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SUNDAY, JANUARY 30

8:00-11:30 am ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, and Certified Tree Worker Written Exam (WASHINGTON SUITE)

10:00 am-6:00 pm Registration Desk Open (MONTEBELLO BALLROOM FOYER)

12:00-1:10 pm Opening General Session: Communicating What You Already Know: Upping your Game - Dr. Ed Gilman, Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida and Principle of Wood Architecture LLP. Improve your communication skills by incorporating the latest work practices, tools and terminology into work orders, company apps, customer handouts and more. Ever say to yourself “I think I know how to prune or plant a tree, but I am not exactly sure how to get it on paper so I can explain it to show the crew and customers.” Here is your opportunity as a working arborist or supervisor to actively learn to be an informed prescription writer using your 2017 ANSI A300 Standards and the recently revised ISA BMP.
(MONTEBELLO BALLROOM)

1:20-2:30 pm DEC Session: Tree Issues From A Golf Course Superintendent’s Perspective – John Daniels. John will share how golf courses manage trees for playability and turf health. (HUDSON BALLROOM)

1:20-2:30 pm Tree Academy: Commitment Towards Safety and a Willingness to Teach: A Small and Large Business Perspective – Jennifer Hause-Wood and Kali Rees. Working in the Tree Care Industry poses significant risks. Safety must always be the first concern. The presenters will discuss ways to engage and capture employee interest. Highlighting the importance of utilizing a safety training program to encourage employees to respect and promote a safety philosophy on and off the jobsite with respect to small or large businesses.
(RENAISSANCE I)

2:30-3:00 pm Refreshment Break with Vendors – open through the afternoon
(MONTEBELLO BALLROOM FOYER & HUDSON BALLROOM HALLWAY)

3:00-4:10 pm DEC Session: Integrating Control Methods for the Emerald Ash Borer – Timothy Morris, Ph.D. Student, Fierke Lab, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, SUNY ESF. Tim will discuss work integrating biological control with insecticidal control methods for managing an urban emerald ash borer population in Syracuse, NY. Over the past six years, high value street trees were preserved with insecticides while parasitic wasps (parasitoids) were released to provide parasitism services. While parasitoid populations were establishing, we monitored the health of both treated and untreated ash trees throughout the city. Now that parasitoid populations are self-sustaining, we have removed some trees from the reoccurring treatment schedule. We are now assessing if the parasitoids will provide sufficient population control of EAB to protect these trees, or if insecticide treatments will remain necessary.
(HUDSON BALLROOM)

3:00-4:10 pm Tree Academy: Designing Sites to Fit Desirable Trees – Dr. Ed Gilman, Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida and Principle of Wood Architecture LLP. You have heard it before: “Plant the right tree in the right place.” This is fine but we really need to be “Designing the right place for the right tree.” Learn how to design spaces including sidewalks and parking lots to support tree growth so your design vision can be fulfilled.
(RENAISSANCE I)

4:15-4:55 pm Self-Care Session: Living Healthy, Working Healthy – Dr. Evan Chait and Dr. Charlie Glassman.

4:15-4:55 pm Business-Care Session: How to Grow Your Digital Landscape – Brian LeDonne and Kevin Kelly, PS Digital. Learn a simple Five-Step Process that helps Business Owners reclaim what they love most, TIME! More time to help others, more time to make money, and more time to grow their business!

5:05-6:15 pm DEC Session: Improving Tree Health to Reduce Pests and Diseases, and Reduce Pesticide Use - Gordon Mann, Vice President, CalTLC; Owner, Mann Made Resources. Insects and pests are often secondary impacts to poor tree health or stressed trees. Insects like EAB can be tracked as the borer moves towards our community. Reducing the practices that stress trees will reduce the attacks of many insects and diseases, reducing pesticide use. Planning for the advance of EAB will remove those trees less beneficial to the community population and provide more control over budgets. Selecting which trees to treat and when will better manage the pesticide treatments and budgets necessary to preserve Ash trees from EAB. Abiotic issues are another name for people caused. Reducing abiotic impacts improves tree health and reduces the need for pesticides.
(HUDSON BALLROOM)

5:05-6:15 pm Tree Academy: Creative Tight Quarters Rigging – Lawrence Schultz. Rope rigging is the most demanding and technical type of work an arborist will encounter, especially when the space is limited and the targets are close. The fundamentals of the techniques we learn become the building blocks of the plan we construct to safely take apart each arboricultural puzzle we encounter. So how do we use those fundamentals to figure out the toughest puzzles in the tightest spaces?
(RENAISSANCE I)

