Texas TreEmail - April 2017
Texas Tree Climbing Championship
Come and see if you are the best!

May 19-20, 2017 Austin, Texas
Register online today - Slots are limited and there is no on-site competitor registration

Who is the best in Texas? Bring your family to Govalle Park Austin this May and see. The top finishers from the preliminary events on Friday qualify to compete in the Master's Challenge where the winner earns the right to compete in the North American Tree Climbing Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah this October. The Master's Challenge on Saturday combines all the skills from the preliminary rounds into one big climb.

The final event will be held in Govalle Park on Saturday, May 20th. On this day, we will also host a recreational climb and the Texas Tree Fair. These events will be open to the public, so please feel free to bring family and friends.

If you would like to volunteer or participate, contact Markus Smith at 512.467.8733 or markus@justtrees.com 

Free Admission for you and your family

Texas Tree Climbing Championship and Tree Fair
Come see the best in Texas climb, attend a workshop, visit with your peers, enjoy meeting with equipment vendors and relax at the Tree Fair and Equipment Expo
May 19-20, 2017
Govalle Park, Austin
Advanced Rigging Course
Pre-competition workshop with Phillip Kelley
May 18, 2017 in Austin

Join Phillip Kelley of North American Training Solutions at the pre-competition ISAT educational seminar on Thursday, May 18th. 

A one-day workshop that can make you a better and safer climber. Join us for this informative and necessary educational opportunity.

Oak Wilt Qualification Course
Oak Wilt Certification is now a Qualification
June 29-30 in Fredericksburg

Join the Texas A&M Forest Service and the Texas Chapter ISA for the Oak Wilt Qualification Course and Assessment. This two-day workshop is for ISA Certified Arborists and will show you how to identify and manage oak wilt in Texas. 

Each participant that successfully completes the course and passes the assessment will receive the status of Oak Wilt Qualified. Their qualification will be noted on the Texas Oak Wilt website as well as on any handout and other materials referencing qualified individuals. Dr. David Appel, Texas A&M and Robert Edmonson, Texas A&M Forest Service will be conducting the training.

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TRAQ is an ISA qualification program that trains arborists how to use the methodologies outlined in the ISA Best Management Practices for Tree Risk Assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.
These events fill up quickly so register today!

Tree Climbing Methods, Work Positioning & Best Practices Course 
May 16-18, 2017 in Austin

L1 Tree Climbing Methods,  Work Positioning & Best Practice
3-day module - no prerequisites other than the eligibility to attend requirements. 

The participants will be educated and trained in modern tree climbing methods and learn about the systems and techniques that make tree climbing and work positioning safer, easier, and more efficient. We will look at the different tools and techniques employed in a Moving Rope Climbing System(Doubled Rope Technique, DdRT) vs a Stationary Rope Climbing System (Single Rope Technique, SRT). We will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of both climbing systems. Learn through both theoretical and practical learning activities how to make the fundamental physics & mechanical advantage in your climbing system work for you! This course will also introduce work positioning best practice with hand saws & chainsaws emphasizing safety, skill and productivity. 

2017 Texas Tree Conference
September 27-29, 2017
Waco Convention Center 

We are back! After hosting the International Conference last year the Texas Tree Conference is back in Waco for 2017. Mark your calendar now for the biggest and best Texas Tree Conference yet! 

We anticipate over 1,000 attendees again 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.

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International Tree Conference and Tree Climbing Championship
July 28-30, 2017 Climbing
July 29-Aug. 2, 2017 Conference
Washington, DC

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

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This is a Tax Deduction Every Small Business Owner Will Hate to Take this Year!

Sometimes business owners have accounts receivable that will never be paid. They may also have inventory that they never use. If this feels like a loss, it's because it is. 

Ask your accountant about using it to your advantage and writing it up as a loss on your tax return to help save money.

ISA General Membership Election
Vote for your Directors and Committee Seats

ISA is seeking to fill two seats on the ISA Board of Directors, and general membership voting will begin 13 April 2017. The Nominating and Election Committee has received and evaluated a qualified roster of nominees who represent the diverse mix of ISA's membership as potential leaders of our Society.

ISA Member voting will be available by electronic means only. Polls will be open from 13 April 2017 through 30 May 2017. In early April, ISA staff will email a link to the voting ballot to ISA members who purchased their memberships by 31 March 2017. Watch your inbox for your chance to vote, and have a voice in this important decision.

Watch for Notice of Your Voting Ballot
Tree Risk Assessment BMP
30% discount!

Get a 30% discount on Best Management Practices: Tree Risk Assessment and the ANSI A300 Tree Risk Assessment Standard when you use these special discount codes in the ISA web store! 

Also, learn more about a tree's physiologic response to wounding with The CODIT Principle, a must-have resource for both practicing arborists and researchers. 

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