Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 8:00 AM EDT
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 4:15 PM EDT

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UF-IFAS Orange County Extension 
6021 South Conway Road
Orlando, FL 32812

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Florida Chapter ISA 

TREE SCHOOL: An Applied Arboricultural Short Course 

This is a 2 DAY CLASS
April 3 and 4, 2018

Orlando:  UF-IFAS Orange County Extension
6021 S Conway Road
Orlando, FL  32812

Certified Arborist: 13.25      BCMA: 2(M)  8(P)  3.25(S)
FNGLA: 8     LIAF: 8

Continental breakfast and lunch provided each day; dinners and lodging are on your own.

This is a 2-day class


8:00 am Registration

8:30-9:05  How Trees Grow and Function: Roots - Dr. Ed Gilman, UF Professor Emeritus
Trees become a lasting resource only when they develop good root architecture. Roots must be managed appropriately when trees arrive at the planting site and are planted into the landscape. Learn how root management in the first 25 years after planting results in a sustainable urban forest that resists storms. Practical solutions to tree/sidewalks issues are shown.
9:05-10:00 How Trees Grow and Function: Shoots - Dr. Ed Gilman, UF Professor Emeritus
Take an in-depth journey inside trees to understand how they work! Xylem, phloem, parechyma, branch protection zone, reaction zones: where are all these parts and what do they do? We will take the complex and transform it into the understandable so you make scientifically sound arboriculture decisions. You will come away from this session with a new confidence as to why and how your treatments work.  It is quite simple when you understand what happens inside the tree.
10-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Tree Response to Injury & Stressful Environments - Dr. Ed Gilman, UF Professor Emeritus
People heal, trees don’t.  Compartmentalization of dysfunction and decay inside the tree is the mechanism by which trees defend themselves. Learn how different species respond when they are injured with trunk wounds, large pruning cuts, storms, and more. Come away with the ability to predict tree response and apply treatments which are biologically sound.
11:00-11:45 Tree Structure and Response to Storms - Dr. Ed Gilman, UF Professor Emeritus
Ever wondered how and why most trees remain intact while others break apart? Have you heard about damping but don’t really know what it is or how to use the concept? You will come away from this detailed treatise on tree structure with the ability to explain why you provide certain treatments to your customers’ trees. This instills confidence in your arboricultural understanding and empowers you to make the sale. Communicate basic bio-mechanical principles, prescribe arboricultural treatments consistent with structural defects, apply appropriate terminology.
11:45-12:00 Questions and Answers
12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00-1:45 Soils: The Foundation for Healthy Trees - Norm Easey, Florida Chapter ISA
In this session you will learn what makes a healthy soil and why it is important. Urban trees often live in confined spaces so it is critical to make those small spaces as productive as possible. This session will teach you how to assess soil and how to make improvements when needed.
1:45-2:30 Nursery Stock-Growing and Specifying - Dr. Ed Gilman, UF Professor Emeritus
When a process can be simplified, we understand it. Practices that lead to strong root systems must begin in the nursery, and there is brand new information on how to do this. Generate trunk caliper and branches quicker on a central leader. New research and experience in the last five years points to simple methods of determining nursery plant quality. Access schematics of high quality nursery stock along with free .dwg files showing details and specifications.
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:30 Planting and Establishment - Dr. Andrew Koeser, UF-GREC
We will review the newly developed 70+ CAD-editable (.dwg) and .pdf files showing detailed elevations, plan views, and schematics of every imaginable planting situation reviewed by a national team. Plus, there are four detailed, comprehensive, editable specifications for soil preparation, planting, tree preservation and irrigation. We will discuss how you can use this package to enhance your efforts in providing science- and experience-based tree care when planting and establishing trees. A tree planting demonstration will take place.
3:30-4:15 Fertilization - Dr. Tom Smiley, Bartlett Tree Experts
Nutrients are essential for plant growth and development. This session will discuss the essential elements required by plants, symptoms of nutrient deficiencies, how to sample soils for nutrient content and how to correct nutrient deficiencies.
4:15-4:30 Wrap up Day 1


8:00-9:00 Evaluating Risk in Trees - Dr. Andrew Koeser, UF-GREC
Tree risk assessment is an essential component for anyone who cares for trees. Trees telegraph failures prior to occuring. This session will introduce you to the fundamentals of tree risk assessment.    
 9:00 -10:00 Industry Standards: Cabling, Lightning Protection, Pruning and More -
Dr. Tom Smiley, Bartlett Tree Experts

