2017 Texas Tree Conference


37th Texas Tree Conference
September 27-29, 2017
Waco Convention Center

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Mark your calendars for September 26-28, 2018 in Waco

Click Here for the Onsite Registration Flyer (includes prices)

Click Here for a Texas Tree Conference Onsite Program Brochure

We are back! After hosting the International Conference last year the Texas Tree Conference is back in Waco for 2017. 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: What’s Up Doc? Tree Diagnosis Workshop with Dr. David Appel and Dr. Sheila McBride
  • And the Friday Tree Schools for English and Spanish-speaking tree workers.


Register online here

Click Here for a Texas Tree Conference Onsite Program brochure

Sponsors and Exhibitors Information – Click Here

Click here for Poster Session information

Click here for a Municipal/Non-profit Employee Scholarship Application

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, 2017!


2017 Texas Tree Conference and Trade Show
Thursday, Sept. 28 & Friday, Sept. 29
(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 and utility arboriculture, urban forestry and landscape architecture.

Featured speakers include: Dr. John Ball, Professor, South Dakota State University, Dr. Jason Vargo, Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dr. Jason Miesbauer, Arboriculture Scientist, The Morton Arboretum,  Lisle, Illinois, Dr. Jason Gordon, Associate Extension Professor Community Forestry, Mississippi State University, Dr. William F. Elmendorf, Associate Professor Community and Urban Forestry, Penn State University, Dr. David Appel, Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, TAMU, College Station, Eric Kuehler, Science Delivery/Technology Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Athens, Georgia, Dr. Gretchen V. Pettis, Entomologist, Bartlett Tree Research Lab, Charlotte, North Carolina, Nathan Morrison, Co-owner, Arborscapes, Pineville, North Carolina, Guy Meilleur, Better Tree Care Associates, New Hill, North Carolina, Jim Cruser, Region Supervisor, American Electric Power Transmission, Corpus Christi and others!

The 2017 conference theme is “Growing Texas Trees” and topics will include:

  • Emerald Ash Borer – Tree Strength and Climber Safety 
  • A 9-week Review of Global Tree Care
  • Safety and the Corporate, Regulatory and Customer Commitment
  • Utilizing Trees as an Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategy for the City of Dallas
  • Starting and Growing a Successful Business
  • Three Solid Ways to Improve Your Utility Tree Management Program
  • Trees, Health, and the Impact of Urbanization
  • EAB – Assessment, Management, Removal
  • FEMA Lessons Learned from Major Emergencies
  • Panel: What is Your Urban Forest Management Philosophy?
  • Internet Marketing 101
  • What’s Important About a Danger Tree Program
  • Restoration Pruning and Sprout Management of Storm Damaged Trees
  • How Have NERC Rules Changed the Growth of the Industry? What’s Next? 
  • Where are they now? – Restoration of the Galveston Urban Forest Twelve Years After Hurricane Rita
  • Introducing the Texas Wildfire Risk Reduction Qualification- Expanding Your Market
  • Dealing With the Public about Power Line Vegetation Management
  • Panel: Tree Inventory Lessons Learned – Using Data To Enhance Management
  • Client Communication and Effective Professional Report Writing Strategies
  • Planning for Emerald Ash Borer Invasion
  • TDA Licensing for Chemical Applicators
  • Utility Vegetation Management Research Projects

and more!

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


 2017 Texas Tree Academy
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
(6 CEU’s)

(the day before the Tree Conference)
Waco Convention Center
9:00 to 5:00
(Registration 8:00 – 9:00) 

This year there will be two sessions

Session A: What’s Up Doc? Tree Diagnosis Workshop 

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

Bill Ree, Extension Program Specialist II-IPM, Statewide Pecan IPM Programming, 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.


Session B: Improving Connections & Resilience in Texas Cities

Dr. A.E. Luloff, Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology, Penn State University

Dr. Jason S. Gordon, Associate Extension Professor Community Forestry, Mississippi State University

Dr. William F. Elmendorf, Associate Professor Community and Urban Forestry, Penn State University

The sustainability of an urban forest’s biological, economic, and social systems is in the purview of many professions like urban planning, landscape architecture, urban forestry, and arboriculture. How familiar are you with these topics? This academy will provide information and resources for the professional to increase their sphere of influence. The ‘Urban Forestry Learning Pyramid’ will be explained and examples provided. As well, the academy will address approaches for working with community groups and creating resilience-focused urban forest management plans

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


Texas Tree Schools
Friday, September 29, 2017

(this is a separate event from the Tree Conference)
Waco Convention Center
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Track 1 – An Introduction to Arboriculture (New Program) – 5.0 CEUs

A great review or introduction to basic tree care for tree workers.  This newly redesigned, stand-alone one day workshop that 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 Brad Hamel, Texas A&M Forest 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, Adolfo Sanchez, FOS Tree Care, Guadalajara, Mexico and Bill Green, Texas A&M Forest Service.

Taller del Cuidado de Árboles, viernes 29 de septiembre, 9:30 AM a 3:30 PM Waco, Texas   

9:30 – 10:00    El Árbol Urbano – Su importancia y beneficios (Bill) adentro
10:00 – 10:30  Compartimentación de la Descomposición en Árboles (CODIT) (Bill)
10:30 – 11:00  Consejos para La Poda de Árboles (Adolfo) adentro
11:00-11:15     Descanso
11:15 – 11:45   La instalación de cables, refuerzos y cordaje en los árboles (Adolfo)
11:45 – 12:15   La Selección de Árboles (Mark) adentro
12:15– 1:00     Almuerzo
1:00 – 2:15       Caminata Educativa: (Adolfo, Mark, Bill) afuera

Buenas y malas prácticas de la poda y del cuidado de árboles

2:30 – 3:00      Marchitamiento de Encino – Oak Wilt (Mark) adentro
3:00 – 3:30      Resumen/Preguntas del Día (Adolfo, Mark, Bill) adentro

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


Register Now!

For more information, contact Micah Pace, Conference Chair

Our 2017 Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors





Our Exhibitors

ACRT, Inc.

Alamo Forest Partnership

All Access Equipment

Arborjet, Inc


Bandit of Texas

Bartlett Tree Experts


Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council


Davey Resource Group

Environmental Design & Davey

Ginger Tree Innovations


Lone Star Trees

Minick Materials

Nelson Tree Service

Pinnacle Arborist Supplies

Target Specialty Products

Texas Department of Agriculture

Texas Nursery & Landscape Association

Texas Outdoor Power Equipment Dist.

The Doggett Corp.

Top Notch Tree Farm LLC

Tracked Lifts Inc.

Tree Care Industry Association – TCIA

Tree Clinic Pharmacy

Tree Stake Solutions


Tree Fund

TreePans.com, Inc.

Trinity Blacklands Urban Forestry Council

Ultimate Tool and Safety

Utility One Source Forestry

Vermeer Texas-Louisiana

Wright Tree Service


For a view of the 2015 Conference, visit our old website here.

Future dates for the Conference:

2018: Sept. 26 – 28

2019: Sept. 25 – 27