2018 Texas Tree Conference

38th Texas Tree Conference, Academy, Trade Show and Tree Schools

September 26-28, 2018
Waco Convention Center

Mark your calendar now for the biggest and best Texas Tree Conference yet!

We anticipate over 1,000 attendees again and will have Texas, national and international speakers. There will be tracks for Commercial, Municipal and Utility arborists with plenty of time to socialize and visit the exhibitors at the packed Trade Show.

You can attend several events this year including:

  • The Thursday and Friday Tree Conference and Trade Show that includes educational tracks for Commercial, Municipal and Utility Arborists, an awards luncheon, networking socials, receptions and more.
  • The Wednesday pre-conference Tree Academy with classroom and hands-on outdoor field stations. (There is also a TRAQ Renewal class on Wednesday – click here for more info)
  • And the Friday Tree Schools for English and Spanish-speaking tree workers.

For More Information or to Register for the Tree Conference, Academy and Tree Schools – Click Here

For a Texas Tree Conference Brochure – Click Here

Sponsors and Exhibitors Information – Click Here

Poster Display Information and Registration – Click Here

For A Municipal/Non-profit Employee Scholarship Application – Click Here

Want to Volunteer? Click Here

Auction items are needed to raise funds for research and scholarships.
contact April Rose if you can help out.

The Waco Hilton and the Courtyard by Marriott are the Conference Hotels
Waco Hilton (next to Convention Center): (254) 754-8484
Courtyard Waco (across from Convention Center): (254) 752-8686
Click on the above links for discount rates before September 5, 2018!


2018 Texas Tree Conference and Trade Show
Thursday, Sept. 27 & Friday, Sept. 28
(20.5 CEU’s)

At this years Texas Tree Conference and Trade Show, we will continue our history of providing outstanding education programs featuring nationally known speakers, the latest in tree research and arboriculture, an expanded trade show, an awards luncheon, and numerous networking opportunities.

Learn from national leaders in research, commercial, utility and municipal arboriculture, urban forestry and landscape architecture.

Featured speakers include: Dr. Dirk Dujesiefken, Professor, University of Applied Science (HAWK), Hamburg, Germany, Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Research Social Scientist, University of Washington, Seattle, Dr. Fredric Miller, Senior Scientist-Entomology, The Morton Arboretum, Naperville, IL,  Dr. Hans Williams, Professor of Forestry and Dean of the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Nacogdoches, Dr. Todd Watson, Tree and Landscape Consultant, Millican, Dr. David Kulhavy, Professor, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Dr. David Kulhavy, Professor, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Dr. Raul Cabrera, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Rutgers University, Bridgeton, New Jersey, Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott,  Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Washington State University, Puyallup, Dr. Mike Arnold, Professor and Associate Department Head, Texas A&M University, Skip Kincaid, Director of Urban Forestry, Hansen’s Tree Service and Environmental Services, St. Louis, MO, Ben Thorpe, Transmission Utility Forester, American Electric Power, Laredo, Erik Palacios, Arborist Training- Instructor, ACRT, Donna, George Leader, Vegetation Maintenance Manager, Pedernales Electric Coop, Matthew Austin, Utility Forester/UAV Pilot, Fredericksburg, Sheila McBride, Program Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Thais Perkins, Executive Director, TreeFolks, Austin, and others!

The 2018 conference theme is “Sustainability in Arboriculture” and topics will include: 

  • Trees: A Matter of Life and Death?
  • Compartmentalization 2.0
  • Trees: A Matter of Life and Death?
  • Drones for Vegetation Management
  • The Urban Forest and Community Economics: Money Does Grow on Trees!
  • Standard of Care and Liability for Arborists
  • Utility Vegetation Control on Transmission Systems
  • What Size Tree Should I Plant?
  • Hamburg Tree Pruning System
  • Line Clearance Trimmer Certification is Critical
  • Urban Tree Genetics
  • Arboricultural Myths
  • Development of a Large Utility Tree Program
  • Alternative Water Sources for City Trees
  • Stationary Rope System: Company’s Perspective
  • Wood Waste Options for Urban and Utility Forestry
  • Sustainable Soils
  • Sustainable Practices in Texas Cities
  • Using Parasitoids to Battle EAB
  • Latest Utility Tree Work Equipment
  • RFLP Oak Wilt Detection
  • University Drone Research – Mapping and Record Keeping
  • Crape Myrtle Bark Scale
  • University Drone Research – Working With Land Owners

and more!

