TUESDAY FEBRUARY 25, 2014
REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 7:30 AM
EXHIBIT HALL OPENS AT 7:30 AM
Morning: General Session
8:30 – 9:15 Awards and Announcements
9:15 – 10:00 Root Disease and Tree Stability
Bruce Fraderick, Ph.D., Bartlett Tree Research Lab
Root disease is common in old trees and one of the major predisposing factors to root failures (“wind-throw”). This presentation will discuss identification of major root pathogens, patterns of decay and impact of decay on tree stability. This presentation will also discuss assessment techniques for detection and evaluating stability.
General Session: Plant Health Care
10:15 – 11:05 What Keeps Trees Erect?
Ed Gilman, Ph.D., University of Florida
Is it root depth, root spread, or root form? What about soil? We discuss the most important aspect of maintaining planted trees in the upright position?
Morning Breakout Sessions: Disease I.D. Workshop
10:15 – 12:15 Winter Pest Scouting
Sandy Feather, Extension Horticulture Educator, Penn State University
Landscape professionals often give estimates during winter months when many pest problems are not so obvious. This session uses live samples of insect and disease problems on trees and shrubs as they appear in winter. Participants are given a chance to examine the samples on their own, then go over them as a class with the presenter. Pesticide Credits applied for this course.
Morning Breakout Session: Climber/Tree Worker
10:15 – 12:15 Sound and Practical Rigging
Mark Chisolm, Expert Arborist and World Champion Climber
This session will discuss how each tree removal can be approached to ensure safe, efficient results. With the help of jobsite photos and video we will demonstrate the procedures and thought processes that help us get the repeatable results we desire,
Morning Breakout Session: Plant Health Care
11:15 – 12:15 Why Trees Die
Rex A. Bastian, Ph.D., Regional Technical Advisor The Care of Trees/Davey Tree Expert Company
For arborists to provide an explanation of why trees die, we need to understand that a tree functions as a system comprised of both internal and external inputs dependent on both internal and external processes. With a little rational thought, we can boil tree death down to some pretty basic principles.
12:15 – 1:40 Lunch
Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Climber/Tree Worker
1:40 – 4:00 Dismantling Trees with Cranes
Mark Chisolm, Expert Arborist and World Champion Climber
Now a day, cranes are becoming regularity on almost every tree care professional's work order. If you don't understand how to work with them and you use guesswork, then you are waiting for a catastrophe. Learn how to take a systematic approach to every crane job that we followed successfully through the years including the post-Sandy cleanup.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Utility and Pesticide Application
1:40 – 2:40 Improve Reliability, Economic and Environmental Stewardship with IVM
Rick Johnstone, President of Integrated Vegetation Management Partners
Many utilities use low bid contracting to keep vegetation maintained with mowers and tree trimming and some have shown short-term cost savings. But the long-term consequences look dismal for both economics and environmental stewardship. This talk will explore integrated vegetation management (IVM) best practices that can provide continuing improvement in reliability, economics, environmental stewardship and public relations. Pesticide Credits applied for this course.
2:50 – 3:50 New Online Applicator Stewardship Training Series
Mark Rice, Bayer Chemicals
This session will discuss and demonstrate five new applicator training modules covering topics such as product labels, handling and storage, and mixing and loading of right of way herbicides. Pesticide Credits applied for this course.
Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Business and Municipal Arboriculture
1:40 – 2:40 Introduction to Tree Pruning Standards
Vinnie Cotrone, Penn State Extension Urban Forester
Proper pruning of young and mature trees can have a profound impact on tree structure. This talk will review International Society of Arboriculture pruning BMPs and ANSI tree pruning standards.
2:50 – 3:50 Using i-Tree for Your Community’s Urban Forestry Program
Aren Flint, Urban Forester and Business Developer, Davey Tree Resource Group
Just short of 10 years, the i-Tree suite of software has multiplied to encompass the many ways of assessing the quantity and quality of urban forests. This session will overview of the many applications and provide ideas of how to incorporate them into your community’s urban forestry program.
