July Texas TreEmail
Texas Chapter ISA Elections 
Deadline is July 27, 2018

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.

2018 Texas Tree Awards  
Help us find and recognize the best in Texas 
Due July 20, 2018

Celebrate the accomplishments of those who have dedicated their talents to spreading a leafy green canopy over Texas by nominating them for the 2018 Texas Community Forestry Awards Program. Nominate yourself or another!
Winners are announced during the 2018 Texas Tree Conference Awards Luncheon in Waco this September. Each award winner will receive a numbered, remarked and framed, limited-edition print of a famous Texas tree painting especially commissioned for the program.

2018 Award Categories:
  • Arborist of the Year
  • Gold Leaf Award for Landscape Improvement
  • Arboricultural Project of the Year
  • Outstanding Arbor Day Activities

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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.

Speakers will include:
  • Dr. Dirk Dujesiefken, Professor of Wood Biology, Hamburg, Germany
  • Dr. Todd Watson, Consultant, Millican
  • Dr. Hons 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 apriltrose@gmail.com
International Tree Conference and Tree Climbing Championship 
August 3-5, 2018 Climbing
August 5-8, 2018 Conference
Columbus, Ohio

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

Hire Your Kid This Summer 
Turns out it's good for them and you

Are you paying your kid to work for your business? You're not? You should.

No, I'm not saying you should put your four-year-old behind the receptionist desk to take calls. Or ask your middle-schooler to assist you in surgery. But if you have a teenager, you should strongly consider putting him or her to work. The benefits are enormous.

Seattle's Tree Grates Replaced With Porous Pavement
Get rid of those tree cages?

As part of its continuing stewardship of the city's urban trees, the Seattle Department of Transportation replaced 38 metal tree grates along the sidewalks of 3rd Avenue with permeable tree surrounds installed with Porous Pave XL. A green building product is a pour-in-place, permeable paving material, which combines chips of recycled rubber with granite aggregate and a liquid binder.

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.

The Best Help For Thirsty Trees
You just need a screwdriver and some hydroxic acid!

Summer in Texas is hard on trees. Here are some watering tips from the Texas Chapter ISA. If you have a Texas tree tip to include for homeowners or other arborists, email jpg@isatexas.com to get it on the ISAT website.

Tree Tries To Ruin Couples Wedding Day
Why you need to be have TRAQ!

Shortly after saying "I do," a Wisconsin couple narrowly escaped being injured when a large tree branch fell on the picnic table where they were recording their wedding video.
Cheyenne and Lucas Kopeschka were reflecting on their journey to become man and wife Saturday, when all of a sudden they heard a loud crack overhead. The couple looked up and bolted out of the way as the branch came plummeting down right where they had been sitting.

Melinda Adams - City Forester Retires
Former President of ISAT

Melinda is retiring from the City of Fort Worth where she has been the City Forester for 18 years. In addition to winning many awards for her service, she was a leader in the Cross Timbers Urban Forestry Council, started the Fort Worth Heritage Tree Program and was on the Board of the Texas Chapter for many years including as the Texas Tree Conference Chair and as Texas Chapter ISA President.

Congratulations Melinda and have fun glamping!

2018 Calendar of Events