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ArborMaster returns to Irving, Texas December 2008!

Level 1 Tree Climbing Methods & Best Practice: Dec. 3-4
Level 1 Precision Felling: December 5-6
Level 1 Arborist Rigging Applications: December 8-9
Level 2 Arborist Rigging Applications: December 10-12
For more information click here

Irving, TX
Sept. 24-26, 2008

The 29th Texas Tree Conference
"Trees for the Future"

College Station Hilton
September 24-26, 2008

Learn from national leaders in research, arboriculture, utilities and urban forestry. The theme is "Trees for the Future" and topics will include:

How can I be a better communicator?
Tree strength loss formulas and how to use them
Urban forest inventories for your city
Utilities and cities - best of friends?
Soil properties affecting root growth

People, the urban in urban forestry
Management plans that help you manage
How to build a safety program that works
An arborists view of wood decay fungi
The bottom line: the business of arboriculture
Tough times and the future of your business
Searching for the super tree
Best in Texas: inventories and plans, regional tree planting, ordinances and water conservation

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College Station Hilton
September 24, 2008

2008 Texas Tree Academy
College Station Hilton
September 24, 2008
(The Tree Academy requires a separate registration from the Conference - includes lunch)

1. Municipal Tree Academy
STRATUM - the future of tree inventories
College Station Hilton
10:00 AM—5:00 PM  (5.5 ISA CEU’s)
Spend a day with inventory specialist Eric Kuehler, Technology Transfer Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Athens, Georgia.
STRATUM is a computer application that uses tree inventory data to quantify the structure, function, value and management needs of any street tree resource.
 Topics covered will include
 i-Tree suite overview
 Introduction to STRATUM
 How to set up, install and collect data
 How to set local cost, benefits and pricing
 Generating reports
 The science behind STRATUM
 Data collection methods and projects

2. Arboriculture Tree Academy
What is Tree Biomechanics and Why Should I Care?
College Station Hilton
10:00 AM—5:00 PM  (5.5 ISA CEU’s)
Spend a day with a national leader in tree biomechanics - Dr. Brian Kane, ISA Certified Arborist and Tree Climber Specialist and Assistant Professor of Commercial Arboriculture, University of Massachusetts
A fast paced, understandable look at:

What affects trees?
Forces, moments, stresses, friction and dynamic properties

How can I use this information?
Branch tree strength, tree risk assessments, rigging, cabling and climbing

 Register Online Here

Get your registration brochure here

College Station Hilton
September 26, 2008


Texas Tree School
Tree Worker Safety Workshop

Friday, September 26, 2008
College Station Hilton
10 AM to 3:00 PM  (4.0 ISA CEU’s)
Early Bird Registration by September 12
(The Tree School requires a separate registration from the Conference - includes lunch)

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.
You will learn:
-what the different types of pruning and different types of pruning cuts are, how to make these cuts, and which types of pruning are best suited to what tree types and what situations,
-how to maintain chainsaws to maximize their efficiency and safe use, as well as national guidelines that have practical real world application,
-the basics of tree biology, and how this information can make you a better tree pruner.

Instructors: Guy LeBlanc, Owner, Arbor Vitae Tree Care and former Texas Tree Climbing Champion and Paul Johnson, Regional Urban Forester, Texas Forest Service.

Register Online Here

Registration Brochure Here
$75/$95 members/non-members

College Station Hilton
Due Sept. 10th

2008 Texas Tree Awards

The Awards will be presented during the Awards Luncheon at the Texas Tree Conference in College Station on September 25, 2008
Nominations due by 5:00 PM, September 10, 2007

Arborist of the Year Award
Arboricultural Project of the Year
Gold Leaf Awards for Arbor Day Celebrations and tree projects.

Click here for nomination forms

Celebrate the accomplishments of those who have dedicated their talents to spreading a leafy green canopy over Texas by nominating them for the 2008 Texas Community Forestry Awards Program.

College Station Hilton

USFS Webcast
Tree Surveys

September 17th at 10:00 AM (Central)

Please plan to join us for the September 2008 edition of the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station's Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI) Informational Webcast, which aims to bring to you up to date on the work of Forest Service scientists, and our cooperators, who are working on urban natural resource research and development projects.

This month's UNRI Informational Webcast will discuss "Using Surveys to Understand Urban Forestry: What the public and public officials think about all those trees along the street, and what they are worth ", by Thomas Treiman, Natural Resource Economist, Missouri Department of Conservation.

