2015 Texas Tree Academy
and Tree Conference Scholarships Available

A limited number of scholarships are available to city employees to attend a Tree Academy Workshop and/or the 2015 Texas Tree Conference or the Texas Tree School in Waco.

To apply, please fill in this form and email to Paul Johnson at pjohnson@tfs.tamu.edu 

We anticipate a greater demand this year so please don't apply unless you absolutely wouldn't be able to attend without this assistance.

You must apply for a scholarship by August 21, 2015

A Great Training Opportunity! Network With Your Peers!

2015 Texas Tree Academy
Waco Convention Center
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Sharpen Your Skills in the Class and Field

Morning Class:

Pathology and Ecology of Wood Decay Fungi
Dr. Chris Luley, Pathologist/Vice President, Urban Forestry, LLC

Back by popular demand, Dr. Luley explains in clear terms how decay fungi interact with trees in a variety of ways that impact their importance to tree risk assessment and stability. A small number of wood decay fungi are pathogens that can decay living sapwood. Arborists will learn the aggressive decayers and identify symptoms that indicate tree defenses are not working.

Afternoon: Field Stations

Station 1: Soil Texture Determination in the Field
Dr. Hans Williams, Associate Dean and Nelson Distinguished Professor of Forestry, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches

Station 2: The Use of Sonic Tomography and Resistance Drilling for Advanced Decay Detection
Jim Dossett, Safety and Training Coordinator, Bartlett Tree Experts, Austin

Station 3: Urban Wood Utilization—Portable Sawmill Demonstration
Mark Duff, Urban Forester, Texas A&M Forest Service, San Antonio

Station 4: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)
Dan Staley, Principle, Amalemma Resources, Aurora, Colorado

Station 5: Ground Penetrating Radar to Detect Tree Roots
Gary Raffel, Vice President, Dynamic Tree Systems, Bloomfield, New York




Texas Tree Conference
Waco Convention Center
October 1-2, 2015

There is a special 'Municipal Forestry' track where you will hear from national, state and local experts on the latest research on tree ordinances, inventories and master plans, public relations and communications.


Join us in Waco on September 30 - October 2, 2015, for the largest and best Texas Tree Conference ever! We anticipate over 1,000 attendees as we learn how to  "Tree-Nectivity " 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, commercial and utility arboriculture and urban forestry. Featured speakers include: 

Dr. Geoffry Donovan, Economist, USDA Forest Service, Oregon, Kevin Patton, Business Analyst, American Electric Power, Ohio, Daniel Woodroff, President, dwg. landscape architecture, Austin, Dr. Delia Roberts, President, FitSafe Solutions, Inc., Canada, Arturo Del Castillo, Senior Urban Designer, Dallas CityDesign Studio, Edith Makra, Chairperson, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Illinois, Nelson Money, President, NRM-VMS, Inc, California, Kevin Patton, Business Analyst, American Electric Power, Ohio, Dr. Drew Zwart, Plant Pathologist, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, California, Steven Spears, Principal, Design Workshop, Austin,Jesus Vetencourt, Project Manager, Wright Tree Service, Iowa, Nathan Arnold, Safety Manager, K&D Aviation, Oklahoma and others!


The 2015 conference theme is "Tree-Nectivity" and topics will include:
Pathology and Ecology of Wood Decay Fungi
Soil Texture Determination in the Field
The Use of Sonic Tomography and Resistance Drilling for Advanced Decay Detection
Urban Wood Utilization—Portable Sawmill Demonstration
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones)
Ground Penetrating Radar to Detect Tree Roots
Electrical Hazard Awareness Program (EHAP) in Spanish
Understanding Human Error
State of the Dallas Urban Forest: Changing How Dallas Views Trees
My City's Trees: A look at Urban Forest Inventory & Analysis of Austin
The Occupational Athlete: Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement
Root Disease: Biology, Assessment and Management
Reclaiming Wood Products From the Urban Forest
OSHA 1910 269 Changes
MVCD - Testing Methods and Results
Managing Transmission Rights of Way as an Asset for Your Utility’s Image
Stormwater Management: Low Impact Development and Trees
Dallas Connect Cities Design Challenge
Scale Insects and Their Control in Texas
 Biochar Soil Amendments and Carbon Concerns in the Urban Forest
Helicopter Safety
Challenges of Recruitment and Retaining Qualified Employees
Connecting with Customers

and more!


Texas Tree Schools
Waco Convention Center
Friday, October 2, 2015
10 AM to 3:30 PM  (5.0 ISA CEU’s)


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 filed demonstrations.  Topics covered will include basic tree biology, tree pruning, ascent techniques review, tree hazard assessment, job site safety and chain saw operation and safety.  Master instructors are Guy LeBlanc, Owner of Arbor Vitae Tree Care, Austin and Brad Hamel, Regional Urban Forester with the Texas A&M Forest Service, Austin. 


Pista 2 - Primeras 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. Expert speakers include Mark Duff from the Texas Forest Service.

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