Register online here.
  Sunday, September 16
ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, and Certified Tree Worker Written Exam
Vendor move-in Registration Desk Open (Lunch on your own)
Registration Desk Open (Lunch on your own)

DEC Track: Ash Tree Treatment: When to Treat and When Is It Too Late - William Snyder, RCA, Greenleaf Supply

This session will explore the optimum time to treat Ash trees and the numerous treatment options for Emerald Ash Borer. Attendees will hear a brief history of the EAB, where it was first found, how it spread; the life cycle and identification characteristics and diagnostics signs. The session will also focus on Ash tree identification, how an Ash works, canopy loss, treatment and application methods and results of interviews on Ash tree treatments with other plant health professionals.

(will be submitted for NYS DEC, ISA and CNLP credits)


Tree Academy Track: Branch Junction Anatomy - Duncan Slater, BSc, BA, MSc, PhD, PGCE, MArborA, MICFor, Senior Lecturer in Arboriculture, Myerscough College, Lancashire, England

Through the use of dissection, electron microscopy and micro x-rays, branch junctions in over twenty species of tree have been examined, which has identified a new model for how branches are mechanically joined in trees. This new model emphasises the key mechanical role played by the dense and twisted wood formed under the branch bark ridge of branch attachments. This new finding provides a useful interpretation of different types of branch junction for arborists and this new understanding of the anatomy of branch junctions can also be used for the production of novel joints in composite man-made materials. This talk will introduce the new model for branch attachment and provide images and examples of different types of branch junction, categorised by their anatomical differences.

(will be submitted for ISA and CNLP credits)


DEC Track: Identifying and Treating Tree Root Diseases - Barbara Neal, BCMA, RCA, Agriculture and Horticulture Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension-Tioga County

Root diseases can be tricky to identify and even more difficult to treat. Learn how to look for the signs and symptoms of common tree root diseases, chemical methods of treatment, and cultural methods to limit the spread of these difficult-to-manage diseases.

(will be submitted for NYS DEC, ISA and CNLP credits)


Tree Academy Track: Natural Bracing Techniques - Duncan Slater, BSc, BA, MSc, PhD, PGCE, MArborA, MICFor, Senior Lecturer in Arboriculture, Myerscough College, Lancashire, England

By surveying three large cohorts of trees, a very strong association was found between naturally-formed bracing structures in the crowns of trees and the presence of bark-included branch junctions lower down in the tree’s structure. This association has now been followed up by an experiment where by statically bracing several branch junctions of young Populus, this has resulted in them forming bark inclusions. The implications of this finding are many in terms of tree pruning, tree assessment and the management of mature trees where natural braces are present. An understanding of natural bracing is a threshold concept for arborists: before pruning trees, an arborist needs a clear understanding of the different forms of natural brace, their sustainability and what practices and treatments may be appropriate to different cases of natural bracing. This talk will introduce the topic of natural bracing, including showing some images of example trees.

(will be submitted for ISA and CNLP credits)

2:55-3:15pm Refreshment Break in Vendor area

DEC Track:, Identifying Wood Decay Fungi, and Managing in Plant Health Care - Christopher Luley, PhD, Founder, Urban Forest Diagnostics LLC

This presentation will guide arborists on identification of decay fungi, and their appropriate treatments within an Integrated Pest Management program (IPM), and is based on a free, recently developed website

Wood decay is the most common disease of urban and landscape trees, and management of decay diseases within an IPM program is essential knowledge for arborists. Treatments for decay will be discussed and can range from the use of pesticides to tree removal depending on the pathogen present and severity of the disease.

The reasons that plant health care treatments to improve tree vigor and enhance host resistance are the most effective means to manage decay infected trees will be presented. However, any treatment prescription for decay is based on identification of the pathogen present.

(will be submitted for NYS DEC, ISA and CNLP credits)

3:15-4:30pm Tree Academy Track: Slings, Blocks and Rigging Rings - Norm Hall, Tree Care Operations Supervisor, Kinnucan Tree Experts and Landscape Company

DEC Track: NYS IPM: Identifying and Managing Invasive Pests - Dr. Elizabeth Lamb, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program

This session will provide a short introduction on integrated pest management and how it relates to arboriculture, a review of some of the new and potential forest pest species, NYS IPM resources for conifers and conifer pests and a look at some of the resources that NYS IPM has available to help you manage them and NYS IPM’s educational program on protecting yourself from ticks and the diseases they carry.

