May 2015 TreeMail  
Hello John,
Here is a quick update on some great Texas tree events and news for you.
Bilingual Tree Worker Workshop
Primeras Jornadas para Trabajadores de Árboles
May 13 - Shertz Civic Center
Early registration ends midnight May 6th (today)

It is time for the 6th Annual Bilingual Tree Worker Workshop in San Antonio. Come learn from industry leaders such as Eduardo Medina from Davey Tree, Dr. Ron Billings from the Texas A&M Forest Service, Carlos Llanos from Columbia, SA and Patty Charqueno from McCoy Tree Surgery.

Topics include professionalism in arboriculture, professionalism, tree identification, accident prevention and oak wilt. There will be demonstrations of an air spade, chainsaw safety, electrical safety, and tree pruning. We hope to see you there!

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Tree Rigging and Rescue Workshop
June 11, 2015  Trinity Park, Fort Worth

Join Phillip Kelley of North American Training Solutions at the pre-competition educational seminar on Thursday, June 11th. A one-day workshop that can make you a better and safer arborist. Join us for this informative and necessary educational opportunity.

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Texas Tree Climbing Championship
June 12-13, 2015  Trinity Park, Fort Worth

It's time to register for the 2015 Texas Tree Climbing Championship. The top finisher will represent the Texas Chapter at the 2016 International Tree Climbing Championship - to be held in San Antonio next April 2016!

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Oak Wilt ID and Management Workshop
June 10-11, 2015, Austin, Texas

The Texas Forest Service and the Texas Chapter ISA are hosting the 11th Annual workshop for ISA Certified Arborists on how to identify and manage oak wilt. SPACE IS LIMITED TO 25 - REGISTER TODAY!

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ISAT In The Shade
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Antracnose, trees in drought, Emerald Ash borer (EAB), tree trails, desert trees, tawny crazy ants, dynamite for tree planting, TFS Centennial, new crape myrtle scale in Texas and more!

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Time To Get Certified?
Advance your career

The tree care profession has experienced rapid growth over the past decade and there is a significant amount of knowledge required to perform at the highest level. ISA credentials help consumers identify qualified, knowledgeable tree care professionals.

Earning a credential is a voluntary activity, but it demonstrates that you have the proper knowledge and skills, as well as a high level of dedication to your profession and your community. ISA Certified Arborists understand the importance of continued education and how it helps to make the world be a better place, one tree at a time. 

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Emerald Ash Borer Webinars
Sign up for free today! in partnership with US Department of Agriculture Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service Plant Protection and Quarantine program, the Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Invasive Species Institute will be holding two free webinars in May to raise awareness about the emerald ash borer. 

On May 12th, webinar participants will receive an introduction to the emerald ash borer problem, including identification, impacts and signs of infestations. This webinar will also present an overview of trapping efforts in Texas, to identify whether an infestation is present. To register for this free webinar, please visit the May 12th registration page

On May 14th, webinar participants will learn how to prevent the introduction and movement of forest pests like emerald ash borer to Texas. It will also feature a new initiative by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to identify and map ash tree (Fraxinus sp.) locations statewide for a future seed collecting and storage for use in research and restoration. To register for this free webinar, please visit the May 14th registration page

Crape Myrtle Bark Scale
Help Texas AgriLife find this new pest!
There is a new insect pest that is spreading to crape myrtle trees throughout Texas and you can help to find it!
Show What Drives You!
Texas Tree License Plate Contest

Want to improve the look of your vehicle and get a chance to win some great prizes? Just have a friend take a picture of you pointing to your license plate and send it here. Your picture is your entry in a prize drawing to be held at the Texas Tree Conference this October 2nd. How do you get one of these great plates and support the Texas Urban Forestry Councils Tree Micro Grant program at the same time? Just click on the link below.

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Tree Appraisal Survey
CTLA needs your feedback

Do you perform tree appraisals? The Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers (CTLA) is actively working on the 10th Edition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal. To ensure the Guide will be useful to arborists, representatives of the Council are soliciting information from arborists who do appraisals. If you appraise trees, take the appraisal survey to provide information on the types of appraisals you do and the methods you use.

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Research Needs Assessment Survey
Looking at tree research needs

ISA and TREE Fund have completed a joint research needs assessment project. The main goals of the project were to identify the research needs and interests of the arboriculture community and to help the two organizations proactively support the research needed for the long-term growth of the profession. To accomplish these goals, a survey was sent to a representative sample of ISA members, and more than 2,500 survey responses were tabulated. A final report summarizes the survey’s key findings, implications of the findings for ISA and TREE Fund, and recommendations for actions to take based on these implications. 

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New Publicatations
The latest books for your library

Documenting Evidence - Practical Guidance for Arborists, by Julian A. Dunster, Foreword by Nelda Matheny

If your work requires that you collect information (evidence) and analyze it to form opinions and prepare reports or testify, this book is for you. The framework and principles described will help professionals performing a variety of services including testifying as an expert, diagnosing problems, resolving disputes, completing accident reports, and even assessing trees.

This book is a guide for anyone collecting and documenting information and then using that evidence to help form opinions, make decisions or develop recommendations. Key ideas are clearly illustrated, often in a case study type of format, with illustrative photographs and graphics.  

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Exhibitors and Sponsors
Grow your biz and support ISAT!

The Texas Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture is one of the largest ISA Chapters in the United States, and growing.  We are a professional organization dedicated to continuing education for commercial, municipal and utility arborists, to tree care research and to professionally serving tree care consumers throughout Texas.  We depend on partners like you to provide ongoing education and services for our members.  Please review the sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities below and choose now to have your company recognized as a supporter of ISAT and of the best in professional tree care.

2015 Texas Tree Climbing Competition
Fort Worth, Texas - June 12-13, 2015

The ISAT Tree Climbing Championship simulates working conditions of arborists in the field. Competitors perform five different events during the preliminary round. Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner. Qualifiers then move on to the Master's Challenge. The Texas champion will go to the International Tree Climbing Championship in San Antonio in 2016. This exciting event promotes safe work practices and is an excellent venue to demonstrate innovations in equipment while receiving industry recognition.

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2015 Texas Tree Conference
Waco, Texas - Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, 2015
Our annual Tree Conference has grown to become a premier event in the tree care industry. The 2014 Conference broke all previous attendance records with over 1,000 attendees and we anticipate the 2015 event will be even larger. At the Conference, we provide outstanding education programs featuring nationally known speakers, the latest in tree research and arboriculture, an awards luncheon, and numerous networking opportunities including a reception recognizing our sponsors and exhibitors.

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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