Annual Training Conference '21 Virtual Navigation Guide

The PNW-ISA ATC '21 Virtual Navigation Guide provides conference program descriptions, speaker bios, schedule of events and more!


Resilient Communities: People, Places & Trees

10/1/21 - 1/31/22


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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2021 Chapter Award Recipients ................................................................... 4 ATC ‘21 Committee ....................................................................................... 5 Scholarship Recipients ................................................................................. 6 ATC Registration ........................................................................................... 7 Navigating Your Virtual Adventure ................................................................ 8 Accessing PNW-ISA’s Learning Management System ................................ 10 Keynote Speaker: Suzanne Simard ............................................................ 14 ATC Conference Programs ......................................................................... 16 Final Week - Live Broadcasts (10/25/21-10/29/21) ..................................... 37 Save-the-Date ATC ‘22 ............................................................................... 49

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2021 Chapter Awards Recipients

ANNUAL TRAINING CONFERENCE ‘21 COMMITTEE The uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic led PNW-ISA to create its 2nd virtual adventure in lieu of its in-person conference. This year’s ATC Commit- tee completed its work entirely through virtual meetings and emails to ensure that PNW-ISA could continue to offer its members and guests with quality programming and educational opportunities. Many thanks to each of the indi- viduals below for donating their time, energy and talents to this year’s virtual adventure. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Arborist of the Year Emily Roberts Owner/Founder DiversiTree Arbor Care (WA) To view Emily’s nomination and award presentation video, click here.

To congratulate Emily, click here.

Tree Worker of the Year Kevin Van Brunt Arborist/CTW Eden Tree Works, LLC (ID) To view Kevin’s nomination and award presentation video, click here.

Mike Carey Urban Forester City of Tacoma

Daria Gosztyla Urban Forestry Projects & Outreach Specialist Washington State Dept of Natural Resources

Christine Johnson Consultant Teragan & Associates

To congratulate Kevin, click here.

Volunteer of the Year Thomas Walz Consulting & Training Manager BC Plant Healthcare, Inc. To view Thomas’ nomination and award presentation video, click here.

Sarah Low President Strategic Nature, LLC

Emily Roberts Owner/Founder DiversiTree Arbor Care

Lalieth White Arborist & Urban Forestry Student The University of British Columbia

Committee member not pictured: Alan Haywood, Arborist & Horticulturist, LLC

To congratulate Tom, click here.

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Due to the generosity of many ATC speakers, PNW-ISA was able to award 11 scholarships to this year’s virtual conference. Scholarships were awarded to current college/university students, recent college graduates, or individuals who have worked one to five years in an arboriculture or urban forestry relat - ed career. Many thanks to the speakers who contributed to this effort!

REGISTRATION TYPES PNW-ISA Chapter Member Full Registration


$249 All webinars $149 All webinars

PNW-ISA Chapter Member (Student) Full Registration

PNW-ISA Chapter Member A la carte rates


Non-Member Full Registration

$309 All webinars $179 All webinars $15.50-$59 per webinar

Elliot Bellis The University of British Columbia

Ruixi Chen The University of British Columbia

Laura Grant The University of British Columbia

Philip Lee The University of British Columbia

Non-Member Full Registration (Student)

Non-Member A la carte rates

To purchase an ATC registration, visit

Megan Malarcher British Columbia Institute of Technology

Alix Olson The University of British Columbia

Eric Schietekat The University of British Columbia

Malia Seavey Tree Solutions, Inc. Washington

To view individual webinar offerings, visit

Dana Wrigley British Columbia Institute of Technology

Yiqi Yan The University of British Columbia

Alina Ziyun Zeng The University of British Columbia

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Navigating Your Virtual Adventure A MONTH LONG VIRTUAL ADVENTURE

EARNING CEUS PNW-ISA utilizes the GoToWebinar platform to broadcast its programming and conduct live Q&As. Individuals must access GoToWebinar using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone device. If using a smartphone, you will be required to download the GoToWebinar app onto your phone. Important: CEUs cannot be earned by listening to a webinar on a telephone. You must be actively engaged and connected via the approved devices above in order to receive CEUs. TESTING YOUR DEVICE Prior to attending your first live broadcast, we encourage you to check your device using the link below. This will ensure that you are able to view and hear the webinar. If during the test problems occur, you will be provided suggestions to correct them.

