Texas TreEmail - March 2017
Lone Star Tree Appraisal Workshop
A Texas Chapter ISA Master's Series Event

March 24, 2017, Fort Worth, Texas
Just a few slots left!!!

Need to stand apart from the crowd and take your arboricultural career to the next level?  If so, then the ISA-Texas Master Series' "Lone Star Tree Appraisal Workshop" might be for you!

Two of ISAT's own experts will offer insights into what actually works in Texas courts.  Todd Watson, Ph.D./BCMA, and Greg David, RCA/BCMA, will team-up to "shoot from the hip" about authentic, Texas-sized, tried-and-true tree appraisal techniques.

From simple "car versus tree" insurance incidents, through oil and gas surface damage claims, complex herbicide drift cases, and encroachment & wrongful removal cases, Watson and David will steer you through the appraisal techniques that make sense in Texas. 
We'll talk theory and methodology in the morning, and actual case reviews and scenarios in the afternoon.  Of particular interest will be an inside look at two recent precedent-setting appellate and Texas Supreme Court cases related to tree appraisal.

While the Lone Star Tree Appraisal Workshop will be of great interest to anyone providing tree appraisal and valuation services in Texas, a working knowledge of the concepts covered in the 9th Edition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal is highly recommended.

Oak Wilt Qualification Course
Oak Wilt Certification is now a Qualification
May 10-11 in Austin
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!

What's Up With Texas Trees?
March ISAT In the Shade Newsletter 

Lots going on in Texas: The latest bills in the Texas Legislature affecting trees, how does the movement of trees make them stronger, EAB is BAD, upcoming events and more!

Want to submit an article or news? Contact Rebecca Johnson at cercis11@gmail.com 
Texas Tree Climbing Championship
May 18-20, 2017
Austin, Texas 

Mark your calendars now for this years contest and pre-climb workshop. 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 markus@justtrees.com 
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

Click here for more information
New BMP Publication!
Best Management Practices: Root Management

Recommended practices for inspection, pruning, and directing the roots of trees in urban environments to promote their longevity while minimizing infrastructure

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Tree Sculpture Tour?
History and Art Combined in Galveston

On September 13th, 2008, Hurricane Ike covered most of the Island in a tidal surge. The damaging combination of powerful wind and waves immediately uprooted many trees, but ultimately the salty storm waters led to the demise of the thousands of others. Ike forced Galveston to say a sad goodbye to so much of its beautiful tree canopy.

Months later sculpture artists breathed second life into something Mother Nature attempted to destroy. Whimsical sculptures have replaced the majestic oaks that once lined many neighborhood streets and shaded homes. Tucked into gardens and nestled in side yards the sculptures are there for the public to enjoy.

What can we learn from trees?

They inspire us, comfort us, and remind us how life moves on.

Read all about it in the March 2017 edition of National Geographic Magazine.

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