2020 Texas Tree Conference

Thanks for attending the Conference and Academy

Register today to view the on-demand webinars of the
40th Texas Tree Conference and Academy
The Virtual Edition!

 

This year the Texas Chapter ISA was planning to hold Live and Virtual Editions of the Texas Tree Conference for our members. Unfortunately, the Waco Convention Center was not open so the Live Edition was cancelled but the Virtual Edition was held online as planned.

With the Virtual Texas Tree Conference, you will be viewing the same outstanding speakers and you won’t have to sit and watch the entire Conference and Academy over the usual 2-1/2 day stretch! Instead, the Virtual Tree Conference and Academy is being presented in 2-3 hour sessions.

You don’t need to worry that the technology will be hard to use. If you have a desktop computer, laptop or tablet (may not be compatible with iPhone and iPad) you can view the on-demand virtual conference and academy sessions with an access link that you will receive when you register using the links in the table below.

CEU Note: In order to receive ISA CEUs for each session, you must stay logged in for the entire session. Your session access link is keyed to your registration so when you join the session, we are able to monitor your attendance on our end and if you have an ISA Certification, we will process your CEUs with ISA. If you have any CEU questions, just contact Misti Perez at misti@isatexas.com.

For more information contact A.J. Thibodeaux, 2020 Texas Tree Conference Chair at ajt@preservationtree.com

 

Virtual 2020 Texas Tree Conference and Academy Links

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Click here for a brochure with the Virtual Conference and Academy program and agenda.Your guide to this years Virtual Texas Tree Conference and Academy.
Texas Tree Academy - What's Up Doc Tree Diagnosis Workshop

Session A:
Click here to register for the on-demand webinar of the Texas Tree Academy Session A: What's Up Doc Tree Diagnosis Workshop. 3 ISA CEUs. Originally broadcast on Nov. 11, 2020. Note: This webinar runs for three hours with a four minute break at 1:55. There are no user controls and you can re-watch whenever you like for 30 days.

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Session B:
Click here to register for the on-demand webinar of the Texas Tree Academy Session B: What's Up Doc Tree Diagnosis Workshop. 3 ISA CEUs. Originally broadcast on Nov. 12, 2020. Note: This webinar runs for three hours with a five minute break at 1:27. There are no user controls and you can re-watch whenever you like for 30 days.

SPECIAL FREE BONUS!
Dr. Appel and Sheila have re-imagined their What's Up Doc sample quiz and prepared a special bonus video and quiz for you. Click here to register to watch the video (55 minutes and it's free) and if you take the online quiz here (27 questions) and get an 80% or above, we will send in your information to ISA so you receive one ISA CEU. Dr. Appel and Sheila will go over the answers in the Academy. The first 50 quiz takers who get 100% correct will get a $10 gift certificate to the ISA store. (You must be registered for the Academy Sessions to receive the CEU and to win prizes). Here is a PDF version of the quiz.
Your presenters:
Dr. David Appel, Professor & Associate Department Head, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Texas A&M University
Sheila McBride, Extension Program Specialist, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Texas A&M University


What’s wrong with this tree?  This can be both your favorite question and your hardest question to answer. Join the experts and your peers for presentations, samples and discussions to comprehensively address the topic of tree and landscape diagnosis from several different perspectives:
*The Tree Scientists: What is tree diagnosis and what are the trees responses to insect and diseases and how do symptoms develop?
*The Field Arborist: How do you diagnose tree health problems in the field?
*The Diagnostic Lab Clinician: How do plant problems get confirmed in the lab?

These perspectives will be covered in two, three-hour sessions. The Academy will offer several exciting features including diagnosis in the field and a look inside the Plant Diagnostic Lab.

Sponsored by:
Environmental Design and Davey, Tree Clinic Pharmacy, Vermeer Texas-Louisiana, ALL ABOUT EQUIPMENT, Brabandt, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Arborjet, Texas A&M Forest Service

6 ISA CEUs

Academy Sessions will be available for free viewing for registrants for 30 days after the event.
Click here to register for the recording of Session 1: Dr. Rich Hauer, 2 hours, 2 ISA CEUs.Oct. 7 - Session 1 Talks:
Richard Hauer, Ph.D. is a Professor of Urban Forestry at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point teaching courses in urban forestry, nursery management, woody plants, dendrology, and introduction to forestry. Rich has conducted research in tree biology, urban forest management, emerald ash borer management, trees and construction, tree risk management, and ice storms. He was awarded the ISA 2018 L.C. Chadwick Award for Arboricultural Research.

Cost of Not Maintaining Trees - Growing Urban Forests & Sustainability (Sponsored by Top Notch Tree Farm and the Texas A&M Forest Service)
Arborists, urban foresters, and decision makers often look at urban trees and green infrastructure as a cost. The cost of planting, maintaining, and removing vegetation often gives way to a pause during times of budgeting and decision making. Are these urban tree actions really costs, or an investment that pays dividends? You will discover how the benefits of urban trees and green spaces are linked directly to public investments in tree care. There is really no free urban forest lunch.

