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April 2015
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Bilingual Tree Worker Workshop

May 13 - Shertz Civic Center

chainsawlogoRegister TODAY  - Class size is limited!


It is time for the 6th Annual Bilingual Tree Worker Workshop in San Antonio. Come learn from industry leaders such as Eduardo Medina from Davey Tree, Dr. Ron Billings from the Texas A&M Forest Service, Carlos Llanos from Columbia, SA and Patty Charqueno from McCoy Tree Surgery.


Topics include professionalism in arboriculture, professionalism, tree identification, accident prevention and oak wilt. There will be demonstrations of an air spade, chainsaw safety, electrical safety, and tree pruning. We hope to see you there!

Texas Tree Climbing Championship

June 12-13, 2015  Trinity Park, Fort Worth



It's time to register for the 2015 Texas Tree Climbing Championship. The top finisher will represent the Texas Chapter at the 2016 International Tree Climbing Championship - to be held in San Antonio next April 2016!


Click on the link below register, sign up as an exhibitor or just learn more about this exciting event.



Texas Legislative Update

Tree bills could affect you and your business

The following are bills in the Texas legislature at this time that may be of interest to ISAT membership.  ISAT takes no position for or against these bill and this is only to inform you that they may or may not affect Trees and landscaping in Texas. Here are links to each bill and your representative. 


HB 1863 & SB1924 Relating to landscape control along interstate and state highway rights-of-way. 


HB 1442 Relating to a property owner's right to remove a tree or vegetation that the owner believes poses a fire risk. 


SB 343 Relating to the conformity of local law with state law. 


HB 1472 Relating to the enforcement of requirements for the issuance of local permits by regulatory agencies of political subdivisions.


Texas House Members


Texas Senate Members


Contact Terry Kirkland, ISAT Legislative Committee Chair for more information at tkirkland@midland.edu 


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Ice storms, wounded warriors, cedars and fire, B astrop reforestation, engraver beetles, Bajo La Sombra and more!

Exhibitor and Sponsor Information
Support Tree Care in Texas

isat sm Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture is one of the largest ISA Chapters in the United States, and growing.  We are a professional organization dedicated to continuing education for commercial, municipal and utility arborists, to tree care research and to professionally serving tree care consumers throughout Texas.  We depend on partners like you to provide ongoing education and services for our members.  Please review the sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities below and choose now to have your company recognized as a supporter of ISAT and of the best in professional tree care.

2015 Texas Tree Climbing Competition

Fort Worth, Texas - June 12-13, 2015

The ISAT Tree Climbing Championship simulates working conditions of arborists in the field. Competitors perform five different events during the preliminary round. Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner. Qualifiers then move on to the Master's Challenge. The Texas champion will go to the International Tree Climbing Championship in San Antonio in 2016. This exciting event promotes safe work practices and is an excellent venue to demonstrate innovations in equipment while receiving industry recognition.


Click here for 2015 Texas Tree Climbing Championship Sponsor and Exhibitor information


2015 Texas Tree Conference

Waco, Texas - Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2015

Our annual Tree Conference has grown to become a premier event in the tree care industry. The 2014 Conference broke all previous attendance records with over 1,000 attendees and we anticipate the 2015 event will be even larger. At the Conference, we provide outstanding education programs featuring nationally known speakers, the latest in tree research and arboriculture, an awards luncheon, and numerous networking opportunities including a reception recognizing our sponsors and exhibitors.


Click here for more information on exhibiting and sponsoring at the 2015 Texas Tree Conference


Crape Myrtle Bark Scale Outbreak

Help Texas AgriLife find this new pest!

There is a new insect pest that is spreading to crape myrtle trees throughout Texas.  This insect was first detected in 2004 in Dallas, but it wasn't until last year that this scale was positively identified as an exotic scale, Eriococcus lagerstroemiae.  In 2014 Texas A&M AgriLife Extension published information about this scale and most recently, AgriLife employees have worked with the Southern Region IPM Center to create an information clearinghouse and citizen science database for this pest.

Here's where AgriLIfe especially needs your help.  They are asking people in Texas who think they have encountered this pest to report it. The Early Detection and Distribution Mapping (EDDMaps) site makes this process fairly simple.  A person can register on the site and click on the REPORT SIGHTINGS tab and report a new location for this pest.  A report is verified by pictures, so they encourage folks to take a digital picture of the suspect infested tree. The site allows the person putting in the data to pinpoint down to the precise block or backyard where the infested tree is located.