(will be submitted for NYS DEC, ISA and CNLP credits)


Tree Academy Track: Good Steps, Bad Steps - A Review of Recent Cases Involving Tree Risk - Skip Kincaid, BCMA, SAF Certified Forester and Director of Urban Forestry at Hansen's Tree Service & Environmental Resources

A review of recent cases involving tree risk will be presented. Tips will be provided by highlighting some of the positive steps that some of the parties took to reduce their risk, while others will be highlighted to identify mistakes made that may have been very expensive. Attendees will receive a quick review of basic legal principles associated with tree risk that were presented earlier, positive steps that tree service companies and property managers, including municipalities, can take to reduce their liability associated with trees and mistakes to avoid in the arboriculture community to reduce risk associated with trees.

(will be submitted for ISA and CNLP credits)

5:55-7:15pm Meet & Greet Reception in Vendor Area
  Monday, September 17
6:30am-3:30pm Registration Desk Open
7:00-9:00am Continental Breakfast in Vendor area

DEC Track: Environmentally Sound and Effective Solutions for Invasive Pests and Disease of Trees - Trent Dicks, Mid Atlantic Technical Manager, Arborjet

This presentation will discuss invasive pest in the area and what factors they have on crops, plants, trees and residents; discuss life cycles, treatments, and the damage we are seeing; and the research that is being done and what treatments we have seen working.

1. Spotted Lantern: Regional views
   a. Life Cycle
   b. Damage that we are seeing
   c. Host and plants seeing damage
   d. Research results
2. Shot Hole Borer:
   a. Life Cycle
   b. Treatments
3. Treatment Methods: Factors & Implications
   a .Foliar spraying
   b. Soil drench or injection
   c. Bark drench

(will be submitted for NYS DEC, ISA and CNLP credits)

8:30-10:00am Tree Academy Track with Norm Hall, Tree Care Operations Supervisor, Kinnucan Tree Experts and Landscape Company
10:00-11:00am Refreshment Break in Vendor area

DEC Track: NYS DEC Law and Regulation Update - Don Nelson, Pesticides Control Specialist, Bureau of Pesticides Management, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

Attendees will hear an update on pesticide application rules and regulations, a review on rates and uses of labels, discuss common violations and how to avoid them, fees, licensing and certification.

(will be submitted for NYS DEC, ISA and CNLP credits)


Tree Academy Track: Creating an Arboretum from Scratch and Getting It Accredited - Tom Draves, Draves Arboretum

(will be submitted for ISA and CNLP credits)

12:30-1:30pm Lunch with Vendors

DEC Track: Emerald Ash Borer Management Strategies in the Urban Forest - Joseph J. Doccola, Director of Research & Development, Arborjet, Inc.

Emerald ash borer (EAB), a destructive and exotic insect infests native ash trees. Without effective treatment, native ash trees will succumb to infestation usually within four to five years of attack. Presented are the studies with Universities that demonstrate the effectiveness in protecting ash from EAB.

Four specific chemistries will be discussed including, acephate (organophosphate insecticide), imidacloprid (neonicotinoid), azadirachtin (botanical) and emamectin benzoate (avermectin insecticide) and what the applicator may expect from each active and formulation.

The how-to of systemic tree injection will be discussed including the optimum timing and frequency for EAB treatment efficacy. A model of how to protect a large urban population of ash based on tree injection technology will be presented.

(will be submitted for NYS DEC, ISA and CNLP credits)


Tree Academy Track: What Would You Do? – Ethical Choices - David Orr, PE, Ph.D., Cornell Local Roads Program

When faced with an ethical dilemma, knowing what to do is not always easy or straightforward. This interactive session will review some typical ethical problems for arborists. For each scenario, an interactive response will be used to acquire and review the audience’s responses when asked “What would you do?”

Assessment of learning - Interactive scenarios given to audience with responses recorded using an iClicker response device and discussed.

(will be submitted for ISA and CNLP credits)