Texas TreEmail - June 2017
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 adn Trade Show 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.

To donate to the auction, contact April Rose at april@rosewoodarbor.com

2017 Texas Tree Awards
Help us find and recognize the best in Texas
Due June 19, 2017

Celebrate the accomplishments of those who have dedicated their talents to spreading a leafy green canopy over Texas by nominating them for the 2017 Texas Community Forestry Awards Program.
Winners are announced during the 2017 Texas Tree Conference 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.

2017 Award Categories:
  • Arborist of the Year
  • Gold Leaf Award for Landscape Improvement
  • Arboricultural Project of the Year
  • Outstanding Arbor Day Activities

Texas Tree Climbing Championship
and the winner is...

Jimmy Prichard and Candace Matthews were the winners in this year's Climbing Championship in Govalle Park in Austin. They will be competing in the North American Tree Climbing Championship in Utah this fall and the International in Columbus, Ohio in 2018.

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 new Premier Sponsor.

Texas Chapter ISA Elections
Deadline is July 21st

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.

Click here for the nomination form

Can Your Customers Find You?
There's an app for that

Want to make it easier for your customers to find you?

If your firm has a current Certified Arborist who is a member of ISA and the ISA Texas Chapter, you can advertise on the ISA Texas website!

Link to Find an Arborist app information
Special Session Tree Legislation
Gov. Abbott stresses property rights

Dozens of cities in Texas have ordinances that protect trees. Gov. Abbott has vetoed a broadly supported SB 744 tree mitigation bill supported by both houses of the state legislature, the development community and municipal interests charged with protecting the urban forest. 

He has called for the abolishment of municipal tree protection ordinances across the state as one of the twenty special session agenda items.

If you are interested in more information on actions being taken, email Jason Alfaro at  jalfaro@cityofkingsville.com or John Giedraitis at jpg@isatexas.com.

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

Click here for more information
How to Start a Small Business

Opening your business on a solid legal foundation is probably the easiest part of the start-up process. Everything is under your control. 

You simply find out what the legal paperwork and other requirements are, and get professional help preparing for the contingencies you could encounter down the road.

Where Clients Go For Tree Information
Hey, Trees Are Good!

TreesAreGood.org provides the public with educational information about the benefits of trees and how to properly care for trees in the urban environment. 

The site contains resources from the International Society of Arboriculture, and also provides a collection of reliable tree care information provided by other industry organizations.

TREE Fund Update
Your Texas Chapter ISA is a Lead Donor!

In the May 2017 issue of the TREE Fund Bulletin, read how McCrory Gardens at South Dakota State University developed a Junior Arborist Camp through the support of a TREE Fund Arboriculture Education Grant and makes the curriculum available to other schools to use as a program template. 

Also, mark your calendars for the next, free TREE Fund Webinar on June 21, 2017 with CEUs available. Dr. Susan Day will present Soil Profile Rebuilding: Rehabilitating Compacted Soils.

Bruce Miles - Champion of Texas Trees
Passes away on June 8th

Many of us knew Bruce from many Arbor Day celebrations and the Texas Tree Conference events as the 6th State Forester and Head of the Texas Forest Service but  his long resume of professional accomplishments and contributions do not begin to describe him. His impressive professional life represents a small fraction of his impact on the world. His true nature is found in the love of his family, the admiration of his co-workers, and the gratitude of every person he helped along the way. 

The family requests that donations sent to the Texas A&M Foundation, 401 George Bush Drive, College Station, TX 77840. Please designate the Bruce R. Miles Endowed Scholarship in the memo line.  More on Bruce Miles.

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