Friday, March 9, 2018 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST
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12901 Moss Park Road
Orlando, FL 32832

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Florida Chapter ISA 

2018 Outdoor Tree School 

Friday, March 9, 2018
12901 Moss Park Rd.
Orlando, FL 32832

Certified Arborist: 5.5      Tree Worker 5.5
BCMA 5.5 (2.5-M   3-P)


Join us for this indoor-outdoor seminar! This program is designed for anyone who works with trees and wants to learn how to do it more safely and efficiently.

8:00 – 8:30 – Registration

8:30 – 9:30 - Tree Risk Assessment – Chris Francis
Get up close and personal with the procedures, tools, and equipment used for risk assessment.  There are some basic techniques that everyone needs to know as well as advanced methods that can find problems below the soil or hidden deep inside the tree.  Chris will show you the current practices and latest technology.

9:30 – 11:00 – Climbing and Rigging Techniques – Chris Coates
Every tree and every job is different.  Chris will help determine the best climbing and rigging system for different situations that a climbing arborist might face in the urban landscape. 

11:00 – 12:00 – Understanding the Pruning Prescription:  Reduction or Thinning – Jordan Upcavage
Explore the techniques of prescribing the best pruning prescription during the point of sale; experience the execution of the work order.  We will address how and why the prescription is determined while observing trees in a common landscape.  We will then navigate the process of how the field crew is to interpret and execute the written orders.  Experience live demonstrations of upper canopy thinning and reduction pruning to accomplish specific results.  Our goal is to satisfy the customer while maintaining tree integrity. 

12:00 – 1:00 – Lunch (Provided)

1:00 – 2:00 - Supplemental Support Systems and Lightning Protection - Chris Francis
The ANSI A300 and ISA Best Management Practices are the guides for installing supplemental support systems and lightning protection in trees, but it can be overwhelming to figure out on your own.  Chris will walk you through each step of identifying structural problems, evaluating mitigation options, installing various supplemental support systems and lightning protection, as well as required maintenance.  This presentation will also cover some of the tips, tricks, and pitfalls related to installation.

2:00 – 3:00 – Aerial Rescue – Kris Stultz
Learn to be prepared for an aerial rescue and receive demonstration on safe techniques in relief of an injured climber.

3:00 PM - Adjourn and Sign for CEUs



Chris Coates - Advanced Arboriculture - Odenton, MD
Chris Coates is from Odenton, Maryland.  He is the owner/operator of Advanced Arboriculture.  Chris started out as a groundsman, climber and foreman for other companies before opening his own business in 2009.  Chris is a Licensed Maryland Tree Expert, Certified Treeworker/Climber Specialist, Certified Arborist and CTSP.  He competes often in tree climbing championships around the country and in Asia, as well as helping organize and set up for multiple events.  Chris has created several Climbing techniques including the Coat Tail and Texas Tug. 

Chris Francis - Chris Francis Tree Care - Daphne, AL
Chris Francis is a Board Certified Master Arborist.  He holds the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification and is Alabama State Licensed in Tree Surgery, Landscape Design, Setting of Landscape Plants, and Ornamental & Turf Pest Control Supervisor.  He also has obtained the ALNLA Certified Landscape Professional and AUFA Urban Forestry Certification.  He has made presentations on various topics of arboriculture throughout the southeastern United States.  He currently serves on the council for the Alabama Urban Forestry Association.  Chris is the consulting arborist and owner at Chris Francis Tree Care in Daphne, Alabama.

Kris Stultz - BrightView - Orlando, FL
Kris is currently the Operations Director for the BrightView Arbor Service Division in Orlando, Florida. Kris has been a part of the arboriculture industry for many years and has worked his way from the field to the trees and now the front office. Kris is an active member of the Florida Chapter ISA having been a TCC contestant, technician, judge and past Chair of the FCTCC, member of the ITCC set-up and judging team, Trees Florida Annual Conference Committee member. Kris is also a Board-Certified Master Arborist and a FL ISA Certified Tree Worker Exam Proctor, and a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists.

Jordan Upcavage - Independent Tree - Tampa, FL
Jordan Upcavage is the Vice-President of Independent Tree Service Inc. Jordan attended the University of Florida and achieved his Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape and Nursery Horticulture, graduating in 2009.  Jordan worked throughout college as a tree climber for several companies including Bartlett Tree Experts and for the family business.  In 2010 he became an ISA Certified Arborist and a Florida ISA Chapter Member. He is a current Florida Chapter board member.

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