July 2015 TreEmail  
Hello John,
Here is a quick update on the latest Texas tree news and events.
Event: The 36th Annual Texas Tree Conference, Academy, Awards, Tree School and Trade Show
September 30 - October 2, 2015, Waco Convention Center

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". Register today!

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 with Dr. Chris Luley and hands-on field stations or a Spanish language Electrical Hazard Awareness Program.
  • And the Friday Tree Schools for English and Spanish-speaking tree workers.

Newsletter: Flash - Miguel Pastenes wins his 8th Climbing Competition! 
Read up on the latest Texas tree news...

The July ISAT In the Shade newsletter is out and features the results of the climbing competition, how to be a tree, meet the Board, banding birds, San Antonio Bilingual Workshop, trees in Denton and more!

More information here

Survey: What's bugging you? A short survey to help the Texas A&M Forest  Service
What are your pests?

We need your help! Please take a minute to answer seven questions that can help the Texas A&M Forest Service expand its research and technology transfer efforts to urban trees. TFS needs Texas arborists to identify current and future threats to our trees and the results of this survey will be used to establish research priorities. 

More information here

Event: ISA Orlando - Don't Delay, Register Today
August 8-12, 2015, Orlando, Florida

Time is running out to pre-register for the ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida, 8-12 August. Pre-registration closes Friday, 17 July. Register now to save money on activity fees and time onsite at the registration counter.
Podcasts: Trees Are Key from Paul Johnson
Easy on the ears, good for your brain

Trees are Key with our own Texas A&M Forester Paul Johnson will help listeners take better care for their trees. This weekly podcast features a short lesson, a weekly tree highlight and upcoming tree related events around the state. 

Event: 2016 International Tree Conference and Trade Show - The World Comes to Texas!
August 13-17, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas

Save the date! 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. 

Thanks to all the Texas Chapter members who voted in 2016 logo design survey!

Event: 2016 International Tree Climbing Competition
April 2-3, 2016, San Antonio, Texas

Save the date! In addition to the competition, next year?s ITCC will offer educational opportunities with demonstrations of safety and best practices, industry vendors, and many activities to engage the public, creating an exciting event for everyone who will participate.

Article: Greening Streets to Improve the Natural Ecosystem
Street Design for a Better Community

A recent editorial by Kaid Benfield highlights why it is critically important when considering how to improve streets to give much more thought to their impact on natural ecosystems. 

More information here

New BMP: Best Management Practices: Lightning, Third Edition 
Keep those trees safe

ISA has developed a series of Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the purpose of interpreting tree care standards and providing guidelines of practice for arborists, tree workers, and the people who employ their services.

This BMP describes proper installation and maintenance of lightning protection systems that can effectively prevent serious lightning damage to trees. More information here

Other BMP's of interest:

Awards: Texas Chapter ISA Wins
Urban and Community Partnership Award

ISA Texas was recognized with the Urban and Community Forestry Partnership Award by the U&CF Committee of the Southern Group of State Foresters in San Antonio. ISAT is proud of over 30 years of partnering with the Texas A&M Forest service to serve the people and trees of Texas. Thanks!

 More information here

Awards: TreeFolks Wins for Lost Pines 
Bastrop work is recognized 

Last month, TreeFolks was honored with a Texas Environmental Excellence Award in the Civic/Community category for reforestation work Bastrop County. To date, TreeFolks volunteers and partners have planted and given away more than one million trees to reforest the Lost Pines. Congratulations TreeFolks! 

More information here

Business: Creating a Business Marketing Plan
Steps for your first plan

Your business is just getting off the ground. So why do you need a marketing plan? It?s important to the success of your business to know where you want to take it in the future. And the only way you can get there is to have a road map ? or plan ? to help guide the journey. Consider your marketing plan the road map to your business?s future.

Infographic here

More information here

Contest: Texas Tree License Plate Contest
Show what drives you!

Send us a picture of you with your Texas tree license plate to be entered into a drawing for a prize at the Texas Tree Conference this October. Send your pic to John Giedraitis at jpg@isatexas.com.

More information here

Consumer Resource: Trees Are Good 

Let your clients, customers and citizens know there is a reliable place to get information for the homeowner on proper tree care.

ISA brings you TREES ARE GOOD!

More information here

Save our Ashes - A Texas Seed Conservation Project
Arborists can help

The emerald ash borer has not invaded Texas (yet), but there is a program run by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center that is taking a precautionary path.  It involves collecting seeds from the various ash species across the state, and using them to establish a seed bank.  If the worst-case scenario comes to pass and populations of ash are decimated, the seed bank will be used to repopulate the damaged areas.
The program relies on volunteers to perform most of the seed collecting.  Already, almost 200 citizen scientist volunteers who have helped to collect over 125,000 seeds. 

More information here

Article: Dying Trees and Irrigation
California in epic drought like Texas in 2011

How can you keep trees alive in a desert (Los Angeles) when the water gets restricted?

More information here

Article: How Much Nature Do You Need?
Hint: Get your ten-minute dose

Studies continue to accumulate demonstrating the health benefits of spending time in nature, or even just looking at nature. MaryCarol Hunter, a landscape architect and ecologist at the University of Michigan, describes her efforts to determine exactly what ?dose? of nature is going to have the most impact. The early results show that the ?nature pill works.? 

More information here

Thanks for caring for Texas Trees!
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