Schedule

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Sunday, February 4

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

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

12:00-1:10 pm              DEC Session: Diagnostics for Dummies – Mark Ware, Rainbow Ecoscience. The process of diagnosing pests and diseases of trees can be very bewildering at times, with many outcomes possible. Which is the right one? Diagnostics is much less intimidating if you follow a systematic process, starting from the soil and the base of the tree and work your way upwards. The branching pattern of the tree itself can provide a model you can use to map out all the information about the diseases of trees local to any area of the world you live and work in. Let’s get “back to basics” and reinforce the important practice of diagnosis and why it is so critical when attempting management of tree and shrub health. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Science – 1.25. DEC credits (2, 3a) – 1. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (HUDSON BALLROOM)

12:00-1:10 pm              Tree Academy: Panel on Climber Development and Gear – Ducep Moreno, Matt Childs, and Logan Stine. The panel will discuss a timeline of development from basic climbing to advanced climbing. Why we use what we use? Many people use the equipment they were taught on, but over time may find new options available for their needs. We will discuss: choosing your gear, checking your gear, and trusting your gear. Many new ideas have also emerged from competition climbing and rec climbing. What have you learned from your experience? There will be time for open discussion at the end. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25, TW Climber Specialist – 1.25, TW Aerial Specialist – 1.25. CTSP – 1.25. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (RENAISSANCE I)

1:20-2:30 pm                DEC Session: Pesticides and Professionalism: Not just another pesticide safety talk – Mark Ware, Rainbow Ecoscience. Yep, it’s another pesticide safety talk, but rather than focusing on the PPE and safe mixing procedures that most of these presentations focus on, this discussion will center on other important qualities of professional pesticide applicators. I’m not saying PPE isn’t important, but pesticide safety is so much more than just protecting ourselves. As professionals, we are responsible for our own safety in addition to the safety of our clients, coworkers, and environment. The products we choose to use, how we choose to deliver them and how we communicate with the involved parties are all important factors that will be discussed throughout this presentation. Let’s explore safety from a different perspective; a professional one. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25, Municipal Specialist – 1.25. DEC credits (CORE) – 1. CTSP – 1.25. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (HUDSON BALLROOM)

1:20-2:30 pm                Tree Academy: Woodlawn Cemetery’s Bridge To Crafts Careers Program – A Pathway to Green Industry Careers – Herb Landmann, Meg Ventrudo, Jonathan Clemente, and Chris Iannelli. The Woodlawn Cemetery and Conservancy will present a panel of the project partners for the Landscape Restoration Program B2CC cohort on the steps for implementing a workforce development program to train young adults in the skills necessary to obtain entry level positions within parks, zoos, private landscaping firms, cemeteries, maintenance crews and flagging crews. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25, Municipal Specialist – 1.25. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (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: Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Don’t Overlook These Tiny Killers! – Richard Buckley, Director, Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory. Scale insects are insidious pests that can wreak havoc in ornamental trees and shrubs. This one-hour session will cover many common scale insects of trees and shrubs commonly found in the northeastern urban forest. Emphasis will be on proper identification, scouting and monitoring techniques, and integrated control strategies that include all cultural, biological, and chemical controls. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Science – 0.75, BCMA Management – 0.5. DEC credits (3a) – 1. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (HUDSON BALLROOM)

3:00-4:10 pm                Tree Academy: Developing a Tree Worker Training Program – Ducep Moreno, Benjamin Osborne, NYC Parks Department. Ducep Moreno and Ben Osborne will discuss the development and implementation of the New York City Parks Department’s pilot Climber & Pruner Training Program to recruit and train staff to help maintain the over 800,000 street and park trees in New York City. This in-house training program is providing opportunities for career advancement in this exciting field that are not otherwise accessible to many New York City residents, while also filling a critical staffing need for a difficult to recruit City title. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25, Municipal Specialist – 1.25, TW Climber Specialist – 1.25, TW Aerial Specialist – 1.25. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (RENAISSANCE I)

4:15-4:55 pm                Personal-Care Session: Common work-related injuries and role of New York State Worker’s Compensation – Winston Kwa, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 0.75, BCMA Management – 0.75, Municipal Specialist – 0.75. CTSP – 0.75. (HUDSON BALLROOM)

4:15-4:55 pm                Business-Care Session: Ethics in the Arboriculture Business – Aaron Dickinson. In our personal and professional life we may not discuss or think about ethics, but ethics (or the lack thereof) drives our decision making process. As leaders in your business, those decisions define the image of your company. What effects do the decisions have on your clients, your staff, and your profitability? Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 0.75, BCMA Management – 0.75. NJ LTE/LTCO – 0.75. (RENAISSANCE I)

5:05-6:15 pm               Spanish (Bilingual) Language Session: Desarrollo de la Fuerza Laboral Bilingüe (Bilingual Workforce Development) – Pepe Ramirez, Davey Tree Experts. Esta sesión es para que los trabajadores y gerentes hablen sobre algunas de las discusiones importantes necesarias para apoyar una fuerza laboral bilingüe. (This session is for workers and managers to talk about some of the important discussions needed for supporting a bilingual workforce.) Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (WASHINGTON)

5:05-6:15 pm                DEC Session: Nematodes: The Microscopic Danger Noodles in Trees! – Richard Buckley, Director, Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory. Nematodes are highly damaging to a great range of hosts, including foliage plants, agronomic and vegetable crops, fruit and nut trees, turfgrass, and forest trees. The recent emergence of a new nematode disease in Beech has the attention of all green industry professionals. This one-hour session will cover basic nematode biology and ecology with an emphasis on diseases in trees including everything we currently know about Beech Leaf Disease. Emphasis will be on proper identification, scouting and monitoring techniques, and integrated control strategies that include all cultural, biological, and chemical controls. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Science – 0.75, BCMA Management – 0.5. DEC credits (3a) – 1. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (HUDSON BALLROOM)