In the United States the arboriculture practices we preform are governed by standards that are developed by the American National Standards Institute A300 committee. This session will discuss why you need to know about standards, how standards are developed, how you can contribute to them and present some of the highlights of the current governing standards.
10-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Diagnostic Process - Dr. A.D. Ali, Davey Tree Expert Company
“Treatment without diagnosis is malpractice”. This session will discuss the diagnostic process used for landscape plants. It will include how to conduct a field diagnosis, how to collect samples for further diagnosis, and submitting samples. The principles of Integrated Pest Management will also be discussed.
11:00-12:00 Identification and Management of the Major Insects That Impact Trees -
Dr. A.D. Ali, Davey Tree Expert Company

There is a plethora of arthropods (insects, mites, and their relatives) in the landscape that affect trees. Learn how to identify pests by the type of feeding damage and how to manage them. In addition, there is a variety of beneficial insects that attack pest insects and mites. This session will show you how to distinguish the Good Gals from the Bad Guys.
12:00-1:00 Lunch (provided)
1:00-2:00 Fundamentals of Tree Disease Concepts - Dr. Jason Smith, UF Forest Resources & Conservation
Diagnosing tree disease can be a difficult process. Play “detective” with Jason as he discusses how to assess symptoms and signs of tree diseases from the foliage to the stems and to the roots - blight, rust, galls, cankers, wilt and decay.
2:00-3:00 Young Tree Pruning - Dr. Ed Gilman, UF Professor Emeritus
Trees can be pruned to prevent problems from occurring and anticipate future growth. It should start when trees are planted! Recent research and advancements in treatments can provide for healthier, longer lived trees. Preventive arboricultural treatments for young trees shown to increase tree health and longevity will be presented with many examples. This will include a pruning demonstration outdoors.
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-4:15 Mature Tree Pruning - Dr. Ed Gilman, UF Professor Emeritus
Pruning plays a major role in a tree’s longevity. Pruning the correct live branches can have a dramatic impact on how trees respond to gravity, wind, and storms. This could make you a hero after the next storm sweeps through your area. Structural pruning, designed to reduce growth rate and weight on co-dominant limbs, is the most effective method of minimizing damage from increasingly harsh weather conditions.  We’ll show you why and how to make your case to the customer. You will also learn to write pruning specifications!
4:15 Adjourn and Sign for CEUs



DR. A.D. ALI, Davey Tree Expert Company
Dr. A.D. Ali has over 25 years experience in the Green Industry. As a Senior Scientist within the Technical Services group at the Davey Institute, he provides technical support, conducts applied research, writes technical reports and is an Instructor in the Davey Institute’s arboriculture & lawn care courses.  He also provides Horticultural Sciences consulting services including plant problem diagnosis and landscape management. Dr. Ali is currently a Board Certified Master Arborist.

NORM EASEY, Florida Chapter ISA
Norm Easey 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. 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.  Norm also currently has a part-time urban forestry consulting practice; he specializes in tree risk assessment & urban forest management.
DR. ED GILMAN, UF Professor Emeritus
Dr. Gilman was on the faculty since 1984 as professor in the Environmental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He received honorary membership in ASLA in 2016. Ed wrote “Illustrated Guide to Pruning” plus five other books. He received the Authors Citation Award in 1999, the Educators Award in 2003, the research award in 2007, and the Award of Merit in 2016 from ISA. He has published more than 120 scientific peer reviewed journal articles on roots, planting, & pruning trees in his 35 years in academia and industry. Ed has conducted more than 800 presentations to professional groups throughout his career.
Dr. Andrew Koeser is an assistant professor who heads the Urban Tree and Landscape Management lab at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research & Education Center near Tampa, Florida. Andrew is a ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist. Prior to completing his doctoral studies, Andrew worked at the International Society of Arboriculture. Andrew is the author of Trees: North and Central Florida & Trees: South Florida and the Keys, visual tree identification guides. Andrew was awarded the ISA Early Career Scientist Award at the 2015 ISA Annual Meeting in Orlando.
DR. THOMAS SMILEY, Bartlett Tree Experts
Dr. Tom Smiley is an arboricultural researcher at the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory in Charlotte, NC and an adjunct professor of Urban Forestry at Clemson University. Dr. Smiley is active in the arboriculture industry and has co-authored the ISA’s Best Management Practices for Tree Risk Assessment, Lightning Protection, Fertilization, Support Systems, Soil Mangement and Construction Management. His research has lead to improved methods of increasing sidewalk longevity near trees, protecting more trees from lightning damage, improving tree root growth in compacted soil using the patented Root Invigoration process, and predicting tree failures.
DR. JASON SMITH, UF-Forestry Resources and Conservation
Dr. Jason Smith is assistant professor of forest pathology in the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. Jason conducts research and extension programs on diseases of trees and forest health. His research includes disease diagnosis, biology/epidemiology and developing disease-resistant trees.  Before coming to Florida in 2006, Jason was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota.

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