Schedule
   Register online here.
  Sunday, September 22
8:00-
11:00am    
ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, and Certified Tree Worker Written Exam
10:00am
Vendor move-in Registration Desk Open (Lunch on your own)
10:00am-
6:30pm
Registration Desk Open (Lunch on your own)
12:00-1:15pm

DEC Track: Ticks! Arachnophobia? - Dr. Beth Brantley, Technical Support Specialist, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories (Northeast)

This session will provide an introduction to and biology of ticks, a review of ticks in our landscape to include the ecological significance of ticks and changes in tick population over time, why you should care about ticks and if you aren’t by now, why you should be, a discussion on control options for ticks to include cultural, chemical, biological and personal safety recommendations and finally, the “take home” message.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, BCMA Practice-1.25, 
CNLP credits-1.25.
Approved for 1.25 DEC credits for categories 3a, 8. 

12:00-1:15pm

Tree Academy Track: Changes in Climbing Techniques Where We are Going and How are We Getting There - Phillip Kelley, Lead Instructor, North American Training Solutions

This discussion will step back and examine the trends and changes in tree climbing tools and techniques over the last twenty years. We will also examine how standards and safe work practices have evolved to keep up with these changes.

Finally, we will look at what is new now and where we are going as an industry. There are lots of new ideas on the horizon and change is inevitable.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, BCMA Practice-1.25,
TW Climber Specialist-1.25, TW Aerial Lift Specialist-1.25, 
CNLP credits-1.25.

Approved for 1.25 CTSP credits.

1:30-2:45pm

DEC Track: Creating a Plant Health Care Safety Culture - Rich Cartier, Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements

This discussion will cover a wide-ranging host of topics related to safety practices for Plant Health Care Applicators. We will look at the current culture of safety for PHC applicators, an overview of labels and SDS sheets and what they can tell us, and PPE required for our jobs in the field. We will also look at ways to reduce pesticide exposure for applicators, and what roles fertilizers, organics, and other amendments play in all this.

Lastly, we will talk about what steps you need to take to encourage and build a culture of safety in your business.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, Municipal Specialist-1.25, BCMA Science-0.75, BCMA Practice-0.5, 
CNLP credits-1.25.
Approved for 1.25 DEC credits for categories CORE. 

1:30-2:45pm

Tree Academy Track: Workforce Retention and Recruitment: What Can We Do? - Jordan Jozak, Certified Arboriist, CTSP, Tree Care of NY

Attracting, recruiting and retaining quality employees within the Arboriculture industry (and unskilled/skilled trades as a whole) has become an increasingly growing challenge for both small and large employers.

This presentation explores some of the attributing factors, potential solutions, and opens up a roundtable discussion.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, Municipal Specialist-1.25, BCMA Management-1.25, CNLP credits-1.25.

2:45-3:15pm Refreshment Break in Vendor area
3:15-4:30pm

DEC Track: Plant Health Maintenance: Focus on Plant Health, NOT the Pest - Fran Reidy, Owner, Dryad Tree & Shrub Diagnostics, LLC

This course will assist Certified Applicators, Arborists, and Gardeners to expand their plant health toolbox, service list and enhance the sustainability of the landscape environment. Attendees will understand the methods to wean their clients and their yards off pesticides and offer alternative services.

Attendees concerned about the present state of the environment would find this information useful.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, Municipal Specialist-1.25, BCMA Science-0.75, BCMA Practice-0.5, CNLP credits-1.25.
Approved for 1.25 DEC credits for categories 3a.

3:15-4:30pm

Tree Academy Track: Rigging for Arborist: Calculated Risk Leading to Absolute Destruction - Phillip Kelley, Lead Instructor, North American Training Solutions

Rigging is one of the most challenging, rewarding and technical skills we practice as arborists. There has been a significant amount of research and tool development in the past few years. Not every tool or technique will work for every job.

We will discuss the plusses and minuses of new products and look for ways we can best implement them into daily production.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, BCMA Practice-1.25,
TW Climber Specialist-1.25, TW Aerial Lift Specialist-1.25, 
CNLP credits-1.25.
Approved for 1.25 CTSP credits.

4:45-6:00pm

DEC Track: Climate and Our Landscape - Dr. Beth Brantley, Technical Support Specialist, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories (Northeast)

This session will explore the components of climate, the shifting mosaic of our landscape, a review of the short-term effects of climate change citing local and global examples and the long-term effects on growing seasons, precipitation and carbon. Attendees will learn the effects on native and non-native plant communities and their responses, insects with a focus on pests and fungi with a focus on pathogens, and adaptations of each.

In addition, Beth will discuss the available tools you can use with a focus on species selection, cultural practices, pesticides and biological control and what we can do moving forward in terms of awareness, education, resiliency and sustainability.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, Municipal Specialist-1.25, BCMA Science-0.75, BCMA Practice-0.5, 
CNLP credits-1.25 
Approved for 1.25 DEC credits for categories 3a, 25.