5:05-6:15 pm                Tree Academy: Lessons Learned from a Tree-Related Fatality Case Mark Duntemann, Senior Consultant, Natural Path Forestry. Mark will do a deep dive discussion into a recently settled tree-related fatality case. The arguments, from an arboricultural and urban forestry perspective, of both the defense and prosecution will be presented. Issues observed during the case, such as vocabulary, logical fallacies, assessor/manager roles, and interpretation of policy all serve to assist in identifying and refining tree risk management policies for industry professionals. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25, Municipal Specialist – 1.25, TW Climber Specialist – 1.25, TW Aerial Specialist – 1.25. CTSP – 1.25. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (RENAISSANCE I)

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

 

Monday, February 5

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

7:00-8:30 am                Tree Climbing Championship Meeting for Organizers and Judges (LAFAYETTE SUITE)

7:00-8:30 am                Networking Breakfast – Peer-to-Peer Discussions on Current Arboriculture Trends and Issues Join the conversation with our speakers and industry leaders discussing current issues and trends affecting the arboriculture industry. During Monday breakfast, we will host networking discussions. In addition to the breakfast for organizers and judges of 2024 NYSA Tree Climbing Championship, we welcome networking between climbers and others interested in supporting the event. Throughout the conference, feel free to swap ideas or even equipment. We continue to look for ways to build our network of climbers from New York State and beyond. NJ LTE/LTCO – 0.5. (MONTEBELLO BALLROOM)

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

8:30-9:40 am                Keynote General Session: Metrics for Establishing a Proactive Tree Risk Management Policy – Mark Duntemann, Senior Consultant, Natural Path Forestry. An ever-present concern for arborists, tree care companies and any agency or organization that maintains or manages systems of trees is the management of tree risk. Because of the significant amount of uncertainty associated with tree risk and personal exposure, developing a reasonable risk management policy can appear daunting. This session will provide a framework for establishing a reasonable and proportional tree risk management policy. Along with this discussion, a series of metrics will be provided to aid practitioners in verifying that their implemented actions and policies meet the industry’s standard of care. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25, Municipal Specialist – 1.25. CTSP credits – 1.25. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (MONTEBELLO BALLROOM)

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

10:10-11:20 am             Spanish Language Session: Fuerzas de Aparejo (Rigging Forces) – Leo Roldan, Entrenador de seguridad, SavATree. Analizaremos los sistemas de aparejos tradicionales y cómo podemos mejorarlos para que nuestros lugares de trabajo sean más seguros y eficientes. También mediremos la fuerza sobre nuestros sistemas y demostraremos formas de mitigar esas fuerzas. (We will look at traditional rigging systems, how we can improve them to make our job sites safer and more efficient. We will also measure the force on our systems and demonstrate ways to mitigate those forces.) Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25, TW Climber Specialist – 1.25, TW Aerial Specialist – 1.25. CTSP credits – 1.25. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (WASHINGTON)      

10:10-11:20 am            DEC Session: NYSDEC Rules, Regulations and the Use of Unregistered Products Update – Catherine Ahlers, Pesticide Control Specialist 2, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. 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. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25, Municipal Specialist – 1.25. DEC credits (CORE) – 1. CTSP credits – 1.25. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (HUDSON BALLROOM)

10:10-11:20 am            Tree Academy: Heartwood, Heart Rot and Tree Stability – Chris Luley, Urban Forest Diagnostics LLC. Heartwood and heart rot are common terms used by arborist. But, do all trees form heartwood? Can heartwood decay also affect sapwood? Is all heartwood more resistant to decay? Why is heart rot not typically important to tree stability. Learn the common misconceptions about heartwood and heart rot, along with two very different theories on how trees contain decay in heartwood and sapwood, and why advanced testing trees for decay to establish baseline decay levels is an important step in determining stability in the future. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Science – 1.25. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (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: Path to Becoming a Certified Applicator – Joe Almanza, Pesticide Control Specialist 1, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. In this session, we will talk about the path of becoming a Commercial Pesticide Apprentice, a Commercial Pesticide Technician, and finally a Commercial Pesticide. We will also review the process of adding categories of certification, and how to maintain your license. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25, Municipal Specialist – 1.25. DEC credits (CORE) – 1. (HUDSON BALLROOM)

1:00-2:10 pm               Tree Academy: Breaking Barriers in Tree Care: Best Practices for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Your Workplace – Erin Demers, TCIA. Businesses with foundations of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DE&I) have more positive cultures, more employee retainment, and increased productivity. This session will help you implement DE&I practices at all levels into your workplace that will impact your culture, recruitment, retention, and sustainability. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25, Municipal Specialist – 1.25. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (RENAISSANCE I)

2:20-3:30 pm                DEC Session: DEC Barstool Session – Don Nelson, Pesticide Control Specialist 3, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Don will sit down with you to provide updates and answer your questions about, “What’s new from the New York State DEC?” and provide information about regulations. You may submit your questions at registration in advance of the session. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25, Municipal Specialist – 1.25. DEC credits (CORE) – 1. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (HUDSON BALLROOM)

2:20-3:30 pm                Tree Academy: Workforce Development for Small to Mid-sized Companies – Don Gabel. We will explore how to train and build your team when your company doesn't have the resources of a larger company. Approved ISA credits: Certified Arborist – 1.25, BCMA Management – 1.25. NJ LTE/LTCO – 1.25. (RENAISSANCE I)