AgriLife knows that the scale is already present in Houston and College Station; but they have very few reports from east and Central Texas sites.



Famous Trees of Texas

2015 Edition Available Now


Famous Trees of Texas was first published in 1970 by the Texas Forest Service (now Texas A&M Forest Service). 

For the 100-year anniversary of TFS, the agency presents a new edition of this classic book, telling the stories of 101 trees throughout the state.  


ISAT members get 25% off the list price. Just enter the code 25A in the shopping cart.

Click here for more information


Urban & Community Forestry Workshop
April 30th, San Marcos tree academy logo
9:30 to 3:30

Topics include disaster planning, river restoration and tree risk.



Emerald Ash Borer Webinars

Sign up for free today!


Texasinvasives.org in partnership with US Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine program, the Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Invasive Species Institute will be holding two free webinars in May to raise awareness about the emerald ash borer. 


On May 12th, webinar participants will receive an introduction to the emerald ash borer problem, including identification, impacts and signs of infestations. This webinar will also present an overview of trapping efforts in Texas, to identify whether an infestation is present. To register for this free webinar, please visit the May 12th registration page

On May 14th, webinar participants will learn how to prevent the introduction and movement of forest pests like emerald ash borer to Texas. It will also feature a new initiative by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to identify and map ash tree (Fraxinus sp.) locations statewide for a future seed collecting and storage for use in research and restoration. To register for this free webinar, please visit the May 14th registration page.


Dealing with Drought in Austin
Thirsty Trees?

Tree Care During Drought, will be presented April 9. Many trees are stressed by prolonged periods of hot, dry weather, so selecting trees that use water efficiently is one way to make your landscape more resistant to drought.


This program will address tree maintenance procedures such as mulching, proper pruning, fertilization and supplemental irrigation. It will be presented by Lara Schuman,  ISA Certified Arborist and acting program manager at City of Austin Urban Forestry.


The cost is $10 per seminar for early registration and $15 per seminar for late or on-site registration. To register, go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty


Show What Drives You!

Texas Tree License Plate Contest


Want to improve the look of your vehicle and get a chance to win some great prizes? Just have a friend take a picture of you pointing to your license plate and send it here. Your picture is your entry in a prize drawing to be held at the Texas Tree Conference this October 2nd.  


How do you get one of these great plates and support the Texas Urban Forestry Councils Tree Micro Grant program at the same time? Just click on the link below.

Click here for more information


2015 ISA Annual International Conference & Trade Show

Orlando - August 8 - 12, 2015


ISA's Annual International Conference and Trade Show is the world's premier gathering of arboricultural professionals, where practicing arborists and urban foresters come together with top researchers and educators to learn the latest in research, technology, and innovations in arboriculture and urban forestry.


Don't forget, Texas will host the 2016 International Conference in Fort Worth in 2016!!!


Registration is now open
100 Years - Texas Forest Service
Help celebrate the Centennial

TFS logo

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station has a new temporary exhibit on display titled History in the Making: Texas A&M Forest Service.


The exhibit brings to life the people, places and events that shaped the agency for the past 100 years. As visitors enter the exhibit, they walk into a forest setting and are taken back to the agency's humble beginnings-with those first six patrolmen on horseback. 


They'll have the opportunity to learn about early fire detection and extinguishing methods, and can follow along the walls of the exhibit to see how TFS evolved throughout the century.


Click here for more information on the Bush Library exhibit


Click here for the TFS Centennial website


Sustainable Urban Forest Coalition 2015 

35 groups meet in DC to talk trees


The SUFC is an assembly of national organizations working to advance a unified urban forest agenda for our nation's communities.


The SUFC is composed of city planners, educators, landscape architects, non-profit leaders, scientists, arborists, foresters, nurserymen and women, and many other professionals who care for, monitor and advocate for trees and our urban forests as a whole.


Here is a link to the Ten-Year Urban Forestry Action Plan

Click here for more information


Texas Online Tree Planting Guide
What's the best tree for your yard?

What's the easiest way to find out what is the best tree and how to plant it in Texas? How can you select a custom tree for a specific site?

ISA Style Guide for Logos
Helps to market your business

isa logo Would you like an easier way to access the specific ISA Member or Certification logos you have permission to use, as well as the important information you need to know about the correct ways to use them? ISA is excited to introduce Style Guide LTE to help you do just that!


The Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture is a member driven organization dedicated to improving and promoting the practice of professional arboriculture through science, education and public awareness.

Markus Smith
President 2014-2015
Texas Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture
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