June Texas TreEmail
2018 Texas Tree Awards  
Help us find and recognize the best in Texas 
Due June 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

ISAT In the Shade Newsletter
All things trees in Texas

The Texas Chapter has been busy! In the latest edition is news about the 36th annual Texas Tree Climbing Championship, how ISA develops exams (and some advice on how to pass them), scholarships, caring for older trees, a review of Z133 and more!

Texas Chapter ISA Elections 
Deadline is July 27th

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.

Texas Tree Climbing Championship 
and the winner is...

Miguel Pastenes and Star Quintero were the winners in this year's Climbing Championship in Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie.

Thanks to all the competitors, judges, techs, volunteers, sponsors and exhibitors who helped to make this a safe and fun event.   A special thanks to Markus Smith, TTCC Chair and Jim Dossett, TTCC Head Judge, Kirsten Schneider and Kirby Houser, our all-around hands and to Husqvarna, our Premier Sponsor.

2018 Texas Tree Conference
September 26-28, 2018
Waco Convention Center
Registration will open soon!

Mark your calendar now for the biggest and best Texas Tree Conference, Academy, Trade Show and Tree School yet! 

As we celebrate our 40th 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.

Speakers will include:
  • Dr. Dirk Dujesiefken, Professor of Wood Biology, Vienna, Austria
  • 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

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

What's the News Arborist?
Join ISA and ISAT and find out

If you are a member you can get Arborist News.
In the June issue

-Women in Arboriculture 2018
-Host-Plant Resistance (Part I)
-Wood Decay Fungi ID and Management
-Climbers' Corner: Arborist Biomechanics
-Bug guy: Preparing for Spotted Lanternfly

Smart Ash - Arborist Superhero 
Denver's Forester Becomes Animated Superhero to Save City's Ash Trees

Rob Davis never imagined being a superhero, much less one with superpowers to use against a tiny foe. But as a forester with the City and County of Denver (he's basically the city and county's go-to tree guy), duty called in the way of  a PR campaign designed to draw attention to the emerald ash borer, an insect that is devastating ash trees in at least 34 states, including Colorado.

Davis's alter ego,  The Smart Ash, is the Superman to his Clark Kent. 

On May 23, Denver Parks and Recreation published  an animated series based on Davis's superhero character. As the Smart Ash, Davis has a six-pack, sick shades, and a number of different "powers" he utilizes to fight the pesky emerald ash borers from eating their way through metro Denver's 1.45 million ash trees. 


Urban Forestry Alert 
A webinar on how to grow urban foresters

The role of urban forests continues to expand as society recognizes the potential contribution of green infrastructure to global sustainability, human health, and quality of life. At the same time, new knowledge and technology are expanding urban forest management options. How will career and employment opportunities develop in this new and challenging environment? 

Attend the Nursery and Landscape EXPO 
Volunteer to staff the ISAT booth
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.

Is Bigger Always Better?
Plant small or large containers?

Dr. Michael Arnold of Texas A&M University says yes, but.  Initial efforts from his research project provided substantial quantified evidence to support the old adage that smaller transplanted stock would catch up with larger transplanted stock, but that differences in the time required to achieve equivalent landscape sizes varied among species. 

The Texas Chapter ISA is a TREE FUND Gold Sponsor - thanks for your support!

Are You at Risk for Skin Cancer?
Summer means SUN in Texas

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer the United States. This disease can greatly reduce quality of life, and it can be disfiguring and even deadly. Medical treatment for skin cancer is costly for individuals, families, and the nation. The good news is that most cases of skin cancer can be prevented.

Sun protection is essential  to skin cancer prevention - about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers and about 86 percent of melanomas are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Learn how to protect yourself to stay safe.

2018 Calendar of Events