2020 Texas Tree Conference

Register Today for the
40th Texas Tree Conference and Academy
The Virtual Edition!
Early-Bird Registration for the Conference extended to Sept. 30th

October 7 – November 11, 2020

Our theme this year is 40 Years of Texas Tree Culture


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 is still not opened so the Live Edition has been cancelled but the Virtual Edition will be held online as planned.

With the Virtual Texas Tree Conference, you will be viewing outstanding speakers with the added bonus of being able to ‘Banter with the Best’ as you interact with the presenters in real time during their sessions – just like at a live conference!

You don’t need to worry that the technology will be hard to use. If you have a desktop computer, a laptop or a tablet, you can easily join the virtual conference with the link that we will send you. Once you are online, you will be able to interact with the speakers in real time and also join your peers in chat rooms to network and talk about issues that you care about.

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 will be presented with real time speakers in 2-3 hour segments. And just in case you can’t make one of the segments, each segment will be recorded and available online later when you want to watch.

If you have already registered for the Live Version in Waco, we will contact you about transferring your registration to the online event.


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


2020 Texas Tree Conference and Academy Links

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Information and Registration for the online virtual Texas Tree Conference and AcademyRegistration for the online Virtual Edition of the Texas Tree Conference and Academy.
Click here for a brochure with the Virtual Conference, Academy and Trade Show program and agenda.
Sponsors: Click here to be a sponsor a virtual sessionFor more information on sponsorship, contact Brad Hamel, Trade Show Chair, (512) 954-4056. Scroll down this page to see our current Sponsors and Exhibitors.
Donate here to send a student to the Virtual Tree Conference and Tree AcademyHelp a full time student to attend the Virtual Texas Tree Conference and Tree Academy this fall - they need your help!
Scholarships for Government and Non-Profit EmployeesOffered by the Texas A&M Forest Service for the Virtual Edition of the Conference. Deadline to apply is September 4th, 2020.
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 Conference and Academy

Virtual: Oct. 7 – 21
(11 CEU’s) 

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
  • City of Denver’s Plant Health Care Program

and more!

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

Registration links are in the table above

2020 Texas Tree Academy

Virtual: Online Sessions Nov. 11-12, 2020

What’s Up Doc? Tree Diagnosis Academy

(6 CEU’s)

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 will offer several exciting features including virtual tours and a look at the new TreeMD online diagnosis app.

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

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

Registration links are in the table above


Our 2020 Sponsors (to date)

Please shop with them and thank them for their support

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

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Link to the 2019 Conference page