The ATC ‘21, Resilient Communities: People, Places & Trees will occur Monday-Friday during the entire month of October. This Virtual Adventure Guide will provide users with weekly schedules, detailed program information and links to purchase the registration that best suits your needs. REGISTRATION OPTIONS The ATC ‘21 provides options to meet every budget. You can purchase a full, all-in- clusive registration that includes all ATC programs for one affordable registration rate. Or, you can purchase an a la carte registration that allows you to pick and choose the programs you wish to watch. LIVE BROADCASTS & RECORDINGS Full and a la carte registrations provide access to live broadcasts and recordings housed in PNW-ISA’s Learning Management System providing the ultimate in flexibility. Confer - ence attendees will have until January 31, 2022* to view all programs and earn 33.25 CEUs & 15 CFEs. (Suzanne Simard’s keynote presentation is only available for viewing until December 31, 2021.) Registrants attending live broadcasts will be provided individual GoToWebinar links for ATC ‘21 conference programs. You will be required to register yourself for each program you wish to attend so that we can capture your ISA Certification Number and name for recording purposes. At the end of each webinar, PNW-ISA will provide ISA with a report of the individuals who attended the entire duration of the webinar. No further action is needed on your part. If you choose to view recordings at your leisure, you will be provided access via PNW- ISA’s Learning Management System. You will be required to watch each webnar in its entirity, including completing a brief quiz and online survey. Once finished, a certificate will be provided along with instructions for sending your information to ISA.

USING A SMARTPHONE? DOWNLOAD THE CORRECT APPS If you are using the GoToWebinar app on an iPhone or Android device, download the app from the Apps store at least half an hour prior to the live broadcast to ensure you have no problems connecting.



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Accessing Conference Recordings in PNW-ISA’s Learning Management System

Step 1: Login to using your email address and password.

Step 4: On the next screen, click on the START or VIEW NOW buttons to begin your program.

Step 2: Next, click on the QuickLinks tab in the menu bar and select Learning Management System from the dropdown choices.

Step 3: You will now be redirected to PNW-ISA’s Learning Management System. The first screen that pulls up in the LMS is My Courses. Here, you will see the courses you have registered and paid for. You will also see when these courses expire. To proceed, click on the name of the course you wish to view.

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Step 5: Work your way through the course curriculum. The left-hand side of your screen shows tabs with speaker information, materials (handouts, resources), survey (to be completed after webinar), and how to retrieve your final certificate. When viewing courses through the LMS, you will be required to complete a final quiz based on course content.

Step 7: To retrieve your certificate, click on the Certificate icon or return to the LMS home page and view your certificate there.

If you experience technical problems, view the NEED HELP? area above.

Step 8: Reporting your CEU(s)/CFE(s). Below is an example of the certificate you will receive from the LMS once your course has been completed in its entirety. To receive ISA CEU(s), download the certificate and attach to an email to In - clude your ISA Cert ID# and full name in the body of your email. These instructions are provided on each certificate issued. To receive SAF CFE(s), download the certificate and email to

Step 6: Once you have completed all necessary steps, you can retrieve your course certificate. You can tell you’ve successfully completed steps by reviewing your credit checklist. You cannot receive a course certificate if you have missed a step indicated. All steps must have a green check mark next to them.

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The Mother Tree Project; The Importance of Resiliency in Forests Keynote Speaker: Dr. Suzanne Simard | 1 CEU | 1 CFE Online Store: (Available until 12/31/21)

Suzanne Simard is changing how people view trees and their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest. In this illuminating and accessible talk, Simard helps audiences understand just how vital trees are—to each other and to humans. Based on her incredible book and her research at The Mother Tree Project, Simard shares her moving and deeply personal journey of discovering the interconnectedness of trees, explaining how they behave in many ways with characteristics ascribed to human intel- ligence and civil societies. In understanding these complex ecosystems, Simard emphasizes the critical need to rethink our relationship with our natural world so we can begin to heal our climate Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology at The University of British Columbia and the leader of The Mother

