2022 Texas Tree Conference

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Thanks to everyone who attended!

See you in Waco in September 20-22, 2023! 


2022 session recordings are available here

September 27-29, 2022

Waco Convention Center, Waco Texas

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

Visit with old friends and make new ones, hear from great speakers, earn CEUs and more. There will be tracks for Commercial, Municipal and Utility Arborists with plenty of time to socialize and visit the exhibitors at the expanded Trade Show.

You can attend several events this year including:

  • The Wednesday and Thursday Tree Conference and Trade Show that includes educational tracks for Commercial, Municipal and Utility Arborists, an awards luncheon, networking socials, receptions and more. New this year, there will be a special Spanish language track on Wednesday.
  • The Tuesday pre-conference Tree Academy. Also on Tuesday, there will be a TRAQ renewal course.
  • And the Thursday Tree Schools for English and Spanish-speaking tree workers and supervisors.

Texas Tree Conference Links

Click Here to Register for the Texas Tree Conference, Academy, Trade Show and Tree SchoolsRegister today for the Texas Tree Conference, Academy, Trade Show and Tree School. Please contact Gene Gehring at 817.395.9055 or Gene@isatexas.com if you have any questions.
Texas Tree Conference, Tree Academy, Trade Show and Tree School Program BrochureDownload the Texas Tree Conference, Tree Academy and Tree School Program Brochure
Exhibitors and Sponsors Click HereFor more information on exhibiting or sponsorship, contact Kirsten Schneider, Trade Show Chair, 512-974-9543. Scroll down this page to see our Sponsors and Exhibitors. Move in will be Tuesday, Sept. 27th from noon to 5:00pm. Breakdown will be Thursday, September 29th at 10:30am. For additional show services, contact Superior Expo at service@superior-expo.com and (o) 972.271.7888 and for information on electricity, please see https://wacocc.com/exhibitors. And click here for your Conference Exhibitor Services Manual.
Click here for the Trade Show Map and Booth Numbers
Sign up to volunteer - click hereFor more information on how to volunteer at the conference click the volunteer signup link or contact Megan Wood at megan@isatexas.com.
Click here for Silent Auction informationTo donate to the Silent Auction, contact Ginny Sills at ginny.sills@gmail.com
Click here for the Texas A&M Forest Service Scholarship ApplicationTexas A&M Forest Service offers a limited number of scholarships available to Texas municipalities and non-profit tree advocacy organizations. Apply early!
Student ScholarshipsIf you are a full-time student and are interested in a scholarship to attend the Texas Tree Conference, contact Ronny Nelson at ronny.nelson@outlook.com or 972-750-8386.
Poster Display Information and SignupWin $250 - this year, the best poster will be awarded a cash prize! Register to display your poster today. For more information, contact Laura Miller at laura.miller@ag.tamu.edu
Click here to post a job available or job wantedWhether you’re looking for a job or wanting to hire, the Texas Tree Conference JOBLINK can help get you connected with the right people by posting your listing on the Job Board on the Tradeshow floor! Download and fill in, print and bring to the conference.
Contact the Conference Chair hereFor more information contact Rebecca Johnson Texas Tree Conference Chair at (512) 730-1274
TRAQ Renewal Course with Skip Kincaid - Click HereClass now closed. Offered as a separate event from the Texas Tree Conference
The ISA Certified Arborist Exam offered on September 29th at the ConferenceRegistration is now open for the certification exam happening September 29 at the Waco Convention Center. Deadline to register is September 13, 2022.
The Hilton Texas Tree Conference Room Block is Sold OutThe Hilton Conference Room Block Sold Out - A block of Hilton Waco rooms has been reserved for September 26-29, 2022. The special room rate will be available until August 27th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. (Please make sure that you select the dates that you will check in (arrive) and check out (depart) in your reservation.
The Waco Courtyard Marriott Room Block is Sold OutThe Waco Courtyard Marriott Conference Room Block Sold Out - A block of Courtyard Marriott Waco rooms has been reserved for September 26-29, 2022. The special room rate will be available until August 27th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. (Please make sure that you select the dates that you will check in (arrive) and check out (depart) in your reservation.
Click here for discounted Waco fun!Looking for fun things to do in Waco?

For more information contact Rebecca Johnson, 2022 Texas Tree Conference Chair at (512) 730-1274 or rebecca@arborholic.com

2022 Texas Tree Conference and Trade Show
Wednesday, Sept. 28 & Thursday, Sept. 29

At this year’s 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, urban planning and landscape architecture.