(The Wednesday Tree Academy and the Friday Tree Schools are separate events from the Tree Conference and Trade Show)


2018 Texas Tree Academy
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
(the day before the Tree Conference)

Waco Convention Center
9:00 to 4:00
(Registration 8:00 – 9:00)

This year there will be two sections
Both sections are included with your Academy registration

Section One: Creating Safe Spaces for Trees In Construction (5.5 CEU’s)


Dr. Todd Watson
Tree and Landscape Consultant

Do you get triggered when you see trees die a slow painful death on a construction site?  Do you scream at the sky when trees are bulldozed in a development and then the streets are named after them?  Then this course is for you.  You will learn how to:

  • Start at ground level to get to the root of tree protection.
  • Discover the latest dirt on modifying urban soils.
  • Construct constructive tactics to avoid construction damage.
  • Identify concrete solutions for trees surrounded by concrete.
  • Design and develop strategies to help designers and developers.

These topics and more (bad jokes) will be addressed to help you create safe spaces for trees and better preserve trees during construction.

Section Two: Field Stations (2.5 CEU’s)

Station 1: Tree ID—Texas Style
Courtney Blevins, Regional Urban Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service, Fort Worth

Station 2: Tree Injection Technology You Need To Know
Emmett Muennink, Arborjet -South Central Technical Manager, The Colony

Station 3: Present and Future Opportunities for Drone Arboriculture
Dan Staley, Principal of Arbor Drone, LLC, Aurora, Colorado

Station 4: Diagnosing and Treating Soil and Root Issues
Dr. Hans Williams, Associate Dean and Nelson Distinguished Professor of Forestry, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches

 Station 5: Root Management Solutions
Billy Cook, Chief Arborist and Co-Owner of Preservation Tree, Dallas, Texas

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


Texas Tree Schools
Friday, September 28, 2018
(this is a separate event from the Tree Conference)
Waco Convention Center
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Track 1 – An Introduction to Arboriculture  – 5.0 CEUs

A great review or introduction to basic tree care for tree workers.  This newly redesigned, stand-alone one day workshop will be a combination of classroom and field demonstrations.  Topics covered will include basic tree biology, tree pruning, climbing techniques including advanced ascent techniques (SRT), tree hazard assessment and job site safety.  Master instructors are Guy LeBlanc, Arbor Vitae Tree Care and Greg Church, Preservation Tree Service.

Pista 2 – Jornadas para Trabajadores de Arboles – 5.0 CEUs

A Spanish language workshop covering tree biology, soil science, tree selection, installation & establishment, pruning, and diagnosis & plant disorders. The class will be led by Mark Duff, Consulting Arborist, Eric Palacios, ACRT Training Instructor, Dr. Raul Cabrara, Rutgers University and Bill Green, Texas A&M Forest Service.

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


Register Now!

For more information, contact Emily King, Conference Chair


Our Sponsors & Exhibitors

Please visit them and thank them for their support

Platinum Sponsors:

Texas A&M Forest Service


Gold Sponsors:

The Hartford


Silver Sponsors:

Westlake Partners US

Wright Tree Service

Vermeer Texas-Louisiana



All Access Equipment

American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA)



Custom Truck One Source

Environmental Design

IML North America

Minick Materials of Texas

ServicePro Software

The Doggett Corp

Tracked Lifts Inc.

Tree Stake Solutions, LLC.


Trinity Lightweight

Vermeer Texas-Louisiana


Want to be a sponsor or exhibit?



(Next year the conference dates will be Sept. 25-27, 2019)