SCHEDULE

Eastern Standard Time

Wednesday, January 13th

Arboriculture is a Team Sport
Dr. John Ball, CTSP, South Dakota State University
Tree work is as much working with people as the tree. Effective teams focus on achieving similar safety objectives. They cooperate and depend on each other to complete operations in an efficient, timely and safe manner. We’ll discuss common incidents as case studies to determine what we can do better in working to achieve these shared goals.

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10:00 am – 11:00 am MORNING SESSIONS

Tree Pruning Essentials
Lindsey Purcell, Purdue University
What are the critical points for making the cut that is best for the tree? Pruning has been called “one of the best, worst maintenance practices” performed on trees and has a major impact on plant processes. To prune properly, it is important to understand the proper techniques, dose and impact on the plant. Get essential information on how to make better cuts according to best management practices.

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Business During Crisis: A Personal Story
Tad Jacobs, CTSP, QCL, Treemaster
Business was booming. Everything was lined up and the industry seemed headed in the right direction. Then came COVID. Surprisingly, business is still booming for many. But the path forward isn’t as clear. Not for my company, or for my friends and colleagues. But we grouped together through social media and slowly, carefully took the necessary steps to start navigating our way through. I’d like to offer the lessons learned from my experience of connecting with colleagues in the same circumstances through social media, and how those powerful tools have kept us all moving. We’re not out of the storm yet, but I know I can rely on my strong social network as a compass.

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Aerial-Rescue Concepts/
Conceptos de Rescate Aéreo

Erick Palacios, CTSP, Mowbrays Tree Service
Aerial rescue techniques presented in Spanish. i Asombroso! Join the discussion on emergency preparedness and protocols involving aerial rescue. Únase a la discusión sobre preparación para emergencias y protocolos que involucran rescate aéreo.

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TRADESHOW – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

11:00 am – 12:00 pm SECOND MORNING SESSIONS

Let There be Light: Pruning Trees for Turfgrass
Dr. John Ball, CTSP, South Dakota State University
Trees do not block light, they mine it and this causes problems for the turfgrass growing beneath their canopies. This session will cover the variation in light intensity and quality beneath tree canopies, how arborists can measure these differences, and what can be done to the trees and turf to strike a balance.

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ID and Importance of Wood Decay Fungi
Christine Balk, The Davey Tree Expert Company
Wood decay fungi are all around us! Fungi don’t follow rules and, therefore, do not take the safety of arborists into consideration. It is crucial as arborists to understand the benefits and risks of fungi in urban environments and how to properly identify them.

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SRS Climbing Systems – Work Positioning Techniques
Aaron Feather, CTSP, Cumberland Valley Tree Service
This presentation will cover the technical work-positioning techniques involved with SRS climbing systems.

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TRADESHOW – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Tree Climbing Solutions & Technical Tips
Sponsored by Petzl
Rudy Rutemiller, Petzl
This session will give an overview of tree access, climbing, and rescue systems. Rudy will offer us some great Petzl-approved climbing solutions to increase safety and productivity. Intermediate climbers and safety managers should look for a front-row seat.

Return of Cicadas in 2021: Biology, Damage and Management 
Dr Michael Raupp, University of Maryland – Entomology
For 17 years they have been feeding on plant roots underground. This spring of 2021, from Georgia to New York and as far west as Illinois, trillions of Brood X periodical cicadas will emerge! Some densities will reach 1.5 million per acre. We will explore the natural history, evolution, ecology and behavior of the seven indigenous species of periodical cicadas. Learn how they damage trees and shrubs and the long- and short-term implications for plant health and survival. Strategies for reducing the economic and sociologic impact of cicadas will be discussed. For urban planners and city foresters, the timing, location and type of trees planted are critical considerations. Intervention tactics including the use of insecticides, physical barriers and mechanical controls will be reviewed.