Please note that (1.0) ISA CEU Credit is available for participation in the informational webcast. The CEU is available in the following areas: Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist and BCMA.

For more information and Log-In details, please visit

July 26-30, 2008
Conference Logo
ISA's 84th Annual Conference and Trade Show

2008 Conference & Trade Show
July 26 – 30, 2008
St. Louis, MO USA
America’s Center Convention Complex

St. Louis
July 17, 2008

Trees and Transportation Webcast - July 17, 2008

The Alliance for Community Trees will be hosting the webcast, Trees and Transportation, on July 17 from 12 noon to 1:00 PM CST. The informal training provides an opportunity for community forestry practitioners to learn about successful programs and how they can be adapted to their communities.

Trees and landscape features that are located within the public right-of-way and adjacent to roadways in urban environments are often perceived by transportation officials as a safety risk. Tree plantings may be limited or prohibited by public works or transportation professionals due to concerns. But there are many community benefits that result from having roadside landscapes. Armed with that information, advocates of urban forestry are encouraging roadside plantings that balance transportation mobility, accessibility needs, public welfare, and community livability.

Trees and Transportation webcast info

July 16, 2008

Setting Urban Tree Canopy Goals

The July 2008 edition of the U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station's Urban Natural Resources Institute (UNRI) Informational Webcast, which aims to bring to you up to date on the work of Forest Service scientists, and our cooperators, who are working on urban natural resource research and development projects.
July's UNRI webcast will feature Doug Still, City Forester of Providence, Rhode Island and Ian Hanou, NCDC Imaging & Mapping,who will share their experiences on a recent Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Mapping and Analysis Project. This presentation will provide a brief overview on how to complete a UTC study and include a ground-floor account of what worked well and what can be improved upon. Additionally, this webcast will demonstrate the compatibility of STRATUM, UFORE, and UTC studies, and how city foresters can use the data to set future UTC goals. The webcast will also provide an opportunity to learn about the latest in available geospatial data and tools for completing a UTC study.
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June 21 & 22, 2008

Certified Tree Worker Workshop
June 21 & 22, 2008

University of Texas, Austin
Registration Deadline June 6th

The second ISA Tree Worker Specialist Certification workshop in Texas is going to be held on June 21 and 22 in Austin on the UT campus. Only 20 seats are available. Contact Nevic Donnelly for further question at (512) 445-2614.



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UT Austin
May 30, 2008
Tree Clinic / Tree Clinic Pharmacy will present a Tree Health Care Seminar on May 30, 2008.  The seminar will address tools and techniques for field diagnostics to determine if a tree is a candidate for topical, subsurface or vascular injected therapies.  Additionally, the systemic movement of injected compounds will be covered, as well as an overview of the current products and ongoing research of micro-injected products from the Mauget Corporation. Click here for more information or call Doris Nelson at 512.385.6604. Bastrop Riverside Conference Center
June 11 & 12, 2008


Identification and Management of Oak Wilt Workshop
June 11 &12, 2008

The Texas Forest Service and the Texas Chapter ISA are hosting a fourth workshop for ISA Certified Arborists on how to identify and manage oak wilt.

Each participant that successfully completes the training will be awarded a Certificate of Training Completion. This training will be noted on the website as well as on any handouts and other material referencing qualified individuals.
Registration is limited.

Click here for online registration.
Contact James Houser for more details.

LBJ Wildflower Center, Austin
April 25, 2008
118th Official State of Texas Arbor Day
Join local and statewide friends of trees to celebrate trees in Texas. Co-sponsored by ISAT, TFS, the West Texas Urban Forestry Council and the City of El Paso. The Arbor Day Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
For information, contact
El Paso
March 19 & 20, 2008
Rainbow Treecare Scientific
Disease, Insect and Sales Workshop
Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements is hosting workshops on March 19th in Austin and March 20th in Grapevine.
Topics include:
Bacterial leaf scorch (Dr. David Appel and Dr. John Hartman)Critical insect pests of Texas (Dr. Todd Watson), and Rainbow's Tree research relevant to Texas (Shawn Bernick)
Effectively selling arborist services to clients (Steve Thompson)
There will also be a field demonstration of all relevant application techniques covered during the day.
Click here for more information.