Healthy Trees Healthy People: Just What the Tree Ordered (Sponsored by ArborSystems and Brabandt Equipment)
A dose of trees is what the doctor prescribes. Much like stages of tree development, the stages of human development have many connections to green spaces. We take a journey into the medical literature from birth to the life prolonging effects that trees provide. We take a journey into practical tree biology for practical application by an arborist, urban & community forester and others. A pandemic is among us, but a panacea of healthy trees for healthy people is just what the doctor ordered.
Click here to register for the recording of Session 2: Dr. John Ball & Dr. Fields-Johnson, 3 hours, 3 ISA CEUs. Available until Dec. 20, 2020.Oct. 8 - Session 2 Talks:
The Incidental Line Clearance Arborist and the Line-Clearance Arborist: Who can do what? (Sponsored by Tracked Lifts, Inc.)
John Ball, Professor, Extension Forestry Specialist, South Dakota State University, Brookings
Many of us remember the old "4-minute rule" where we had to bring a dummy down in four minutes. The reason for this rule was the mistaken idea that a common incident from contact with an electric current was V-fib and we needed to quickly start CPR. This session will cover the most common incidents that occur to line-clearance arborists and the first-aid training and supplied needed to treat injured workers.

The Z133: Where is it heading? (Sponsored by Blue Mountain Equipment—STIHL and All Access Equipment)
John Ball, Professor, Extension Forestry Specialist, South Dakota State University, Brookings
Requirements for Arboricultural Operations is our bible for safely navigating the numerous hazards in our field. This session will cover how the Z came to be, how the standard has evolved since the 1970s and what new changes we might see in the 20s. This session will also cover the most common incidents and the hazards the Z is attempting to modify, reduce or eliminate.

A300 Part 2 Soil Management (Sponsored by Brabandt Equipment)
Dr. Christopher Fields-Johnson, Technical Advisor, Davey Institute, Scottsville, Virginia
Forest trees connect to soils through complex relationships with pore space, organic matter, minerals and microbial life. Urban trees often struggle when these relationships break down as a consequence of compaction and organic matter losses. We can reconnect trees with soils and reestablish these relationships through practices which reestablish soil structure, increase organic matter and balance soil chemistry.
Click here to register for the recording of Session 3: Wednesday Oct. 14: Skip Kincaid & Dr. Emily Landon, 2 hours, 2 ISA CEUs.Session 3 Talks:
Tree Risk and Arborist Responsibility? (Sponsored by Brabandt Equipment)
Skip Kincaid, Executive Director of the Southern Chapter of ISA, St. Louis, Missouri
Skip will describe a framework for arborists to become better skilled and gain confidence in performing tree risk assessment. While the ISA Tree Risk Assessment (TRAQ) credential is a widely accepted tool and provides an excellent framework, some arborists are still wary of accepting an assignment that includes tree risk assessment, especially if a report is needed. A checklist of items will be discussed that will reduce the anxiety associated with performing tree risk assessment.

Conflict Resolution (Sponsored by Texas A&M Forest Service)
Dr. Emily Landon, Professor, St. Mary’s School of Law, San Antonio and Attorney, Office of the Texas Attorney General, Austin
We all deal with difficult people. Learn how to grow your conflict resolution skills from an expert in alternative dispute resolution.
Click here to register for the recording of Session 4: Thursday Oct. 15: Allen Smith & Erik Lindberg, 2 hours, 2 ISA CEUs.Session 4 Talks:
Emerald Ash Borer and You (Sponsored by Arborjet and Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements)
Allen Smith, Forest Health Coordinator, Texas A&M Forest Service
Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) biology, ecology, identification, control and legal ramifications. This presentation will examine EAB in depth and look at all aspects of the insect including identification and its associated pitfalls, what happens when the presence of EAB is confirmed, regulations associated with EAB and the processes procedures that should be followed when dealing with EAB. The current status of EAB in Texas will be discussed including where it is and what is being done about it.

EAB: To Treat or Not To Treat - That is the Question (Sponsored by Brabandt Equipment)
Erik Lindberg, Lead Technical Advisor, Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements, Minnetonka, Minnesota
Emerald ash borer has arguably been the most devastating invasive insect in the last 18 years since it was first found in Michigan in 2002, and was confirmed in Texas in 2016. As it continues to spread to new communities, it becomes vital that municipalities have a plan in place to effectively manage it. This presentation will discuss the impact of EAB, sign/symptoms, determining municipal budget allocations, how to determine which trees to target, and a toolbox approach to manage EAB.
Click here to register for the recording of Session 5: Wednesday Oct. 21: Emmett Muennink and David Dechant, 2 hours, 2 ISA CEUs.Session 5 Talks:
Diagnosing and Managing Abiotic Disorders (Sponsored by Supersonic Air Knife)
Emmett Muennink, Arborjet South Central Technical Manager, The Colony
Learn practical approaches to diagnosing trees and implementing proper protocols for managing various abiotic disorders. We'll discuss drought, nutrient deficiencies, herbicide injury, and construction stress.

