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The 36th Annual Texas Tree Conference
Waco, Texas
September 30 - October 2, 2015
Early Bird Registration Extended To Sept. 11th

Join us in Waco for the largest and best Texas Tree Conference ever!
We anticipate over 1,000 attendees as we learn about "Tree-Nectivity"


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, receptions and more.

- The Wednesday pre-conference Tree Academy or Electrical Hazard Awareness Program.

- And the Friday Tree School for English and Spanish-speaking tree workers.

 

Click here for more info and to register

Click here for a registration brochure

Sponsor and Exhibitor information here


Click here for information on municipal scholarships

This year, there will be a poster session -
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Auction items are needed to raise funds for research and scholarships.
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for more information and contact Terry Kirkland if you can help out.

For more information, contact Vincent Debrock, Conference Chair

The Waco Hilton and the Courtyard by Marriott are the Conference Hotels
Waco Hilton (next to Convention Center): (254) 754-8484
Courtyard Marriot (across from Convention Center): (254) 752-8686
Click on the above links for discount rates!

(Please scroll down the page for CEU information)

 


Texas Tree Conference
Waco Convention Center
September 30 - October 2

Tree-Nectivity

 

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!

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2015 Texas Tree Academy
Waco Convention Center
Wednesday, Sept. 30
, 2015
9:00
AM - 5:00 PM
(Registration is 8:00 - 9:00)

Sharpen Your Skills in the Class and Field


Session 1:

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.

Session 2: 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


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

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  Electrical Hazard Awareness Program (EHAP) in Spanish
Waco Convention Center
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

8:00 A
M – 5:00 PM
 D
r. Martha Romero

Note: This will be in Spanish. Electricity is a serious and widespread hazard to arborists.  In fact, electricity causes about 30 percent of all fatalities in the tree care industry, making it the leading cause of worker fatalities.  Workers don’t even have to touch a wire to be electrocuted – about half of all electrocution fatalities are the result of indirect contact.  Tree branches and other conductive objects are an ever-present threat to arborists.

Since even a street lamp circuit or phone line can be energized with enough voltage to kill, most arborists in the field have at least some exposure to this hazard. The ANSI Z133.1 safety standard for arboriculture operations requires all arborists to be trained to recognize and avoid these electrical hazards.  Qualified line-clearance arborists must have additional knowledge about electrical hazards and the special techniques used to work safely near electrical conductors.

This EHAP course is a great way to keep workers safe, ensure OSHA and ANSI compliance, and document training.  EHAP will also enhance your work in three other areas:

  • OSHA Safety Requirements:  EHAP helps you meet the OSHA 1910.269 safety standard.

  • ANSI Safety Requirements:  EHAP meets the ANSI Z133.1 requirement for electrical hazard training.

  • Storm Cleanup:  EHAP is often required by the US Army Corps of Engineers in order to qualify for storm-related clean-ups. 

Class size is limited, so register early! 

(EHAP requires a separate registration from the Conference - includes lunch)

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Texas Tree Schools
Waco Convention Center
Friday, October 2, 2015
9:30
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 field 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 benefits, water management, pruning and tree biology.  Expert speakers will include Mark Duff of the Texas Forest Service and Rosa Elana of Arboricultura Urbana y Paisaje in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

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

Click here for the program and registration brochure

Our 2015 Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors
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The Hartford  


ISA, SAF, TDA and TNLA CEU's will be available

Speaker Reimbursement Form

 

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August 2016 - Fort Worth - Texas will host the International Conference!