Dr. Ed Gilman
Dr. Gilman received his PhD from Rutgers and has been on the faculty since 1984 as professor in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Ed wrote Illustrated Guide to Pruning, which is in its second edition. He received the Authors Citation Award in 1999, the Educators Award in 2003, and the research award in 2007 from the International Society of Arboriculture for sustained excellence in research, publishing and teaching timely information on tree care.
Dr. Bruce Fraedrich
Dr. Fraedrich is the Vice President of Research at the F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company and the Director of Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories. In this position, Dr. Fraedrich is responsible for directing research, technical support and training functions for the Bartlett Company. His research interests include diseases of landscape plants, tree risk management and planting and establishment of landscape plants. He received a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from Clemson University and a Masters in Forestry from Duke University. Dr. Fraedrich received the L.C. Chadwick Award for Arboricultural Research from the International Society of Arboriculture in 2005.
Sandy came to Penn State Extension after 15 years working in the green industry. She has worked as a pesticide applicator, estate gardener and in sales for a commercial turf supply company. Sandy worked as the consumer horticulture educator in Allegheny County from 1997 until 2008 when she moved to commercial horticulture. Sandy’s areas of special interest include woody ornamental plants, integrated pest management and phenology, and sustainable landscape practices.
Dr. John Ball
Dr. Ball is a Professor of Forestry from South Dakota State University where he teaches courses in arboriculture and forestry. He also serves as the campus arborist and as the forest health specialist for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. Dr. Ball has a Ph.D. and M.S in forestry from Michigan State University and is a Certified Arborist and Certified Forester.
Tony is a writer, arborist and trainer associated with North American Training Solutions and Arbor Canada Training and Education. As part of an excellent group of trainers and educators, he travels North America living the dream by spreading the word of safe efficient arboriculture. His exploits can be followed on the Gravitational Anarchy blog http://gravitationalanarchy.wordpress.com
Rick Johnstone acts as an advisor and trainer for federal, state and tribal land management agencies and conducts IVM and Ecosystem Management Workshops that include field tours of botanically documented case study sites with equipment demonstrations. He has assisted Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, MD, the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, MI, Patuxent National Wildlife Research Refuge, and the Wildlife Habitat Council in controlling invasive weeds and improving wildlife and pollinator habitat.
Rex is a Regional Technical Advisor for The Care of Trees/Davey Tree Expert Company, with emphasis on education and training, public relations and diagnostics. He is an International Society of Arboriculture Board Certified Master Arborist and served as the 1996 President of the Illinois Arborist Association. He has previously served as Chair of the ISA Certification Test Committee and Board Certified Master Arborist Test Committee, and currently serves on the BCMA Test Committee.
Aren Flint specializes in urban forestry consulting projects for federal and state agencies, municipalities, parks, golf courses, zoos and cemeteries. Ms. Flint’s experience as an urban forester includes conducting inventories, writing multi-year management plans and emerald ash borer readiness plans, utilizing i-Tree’s suite of software, interpreting urban tree canopy assessments, performing risk tree evaluations, and consulting with local Indiana communities.
In his role as Vice President of East Atlantic Operations for The Davey Tree Expert Company, Phil provides regional leadership in operations, sales, client service, and safety for twenty branch offices located in greater Washington DC, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. Phil came to Davey through the acquisition of The Care of Trees in 2008. Prior to commercial arboriculture he spent twelve years in utility forestry including as President of Western Environmental Consultants in Oakland, California.
Mark Chisholm, a New Jersey Certified Tree Expert, CTE#348 is also President Elect of the NJ Arborists Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture. Mark has represented New Jersey as state climbing champion at the International Tree Climbing Championships for the past 20 years. Mark is an nineteen-time NJ Tree Climbing Champion and three-time World Champion. He has appeared at TCI Expo for the past several years doing climbing demonstrations, and frequently does climbing seminars in New Jersey and nationwide.
April Hutcheson has served as the Penn Del Chapter’s Executive Director for the last three years. As owner of Sterling Communication Management, she draws from her diverse background to provide quality support for her clients. She is a media relations expert with a vast experience in crisis communications and public relations, as well as helping non-profit organizations increase awareness to build member and donor bases.