Tree Project, which researches forest renewal practices that protect biodiversity against climate change. Dr. Simard’s work has been published widely, with over 170 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Nature, Ecology, and Global Biology. She is also co-author of the book Climate Change and Variability. Her latest book, Finding the Mother Tree, brings us into the intimate world of trees, exploring the ways in which trees learn and adapt their behaviors, remember the past, demonstrate agency over the future, and cooperate with a sophistication typically ascribed to humans. Dr. Simard’s research has been communicated broadly through TED Talks and TED Experiences, as well as articles and interviews in The New Yorker, National Geographic, The Globe and Mail, NPR, CNN, CBC, and many more. For more information on this Speaker please visit To purchase a copy of Finding the Mother Tree, click on this link. This webinar will be available for viewing until December 31, 2021.

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Arboricultural Zombies – Myths That Will Not Die Speaker: Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott | 1 CEU Online Store:

Linda also is the award-winning author of five books: the horticultural myth-busting The Informed Gardener (2008) and The Informed Garden- er Blooms Again (2010) from the University of Washington Press and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: Good Science – Practical Appli- cation (2009) from GFG Publishing,Inc., and How Plants Work: The Sci- ence Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do from Timber Press (2015). Her latest book is an update of Art Kruckeberg’s Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest from UW Press (2019), which has won

This webinar will present a diagnostic approach to discovering the cause behind land- scape failure. Many landscape plants fail to thrive or even die because of avoidable errors in selecting, transplanting, and maintaining trees and shrubs. Without understand- ing the underlying reason behind landscape failure, homeowners and professionals of- ten resort to pesticides and fertilizers in an unsuccessful attempt to fix the problem. An alternative set of suggested best practices will be presented based on recent and on-go- ing research, which ultimately will help landscape managers avoid the unnecessary use of chemicals. Tree Root Physiology & Urban Soils - Can’t We Just All Get Along? Trees planted in the built environment face challenges to successful establishment. Many of these challenges are caused by improper soil preparation and management practic- es that impair root growth and can be avoided. This presentation will focus on the three critical needs for root establishment – water, nutrients, and oxygen – and how soils can be properly managed to maximize success. Handouts and links to relevant references will be provided. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified arborist and an ASCA consulting arborist. She is WSU’s Extension Urban Horticulturist and a Professor in the Department of Horticulture, and holds two affiliate associate professor positions at University of Washington. She conducts research in applied plant and soil sciences, publishing the results in scientific articles and university Extension fact sheets. In 2020, she was named the new editor for the Western Arborist magazine. Speaker: Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott | 1 CEU | 1 CFE Online Store:

several national awards since its publication. Forged in Fire: Arborist Options Before and After the Fire Speaker: Jim Flott | 1 CEU | 1 CFE Online Store:

Succinctly defined the wildland-urban interface (WUI) is where the natural environment and the human community overlap. All segments of the arboriculture industry are spe- cifically qualified to help clients living in these environments. These clients may range from a modest, single residence to multi-million dollar acreage homes. Whether you are a single proprietor, a multi-faceted company, or a consulting arborist fire prevention and risk reduction in the WUI is a service you can offer. The Healthy Forest Restoration Act (2003) includes the first meaningful statutory incentives to give consideration to the priorities of local communities as they develop and implement forest management and hazardous fuel reduction projects. Attendees will gain insight into services they can offer before and after a fire. The topic expands on the business opportunities arboriculture provides for us while providing client services not typically expected of our industry. Jim Flott is president of Community Forestry Consultants, Inc.(CFC). CFC provides TreeWorks™ tree management software; inventories and appraisals; management plans; risk assessment and risk management plans; tree preservation plans; diagnosis; expert witness; forensic inves- tigations; urban forestry program reviews; training workshops; and urban forestry, arboriculture, and horticulture consulting services to individu- als, corporations, universities, municipalities, county and state agencies, cemeteries, and golf courses in the United States and Canada. He re- ceived his B.S. degree in horticulture from Iowa State University and his in