Featured speakers include: Beattra Wilson, Assistant Director for Urban & Community Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Washington, D.C., Dr. Becky Grubbs-Bowling, Asst. Professor, Extension Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Dallas, TX, Orlando De La Garza, Safety & Health Coordinator, AEP Texas, Bronte, TX, Devin Ginther, President, Texas Urban Sawmill, LLC, Dripping Springs, Dr. Stephanie Adams, Forest Tree Pathologist, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL, Dr. Demian Gomez, Regional Forest Health Coordinator, Texas A&M Forest Service, Austin, Dr. Yadong Qi, Professor, Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA, Grant Ehlen, System Utility Forester, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, Oklahoma City, OK, Caleb Williams, Client Support, ECI, Wake Forest, NC, Sheila McBride, AgriLife Extension Program Extension Specialist, Texas A&M Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, College Station, Dr. Brian Watkins, Assist. Director of Park Operations, BREC, Baton Rouge, LA, Sarah Cummings, Director of Continuous Improvement, SavATree, Bedford Hills, NY, Kevin Charles, Senior Planner, City of Arlington, Grand Prairie, TX, Chris Dichard, Corporate Safety Director, Asplundh Tree Experts, Rockwall, TX, Vanessa Sepúlveda, Director, co-owner, Dendroma.com, Mexico City, Mexico, Ian Brown, Urban Forest District Manager, City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, Dana Karcher, Davey Resource Group, Amy Burkett, Burkett Arbor Care, Amy Heath, Texas Tree Surgeons, Bill Green, Texas A&M Forest Service, Kingsville, Michael Sultan, Market Manager, Davey Resource Group, Farmers Branch, TX and Shawn Huff, Lead Distribution Forester, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, OK City, OK, Debbie Evans, Arborist, Tree Associates LLC, Liberty Hill, TX, Eduardo Medina, Davey Tree Expert Company, Chicago, IL, Joshua Roberts, Vegetation Management Coordinator, Medina Electric Cooperative, Hondo, TX, Sydnie Tafolla, Environmental Review Specialist, City of Austin, Austin, TX, Mark Duff, Consulting Arborist, San Antonio, Guy LeBlanc, Owner, Arbor Vitae Tree Care, Austin, Jeff Carroll, Urban Wood Economy, Baltimore, MD, Daniel Miraval, COO and Brianna White, CEO, Green Extraction Technologies, Carol Stream, IL, Mónica Martínez Hurtado, Director, co-owner, Dendroma.com, Mexico City, Mexico, Penny Swanner, Vegetation Supervisor, PEC, Johnson City, TX, Paul Johnson, Director of Urban and Community Forestry, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Austin, Ashleigh Cibelli-Pettus, Conservation Program Coordinator, City of Austin, Ameila DeVito, Program Development Coordinator, City of Austin, Jennifer Alger, President, Far West Forest, Olivehurst, CA, and more!

The 2022 conference theme is “The Changing Seasons of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry” and topics will include: 

  • Urban Forests for All
  • Current and Emerging Plant Health Topics
  • How to Build a Sustainable Safety Culture
  • Soil Properties for Urban Tree Health
  • Lawn vs. Trees: The Ultimate Landscape Showdown
  • Trees Just Don’t Die
  • How Efficient is Your Operation?
  • Growing Roots: Best Practices in Engaging Youth in Urban Forestry
  • Workforce Development in Arboriculture Careers
  • Ecological Research on Tree Canopy Reduction of Ultraviolet Radiation
  • Our Journey to ZERO HARM
  • End-to-End Work Management Solution for Capital Programs
  • Trees and Right of Way: What to do when a tree is removed, pruned or damaged outside the existing ROW
  • A Discussion About Process Improvement in a Utility Vegetation Program
  • Root Wrestling: Happy Roots, Happy Shoots
  • Urban Forestry and Planning: Existing Together As One
  • Arborist Internship Program
  • A More Inclusive Industry—Women in Arboriculture Panel
  • Oak Health
  • A Look at PEC’s Underground Vegetation Maintenance Program
  • Utility Arboriculture: A South Texas Perspective
  • Austin’s Tree Regulations
  • Invasive Wood Borers in Texas / Barrenador del Fresno y Marchitamiento del Laurel: Perforadores de Madera Invasores en Texas
  • Urban Forest Maintenance / El mantenimiento del Bosque Urbano
  • Diagnosis of City Trees / Diagnóstico de Arbolado en la Ciudad
  • Climbing & Rigging from Another Angle / La Trepa y El Cordaje de Otro Ángulo

and more!