Trees and Construction: Building for Long Term Tree Survivability (Sponsored by Arborjet and Brabandt Equipment)
David Dechant, Lead Arborist and Soil Scientist, Davey Tree Experts, Atlanta
As a consulting construction arborist, David works exclusively to implement natural design solutions to protect valuable tree, soil and water resources on construction projects. Various aspects of project design and management will be discussed as well as relevant ANSI Standards including Soil Management, Site Development and Construction, Root Management and the implementation of these standards to ensure project success. Examples obtained from current and past projects will also be presented.
Sponsors: Click here to be a sponsor a virtual sessionScroll down this page to see our current Sponsors and Exhibitors.
Contact the Conference Chair hereFor more information contact A.J. Thibodeaux, 2020 Texas Tree Conference Chair at (214) 317-2519
Scroll down this page to see CEU informationCEU's for ISA, TDA, ASLA and SAF

 

2020 Texas Tree Academy

Virtual: Online sessions A & B were held on Nov. 11-12, 2020

What’s Up Doc? Tree Diagnosis Academy

(6 CEUs total)

Dr. David Appel, Professor & Associate Department Head, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Texas A&M University

Sheila McBride, Extension Program Specialist, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Texas A&M University

What’s wrong with this tree?  This can be both your favorite question and your hardest question to answer.

Join the experts and your peers for presentations and discussions to comprehensively address the topic of tree and landscape diagnosis from several different perspectives:

  • The Tree Scientists: What is tree diagnosis and what are the trees responses to insect and diseases and how do symptoms develop?
  • The Field Arborist: How do you diagnose tree health problems in the field? Tools, tips and techniques!
  • The Diagnostic Lab Clinician: How do plant problems get confirmed in the lab and how can you make sure that your sample can be processed?

These perspectives will be covered in two, three-hour sessions and you will have the opportunity for live interactions with all the experts. The Virtual Edition offers several exciting features including virtual tours and a bonus Tree Diagnosis Video and Quiz where you can get an extra ISA CEU and win prizes.

This is our most popular Academy and we only offer it every three years so don’t miss it!

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

Registration links are in the table above

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2020 Texas Tree Conference

Virtual: Oct. 7 – 21
(11 CEUs total) 

At this year’s Texas Tree Conference and Trade Show, we will continue our history of providing outstanding education programs featuring nationally known speakers and the latest in tree research and arboriculture.

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

Featured speakers include: Dr. John Ball, Professor, South Dakota State University, Dr. Richard Hauer, Professor, University of Wisconsin, Dr. David Appel, Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Skip Kincaid, Executive Director, Southern Chapter ISA, St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Christopher Fields-Johnson, Davey Institute, Virginia, Emily Landon, Professor, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Allen Smith, Forest Health Coordinator, Texas A&M Forest Service, Austin,  Sheila McBride, Lead Diagnostician, Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, College Station, Laura Miller, County Extension Agent, Fort Worth, David Dechant, Lead Arborist and Soil Scientist, Davey Tree Experts, Atlanta,  Eric Linberg, Rainbow Tree Care, Emmett Muennink, Arborjet South Central Technical Manager, The Colony and more!

The 2020 conference theme is “40 Years of Texas Tree Culture” and topics will include: 

  • Tree Risk and Arborist Responsibility
  • Cost of not Maintaining Trees – Growing Urban Forests & Sustainability
  • The Incidental Line Clearance Arborist and the Line-Clearance Arborist: Who can do what?
  • A300 Part 2 Soil Management
  • The Z133: Where is it heading?
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Emerald Ash Borer and You
  • Diagnosing and Managing Abiotic Disorders
  • A300 Part 5 Tree Preservation
  • EAB: To Treat or Not To Treat – That is the Question
  • Healthy Trees Healthy People: Just What the Tree Ordered

and more!

(The Tree Academy is a separate event from the Tree Conference and Trade Show)

Registration links are in the table above
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Our 2020 Sponsors

Please shop with them and thank them for their support

All About Equipment
All Access Equipment
Arborjet
ArborSystems
Blue Mountain EQ – STIHL
Brabandt Equipment
Environmental Design, Inc.
Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements
Supersonic Air Knife
Texas A&M Forest Service
The Davey Tree Expert Company
Top Notch Tree Farm
Tracked Lifts Inc
Tree Clinic Pharmacy
Vermeer Texas-Louisiana

ISA CEUs

Presented By:

 

Link to the 2019 Conference page