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forest pathology from the University of Arizona and has over 45 years work experience in the horticulture, urban forestry and arboriculture industries. He is an ISA certified arborist and certified municipal specialist; American Society of Consulting Arborists registered consulting arborist; PNW-ISA TRACE instructor and certified tree risk assessor; and ISA TRAQ instructor and assessor. Forest Health Watch – Working Together to Monitor, Study & Understand Tree Health Issues in the Pacific Northwest Biosecurity is a shared responsibility. Our forests face critical threats from the global spread of tree pests and pathogens and the unprecedented rates of climate change. Of particular concern is the urgency for more information and greater capacity to monitor for new issues as we plant more trees for climate resiliency and move species for climate adaptation. Community science is one approach to address these pressing issues.The Forest Health Watch ( is a program to engage Pacific Northwest communities in tree health research and learning. Through multiple methods of engage- ment, community scientists are advancing knowledge and catalyzing efforts to discover solutions to pressing forest health issues in the region. The pilot project of the program was co-designed to investigate the dieback of western red cedar because it was iden- tified as a primary concern by many partners. The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how community scientists have contributed to the pilot project to accelerate research and foster shared understanding about the dieback of western red cedar. Speaker: Dr. Joseph Michael Hulbert | 1 CEU | 1 CFE Online Store: Dr. Joey Hulbert is a USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Research Fellow based at the WSU Research and Extension Center in Puyallup, Washington. He has a background in forest health that started with a BS degree in natural resources at WSU. Then he spent 4 years at Oregon State Uni- versity working and learning about Sudden Oak Death before traveling to South Africa to complete a PhD. He is also the Director of the Forest Health Watch program where he draws on his experience leading the Cape Citizen Science program during his doctoral degree at the Uni- versity of Pretoria. Through this experience, his background in forest health, and his

passion for public engagement in science, Dr. Hulbert engages communities in research about the consequences of climate change on the health of forests. Integrating Density and Forests for Climate-Resilient Cities Speaker: Zhaohua (Cindy) Cheng | 1/2 CEU | 1/2 CFE Online Store: Densification, increased building or population density, has been recognized and prac - ticed by many cities as a way to mitigate and adapt to climate change and other urban challenges, such as housing affordability, walkability, and access to amenities. Many terms, such as compact cities, complete neighborhoods, and transit-oriented communi- ties, are used to describe favorable urban development patterns that encourage higher density. Densification is also preferred as it constrains urban expansion and thereby minimizes the negative impacts of urban sprawl on surrounding ecosystems. However, within urban areas, densification has become a threat to urban forests, which indicates a weak integration amongst climate action, urban forestry and urban planning policies. This webinar explores the synergies and trade-offs between climate action, urban forest- ry and urban planning through an analysis of policies and related documents in Vancou- ver, BritishColumbia, and semi-structured interviews with key informants (i.e. manage- ment-level city staff, practitioners, and researchers) from Vancouver and surrounding municipalities within the MetroVancouver region.

Zhaohua (Cindy) Cheng is a PhD candidate at the Urban Natures Lab at The University of British Columbia (UBC). She has over five years of experience in community and youth engagement, climate change ad- aptation, student advising and engagement, and project management. Her PhD research focuses on exploring urban forest-based solutions for climate resilience and urban livability. Besides her PhD, she is a re- searcher at the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP) and the Coordinator of the Bachelor of Urban Forestry Program at UBC.

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Christine Buhl is a graduate of Oregon State University and the Uni- versity of Wisconsin-Madison. She has served as an entomologist from Hawaii to Lebanon on projects spanning from public health to chemical ecology. She currently serves as the state Forest Entomologist with the Oregon Department of Forestry where she provides statewide technical assistance to public and private landowners/managers/consultants and monitors forest health via aerial and ground surveys.

Biomechanics for Tree Climbers Speaker: Phillip Kelley | 1 CEU Online Store:

This presentation discusses research being done in England using computerized body mapping to measure the forces on our bodies as we work. By taking this data and mak- ing minor changes to our movements we can help eliminate repetitive motions, injuries and extend our tree climbing careers.

