2020 Texas Tree Conference

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Mark your calendar for the 40th Texas Tree Conference

September 23-25, 2020 at the Waco Convention Center

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Join your Texas tree peers at one of the largest tree conferences in the USA to hear top Texas, national and international speakers and visit the exhibitors at the Trade Show. New This Year: In addition to the live conference, the Conference will be a virtual/online version so you can attend right at your own computer in your office or home!

You can attend several events this year including:

  • The Thursday and Friday Tree Conference and Trade Show 
  • On Wednesday, you can attend the popular What’s Up Doc: Texas Tree Insect and Disease Diagnosis Academy with Dr. David Appel. There will also be a TRAQ Renewal Course with Skip Kincaid on Wednesday.


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


2020 Texas Tree Conference Links

Click On The Links BelowLink Description
Exhibitors and Sponsors Click HereFor more information on exhibiting or sponsorship, contact Brad Hamel, Trade Show Chair, (512) 954-4056. Scroll down this page to see our Sponsors and Exhibitors.

(You can also see a cool time-lapse video of last years Trade Show set up here)
Registration will open soon! Texas Tree Conference and Academy Registration.
To donate to the Silent Auction, contact Ginny Sills at 214-278-4066 or email at ginny.sills@gmail.comSilent Auction
Coming Soon - Volunteer to Help at the ConferenceVolunteer to help out at the Conference
Coming Soon - CEU InformationCEU's for ISA, TDA, ASLA and SAF
Coming Soon - Texas Tree Award Nominations2020 Texas Tree Award Nominations
There will be a TRAQ Renewal Course Registration at the Conference - Registration will open soonOffered as a separate event on Wednesday, September 23rd at the Waco Convention Center
ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Certified Tree Worker and Municipal Specialist Exam InfoRegistration will be posted soon for the exam at the Conference on Friday, Sept. 25
Contact the Conference Chair hereFor more information contact A.J. Thibodeaux, 2020 Texas Tree Conference Chair at (214) 317-2519
Sponsor and Exhibitors ListingScroll down this page to see the Sponsor and Exhibitors listing


2020 Texas Tree Conference and Trade Show
Thursday, Sept. 24 & Friday, Sept. 25


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 and numerous networking opportunities.

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, Geoff Kempter, Technical Services Manager, Asplundh, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Emily Landon, Professor, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Rich Wilson, Plant Health Care Program, City of Denver, Colorado,  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
  • Diagnosing and Managing Abiotic Disorders
  • A300 Part 5 Tree Preservation
  • EAB: To Treat or Not To Treat – That is the Question
  • Funding Plant Health Care
  • Health Trees Healthy People: Just What the Tree Ordered
  • City of Denver’s Plant Health Care Program.

and more!

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

Registration will open soon

2020 Texas Tree Academy

Waco Convention Center
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
(the day before and a separate event from the Texas Tree Conference)

What’s Up Doc? Tree Diagnosis Academy

10:00 to 5:00
(Registration opens 9:00 am)
(6 CEU’s)

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

Dr. Todd Watson, Plant Health Care Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M University

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

How many times are you asked, what’s wrong with this tree?  This can be both your favorite question and your hardest question.  We have designed a full day of discussions to comprehensively address the topic of tree and landscape diagnosis from four different perspectives.  These are clinical approaches to plant disease diagnosis, the science behind tree response to pathogens and symptom development, diagnosis in the field for the commercial arborist, and an entomologist’s view of identifying insect issues.  The four areas will be covered in concurrent sessions so that there will be the opportunity for interactions with the experts.

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

Registration will open soon



Will be posted soon


Our 2020 Sponsors & Exhibitors (to date)

Please visit them and thank them for their support

Platinum Sponsors:

Texas A&M Forest Service

Gold Sponsors:

Asplundh Tree Expert
Brabandt Equipment – Bandit
Stanley Parts and Equipment
Vermeer Texas-Louisiana

Silver Sponsors:



American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA)
Blue Mountain EQ – STIHL
Brabandt Equipment
Chemical Containers, Inc.
Environmental Design & Davey
Haix North America, Inc.
MicroLife Organic Fertilizers
Minick Materials of Texas
Tracked Lifts Inc
Tree Clinic Pharmacy
Vermeer Texas-Louisiana


Want to be a sponsor or exhibit?
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Link to the 2019 Conference Page