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Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Renewal
September 26, 2018 in Waco
(Registration closes Aug. 28)

Renew your TRAQ and then attend the Texas Tree Conference! The TRAQ Renewal Course is a one-day refresher, with five hours of instruction, and three hours to take the exam. Current TRAQ holders can complete the course as early as three and one-half (3 1/2) years into their Qualification (18 months before your expiration date). Once your current expiration date passes, you will need to retake the full course and assessment to be reinstated. Class size is limited to 30.

Once you have successfully passed the renewal requirements, you will be given five (5) years from the date of your previous expiration allowing you to take full advantage of the five-year period granted with the credential.

2018 Texas Tree Conference, Academy, Trade Show and Tree Schools
September 26-28, 2018
Waco Convention Center
Registration is now open!

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Texas Chapter, we anticipate over 1,000 attendees and will have Texas, national and international speakers. There will be tracks for Commercial, Municipal and Utility arborists with plenty of time to socialize and visit the exhibitors at the packed trade show. This year you can download a Texas Tree Conference app to your iPhone or Android phone to keep up with what's going on with the conference.

Speakers will include:
  • Dr. Dirk Dujesiefken, Professor of Wood Biology, Hamburg, Germany
  • Dr. Todd Watson, Consultant, Millican
  • Dr. Hans Williams, Professor, SFA University
  • Dr. Kathleen Wolf, Research Scientist, University of Washington
  • Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Professor, Washington State University
  • Dr. Raul Cabrera, Professor, Rutgers University
  • Dr. Fredric Miller, Senior Scientist, The Morton Arboretum, Illinois
  • Dr. Mike Merchant, Professor, Coit Center, Dallas
  • and many more...

To donate to the auction, contact April Rose at To purchase an item on the Texas Tree Conference Amazon wish list to bring to the auction, click here
Wildfire Risk Assessment Qualification Course and Assessment 
Not if but when!
Aug 29-30, 2018
Cedar Hill, Texas

The threat wildfire poses to residents of Texas increases everyday as more people move into once natural areas. We know that it is not a question of if a fire will start, but when. As professionals who have daily interaction with the public, and who care about the well-being of our native ecosystems, arborists are in a unique position to spread the message about how simple protecting lives, homes and landscapes can be. When homes and their surrounding property are protected, all of the inherent ecosystem benefits at threat from wildfire can be protected as well.

As an ISA Certified Arborist, have you considered how your skills and experience can improve the safety and quality of tree care to protect Texans and ecosystems from wildfire?  By taking the Wildfire Risk Assessment Qualification course, you will become more knowledgeable about how to evaluate and mitigate property from the threat wildfire poses. 

The Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Chapter ISA have developed this credential to introduce you to new terms and principles to incorporate into your arboriculture practice. You will explore how wildfire moves through a landscape and mitigation options you could perform or bring to the attention of your client. This course will be limited to 25 ISA Certified Arborists and we will conduct a field exercise on homes near the training center. A written exam and field test will need to be successfully passed to gain the credential. Total course time will be 16 hours, with four hours dedicated to the examination on Thursday afternoon.

All the Latest Texas Tree News
ISAT In The Shade Newsletter

In this month's newsletter you will find highlights of the upcoming Texas Tree Conference, historic Texas tree news, a look into a plant cell, new members, event updates, Hurricane Harvey effects on Houston trees and the Big IDea tree id quiz.

Volunteers Needed for the Nursery and Landscape EXPO 
San Antonio Aug. 16-18, 2018

ISAT members who want to take a two-hour shift to staff the ISAT booth to answer tree questions  at this years EXPO  can sign up at the link below. 

If you haven't been to this event, you are missing out - 32 educational sessions and hundreds of tree and plant vendors. It's quite a show. Work a few hours and check it out for free.

Texas Trees Foundation Needs Your Help!
Help replace a stolen truck and equipment

This summer, a truck and about half the Texas Trees Foundation's inventory of equipment was stolen from one of our urban tree farms. This overwhelming loss makes completing projects difficult as the truck is necessary for tree planting, transporting equipment, watering trees, and other projects. The additional loss of equipment is devastating.

Replacing these items will be expensive. That is why the foundation is asking for the help of our community and supporters. If additional funds can be raised to replace these items, then the money will not have to come from the general fund, meaning no current projects will be disturbed.

EAB Update
Emerald Ash Borer may be in Tarrant County

EAB was first detected in Texas in April 2016 when four adult EAB beetles were caught and confirmed in a monitoring trap in Harrison County just south of Karnack, Texas. Texas A&M Forest Service began monitoring for the pest in 2012 by strategically deploying detection traps each spring. The traps are monitored throughout the spring and summer months during peak EAB emergence and movement.

While it is important to note that there has been no confirmation of ash trees infested with emerald ash borer (EAB), the borer has shown up in two-possibly three-new Texas counties in 2018. As of July 31, 2018, traps in Marion and Cass counties near the northeastern corner of Texas have caught adult EAB beetles. In addition, six to seven additional traps in Harrison County, initially infested in 2016, have caught EAB beetles, indicating the spread of EAB throughout the county. A photograph taken in Tarrant County in 2017 but only recently noted appears to show an emerald ash borer, although without an actual specimen (adult or larvae) nothing can be definitively identified.  Trees in the area will continue to be monitored to see if larvae or adults can be obtained.

2018 Calendar of Events

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