Wielding the A300 Standards: The Shield and the Sword Speaker: James Komen | 1 CEU | 1 CFE Online Store:

Phillip Kelley is Leader of Team Development & Training for Wright Tree Service (current); Contract climber and owner of Samara Tree Pres- ervation (current); Lead Instructor, North American Training Solutions (2009); and, has 26 years of active field experience. He has served as the Head Technician International Tree Climbing Championship (2018-pres- ent); Head Judge, North American Tree Climbing Championship (2014 -2018); Head Judge, Aerial Rescue International Tree Climbing Cham- pionship (2013 - 2018); Head Technician, Georgia Arborist Association

The ANSI A300 Standards are a documentation of what industry stakeholders can agree upon within the context of the ANSI approval process. When wielded correctly, they can form powerful legal weaponry to use both defensively and offensively. Learn how to limit your liability when performing risk assessments by following the mandatory require- ments. Learn how to avoid offensive strategies by plaintiffs that attack insufficiency of inspections, reports, and pruning practices. The section on defensive application of the standards shows key passages that limit the scope of an assignment and of the potential liability exposure to arborists in the field. It highlights important limitations to remember to include in reports, contracts, and work orders. The section on offensive application of the standards helps prepare audience members for potential plaintiff strategies for using the standards to establish a defendant’s liability. It highlights attributes that must be included in a report such as time frame, likelihood of failure, likelihood of impacting a target, and consequences. It also points to commonly violated sections of the standards with respect to pruning operations.

Tree Climbing Championship (2009-2013); Past President of the Georgia Arborist Asso- ciation; CertifiedArborist, International Society of Arboriculture (2000 - present); Certified Line Clearance Tree Trimmer; Approved TCIAASTI Trainer; Certified in all TCIA arborist programs; author of multiple articles published in industry magazines; and speaker at numerous industry events and conferences since 2012. Tree Insect Pest Diagnosis & Management Speaker: Christine Buhl | 1 CEU | 1 CFE Online Store: This webinar will cover the basics on bark beetles, woodborers, defoliators, and sap sucking insects that are more common pests of trees. You will learn about stressors that leave trees exposed to insect attacks, how to diagnose what type of insects may be causing damage and identify what insects are not of concern, and lastly how to prevent or mitigate damage to trees.

James Komen is a consulting arborist in California specializing in risk as- sessment and tree appraisal. He helps clients make informed manage- ment decisions for individual trees and for tree inventories. His work has been published in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, Arboricultural Consul- tant, Palms, Ontario Arborist and Western Arborist. He is an ISA TRAQ instructor and has taught workshops on tree appraisal around the U.S. and Canada.

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How Math & Technology Help in Preserving Veteran Trees Speaker: Christopher Rippey | 1 CEU Online Store:

the capabilities of each detection system, their strengths and weaknesses, their relative costs, and what urban forest managers can expect to do with each detection system. Ur- ban forest professionals will also understand what education and staffing resources will be required in this new technology environment, including what software and hardware systems may be needed to analyze imaging data, what career paths for staffing may arise, and possible on the ground changes will also be discussed. Dan is the Principal of Arbor Drone, LLC, a green technology firm in California. Arbor Drone analyzes green infrastructure including built environments, orchards, vineyards and hemp. He studied Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry at UC Davis, and Urban Planning specializing in urban ecology under a National Science Foundation IG- ERT grant at the University of Washington. Preparing City Trees for Driverless Vehicles: Changing Roadsides as an Opportunity Speaker: Dan Staley | 3/4 CEU | 3/4 CFE  Online Store: Recent events have increased the need for deliveries of a wide range of products direct- ly to homes and businesses, replacing direct visits to brick-and-mortar stores, and this trend likely will continue in the future. Driverless vehicles for deliveries and transport are right around the corner and will change how curbsides are configured in many urban settings. How will this new curbside infrastructure design affect existing and future urban trees? Urban planners are already discussing how driverless vehicles will change road- ways and curbsides, and this impending change is an opportunity for urban forest man- agers to guide policy from the beginning. What will driverless designs for roadsides look like?What functions will be performed in these new spaces? What design opportunities for green infrastructure are possible, and how will they get energy and water? Urban for- est managers can help guide these discussions to ensure robust planting spaces will be created (or preserved) to provide maximum benefits to this new transportation infrastruc - ture design. This presentation will discuss what to expect in these new curbside features, including: retrofits, new construction design, opportunities for expanding rooting volume, and appropriate tree species for new curbside services in the future.