(The Tuesday Tree Academy and the Thursday Tree Schools are separate events from the Tree Conference and Trade Show)

Online registration for all events is open now


2022 Texas Tree Academy

Waco Convention Center
Tuesday, September 27, 2022
(the day before and a separate event from the Texas Tree Conference)

Completing The Cycle – Making Money From Waste

10:00 to 5:00
(Registration opens 9:00 am)
(6 CEUs)

Presented by your expert team:

Daniel Torres, Deadwood Revival Design, Paso Robles, California
Scott Anderson, Urban Tree Company, San Antonio, Texas
Devin Ginther, Texas Urban Sawmill, Dripping Springs, Texas
Kari Divine, Urban Wood Network, Crystal Falls, Michigan

Arboriculture and urban forestry are changing and it’s time to embrace the full cycle management of trees. Join the Urban Wood Network as we explore how to maximize the use of trees once they’ve met the end of their living, standing life. From mulch, compost, and firewood to biochar, furniture, and art there are many ways to utilize this wonderful resource and create a more sustainable urban forest. For the practicing arborist, learn how you can make additional money with “waste”. For the urban forester, learn how you can help your community meet its zero waste goals and receive the SFI Sustainable Urban Forest certification. Learn harvesting techniques to maximize value and build networks to increase wood utilization.

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

Online registration for all events is open now


Texas Tree Schools

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022
English and Spanish Tree Schools
(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

This course is intended for field workers and their supervisors and will teach how to perform top quality tree care in an efficient yet safe manner.

Classroom topics include:

  • Job site safety
  • Tree industry fatality causes and statistics
  • Tree hazard assessment
  • Decay fungi ID
  • Tree biology and its relevance to pruning and CODIT
  • Proper pruning techniques

Field demonstrations will include:

  • Moving rope system (MRS) and stationary rope system (SRS) climbing techniques

Lead instructor is Certified Arborist Guy LeBlanc of Arbor Vitae Tree Care of Austin, assisted by Paul Johnson of Sustainable Forestry Initiative.  With over 60 years of tree care industry experience between them, Guy and Paul have each been teaching tree care to arborists and the general public for over 20 years.

Track 2/Pista 2 – Jornadas para Trabajadores de Arboles – 5.0 CEUs

A Spanish language workshop covering topics including:

Outdoor Tree Climbing Demonstrations / Demonstaciones Afuera de la Trepa de Arboles.

  • Access Techniques & Site Inspection / Técnicas de Acceso e Inspección del Sitio – Eduardo Medina – Davey Tree Expert Company, Chicago, IL
  • Job Site and Tree Inspection / Inspección del sitio de trabajo y del árbol – Mónica Martínez Hurtado – Dendroma.com, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Maintenance Pruning of the Urban Forest / Las Podas de Mantenimiento – Vanessa Sepúlveda – Dendroma.com, Mexico City, Mexico

Indoor Presentations / Presentaciones adentro en la sala.

  • Urban Tree Care / El Cuidado y Manejo de Árboles Urbanos – Bill Green – Texas A&M Forest Service, Kingsville
  • Tree Pruning & Oak Wilt / La Poda Adecuada de Árboles y Marchitamiento de Encino – Mark Duff – Consultant, San Antonio
  • Safe Work After Storm Damage / Trabajo Seguro después de los Daños por Tormenta – Eduardo Medina
  • Hazards and Obstacles in Trees / Peligros y Obstáculos en Árboles – Mónica Martínez Hurtado
  • Maintenance Pruning of the Urban Forest / Las Podas de Mantenimiento – Vanessa Sepúlveda

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

Online registration for all events is open now


Our 2022 Sponsors & Exhibitors to Date

Thank you for your support!

Diamond Sponsor:
CenterPoint Energy

Platinum Sponsors:
Bandit Chippers
Texas A&M Forest Service

Gold Sponsors:
All About Equipment
Brabandt Equipment
Davey Resource Group
Wright Tree Service

Silver Sponsors:
Custom Truck One Source
Everde Growers
Rainbow Ecoscience
Vermeer Texas-Louisiana

All About Equipment/Stanley Parts and Equipment
Acosta Lightweight
Athens Tree Farm
Asplundh Tree Experts
Bandit Chippers
Bobcat of North Texas
Brabandt Equipment/Bandit
Chemical Containers
CSI Acecap/Medicap
Custom Truck One Source
Davey Resource Group
Environmental Design
greehill North America
Helena Specialty
Houston Audubon
J.L. Matthews
Mavrik Solutions
Minick Materials of Texas
Progress Rail Services
Rainbow Ecoscience
STIHL – Blue Mountain Equipment
Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas A&M Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory
Texas Chapter International Society of Arboriculture
Texas Department of Agriculture
Texas Outdoor Power Equipment Dist.
Top Gunn Equipment
Top Notch Tree Farm
Tracked Lifts
Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA)
Tree Clinic Pharmacy
TreePro – NIP Group
Vermeer Texas Louisiana

Want to be a sponsor or exhibit?
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Click here to see our 2021 Texas Tree Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors
Thanks for your support!



Click here to look at last year’s 2021 Texas Tree Conference information

Click here for the recordings of the 2021 conference sessions!

Next Year: 2023 September 20-22