6:15-7:30 pm Meet & Greet Reception with Vendors & 50/50 Raffle
(MONTEBELLO BALLROOM)

MONDAY, JANUARY 31

6:30 am-3:00 pm Registration Desk Open (MONTEBELLO BALLROOM FOYER)

7:00-8:30 am Tree and Plant Appraisal Committee Meeting
(LAFAYETTE SUITE)

7:00-8:00 am Networking Breakfast – Peer-to-Peer Discussions on Current Arboriculture Trends and Issues (MONTEBELLO BALLROOM)
Join the conversation with our speakers and industry leaders discussing current issues and trends affecting the arboriculture industry

7:00-8:30 am Breakfast with the Vendors
(MONTEBELLO BALLROOM FOYER & HUDSON BALLROOM HALLWAY)

8:30-11:20 am Spanish Language Session: Arborista Ocasional de Despeje de Líneas y Arborista Calificado Despeje de Líneas: Cual es la Diferencia – Leo Roldan, SavATree. Hay muchos cambios en regulaciones y estándares para trabajo de árboles cerca de conductores eléctricos. Reglas de trabajo y distancia mínima son basados en experiencia y entrenamiento del trepador de árboles haci como también para quien están trabajando. Esta sección va a cubrir las diferentes claves y que estándares aplican para ti.
(WASHINGTON SUITE)

8:30-9:40 am DEC Session: Update on Spotted Lanternfly and Other Invasives – Michael Formichelli and Tom Allgaier, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets.
(HUDSON BALLROOM)

8:30-9:40 am Tree Academy: Credentialing for Advancement – Glenn Gentzke. Glenn will discuss which credentials are most valuable to people from different segments of the industry, including advancing without a college degree, licensing and recognition.
(RENAISSANCE I)

9:40-10:10 am Refreshment Break with Vendors
(MONTEBELLO BALLROOM FOYER & HUDSON BALLROOM HALLWAY)

10:10-11:20 am DEC Session: What’s Up with Glyphosate? – Kimberly O’Brien, Beyer
(HUDSON BALLROOM)

10:10-11:20 am Tree Academy: Sustainably Growing Trees Next to Sidewalks – Gordon Mann, Vice President CalTLC, Owner Mann Made Resources. Most communities have trees growing near sidewalks. The potential liability from trip and falls and ADA requirements highlight the need for level walkways. Level walkways can be obtained with temporary or modular pavement materials that reduce root pruning. Creating the space for trees to grow is essential for a sustainable walkway. This is a management of public and private competing infrastructures that both have value to communities. The presentation will share the options for trees and walkways to co-exist in as sustainable a manner as possible.
(RENAISSANCE I)

11:30 am-1:00 pm Association Luncheon with Association Business Meeting, Board elections, Industry Awards & Tree Fund Heads & Tails Raffle
(MONTEBELLO BALLROOM)

1:00-2:10 pm DEC Session: DEC Updates and Safety for Communities – Dan Gaidasz, DEC. Dan will provide a number of DEC updates addressing the increased need for discussion around a wide variety of safety topics. This has led the ReLeaf Committee to develop a new Day of Safety workshop. The goal is to bring awareness to communities around such topics as chainsaw safety, PPE, worksite safety, chipper, aerial lift, and electrical awareness.
(HUDSON BALLROOM)

1:00-2:10 pm Tree Academy: Public Education Through Upcycled Wood Projects – Tim Englert
(RENAISSANCE I)

2:20-3:30 pm DEC Session: NYSDEC Rules, Regulations and the Use of Unregistered Products Update – Catherine Ahlers, NYS DEC Pesticide Control Specialist II. What’s new from the New York State DEC? This informative talk will include an update on DEC regulations as well as what other regulations warrant a review.
(HUDSON BALLROOM)

2:20-3:30 pm Tree Academy: Moving Forward from Here – Dr. Ed Gilman, Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida and Principle of Wood Architecture LLP. We all have experience with storms and their damage. Some may even know what should be done to reduce or prevent damage but it’s not getting done. Why? Let’s talk about how we train the professionals we need to conduct what is needed along our streets, in parks and residences.
(RENAISSANCE I)