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Save the date for the 49th Annual Shade Tree Symposium Febuary 23th, 24th, 25th 2014

Location:
Lancaster Convention Center
20 S. Queen St
Lancaster, PA 17601

Groups of 5 or more receive a 10% discount. Contact April at 717-412-7473 to register group

 
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2014 ISA PENNDEL CHAPTER TREE SYMPOSIUM
THE IMPORTANCE OF TREE STRUCTURE

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2014

9:30 am CERTIFIED ARBORIST EXAM (must pre-register with ISA)

9am – 1pm CPR and First Aid Workshop
Tom Daniels and Jim Spaulding, Cardiac Care and Safety
Become certified in lifesaving skills. Participants will receive certification in CPR and First Aid.

2-6 pm EHAP and Aerial Rescue Workshop
Dr. John Ball, Professor of Urban Forestry, South Dakota State University

Don Coffey, TCIA EHAB Aerial Rescue Instructor
The EHAP and Aerial Rescue Workshop helps you protect your employees and meet the aerial rescue training requirements mandated by ANSI Z133.1 and OSHA. The most common reason for double fatalities in tree care is failed aerial rescue attempts – an emergency could develop any time one of your crew is aloft, and your employees must know how to react.

Tree Risk Assessment

12-5pm Tree Risk Assessment: An Introduction to the ISA BMP Risk Assessment Process
Bruce Fraedrich, Ph.D., Vice President of Research, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories

This workshop will provide an introduction to the Tree Risk Assessment interactive course emphasizing group activities and field assessments to learn the BMP tree risk assessment process. It will include indoor classroom work and outdoor assessments. Workshop should be limited to 40. Cost is $50.00. All revenues will go towards the Chapter’s Scholarship Fund.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2014

REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 7:30 AM
EXHIBIT HALL OPENS AT 7:30 AM

Morning: General Session

9:30 – 10am Welcome and Announcements

10– 11am Reduction Cuts or Removal Cuts: Does It Really Matter?
Ed Gilman, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Horticulture, University of Florida

How we apply pruning cuts impacts future growth and decay, and can have a major impact on tree response in storms. Do we really understand the biology and structural response to pruning? Can we predict how trees will respond to our treatments?

Morning: General Session: Continued

11:15am – 12:15pm Assessing Tree Structure As It Relates To Loads
Bruce Fraedrich, Ph.D., Vice President of Research, Bartlett
Tree Research Lab

Trees or tree parts fail when loads exceed strength of the wood. Tree architecture and certain defects play major roles in determining how trees manage loads from wind, rain, snow and gravity. This presentation will explore key tree architectural characteristics that influence stability. The presentation will discuss how trees adapt to loads over time and how this response growth contributes to long term stability. Finally there will be a brief discussion of tools and techniques that are being used to assess stability in both practice and in research.

12:15 – 1:30pm Lunch, Sponsored by The Crane Man

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Disease I.D. Workshop

2:55- 5pm 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.

This course is limited to 60 participants. Sign up at registration.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Climber/Tree Worker

1:45 – 2:40pm Cabling and Bracing Trees
John Ball, Ph.D., South Dakota State University

Tree support systems have come a long way in the past decade. There are new materials and techniques to support tree load, but with these comes a great need to understand when and where the different systems are appropriate. This session will cover the current systems from static to dynamic and show how they are installed and situations where they can beneficial.

2:45 – 5pm Understanding Tree Structure and Force in Rigging
Tony Tresselt, Lead Instructor North American Training Solutions

Modern tree rigging requires skills, knowledge, and equipment like never before. But first and foremost, the arborist must have firm understand of tree structure and how it bears loads during rigging operations. By rigging "with" the tree and taking trees apart the way they were put together, safety and productivity can be enhanced.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Utility and Pesticide Applicators Education

1:45 – 2:45pm Pollinators and Pesticides
Dr. Bill Rider, Pesticide education Specialist, Penn State University

Pollinators are a very hot issue right now. This one-hour core presentation will outline everything you need to know about protecting pollinators when applying pesticides. Pesticide Credits applied for this course.

