Schedule

 

 Register online here
  Sunday, January 26
8:00am ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, and Certified Tree Worker Written Exam
8:00am-2:45pm

Vendor move-in
10:00am Registration Desk Open (Lunch on your own)
12:00-1:15pm

Opening General Session: Writing Simple Detailed Pruning Specifications  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 and terminology into written documents, company apps, customer handouts and more. Ever say to yourself “I think I know how to prune a tree, but I am not exactly sure how to get it on paper or explain it so I can show others”.

Here is your opportunity as a working arborist or specification preparer to actively learn to be an informed specification writer using your 2017 ANSI A300 Standards.

Will be submitted for ISA credits

1:30-2:45pm

DEC Track: Cornell Pest Update: It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green  Dan Gilrein, Entomology / Interim Associate AG Program Director, Cornell Cooperative of Suffolk County

Dan will discuss the status of some invasive and new pests including two new threats to beech, spotted lanternfly, emerald ash borer and others. Results of recent research trials will be reviewed, as well as updates to the Cornell Guidelines for 2020. The presentation will include time for questions and discussion.

Approved for 1.25 DEC Pestcide Applicator credits for categories 10, 2, 25, 3a, 9 and .05 credits for category 6a

Will be submitted for ISA credits

1:30-2:45pm

Tree Academy Track: Affordable Training and Job Briefing Strategies – Joel Greifenberger, Certified Arborist, President, Valley Tree & Landscape Service, Inc.

In this session, Joel Greifenberger, Certified Arborist and NYSA Past President will share affordable training strategies and practical job briefing best practices that will decrease accidents and improve communication between staff members.

Will be submitted for ISA credits

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

DEC Track: Tree Pruning and It’s Relation to Pest Control – Don Gabel, Director of Plant Health, New York Botanical Garden

With the influxes of new invasive and native pests (insect and disease) in the Northeast area, arborists and landscape managers should review their pruning practices and their effect on these new and old landscape pests. Pruning trees may have unexpected or unintended consequences.

This program will explore the relationship between plant pruning, and the occurrence of plant insects and disease, as well as how to reduce pest occurrence by using sound pruning practices.

Approved for 1.25 DEC Pestcide Applicator credits for categories 10, 25, 3a and .05 credits for category 6a

Will be submitted for ISA credits

3:15-4:30pm

Tree Academy Track: Retrenchment, Reduction, Topping: The Same Difference? 
Dr. Ed Gilman, Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida and Principle of Wood Architecture LLP

When it comes to tree pruning, we think we can describe reduction; we know topping when we see it; but now retrenchment? What is it and how can it be used?

Over the last few years, there has been quite a bit of discussion about retrenchment pruning but not many definitions or parameters. Some professionals call it topping. Clarity will be provided. Understand the science behind these pruning techniques and their impact on tree survivability.

You'll discover the most effective methods and learn why it matters for the overall health of trees in your care.

Will be submitted for ISA credits

 

4:45-6:00pm

DEC Track: Ticks and Mites: Ticks and Mites: Little Bugs, Big Trouble – Dr. Beth Brantley, Northeast Technical Support Specialist, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories

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 1.25 DEC Pestcide Applicator credits for categories 10, 3a, 25 and .50 credits for category 8

Will be submitted for ISA credits

4:45-6:00pm

Tree Academy Track: Evolution of Climbing Techniques – Ryan Torcicollo, Certified Arborist, President and Partner, Wasatch Arborists in Utah

Will be submitted for ISA credits

6:00-7:15pm Meet & Greet Reception in Vendor Area
50/50 Raffle to benefit The Tree Fund
 
  Monday, January 27
6:30am Registration Desk Open
7:00-8:00am

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.

Will be submitted for ISA credits

7:00-8:30am Continental Breakfast in Vendor area
8:30-9:45am

DEC Track: NYS DEC Oak Wilt and White Pine Disease Update   Rob Cole, Forester, Division of Lands and Forests - Forest Health, NYS DEC and Certified Arborist

This session will cover oak wilt management and research as well as the latest on the causes of white pine decline and the recommended silvicultural treatments. The goal of DEC’s oak wilt management is to eradicate individual sites to limit the spread of this disease and protect the overall oak resource.

This presentation will cover new detections and the different tactics used by DEC to manage the variety of sites across NY. DEC has also been actively researching new methods of early detection and the phenology of the beetles that transmit oak wilt. Results of this research will be presented.

