2019 Texas Tree Conference Presentations

Welcome to presentations page for the
39th Texas Tree Conference, Academy, Trade Show and Tree Schools
Waco Convention Center
September 25-27, 2019

Thank you for attending the Conference! See you next year – September 23-25, 2020

Below are the links to the presentations given at the Texas Tree Conference and Texas Tree Schools



TRACKSession Name and LinkPresenter
General SessionWelcomeISAT President, Emily King
Ed Gilman Arboriculture Video SeriesDr. Edward Gilman, Trainer and Consultant, Wood Architecture, Jacksonville, Florida
Looking Forward at Community ForestryDr. Jason Gordon, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Athens
Pollinator/Wildlife Corridors in Utility ROW Management
Barbara Willey, Founder & Director of Monarch Gateway, Sugar Land, Texas
Municipal TrackEAB- Lessons Learned Through Experience Ralph Sievert, Director of Forestry, City of Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Role of Community Forestry in Urban Metabolism
Dr. Jason Gordon, Assistant Professor of Urban and Community Forestry, University of Georgia, Athens
#HealthyTreesHealthyLives Paul Johnson, Urban Program Leader, Texas A&M Forest Service, Austin
Radial Growth Ring Analysis of Urban TreesDr. Eric North, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
How America's Largest City Manages TreesRichard Leon, Urban Forest Manager, City of Jacksonville, Florida
“We Don’t Need a Plan - We Have Google Earth”Steve Grantham, Executive Director, Up With Trees, Tulsa, Oklahoma
The City of Dallas Has an Urban Forestry Master Plan! How They Got There and What’s Next
Matt Grubisich, Director of Operations, Texas Trees, Dallas
Make Partnerships Worth Your While
April Rose, Urban Forestry Health Coordinator, City of Austin, Texas
Commercial TrackAssessing and Mitigating Urban Soils
Dr. Drew Zwart, Plant Pathologist/Physiologist, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, San Rafael, California
Legal Hot Spots for Arborists
Skip Kincaid, Executive Director of the Southern Chapter of ISA, St. Louis, Missouri
Canker Diseases of Landscape TreesMarion Murray, IPM Project Manager, Utah State University, Logan
Wildfire Risk Assessment For the Arborist Kari Hines, Firewise Coordinator, Texas A&M Forest Service, Bastrop
Working Effectively Across Generations Dr. Rob Konopaske, Principal, ME360 LLC, and Director of the Institute for Global Business at the McCoy College of Business at Texas State University
Moving Giant Trees - Texas Style!
David Marks, Owner, Environmental Design, Tomball, Texas
How Trees Eat
David Vaughan, Owner, ArborVaughan Consult, LLC, San Antonio, Texas
Utility TrackTrees Power Lines and Fires in California
Stephen Cieslewicz, UVM Consultant, Sebastopol, California
Danger > Hazard > Risk - A Review of Terminology used by Utilities to Characterize the Threat from Trees
Geoff Kempter, Technical Services Manager, Asplundh, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Are You a Boss Or a Leader?
Randall Miller, Director of Research and Development, CNUC, Des Moines, Iowa
Lessons and Experiences Gained During Thirty Years of Arboriculture and Forestry in ColombiaCarlos Llanos, Asesorias Forestales, Bogota, Colombia & Mark Duff, Duff Consulting, San Antonio, Texas
Data Analytics for Vegetation Management
Peter Stoltman, Technical Specialist, Oncor Electric Delivery, Fort Worth, Texas
Training the Next Utility Vegetation Management Leaders Steve White, Area Manager, Davey Resource Group, Manchaca, Texas
Advances in UVM Safety and Technology
Phillip Kelley, Safety Team Leader, Wright Tree Service, San Juan, Washington
Texas Tree Schools - EnglishTree BiologyMike Sills, Texas A&M Forest Service, Dallas, Texas
Texas Tree Schools - SpanishLecciones Aprendidas durante 30 años de Arboricultura Instructors are Carlos Llanos, Forester, Asesorias Forestales, Bogota, Colombia
Consideraciones durante el Trabajo y Cuidado de Árboles Bill Green, Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service
La Poda Adecuada de Árboles Mark Duff, Principal, Mark Duff Consulting
Marchitamiento de Encino Mark Duff, Principal, Mark Duff Consulting
AcademyAcademy Three: An overview of the newly published ISA Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide – presented by its two authors
Geoffrey Kempter, Technical Services Manager, Asplundh Tree Experts