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General Registration: $85

Government/Non-Profit $75

Student/Tree Steward: $55

Late Registration Rate is $100 after September 1. 

Brochures will not be mailed out, so please register online. You are able to pay by check.

If you plan on registering a group larger than 5, please call Parks and Recreation at 540-942-6735 for a discount code.


ArborMaster- 6.5 for the day in all categories except BCMA Science and BCMA Management

Lecture Track- 6.25 for the day in all categories except BCMA Science, Practice, and management

BCMA Scientce = 2

BCMA Practice= 3.25

BCMA Management= 1


Friday, September 15, 2017 from 7:15 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Check-in begins at 7:15 am with both tracks beginning promptly at 7:45 am. Please allow yourself adequate time to check in and get situated. Refreshments will be available and lunch is included in registration. 


Morning Lecture Series

Best Western Inn & Conference Center 
109 Apple Tree Lane
Waynesboro, VA 22980  

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Afternoon Lectures and ArborMaster Training

Ridgeview Park 
700 S. Magnolia Avenue  
Waynesboro, VA  22980

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Lodging Information:

 A block of rooms have been reserved for Thursday, September 14 for $96.99 plus tax. Please mention TREE WORKSHOP when making your reservation to receive the discounted rate. This block of rooms will be released on August 24, so please make your reservations before that time.  Click the logo below or call the Best Western at 540-942-1100.



Trees Virginia 


Waynesboro Parks & Recreation                       540-942-6735             

Paul Revell  1950-2016

May you revel forever in the magnificence of trees. Your dedication to this workshop and community will not be forgotten. 


On behalf of Waynesboro Parks & Recreation, Trees Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Forestry, we are pleased to present the 22nd annual Waynesboro Tree Workshop: Reveling in the Magnificence of Trees and ArborMaster Training. The workshop is divided into two tracks, ArborMaster and Lecture. The ArborMaster track teaches hands-on techniques and skills vital for tree climbers, groundsmen, and anyone in the production side of tree work. The lecture track is divided into two sessions of indoor lectures and outdoor demonstrations and is geared toward those working in municipalities, government agencies, and private industry. There is something for everyone at this workshop and regardless of track, you will be hearing from arboriculture and urban forestry experts. 

Workshop Morning Lectures (indoors at best western)

Weird Things in the Woods ~Dr. Jim Chatfield, Ohio State University

Plant galls and scores upon scores of gall-makers. Aphid poop-eater fungus. Is Indian pipe a parasite on trees? What is a tripartite symbiosis? What makes the entoloma fungus more palatable? Trails and what is the shortest forest trail in the world? What tree disease features pathogens with an incredible broad host range and a very narrow host range? What is a lichen (be careful with your answer)?  This and much more.  

Better Understanding of TRAQ and the Processes TRAQ Arborists use to make Tree Risk Assessments  ~ Michael J. Sherwood & Kevin R. Weber, Bartlett Tree Experts

This presentation will be an introduction of the ANSI and ISA Tree Risk Standard and Best Management Practice.  The presentation will specifically focus on what a TRAQ qualified arborist is looking for in and around the trees, the tools used, and the standard language used to communicate tree risk to clientele. 

Senior Tree Care ~ Norm Easey, Florida International Society of Arboriculture 

Know an old tree when you see one? Learn how to identify elderly trees and how and why their care requirements are different from younger trees. 

Boots on the Ground; Eyes at the Tree Tops: The Potential Uses, Values, and Challenges using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) / Drones ~ Sarah Wills, GISP, Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

This presentation will examine the potential uses of UAS/drones from the forest and vegetation management perspective, including best values and challenges facing operators and data consumers. Relevant examples of UAS/drone projects will be included such as capturing high resolution images for inspection for utility rights-of-way, wetland inspections, tree canopy quality control work, fly-through videos of stream restorations, imaging for GIS and marketing, aerial imagery for wildlife habitat assessment, and invasive species coverage inspection and migration over time.


Workshop Afternoon Demos (outdoors at ridgeview park)

Conducting Tree Risk Assessments ~ Michael J. Sherwood & Kevin R. Weber

The outdoor presentation will show the differences in the three different levels of inspection and demonstrate the tools used for each level.

Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) / Drone Demonstration ~ Sarah Wills & Paul F. Szarowicz, Jr

A live UAS/drone demonstration flight with a DJI Inspire drone will be conducted capturing still photos and video of the vicinity. The camera and other accessories/equipment will be shown and discussed. If possible, the captured video from the UAS will be live streamed onto a laptop/screen. Post processing software and video will also be shown on a laptop/screen and viewable by the group.   