4:45-6:00pm

Tree Academy Track: Business Management Software: Offseason Training: Three Ways to Make Your Tree Care Business More Efficient this Winter - Sean Adams, Account Executive, SingleOps

This session will discuss proven tactics and strategies for enhancing your tree care business this winter. Sean has worked with a number of green industry business owners through his consulting practice, helping them automate and systematize their businesses to ignite growth.

Approved for ISA credits:Certified Arborist-1.25, BCMA Management-1.25, CNLP credits-1.25.

6:00-7:15pm Meet & Greet Reception & 50/50 Raffle in Vendor Area
 
  Monday, September 23
7:00am-2:15pm Registration Desk Open
6:30-9:00am Breakfast in Vendor area & Roundtable Discussions
8:30-9:45am

DEC Track: The Spotted Lanternfly: What You Need to Know and How We are Fighting the Invasion - Emelie Swackhamer, Extension Educator, Green Industry, Penn State Extension

Lycorma delicatula, commonly known as the spotted lanternfly, threatens many important plants including grapes and trees. They also create a nuisance in residential landscapes. This presentation will describe the situation that has been unfolding in PA and surrounding states over the last 5 years. Emelie will focus on the biology and behavior to help attendees know what to watch out for.

You will hear about management options, regulations in place to slow the spread, and a summary some of the research that is taking place.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, Municipal Specialist-1.25, BCMA Science-0.5, BCMA Practice-0.75, 
CNLP credits-1.25.
Approved for 1.25 DEC credits for categories 2, 25, 3a, 9.

8:30-9:45am

Tree Academy Track: Commercial Vehicle Inspection/DOT Updates - Sgt. Karl Brenon, NYS Troopers

Trooper Brenon’s presentation will provide an update on Vehicle Marking; Driver Licensing; Safety Equipment; Definitions; Inspection Procedures; Hazardous Materials.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, Utility Specialist-1.25, BCMA Management-1.25,
TW Climber Specialist-1.25, TW Aerial Lift Specialist-1.25, CNLP credits-1.25. 

Approved for 1.25 CTSP credits.

9:45-10:45am Refreshment Break in Vendor area
10:45am-12:00pm

DEC Track: UTV Sprayer Mock Inspection - Don Nelson, Pesticides Control Specialist, Bureau of Pesticides Management, NYS DEC

A mock inspection to explain the process and requirements of what to expect on an inspection.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, Utility Specialist-1.25, BCMA Management-1.25,
TW Climber Specialist-1.25, TW Aerial Lift Specialist-1.25
Approved for 1.25 DEC credits for categories CORE. 

Approved for 1.25 CTSP credits.

10:45am-
12:00pm

Tree Academy Track: Wood Chipper Operator Safety, Everyday Maintenance and Operation - Lou Hicks, Regional Sales Manager, Morbark, LLC

This course will focus on chipper operator safety, daily maintenance to be performed by operators, proper operation of the chipper including understanding Tier 4f and proper over center clutch engagement and adjustment.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, Utility Specialist-1.25, Municipal Specialist-1.25,
BCMA Management-1.25, TW Climber Specialist-1.25, TW Aerial Lift Specialist-1.25, CNLP credits-1.25.
Approved for 1.25 CTSP credits.

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch and Roundtable Discussions

50/50 Raffle 

1:00-2:15pm

DEC Track: Ornamental Disease Update - Emelie Swackhamer, Extension Educator, Green Industry, Penn State Extension

As the season winds down, we will take a look at some interesting problems from 2019. This talk will cover life cycles, diagnosis and management options.

Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, Municipal Specialist-1.25, BCMA Science-0.5,
BCMA Practice-0.75, CNLP credits-1.25. 
Approved for 1.25 DEC credits for categories 3a, 25.

1:00-2:15pm

Tree Academy Track: National Grid Live Line Demo - John Byrnes, National Grid

National Grid delivers electricity to millions of customers in the Northeast. We have 900 miles of transmission lines and 70,000 mile of distribution lines. Our job is, when you flip the switch, the lights come on. But at the heart of what we do is, keeping our crews, our communities and our customers safe. This demonstration is to show you the dangers of coming into contact with energized powerlines.

Using a specially designed trailer which represents a typical electrical distribution system in your neighborhood, National Grid employees will demonstration to the attendees, within a controlled environment, the hazards of working within proximity of energized conductors. The results of improper use of non-dielectrically tested tools and equipment and contact with fences, ladders, animals, communication lines and the ground will all be graphically demonstrated.

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Approved for ISA credits: Certified Arborist-1.25, Utility Specialist-1.25, Municipal Specialist-1.25,
BCMA Management-1.25, TW Climber Specialist-1.25, TW Aerial Lift Specialist-1.25, CNLP credits-1.25.

Approved for 1.25 CTSP credits.