the go-ahead where otherwise they could not be achieved. These details are critical when the public trust and process must include or disclose achievable expectations for sustaining a long-term productive asset such as shade trees. This talk will include a sampling of 30+ urban sites in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere using engineered structural soil mix, showing past, current and proposed projects as recent as 2010.

Part III:  Large Trees, Suspended Pavement and Stormwater Management
Peter MacDonagh, Kestrel Design Group - 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - 1.5 CEUs
This session will cover:
¨ How suspended pavement systems for Urban Forests are successfully being installed in various projects around the world
¨ Performance of suspended pavement with loam soil in research projects from 7 to 25 years old
¨ The elements and complementary roles of soils, large urban trees, and management of urban stormwater
¨ Integrating green utilities including soil, trees and water to improve sustainability
¨ Technical issues associated with developing effective urban forest systems


Track B: Arboriculture Tree Academy

Tree Diagnostics
10:00 am - 5:00 p.m. - 6.0 CEUs
Dr. John Ball, South Dakota State University
Spend a memorable day with Dr. John Ball, Professor of Forestry at South Dakota State University, as he guides us through "The Whole Tree and it's Environment".   Dr. Ball is the 2010 recipient of the Alex Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboriculture Education.  He is a highly sought-after speaker and was on ISA's program this year in Australia.  If you didn't make it "down under,” please join us in Waco to hear Dr. Ball teach on a wide range of topics. 

In this Academy, Dr. Ball will cover Texas trees and Texas issues including:
¨ The whole tree and its environment
¨ Vitality Measurements
¨ Risk Assessment
¨ Soil Evaluation 


2011 Texas Tree Conference "Building Bridges Through Arboriculture"
Thursday and Friday, October 6-7, 2011

There is a special 'Municipal Forestry' track where you will hear from national, state and local experts on the latest research on tree ordinances, inventories and master plans, public relations and communications.

See the full registration brochure here

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