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Beyond the 1099: Are your Workers Employees or Contractors?
Bryan Zliman, Zlimen & McGuiness, PLLC
Help your business avoid costly fines and penalties. Correctly classifying employees and independent contractors is critical to staffing your business and staying on the right side of the DOL and IRS. We’ll look at the differences between W-2 and 1099 workers, the advantages to each structure, and how to ensure workers are properly classified. Real-life examples and frequently asked questions will be included.

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Thursday, January 14th

The Messaging Makeover: Tree Care Business Strategies to Dominate Your Market – Now…and in the Future!
Ron Rosenberg, Quality Talk, Inc.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected virtually every corner of our lives. The implications of shelter-at-home orders, business closings and the nearly universal reduction in spending have impacted us all.

Fortunately, for many green-industry businesses – including tree care – this has been a time of unexpected success. As people are spending more time at home, they want to create the best possible environment to enjoy their time outdoors and protect their investment.

Discover how to retool your marketing and sales strategies so you can better connect with your customers and grow your business – even in the middle of a pandemic.

READ Ron Rosenberg’s Bio

10:00 am – 11:00 am MORNING SESSIONS

Streamlining Your Operations: The Kaizen Approach
Sponsored by Vermeer Corporation
Brett Newendorp, Vermeer Corporation
The “lean” philosophy has been deeply rooted in the Vermeer way. Learn how to bring continuous improvement into your daily routines as Brett shares how this can be implemented into your business.

Diagnosing Abiotic Disorders
Jim Downer, University of California
Factors other than disease and insect pests can injure trees. These abiotic (nonliving) factors could include mechanical injury, chemical injury and adverse environmental conditions as well as a legion of other causes. Are you on your best game when it comes to diagnosing abiotic stressors? Can you confidently inform your clients of the problems and treatments involved? Jim will provide you with the tools you need to positively discern abiotic stressors in this interactive session.

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How Do You Know if You Have Trained Them?
Evan Beck, CTSP, Joseph Tree Service
Joseph Tree’s “Jedi Program” is a one-year apprenticeship program designed give aspiring arborists the tools and experience necessary to succeed as a professional arborist. Evan will share concepts and ideas about the program’s importance, inception and implementation. He will also discuss learning styles, oversight options and ways to engage your team members throughout the process.

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TRADESHOW – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

TRADESHOW – 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Mentoring: A Solution to Employee Problems and Growth 
Matt Hogarth, CTSP, Higher Ground Tree Care, LLC
Have you ever wondered how to hold employees accountable for personal and professional growth, motivate them to break bad habits that undermine their success, build stronger teams, turn adversity into growth in your people or how to keep your top performers? Dive into these and other “sticky” topics and share practical strategies that are front and center in the day-to-day world of tree work.

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Nutrition and Fertilization for Trees and Shrubs
Zack Shier, Joseph Tree Service
We’ll explore why trees need nutrients, how they obtain those nutrients and the relationship between soil and tree health. We’ll also discuss how some of our modern fertilization practices may be outdated and sometimes may be harmful to trees. Using a balanced and comprehensive tree-health program, we will learn to use diagnostic testing as well as all of the tools in our arborist toolbox to positively affect a tree’s health. As professionals in the plant healthcare industry, adopting an education-based mindset helps not only satisfy our clients’ needs, but also does what is best and right for trees.

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Beyond Training: A Complete Performance- Improvement Process
Bill Owen, BCMA, CTSP, ArborWell
Many approaches to performance improvement focus exclusively on training. While there are many benefits to training, managers and leaders have numerous alternatives besides training in order to improve overall performance. We’ll focus on organizational and management aspects that can affect employee performance.

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5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EVENING SESSIONS

Take the Lead and Inspire Your Crew
David Joseph, Joseph Tree, LLC
Learn how to be a leader that inspires crew members, with different roles and responsibilities, to work together toward a common goal. There are two important dynamics – those doing the leading and those being led. Each has a critical role. David is co-owner of Joseph Tree and a captain with Columbus Division Fire. He will discuss how the foundation of any organization is effective leadership and provide successful leadership methods to help you bridge the gap.

