Texas TreEmail - August Update
2019 Texas Tree Conference
September 25-27, 2019
Waco Convention Center
Early Bird registration is now open - register now and save! 

As we celebrate our 41st anniversary, we anticipate over 1,000 attendees and will have Texas, national and international speakers. There will be three Academies, a TRAQ renewal and conference tracks for Commercial, Municipal and Utility arborists with plenty of time to socialize and visit the exhibitors at the packed Trade Show. 

Speakers include:
  • Dr. Ed Gilman
  • Dr. Rob Konopaske
  • Dr. Jason Gordon
  • Dr. Eric North
  • Ralph Sievert
  • Skip Kincaid
  • Geoff Kempter
  • Randall Miller
  • Matt Grubisich
  • Steve White
  • Marion Murray
  • Dr. Drew Zwart
  • Carlos Llanos
and more!

 

Donate to the Silent Auction supporting scholarships! Contact Ginny Sills at ginny.sills@gmail.com
Get Your Tree News
The latest ISAT In the Shade is out!

Read up on this year's Texas Tree Climbing Championship, connecting kids and trees, vegetation control options, Dr. Michael Arnold's latest research on container size and tree establishment, and more!


Fallen Leaves
Honor arborists who have passed away

At this years conference, we will once again recognize and honor our fellow Texas arborists who passed away during the year. 

If you know of someone in the industry who left us this past year, please contact Misti Perez at misti@isatexas.com

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Renewal
September 25, 2019 in Waco
(Registration closes Aug. 26)

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.

2019 Texas Tree Awards
Help us find and recognize the best in Texas 
Due August 16, 2019

Celebrate the accomplishments of those who have dedicated their talents to spreading a leafy green canopy over Texas by nominating them for the 2019 Texas Community Forestry Awards Program. Nominate yourself or another!
 
Award Categories:
  • Arborist of the Year
  • Gold Leaf Award for Landscape Improvement
  • Arboricultural Project of the Year
  • Outstanding Arbor Day Activities
  • ISAT Volunteer of the Year 
Click here to learn more about the Texas Tree Awards
Texas Chapter ISA Elections
Check your email for the link

Texas Chapter members have all received a link to vote for the 2019-2020 Board of Directors.

If you have not received an email from ISA with the link for online voting, check your spam folder or, if you need a paper copy of the ballot mailed to you, email John at jpg@isatexas.com.

Deadline to vote is midnight, September 13, 2019.
How Can You Lose 300 Million Trees?
Umm, everything is bigger in Texas?

The Texas A&M Forest Service keeps track of trees in Texas with a regular tree inventory.  Chris Brown, inventory and analysis program leader with TFS,  and his crews look at permanently established plots spaced three miles apart, revisiting a specific Texas region every five years and monitoring 20 percent of that region every year.

Following the 2011 drought, TFS calculates that the state lost about 300 million trees, or 6.2 percent of Texas' nearly 5 billion trees. The drought persisted throughout much of the state well into 2014. How do you keep track of all the trees in a state bigger than France?


More Trees Are Good For You
Studies calculate tree benefits

Many studies have found that living near a green space - land that is partly or completely covered with natural vegetation - is associated with health benefits, including lower blood pressure, reduced levels of stress and anxiety, and an increased sense of general well-being. 

Research has even linked green space with lower Medicare expenditures. What hasn't been clear from these studies, however, is whether all types of green space confer the same benefits. Or are some green spaces potentially more healthful than others?   

Lack of Sleep Is Hurting Your Business
and could be killing you!

That's according to professor Matthew Walker, who is the director of the Center for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His book, called Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams has just been released. Lack of sleep has been linked to many diseases - from cancer to Alzheimer's - as well as obesity, diabetes, and poor mental health.

"Once you know that after just one night of only four or five hours' sleep, your natural killer cells - the ones that attack the cancer cells that appear in your body every day - drop by 70%, or that a lack of sleep is linked to cancer of the bowel, prostate and breast, or even just that the World Health Organisation has classed any form of night-time shift work as a probable carcinogen, how could you do anything else?" 

It's a huge problem that affects us personally. And it also affects our businesses.

Wood for Water Desalinization
More efficient and sustainable method?

Water desalination technologies play a vital role in converting saltwater into freshwater in parts of the world where access to the latter is lacking, but there is plenty of room for improvement.

One opportunity for this lies in the materials used for water filtration systems, with scientists putting forward a wood-based alternative to the plastic-based membranes currently in use, with early experiments indicating a heightened performance to boot.  

In developing their new wood-based membrane, scientists from Princeton University together with colleagues from the University of Maryland and the University of Colorado Boulder drew inspiration from the natural water circulation systems of a tree. More specifically, a tree's thermal stability and the way its pores allow for water and nutrient transport during growth offered the scientists a useful new blueprint.

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Soggy Spring Hurting Post Oaks
"Rapid Decline of Post Oaks"

It's not Fall, but some Texans' trees are already starting to look like Fall trees. This summer, a number of Post Oak leaves are changing to brown and yellow colors.  But that's not just wishful thinking that cooler weather is here. It's a serious sign that many southeast Texas Post Oak trees are dying.

"Harris County, Burleson County, Brazos County, anywhere where the Post Oak is native, yes, we're getting inquiries from them," said Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Diagnostician Sheila McBride.  Inside the Texas plant disease diagnostic laboratory, employees use microscopes to confirm the issue. In many cases, they don't need to get that close.



Develop Your Employees
or they'll leave

Of all of the factors relating to successful employee retention, one of the most important is employee development.

An employee that feels secure and proud with how their career is developing will be a loyal employee. Unfortunately, this is an area in which a lot of business owner's struggle. There are a vast array of reasons that employers do not help their employees achieve their goals.

Why should you have an employee development program in your tree business? Why should you send them to the Texas Tree Conference?

State Rules Local Governments Cannot Regulate Private Trees
New Florida law recognizes ISA Certified Arborists

Recent Florida legislative action, CHAPTER 2019-155, Committee Substitute for House Bill No. 1159, has charged ISA Certified Arborists with the authority to advise residential tree owners about the potential risk their tree(s) pose to people and/or property prior to pruning or removal.  

2019 Calendar of Events


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