Texas TreEmail - July Update
Texas Tree Climbing Championship Winners
Texas' Best!

Congratulations to Miguel Pastenes and Cindy Abbott, this year's winners of the Texas Tree Climbing Championship last May 18th in Georgetown. They will be representing the Texas Chapter at the International TCC in Knoxville this August and the North American TCC this fall.

This year there were 42 contestants, including seven women assisted by 56 volunteers and a record number of exhibitors and sponsors. In spite of a constant threat of rain, the contest and Arbor Fair went smoothly. Thank you to everyone involved for your support.

See you next year!

Read the Latest ISAT Newsletter
Tree news fit to print

This edition of In The Shade has Dr. Appel's 'What's Up, Doc' feature along with thoughts on tricoderma, driving safety, the recent Cranes and Trees workshop with Mark Chisholm, Neighborhood Forest Overlay Districts in Dallas, tent caterpillars and the TRAQ workshop update.


Welcome Aboard Misti! 
Your Texas Chapter is growing

Misti Perez is the new ISAT Member Services Specialist and she will be helping to provide you better membership and certification services. Many of you have gotten to know Misti as the volunteer Certification Liaison on the ISAT Board for the past seven years and have seen her passion for adding value to members and the Chapter. 

Texas Chapter ISA Elections
Deadline is July 26th for nominations 

How can you share your knowledge and experience with others? How can you give something back and leave a legacy to your profession?  How can you develop as a leader?


Nominations are being sought from the ISAT membership to fill several positions on the ISAT Board of Directors. You may nominate yourself or another qualified ISAT member interested in serving on the ISAT Board.

The Election Committee will fill the slate from the nominations. Elections will be held in August and the Board members will be installed at the annual membership meeting at the Texas Tree Conference in Waco this September.

ISAT will be holding the election by e-ballot so if you need a paper copy mailed to you call John at ISAT at 979.324.1929.

Volunteers Needed for the Nursery and Landscape Expo Booth
San Antonio, Aug. 8-10, 2019

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 - 6,000 attendees, 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.

2019 Texas Tree Conference
September 25-27, 2019
Waco Convention Center 

Mark your calendar now for the biggest and best Texas Tree Conference, Academy, Trade Show and Tree School yet! Registration will open in July.
As we celebrate our 41st anniversary, 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. 

To donate to the auction, contact Ginny Sills at ginny.sills@gmail.com
International Tree Conference and Tree Climbing Championship 
August 9-11, 2019 Climbing
August 11-14, 2019 Conference
Knoxville, TN

Mark your calendars now! The ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show provides a forum for the exchange of information and opportunities to network with others in the arboricultural profession. The event provides a lineup of educational sessions led by industry leaders from around the globe, sharing their thoughts and views about the newest trends in equipment, practice, technology and research in arboriculture and urban forestry. It is the world's premier gathering of arboricultural professionals, where practicing arborists and urban foresters come together with top researchers and educators.
Features of the conference include:
  • Educational Sessions
  • Trade Show
  • Tree Academy Workshops
  • Climbers' Corner on the Trade Show Floor
Consider attending as a way to build your business network, meet the industry's leaders, and learn from the best in the profession

People Are Like Trees
Biosphere 2 show trees need stress

Remember the  biosphere 2? In short, it's a miniature version of our planet, now owned by the University of Arizona, constructed for scientists to study how the planet's living systems actually work. Research from this tiny planet enabled scientists to innovate and come up with new ideas related to growth of plants etc. Or that is what they thought when they planned to make this biosphere.

The major discovery from it was something they had never expected. The most interesting thing they learnt from it was the importance of wind in a trees life. 

How We Looking in Texas?
Good information on your community

Can a homeowner  trim a neighbor's tree when the limbs cross the property line?  What's the future population of my city or region? It the economy improving? 

The Center's staff conducts research on financial, socioeconomic, public policy, trade, legal, land use and local market analysis issues related to Texas.

The results of Center research are communicated in a variety of formats, including this website, print publications (many of which are available as free downloads), and videos. 

Insurance Claims
When should you make them?

"I have insurance, I'll just file a claim."

Have you heard yourself saying that before? I'm sure you have at least thought it in the past. Unfortunately, a common misconception people have about insurance is that small claims will not affect them since the insurance company is still taking in more money from the premiums that are paid than the amount they are paying out in claims.

In reality, when comparing two businesses against each other, one that has multiple small claims versus one that has had only one large claim, every insurance company will look more favorably upon the business with only one claim. Why is that?
A 16-Million-Year-Old Tree?
OK, it's a fossil but it's still pretty neat

To explain the exceedingly long life of the planet, the Smithsonian's new fossil hall designers began with a arboreal wonder - a fossil sequoia. 

Each yearly delineation on the sequoia's surface is a small part of a far grander story that ties together all of life on Earth. Scientists know this as Deep Time. It's not just on the scale of centuries, millennia, epochs, or periods, but the ongoing flow that goes back to the origins of our universe, the formation of the Earth, and the evolution of all life, up through this present moment. 

TREE Fund Awards Grants

The TREE Fund has awarded $234,000 for urban tree research and education in its spring 2019 grant-making season.
With these new awards, the TREE Fund has provided over $4.2 million in grants and scholarships since their inception in 2002! Read more details about the Spring research and education awards at the link below.
How to Hire the Best Candidate?
There's a podcast for that!

Between sifting through stacks of resumes and conducting endless interviews, the hiring process can be an intimidating one, especially since choosing the wrong candidate can result in terrible consequences for your small business. Fortunately, there are several measures that you can take to not only simplify your current recruiting practices, but also ensure that you find the right person for the job. In episode #156, Gene Marks and special guest, Steve Jones, offer their insights on the hiring process.
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ISA International News

ISA Special Election Notice 
Our own TRAQ guru Skip Kincaid has accepted the job as Executive Director of the Southern Chapter ISA so there will be a special election for his seat on the ISA Board. See more here

ISA Updated Pruning Best Management Practices
ISA's Best Management Practices: Pruning has been released and is available for purchase online. This new, modernized edition includes updated illustrations in full color, with adjustments to the text that reflect ANSI A300* standardizations. Learn more here
Seeking Volunteers for ISA Tree Climbing Championships
Dedicated volunteers are vital to the success of ISA's professional tree climbing competitions held around the world! Learn more about upcoming events and register to be a volunteer. 
2019 Calendar of Events