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The 2012 Conference was a huge success with almost 500 attendees!
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The 33rd Annual

Texas Tree Conference
Texas Tree Academy
Texas Tree School

Trade Show
September 26-28, 2012
Waco, Texas

For more information, contact Susan Henson, Chair.

Click here for the on-site program brochure

Click here for the 2012 Conference Registration Brochure

If you would like to exhibit at this year's conference, contact Margaret Hall-Spencer at or 281-513-5224. Click here for Exhibitor and Sponsor Information
Early Bird rates for Exhibitors has been extended through September 12!

Auction Items are needed to raise funds for research and scholarships.
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Texas Tree Conference
Waco Convention Center
September 27-28, 2012

Early Bird Registration extended to September 16th

Let's Get Growing... 

Join us in Waco on September 26-28, for the largest and best Texas Tree Conference ever! We anticipate over 500 attendees as we "Get Growing " to include a tracks for Commercial, Municipal and Utility Arborists and a Tree School for Spanish-speaking arborists. In addition, 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, arboriculture, utilities and urban forestry.

Featured speakers include Dr. Ed Gilman, Professor in Environmental Horticulture Department of the University of Florida, Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch, Soil Scientist, The Morton Arboretum, Ann Beard, System Forester, Public Service Company of New Mexico, Paul Ries, Urban Forestry Instructor and Extension Specialist, Oregon State University, Gerard Passola, Arbol Investigacion y Gestion, Barcelona, Spain and Skip Kincaid, Senior Consulting Urban Forester, Davey Resource Group.

The theme is "Let's Get Growing" and topics will include:

Effects of Drought on Trees and Disease
Safety in Tree Care
Strategies for Soil Investigation
Case Studies in Urban Soils
Role of Utilities in Municipal Urban Forestry
Improving Tree Structure with Structural Pruning
Wildfire and Utilities
Successful Municipal Specifications
Tree Risk Assessment - New BMP's
Fire Effects and Response and Recovery
Irrigation for Trees
Line Clearance and the Spread of Oak Wilt
UAA Research and Update
Utility Arboriculture in the UK
Dynamic Structure of Trees
Drought Response
Tree Emergency Planning
Efficient Business Practices and Marketing
ANSI A300 Part 9 in the Utility World
and more!

2012 Texas Tree Academy
Waco Convention Center
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
 (The Tree Academy requires a separate registration from the Conference - includes lunch)

Early Bird Registration extended to September 16th

Combined Municipal, Utility & Commercial Academy

Classroom Session I - 10:00 am - 11:00 am - Managing Urban Soils
Bryant Scharenbroch, Soil Scientist, The Morton Arboretum

Managers of urban trees are charged with the difficult task of improving or preserving urban soil quality. Best Management Practices (BMP) are steps and actions for managing urban soils for tress. This presentation will cover these BMPs. Topic areas include: soil preservation, specification, assessment, and management actions.

Classroom Session II - 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - How to Talk Trees
Paul Ries, Instructor and Extension Specialist - Urban Forestry, Oregon State University

How you say what you have to say about trees, urban forestry, or arboricultural topics is critical to the success of your communications efforts. In this session, Paul will present several tips, tools, and techniques that will help you effectively communicate tree related subjects in person, in writing, and in presentations.

Lunch - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Field Sessions - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Field Topic 1: Tree Risk Assessment BMP

Skip Kincaid, Davey Resource Group 

Field Topic 2: Tree Disease

Dr. David Appel, Texas A&M University

Field Topic 3: Tree Biology

Dr. Hans Williams, Stephen F. Austin State University

Field Topic 4: ONCOR Arc Trailer

Power line safety and awareness demonstration

Field Topic 5: ISATís Arborist Selectô Nursery Program

Dr. W. Todd Watson, Horticultural & Arboricultural Consultant

Field Topic 6: New Tree Pruning Ideas

Dr. Ed Gilman, University of Florida

Texas Tree Schools
Waco Convention Center

Friday, Sept. 28, 2012
10 AM to 3:30 PM  (5.0 ISA CEUís)

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

Early Bird Registration extended to September 16th

Track 1 - Basic Tree Care and Safety Workshop - 5.0 CEUs

A great review or introduction to basic tree care for tree workers. A stand-alone one day workshop that will be a combination of classroom and hands-on learning. Topics covered will include basic tree biology, tree pruning, and chain saw operation and safety. Your instructors are Guy LeBlanc, Owner of Arbor Vitae Tree Care, Austin and Oscar Mestas, Regional Urban Forester with the Texas Forest Service, El Paso.

Pista 2 - Primeras Jornadas para Trabjadores de Arboles - 5.0 CEUs
A Spanish language workshop covering tree biology, soil science, tree selection, installation & establishment, pruning, and diagnosis & plant disorders. Expert speakers include Salvador Alemany, Mark Duff, and Micah Pace from the Texas Forest Service.


The Waco Hilton and the Courtyard by Marriott are the Conference Hotels
Note:  If you want the group rate for a room at the Hilton, you must reserve before September 12th.

Our Gold and Silver Sponsors
TFS Logo

Thanks to our fine sponsors and exhibitors: 

Altec Industries

Arbor Systems

ArborMAX Insurance


Bobcat of Dallas

Bosque Products, LLC

BullsEye Watering Mat

The Doggett Corporation

Environmental Consultants, Inc.

Environmental Design

Equipment Depot

Minick Materials

Nelson Tree Service

Plant Growth Management Systems

Poston Equipment

Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements

Rayco - Witch Equipment

Sherrill, Inc.

Texas Nursery & Landscape Association

Texas Vegetation Management Association

Tree Care Industry Association

Top Notch Tree Farm

Tracked Lifts, Inc.

Tree Clinic Pharmacy

Tree Stake Solutions, Inc.


SAF, TDA and TNLA CEU's also available
The complete list is here

A limited number of municipal scholarships are available.
Click here for more scholarship information.

Past Conferences
2011 Conference
2010 Conference
2009 Conference
2008 Conference
2007 Conference
2006 Conference