March 31 & April 1, 2008
The TreePrint workshop will provide decision makers with the tools necessary to quantify the economic benefits of urban forests and how trees can create and preserve a sense of place and boost the local economy. Register today for this two-day workshop to learn about the benefits of developing a community TreePrint project and incorporating tree plantings into new development projects, roadway expansion projects, and neighborhood parks.
Click here to REGISTER NOW!
7600 Washington Avenue
April 3, 2008
Thursday April 3, Pre-Competition  - Advanced Climbing Techniques Workshop and How to Become a Certified Tree Worker.

The workshop will provide information on how to become an ISA Certified Tree Worker (CTW) and advanced climbing techniques. Topics will include how to apply for Tree Worker Certification, necessary training and testing information. The climbing techniques will be geared toward day to day climbing, details for passing the CTW climbing test and tips to help you compete in the Tree Climbing Championships. Click here for the Workshop Registration Form

Trinity Park Fort Worth
April 4-5, 2008
Texas Tree Climbing Championship
Come to Fort Worth and compete with the best in Texas. Click here for registration information. For more information contact James Tuttle, TCC Chair at 806.785.8733.
Trinity Park, Fort Worth
April 3, 2008

Amarillo's annual Tree Care & Safety Workshop
April 3, 2008. 

Urban Forestry Specialist, Dr. John Ball, is the featured speaker and will cover everything from tree care to accident prevention.  There are a lots of CEU's to be earned, including 5 from ISA and 5 from TDA. For additional conference information call Larry at (806) 378-4290. Click here for more information.

March 4-5 2008
ISA Utility Arborist Association Regional Meeting
The Utility Arborist Association in association with the ISA is having a regional meeting in the Austin, March 4-5, 2008. This meeting is for everyone involved in the utility vegetation management industry in Texas and surrounding states. This meeting will be an excellent opportunity for utility arborists, utility contractors and suppliers, municipal and commercial arborists, and state agencies.

Click here to see the registration brochure.

For more information contact David Wall

Wyndham Austin
Feb. 24-29, 2008
The Municipal Forester Institute (MFI) is a unique learning experience specifically tailored to the needs of municipal urban foresters and arborists.  This year's program will be February 24-29, 2008 at T Bar M Conference Center in New Braunfels.

Click here for more information.
Sponsored by the Society of Municipal Arborists and ISAT

T Bar M Resort, New Braunfels
February 8, 2008
North Central Texas Urban Forestry Workshop

Click here for the brochure

Spend a day with national, state and local experts. For more information contact Matt Grubisich

Jan. 26, 2008
5th Annual San Antonio Arbor Day Celebration

When: January 26th, 2008, from 9:30 to 12:30

Where: San Pedro Park, 1315 San Pedro Ave. 78212
Tree Pruning Demonstration sponsored by the San Antonio Arborist Association
Arc & Spark Demonstration by CPS Energy
Photography Contest Winners Presentation
Tree Identification Hunt 
San Pedro Park
Jan. 25, 2008

Grounds Maintenance and Safety Workshop
Friday, January 25, 2008
Houston Garden Center
1500 Hermann Dr., Houston, TX 77004

A one-day workshop for Grounds Keepers, Park and Public Works Personnel, Tree Care Personnel, Landscapers, Nurserymen, and others who maintain grounds with trees.
Vehicle Safety • Job Planning • Work Site Assessment & Safety • Brush Chipper Operation & Maintenance • Chainsaw Safety & Field Maintenance • Proper Tree Planting • Small Tree Pruning • Orientation to Arboriculture

Click here for the registration brochure. For more information on the Grounds Maintenance and Safety Workshop, visit  or call at 713.688.8931 or

Houston Garden Center
January 11-12 and January 18-19, 2008

Arboriculture 101 Course
Get ready to take the Certified Arborist Exam or just brush up on your tree skills. Arboriculture 101 is a four-day short course designed to provide practitioners with an in-depth knowledge of how to care for urban trees. Dr. Todd Watson, an ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist integrates research and practical experience in his teaching style. The course is built around the 12 domains of the Certified Arborist Exam. Former students say the “quality of teaching was excellent” and the course was “very informative” and appreciated the “attention to real world issues”. Attendees routinely score significantly higher than the national average on the Certified Arborist Exam. Click here for more information and online registration. Contact Dr. Watson at 979.218.0783. Sponsored by ISAT.
College Station