White pine decline is a complex of insects, diseases, and environmental factors that over time cause the premature demise of white pine. This session will cover pests such as white pine weevil, caliciopsis canker, and white pine needle damage. These pests occur at different times in the life of a white pine and require actions be taken at the appropriate time. The silvicultural treatments that can help minimize the damage and loss of white pine will be discussed.

Approved for 1.25 DEC Pestcide Applicator credits for categories 2, 10, 25, 3a, 9 and .50 credits for category 6a

Will be submitted for ISA credits

8:30-9:45am

Tree Academy Track: Rigging Techniques – Ryan Torcicollo, Certified Arborist, President and Partner, Wasatch Arborists in Utah

Will be submitted for ISA credits.

8:30-11:30am

Spanish Language Session: To Be Determined

9:45-10:15am Refreshment Break in Vendor area
10:15-11:30am

DEC Track: Developing a Landscape IPM Monitoring System – Don Gabel, Director of Plant Health, New York Botanical Garden

Monitoring is the backbone of any pest management program. Timely and accurate monitoring provides the information needed to make sound pest control decisions. Setting up an IPM based monitoring system to be accurate and fast is important in a commercial business setting.

This program will review how to put together an effective landscape-monitoring program.

Approved for 1.25 DEC Pestcide Applicator credits for categories 10, 25, 3a

Will be submitted for ISA credits

10:15-11:30am

Tree Academy Track: A Systematic Approach to Pruning Young and Mature Trees
Dr. Ed Gilman, Professor Emeritus of the University of Florida and Principle of Wood Architecture LLP

You have this group of trees you’ve been asked to prune but you are not sure where to start. We will show you how to develop an easy-to-use system of pruning trees of any age that is simple to teach to customers and staff. Whether it’s a tree with a one-inch trunk diameter or four foot diameter, the strategies are similar.

Experienced arborists, landscapers, and beginners alike will come away with a fresh, new perspective on pruning trees for longevity – Guaranteed! There will be many photographic and video examples of pruning trees in many different climates and situations. You will know that there is more to mature tree care than thinning!

Will be submitted for ISA credits.

11:30am-12:45pm Association Luncheon with Board Elections, Industry Awards & Tree Fund Heads & Tails Raffle
12:45-2:00pm

DEC Track: NYSDEC Rules, Regulations and the Use of Unregistered Use Products Update -
Catherine Ahlers, Pesticide Control Specialist I, NYS DEC

Attendees will hear an update on pesticide application rules and regulations that are coming in the near future and what to expect during an inspection including common violations, record keeping and lawn care contracts.

In addition, attendees will learn about the use of unregistered products, how to use the website to find out if a product is registered and if it’s general use, state restricted or federally restricted.

Approved for 1.25 DEC Pestcide Applicator credits for categories CORE

Will be submitted for ISA credits

12:45-2:00pm

Tree Academy Track: Commercial Vehicle Inspection Update – Joseph Havranek, Supervising Motor Carrier Investigator, Motor Carrier Compliance Bureau, New York State Department of Transportation

This session will review the road side inspection process and conduct a question and answers session with the audience. Bring you questions!

Will be submitted for ISA credits.

2:15-3:30pm

DEC Track: An Overview of the NYS DEC Urban Forestry Program and Urban Tree Selection, Pests, Diseases, Defects and Treatment Gloria Van Duyne, Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator, Division of Lands and Forests, NYS DEC and Angelo Schembari, Owner and Certified Arborist, CGL Arbor Services

In this 1.25 hour session, Gloria Van Duyne, program coordinator for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Urban and Community Forestry (UCF) program, will give an overview of the UCF program and its interest in building relationships with professional arborists to help further its mission. Attendees will be asked to share their own community involvement experiences and offer suggestions on how DEC can promote good arboriculture.


Then Angelo Schembari, owner of CGL Arbor Services, will discuss nuts-and-bolts matters related to urban and community forestry, such as tree selection, treatment options for urban settings, tree defects and tree nutrition. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Approved for 1.0 DEC Pestcide Applicator credits for categories 10, 3a, 25

Will be submitted for ISA credits

2:15-3:30pm

Tree Academy Track: Management of Veteran Trees - Wayne Cahilly, Owner, Cahilly Horticulture Services, LLC

Step outside of the box of conventional arboriculture and explore the challenge of caring for trees that may not respond predictable, may have cavities and dead wood, and which possess genes proven to make them valuable to the environment around them. From animal habitat to retrenchment pruning, this seminar will look at philosophies, tools and techniques useful to managing trees that have been through the war.

Will be submitted for ISA credits