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Aerial Rescue
Travis Vickerson, CTSP, QCL, Chippers, Inc.
We will look at the information that came from the first Aerial Rescue Symposium, focusing on incidents and how we respond affects the outcomes. We will look at patient assessment and decision making that occurs in the rescue process, working with first responders to facilitate a harmonious scene and what happens once the patient leaves the scene.

READ Travis Vickerson’s Bio

Friday, January 15th

Building a Career Path
Mark Chisholm, CTSP, Aspen Tree Expert
Mark will offer some pathways to starting, and elevating, your arboricultural profession in a number of different industry sectors. You will be able to learn about many common job-types, such as ground operators, tree climbers, PHC technicians, equipment operators, crane crew options as well as municipal and arboretum research openings.

After the session, we will be opening it up for a live Q&A where you have the opportunity to connect with Mark and ask questions about what is most important to you. Students are able to attend this entire event for free thanks to the STIHL Student Scholarship!

READ Mark Chisholm’s Bio

9:30 am – 10:30 am MORNING SESSIONS

Conifer Bark Beetles
Sponsored by ArborJet
Don Grosman, Ph. D., Technology Advancement Manager
Chris Fettig, Entomologist, USDA Forest Service
We will review the severity of the pest threats and treatment options following the integrated pest management process with a trunk injection focus. Attendees will learn to differentiate conifer bark beetles in various areas of the US.

Importance of Climbing and Rigging Gear Inspections
Craig Bachmann, Tree 133 LLC
Tree company owners/managers are overloaded with demands of the business. Time is money and crews need to be in the field. This means gear inspection is often postponed in favor of production. Another challenge is suspect climbing gear available on the internet – climbers are trusting their lives to potentially dangerous equipment. In an industry with recognized hazards, who is responsible for the fall-protection equipment of climber employees? How can we better manage these risks to protect our employees and our businesses? Dig into the results of research with industry experts, including business leaders, risk managers, regulators and insurers.

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Urban Rigging
Lawrence Schultz, Pfanner Man
An in-depth real-life analysis of the challenges and considerations encountered in the concrete jungle. Rope rigging is the most demanding and technical type of work an arborist will encounter, especially when the space is limited and the targets are close. The fundamentals of the techniques we learn become the building blocks of the plan we construct to safely take apart each arboricultural puzzle we encounter. So how do we use those fundamentals to figure out the toughest puzzles in the tightest spaces? We have to apply our knowledge creatively. In this course, we will take a look at unique combinations of those same old tried-and-true building blocks to accomplish the seemingly impossible.

READ Lawrence Schultz’s Bio

TRADESHOW – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Incidental Line Clearance
Tim Walsh, CTSP, The Davey Tree Expert
This is the ANSI Z133 section that saw the most significant changes in the 2017 revision, and is causing the most confusion is Section 4, Electrical Hazards. During the 2017 revision cycle of the ANSI Z133, Federal OSHA made major changes to the standard that primarily effects the line clearance sector of our profession.

We will review and discuss the most important changes in sections 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 with a focus on section 4.2, Incidental Line Clearance. This presentation is not intended to be an interpretation of the standard in any way. Nor is it intended to be a substitute for the standard itself. It’s meant merely to be an overview of some of the changes.

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Life Skills for Crews on the Edge
Erick Palacios, CTSP, Mowbrays Tree Service
Our industry has always been high risk, on the edge of the top 10 most dangerous careers in the world. You add to that hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, pandemics, working long fatigued stressful hours away from home and family, personal problems and complex tree problems that require critical thinking and all this adds up to an even more hazardous profession. To keep the industrial complex infrastructure going and make civilized life easier for all of us requires high-level teams. And these teams require, high-level people. A formal education along with hands on experience is great, but high-level people have these other three qualities (life skills, people skills and customer service), qualities lost in corporate America these days. Together we will share ideas and concepts to help you sharpen these skills or qualities to help teams on the edge become elite teams and not only become more successful but more valuable and prepare you for more high-level projects in this wonderful, exciting and most rewarding industry of tree care.

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