March Texas TreEmail
What is Eating our Trees? - An Emerald Ash Borer Workshop
March 29, 2018
Tyler, Texas

Emerald Ash Borer is in Texas and this invasive insect has the potential to attack and kill the ash tree populations like it has in communities throughout North America. 

At this workshop, subject matter experts Dr. Dave Coyle, Dr. Fredric Miller, and Emmett Muennink will discuss - Where EAB is now, what to expect, and how to manage and mitigate its effects. This workshop is for community public works or parks and recreation managers, certified arborists and tree care companies, and the general homeowner with an ash tree in their yard.

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Senior Tree Care - ISAT Master's Series
April 19, 2018 - Houston
April 20, 2018 - San Antonio

This one-day Master's Series in Arboriculture will help you understand how trees age and teach the specialized skills required to maintain mature trees.  Mature trees respond differently to available resources and environmental changes than younger trees. Tree health care management must account for the unique processes of mature trees and different arboricultural practices are required to help maintain mature tree health, structural integrity, and growth.   Mature tree physiology and prescriptions for pruning, fertilization, and prevention of injury will be highlighted.

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Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Renewal
May 1, 2018 - College Station
Registration Deadline March 30

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). If you attended the July 2013 event, you will need to register for this renewal. If you received your Qualification before November 2014 you can register for this renewal.

Once you have successfully passed the renewal requirements, you will be given 5 years from the date of your previous expiration allowing you to take full advantage of the 5 year period granted with the credential. If you do not take the renewal course before your renewal date, you will need to take the TRAQ course and assessment over again.

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course and Assessment
May 2-4, 2018 - College Station
Registration Deadline March 30

Join the Texas Chapter ISA for the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) 2-day educational course followed by a 1/2 day assessment that includes both a written and field component. Your instructor will be Skip Kincaid.

Texas Tree Climbing Championship
May 18-19, 2018

Mark your calendars now for this years contest and pre-climb workshop. The winner of this year's competition will represent the Texas Chapter in the International Tree Climbing Contest.  This is the best event of the year for a working climber to attend if you want to improve your skills.

If you would like to volunteer or participate, contact Markus Smith at 512.467.8733 or 

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Urban Forests Info Alert!
President's FY 2019 Budget Proposes Eliminating U&CF National Funding 

The national Urban and Community Forestry (U&CF) program has been proposed for complete elimination in the President's FY 2019 budget. If you have an opinion that you would like to express, click on the link below.


The rules are complex. The tax code is enormous. The forms are onerous. As a small business owner, it's common to be nervous that you're missing something big. Here's one way to make sure you're not.

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TCIA learned of 129 tree care-related occupational incidents in calendar year 2017. Seventy-two of them were fatal. This report provides what we know about these incidents from the media accounts.

The "Big Three" types of accident causation are the same as they have been in recent years: Fall, struck-by and electrical contact incidents comprise 33, 33 and 17 percent of the total incidents, respectively.

China will plant new forests covering an area of 84,000 square kilometers, roughly the size of Ireland, in 2018, as it aims to increase forest coverage to 23 percent of total landmass by the end of the decade, China Daily reported recently. 

Stronger Than Steel, Able to Stop a Speeding Bullet-It's Super Wood!
Some varieties of wood, such as oak and maple, are renowned for their strength. But scientists say a simple and inexpensive new process can transform any type of wood into a material stronger than steel, and even some high-tech titanium alloys. Besides taking a star turn in buildings and vehicles, the substance could even be used to make bullet-resistant armor plates.

Trees For Houston Grows Houston
In Houston, the greenery is the scenery  
Founded in 1983, Trees For Houston initially focused its early efforts on planting street trees in the heart of Houston. Now celebrating our 30th anniversary, with nearly half a million trees planted, our organization has evolved into one that grows, plants and maintains thousands of trees across the greater Houston region. 

With only 10 staff members - and the help of many volunteers - Trees for Houston plants a minimum of 20,000 trees every year in the greater Houston area. 

2018 Calendar of Events