2:55 – 3:55 Economical and Reliable Electric Distribution Tree Maintenance Rick Johnstone , President of Integrated Vegetation Management Partners

Trees are a major factor in electric distribution outages and drive maintenance budget dollars. Short-term economics drives low bid contracting for routine mowing and tree trimming. This paper will review best management practices and various contracting methods relative to their impact on system reliability, crew productivity and economics.

4:10 – 5:10 Overlooked Steps to Getting the Correct Rate
Dr. Bill Rider, Pesticide education Specialist, Penn State University

This talk examines why you may not be getting the correct rate of pesticides for your applications. The information presented is a real eye opener for many people who are making wrong assumptions make for bad applications. Pesticide Credits applied for this course.

Afternoon Break-Out Sessions: Plant Health Care

1:45 – 2:45 “Treeage”: The Art of Urban Tree Triage
Rex A. Bastian, Ph.D., Regional Technical Advisor
The Care of Trees/Davey Tree Expert Company

All tree pest problems are not created equally. Some are more serious than others. Some can result in death if not addressed immediately. Others may appear to be serious, but actually pose little threat. Using a system developed by the U.S. military to access battlefield injuries you can apply similar techniques to access the severity of tree pests. Pesticide Credits applied for this course.

2:55 – 3:55 Not All Bugs Are Bad: Beneficial Insects in Landscape Pest Management
Tim Abbey Penn State Extension Commercial Horticulture Educator

Most insects that we encounter are not pests. There are many insects that play a vital role in managing plant feeding insect populations. This presentation will cover identification of beneficial insects and what insecticides can be used to conserve their populations. Pesticide Credits applied for this course.

4:10 – 5:10 IPM for Conifers
Bruce R. Fraedrich Ph.D., Vice President for Research, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories

Insect and disease problems are increasing on many conifer species throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Needlecasts, shoot blights, cankers, scale insects, mites and borers are being identified with increasing frequency. This presentation will review major pests of conifers and discuss management strategies to maintain the health of conifers. Pesticide Credits applied for this course.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions: Business and Municipal Arboriculture

1:45 – 2:45 Planting with a Purpose
Aren Flint, Urban Forester and Business Developer, Davey Tree
Resource Group

Tree planting is an annual occurrence in most urban forestry programs. Whether 500 trees a year or 10 trees a year, are planted trees serving the community best? This session visits examples of communities strategically planting trees to maximize benefits trees provide the community.

2:55 – 3:55 Client Service: Don’t Let it Be Your Competitive Disadvantage
Phil Snyder, Vice President of East Atlantic Operations, The Davey Tree Expert Company

Improving the quality of service can be as inexpensive as instilling more responsive tactics in your team which can be dramatically visible to clients. As companies outside our industry continue to raise the bar around our clients’ service experiences, it’s vital that your team keeps pace with these advances. This session will explore several easily transferrable client service concepts, which can create instant impact and competitive positioning over time

4:10 – 5:00 How Arborists can use Social Media
April Hutcheson
Executive Director Pennsylvania Delaware Chapter of ISA

Social media is changing the way that businesses are reaching their customers. It is easier then ever before to spread the word about your work without the cost of mainstream advertising. Learn how to create loyal followers, set up your own business Facebook page and use innovative techniques to keep your customers informed about what is going on in your business.

BEEF AND BEER SUPPER
5:00-7:00 pm

SPECIAL MONDAY EVENING SESSION WITH ED GILMAN
7:00 – 9:00 P.M. Title: Structural Pruning at Planting: Crucial for Upping Your Game.

Prune at planting? I thought we didn't do that! Roots and shoots are best pruned at planting to correct structural deficiencies because most never get pruned again for structure. Nursery stock arriving with inferior structure WILL benefit from pruning. We show you the way. There is sure to be plenty of discussion and disagreement. Come prepared to defend your position - I will.

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
topclimb@msn.com

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
topclimb@msn.com

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.

The Speakers
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 Feather
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 Tresselt
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
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 Bastian
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
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.

Phil Snyder
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
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
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.


 

 

 


 

   
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