September Texas TreEmail
All the Latest Texas Tree News
ISAT In The Shade Newsletter

In this month's newsletter you will find highlights from the ISA and Texas Chapter Tree Conferences, first-hand reports from the Texas contestants in the International Tree Climbing Championship, another deep look into a plant cell, new members, event updates, Razones para Contratar a un Arbolista (Reasons to Hire an Arborist), utility arborists news, What's Up Doc from Dr. Appel and the Big IDea tree id quiz.

Women's Tree Climbing Workshop  
Climb to the top
October 19-21, 2018
Sunset, Texas

Join the Texas Chapter ISA for a new tree climbing workshop for women, taught by women.
This will be the ISA Texas' second women's tree climbing workshop and it is designed for women who have never climbed trees before with ropes and harnesses but also those who have prior experience and want to improve their ability.
Come learn a new skill or improve your foundation in a safe and positive environment. This two and a half-day event was specifically created for women by women climbers, who have competed in tree climbing championships & are working in the tree care industry.

Wildfire Risk Assessment Qualification Course and Assessment
November 14-15, 2018 in College Station

The threat wildfire poses to residents of Texas increases everyday as more people move into once natural areas. We know that it is not a question of if a fire will start, but when.
As an ISA Certified Arborist, have you considered how your skills and experience can improve the safety and quality of tree care to protect Texans and ecosystems from wildfire? By taking the Wildfire Risk Assessment Qualification course, you will become more knowledgeable about how to evaluate and mitigate property from the threat wildfire poses. 
2018 Texas Tree Conference, Academy, Trade Show and Tree Schools
September 26-28, 2018
Another record breaker!

Thanks for helping us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Texas Chapter - we had record attendance with over 1,000 attendees. There were world class speakers for Commercial, Municipal and Utility arborists tracks with plenty of time to socialize and play the Tree ID Quest with the exhibitors at the sold-out trade show. The Wednesday evening social was a hit at the Dr. Pepper Museum. This year there was also a new Texas Tree Conference app for phones to keep everyone up on what was going on at the conference.

At the awards banquet, Mark Bird  was honored  as the Texas Arborist of the Year and Misti Perez and Michael Sultan as Volunteers of the Year. 

Thanks to Emily King, the 2018 Texas Tree Conference Chair and her dedicated team of volunteers!

Speaker presentations will be up soon on at

See you in Waco next September 25-27, 2019

Proposed New Dallas Tree Regulations Spark Homebuilder Opposition  
Trees in the news

Proposed Dallas regulations that could forbid removing trees from home owners' back yards are the target of opposition from the Homebuilders Association of Greater Dallas.

The Neighborhood Forest Overlay (NFO) plan, making its way through City Hall, is an additional step beyond tougher tree regulations already approved by the Dallas City Council in May.  NFO would be an optional step neighborhoods could take to retain trees. Supporters hope to reduce clear cutting that sometimes occurs when small older homes are demolished to make way for larger new homes.

New homes are replacing older homes now in many established Dallas neighborhoods with big trees.

If you are interested in being on the ISAT Legislative Committee for the upcoming Legislative Session, contact John Giedraitis at for more information
Big Storm-Big City-Big Mess   
Typhoon Mangkhut havoc in Hong Kong

Recently, Mangkhut, the city's strongest typhoon on record, slammed into Hong Kong, activating the highest tier No 10 warning signal. The monster storm wreaked havoc - buildings swayed, windows were smashed and transport came to a standstill.

The clean-up in the aftermath of Mangkhut looks to be a long one, with more than 17,00 trees uprooted across the city, 1,000 of roads blocked and billions in infrastructure damage.

Bradford Pear - The Real Story   
The Take Away? Plant Natives!!!

Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare. An interesting historical read about botanical explorers, government officials, nurserymen, landscape architects and others.

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International ISA Update
Coming in 2019: ISA Headquarters Relocating to Atlanta, Georgia

The ISA Board of Directors is pleased to announce plans to relocate the ISA Headquarters office from Campaign, Illinois to the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area in 2019.

The new ISA headquarters will officially open in the new location by mid-2019. With the organization approaching its 100 year anniversary, this move will create new opportunities for ISA to build on current work and program offerings and set the organization up for continued success over the next 100 years. We look forward to continuing to serve our members and credential holders from this new location. 
Other News from International ISA

New Product! ISA Certified Arborist Utility Specialist Certification Study Guide
The greatly expanded edition of the study guide for ISA's Certified Arborist Utility Specialist certification exam is now available for purchase in the ISA web store .  

Now Available: Digital Z133
Use your mobile device or tablet to search or scroll through the full standard in an easy-to-use digital format!  Available to purchase for use on your Android or iOS.  Click here to buy now! 

ISA Announces New Certification Eligibility Requirements
In a continual effort to properly align with our mission to foster a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees, we are proud to announce the International Society of Arboriculture has further defined the eligibility criteria for the ISA Certified Arborist┬« credential to recognize assessment-based programs.  Read more 

2018 Calendar of Events