Which, Why, and How Trees Matter ~ Dr. Jim Chatfield

The nuances of selecting trees for the best sites (let’s take a look around and discuss), how do vascular systems work and differ from tree to tree, what are the true benefits of trees, and how can modern tree benefit models work for you. Let’s talk trees!

Body Language of  Elderly Trees ~ Norm Easey

Take a closer look at Ridgeview's old trees and see what secrets are revealed. 

ArborMaster Training (Outdoors at Ridgeview Park)

Climbing, Bucket Truck, and Crane Assisted Tree Work:  it's all part of the job

The morning will be devoted to the climb, rigging and chainsaw handling, and the afternoon will offer practical advise for how to work safely and effectively on bucket truck and crane assisted jobs. 

ArborMaster Trainer Rocco Massaro


Jim Chatfield, Ph.D.

Dr. Jim Chatfield is an Associate Professor OSU Extension, Department of Horticulture & Crop Science and Department of Plant Pathology, dedicated crabarian, tree lover, and diagnostician.   

Michael J. Sherwood

Mike Sherwood is the Bartlett Inventory Solutions (BIS) Manager at The R.A. Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories & Arboretum in Charlotte, NC and has been with The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company since 1998.

Mike shepherds and mentors a team of 30 part and full time inventory arborists. Mike and his team have provided hundreds of tree inventory solutions, management plans, and other arboricultural consulting services to clients across North America and the United Kingdom. Mike has presented at many green industry events, corporate and college. 

Mike is an Army veteran, a Clemson graduate with a BS in Forest Resource Management, an International Society of Arboriculture Board Certified Master Arborist (SO-1845BM), ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) Qualified and municipal arborist, an American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA #524), and is currently serving on the ASCA Board Of Directors.

Kevin R. Weber

Kevin Weber is one of the Bartlett Inventory Solutions (BIS) Technical Advisor roles at The R.A. Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories & Arboretum in Charlotte, NC and has been with The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company since 2009.

Kevin is an advisor to six specialized Regional Inventory Arborists that primarily preform tree inventories and tree risk assessments along the U.S. East Coast and Canada.  Since Kevin joined the Bartlett Tree Experts, he as preformed in arboricultural leadership roles such as a Tree Crew Leader, Plant Health Care Specialist, and Arborist Representative. 

Kevin is a graduate of Delaware Valley College with a BS in Ornamental Horticulture, an International Society of Arboriculture Board Certified Master Arborist (PD-2030BM), ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified (TRAQ) Qualified, Tree Care Industry Association Certified Treecare Safety Professional (#732), and an American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA) member. 

 Norm Easey

Norm Easey has been an active member of ISA for over 35 years and was the first Student Member of ISA in 1978.  Norm has been active in urban forest management and arboriculture in Florida since receiving his bachelors' degree in Forestry/Resource Management in 1980 from the University of Wisconsin. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Chapter ISA. Prior to that, he was the Forestry Manager for Sarasota County, Florida for 18 years as well as having been a County Forester with the Florida Forest Service.  Mr. Easey also currently has a part-time urban forestry consulting practice wherein he specializes in tree risk assessment and urban forest management. Mr. Easey currently serves the International ISA in many capacities including Chair of the Certification Liaison Committee, and Chair of the Certification Board. Mr. Easey is a past Chairman of the Florida Urban Forestry Council and Board Director of the International Society of Arboriculture. He is also a long-standing member of Society of American Foresters.

Sarah M. Wills

Sarah holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Geography from Saint Mary's University in Canada and is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional. Sarah has 15 years of experience in Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specializing in environmental sciences.  She is currently the GIS Manager at Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc (WSSI) in Gainsville, VA. Her primary responsibilities at WSSI include performing site suitability analysis and mapping, acquiring and referencing GIS data and digital aerial imagery, and conducting high-detail aerial photograph interpretation of wetlands and land cover for vegetation management and planning. Prior to working with WSSI, Sarah was a Forest Surveyor for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency assessing and mapping brown spruce longhorn beetle (tetropium fuscum) for risk mitigation and infestation prevention.

Paul F. Szarowicz, Jr. 

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Forestry and Biology from SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry in New York. He is also an ISA Certified Arborist as well as a Licensed Land Surveyor and FAA Certified Remote Pilot.  Paul has 13 years of experience in Surveying and the environmental consulting field. He is currently the Senior Survey and CAD Coordinator at Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. Since joining WSSI in 2004 Paul has specialized in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operation for commercial use, wetland surveying, tree inventory and analysis surveys and reports, bathymetric surveys, preparing as-built and monitoring drawings, and conducting AutoCAD training and support.