Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM CDT
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 3:30 PM CDT

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Waco Convention Center
100 Washington Ave
Waco, TX 76701

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John Giedraitis
Texas Chapter International Society of Arboriculture

 Presented by:

ISA Texas


With support from our Sponsors:

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Trinity Blacklands  

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ISA Continuing Education Credits

TNLA, TDA and SAF CEU's are applied for










37th Texas Tree Conference, Academy, Tree Schools and Trade Show 


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Please register at the door. Thanks!

Join us in Waco on September 27-29, 2017 for the largest and best Texas Tree Conference ever! We anticipate over 1,000 attendees as we explore "Growing Texas Trees". 

You can attend several events this year including:

  • The Thursday and Friday Tree Conference and Trade Show that includes educational tracks for Commercial, Municipal and Utility Arborists, an awards luncheon, receptions, over 45 exhibitors and more.
  • The Wednesday pre-conference Tree Academies. 
  •  And the Friday Tree School for English and Spanish-speaking tree workers.

Click here for the onsite program brochure

(The link for online registration for all these events is at the bottom of the page)

2017 Texas Tree Conference and Trade Show
Thursday, Sept. 28 & Friday, Sept. 29
(20.5 CEU's)

At this years Texas Tree Conference and Trade Show, we will continue our history of providing outstanding education programs featuring nationally known speakers, the latest in tree research and arboriculture, an expanded trade show, an awards luncheon, and numerous networking opportunities. 

Learn from national leaders in research, commercial, utility and municipal arboriculture, urban forestry and landscape architecture.

Featured speakers include: Dr. John Ball, Professor, South Dakota State University, Dr. Jason Vargo, Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Dr. Jason Miesbauer, Arboriculture Scientist, The Morton Arboretum,  Lisle, Illinois, Dr. Jason Gordon, Associate Extension Professor Community Forestry, Mississippi State University, Dr. William F. Elmendorf, Associate Professor Community and Urban Forestry, Penn State University, Dr. David Appel, Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, TAMU, College Station, Eric Kuehler, Science Delivery/Technology Specialist, USDA Forest Service, Athens, Georgia, Dr. Gretchen V. Pettis, Entomologist, Bartlett Tree Research Lab, Charlotte, North Carolina, Nathan Morrison, Co-owner, Arborscapes, Pineville, North Carolina, Guy Meilleur, Better Tree Care Associates, New Hill, North Carolina, Jim Cruser, Region Supervisor, American Electric Power Transmission, Corpus Christi and others!

The 2017 conference theme is "Growing Texas Trees" and topics will include: 

  • Emerald Ash Borer - Tree Strength and Climber Safety 
  • A 9-week Review of Global Tree Care
  • Safety and the Corporate, Regulatory and Customer Commitment
  • Utilizing Trees as an Urban Heat Island Mitigation Strategy for the City of Dallas
  • Starting and Growing a Successful Business
  • Three Solid Ways to Improve Your Utility Tree Management Program
  • Trees, Health, and the Impact of Urbanization
  • EAB – Assessment, Management, Removal
  • FEMA Lessons Learned from Major Emergencies
  • Panel: What is Your Urban Forest Management Philosophy?
  • Internet Marketing 101
  • What’s Important About a Danger Tree Program
  • Restoration Pruning and Sprout Management of Storm Damaged Trees
  • How Have NERC Rules Changed the Growth of the Industry? What’s Next? 
  • Restoration of the Galveston Urban Forest Twelve Years After Hurricane Rita
  • Introducing the Texas Wildfire Risk Reduction Qualification- Expanding Your Market
  • Dealing With the Public about Power Line Vegetation Management
  • Panel: Tree Inventory Lessons Learned – Using Data To Enhance Management
  • Client Communication and Effective Professional Report Writing Strategies
  • Planning for Emerald Ash Borer Invasion
  • TDA Licensing for Chemical Applicators
  • Utility Vegetation Management Research Projects

and more!

(The Wednesday Tree Academy and the Friday Tree Schools are separate events from the Tree Conference and Trade Show)

The link for online registration for all events is at the bottom of the page


 2017 Texas Tree Academy
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
(the day before the Tree Conference)
Waco Convention Center
9:00 to 5:00
(Registration 8:00 - 9:00) 

This year there will be two sessions (6 CEU's each)

Session A: What's Up Doc? Tree Diagnosis Workshop


Dr. David Appel, Professor & Associate Department Head, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Texas A&M University

Dr. Todd Watson, Plant Health Care Consultant and Adjunct Professor, Texas A&M University

Sheila McBride, Extension Program Specialist, Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology, Texas A&M University

Bill Ree, Extension Program Specialist II-IPM, Statewide Pecan IPM Programming, Texas A&M University

How many times are you asked, what’s wrong with this tree?  This can be both your favorite question and your hardest question.  We have designed a full day of discussions to comprehensively address the topic of tree and landscape diagnosis from four different perspectives.  These are clinical approaches to plant disease diagnosis, the science behind tree response to pathogens and symptom development, diagnosis in the field for the commercial arborist, and an entomologist’s view of identifying insect issues.  The four areas will be covered in concurrent sessions so that there will be the opportunity for interactions with the experts.

Session B: Improving Connections & Resilience in Texas Cities

Dr. A.E. Luloff, Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology, Penn State University

Dr. Jason S. Gordon, Associate Extension Professor Community Forestry, Mississippi State University

Dr. William F. Elmendorf, Associate Professor Community and Urban Forestry, Penn State University

The sustainability of an urban forest's biological, economic, and social systems is in the purview of many professions like urban planning, landscape architecture, urban forestry, and arboriculture. How familiar are you with these topics? This academy will provide information and resources for the professional to increase their sphere of influence. The 'Urban Forestry Learning Pyramid' will be explained and examples provided. As well, the academy will address approaches for working with community groups and creating resilience-focused urban forest management plans

(The Tree Academy requires a separate registration from the Conference and includes lunch)

The link for online registration for all events is at the bottom of the page


Texas Tree Schools
Friday, September 29, 2017
(this is a separate event from the Tree Conference)
Waco Convention Center
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Track 1 - An Introduction to Arboriculture (New Program) - 5.0 CEUs

A great review or introduction to basic tree care for tree workers.  This newly redesigned, stand-alone one day workshop that will be a combination of classroom and field demonstrations.  Topics covered will include basic tree biology, tree pruning, climbing techniques including advanced ascent techniques (SRT), tree hazard assessment and job site safety.  Master instructors are Guy LeBlanc, Arbor Vitae Tree Care and Brad Hamel, Texas A&M Forest Service.

Pista 2 - Jornadas para Trabajadores de Arboles - 5.0 CEUs

A Spanish language workshop covering tree biology, soil science, tree selection, installation & establishment, pruning, and diagnosis & plant disorders. The class will be led by Mark Duff, Consulting Arborist, Adolfo Sanchez, FOS Tree Care, Guadalajara, Mexico and Bill Green, Texas A&M Forest Service.

(The Tree School requires a separate registration from the Conference - includes lunch)

The link for online registration for all events is below