Math and Technology are being used more widely in preserving trees, especially veteran trees. This webinar will show how math and technology are being used in several ad- vanced tree assessment tools and tree assessment methodologies. The audience will learn how these tools and methodologies are limited and see how applying hard mathe- matical rules is not always appropriate when working with the natural world.

Chris Rippey is a third generation professional arborist with 23 years ex- perience in tree wizardry.

Green Infrastructure Monitoring & Technology: The State of the Art Speaker: Dan Staley | 3/4 CEU | 3/4 CFE  Online Store: Aerial remote sensing imaging technology is changing the way we perceive, measure, and monitor the earth’s ecosystems, including green infrastructure in the urban forest. Imaging systems such as constellations of satellites orbiting any spot on the earth once a day, aircraft with powerful camera platforms, and drones able to detect objects centi- meters across are imaging the urban forest in ways that have never been more accessi- ble. Aerial imaging technology can help green infrastructure professionals better monitor and manage urban forests against threats such as worsening heat waves, increasing in- cidents of severe weather, expansion of urban heat islands, effects of man-made climate change, movement of exotic pests such as Emerald Ash Borer, and long-term impacts of drought. Aerial imaging technology can also monitor construction progress, track permit compliance, measure impervious surface expansion and impacts, calculate tree cano- py volume, inventory infrastructure assets, and much more. This webinar will describe

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Dan is the Principal of Arbor Drone, LLC, a green technology firm in California. Arbor Drone analyzes green infrastructure including built en- vironments, orchards, vineyards and hemp. He studied Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry at UC Davis, and Urban Planning spe- cializing in urban ecology under a National Science Foundation IGERT grant at the University of Washington. Dan’s applied research on ur- ban forests and green infrastructure has appeared in scholarly journals, proceedings, symposia, policy papers, and trade magazines. Before re- turning to the Left Coast, Dan was a Planning and Zoning Commissioner for the City of Aurora, Colorado. Homeowner Knowledge & Perceptions of Tree Care & Preservation on Residential Properties Speaker: Kaitlyn Pike | 1 CEU Online Store: Trees provide significant benefits to human society. Urban trees, however, are often at odds with their environment due to injury, disturbance, inadequate planting space, or lack of care. Construction, in particular, can present a significant challenge; studies have found that unchecked construction activities can negatively impact the condition of tree trunks and root systems - which can ultimately lead to early tree death. To safeguard the benefits that trees provide, communities have begun to enact tree preservation ordinanc - es that provide guidelines, backed by policy, for tree preservation during construction. This webinar provides an example of a municipality that has established a comprehen- sive tree preservation ordinance and the results of two studies: 1) an evaluation of the effectiveness of the City’s ordinance in protecting trees on residential properties, and 2) a summary of the attitudes, knowledge, and practices of the homeowners of these same residential properties, as told through survey data.

Kaitlyn is a Ph.D. student studying urban forest governance and green equity at The University of British Columbia. Kaitlyn’s research inter- ests revolve around people’s perceptions and values of green spaces and how to best protect and manage trees in an increasingly urban- ized world. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys nature photography, video games, and turning anything into an adventure.

Wildlife BMPs: Beyond the Western Chapter Speaker: Ryan Gilpin | 1/2 CEU | 1/2 CFE Online Store:

How should arborists prepare for wildlife encounters during tree work? What steps should they take to protect wildlife, follow relevant laws, and get their work done? Arborists around the UnitedStates and Canada, and the world, are grappling with these questions to try to figure out how best to act responsibly around wildlife during tree work. The Tree Care for Birds and Other Wildlife program of the Western Chapter ISA have released a new edition of Best Management Practices, specifically designed to be able to be used by a broader audience of tree care professionals in other chapters. This presentation will share the collaborative process of creating these BMPs, which involved input from a diverse group of wildlife biologists, agency representatives, wildlife advocates, field ar - borists, and consulting arborists. We will highlight key features of the BMPs particularly relevant to the Pacific Northwest and possible next steps for the PNW-ISA Chapter to create their own program/version of the BMPs.

Ryan Gilpin manages Nidus Consulting and provides arboricultural and ecological consulting services. Ryan’s education was in ecology with work experience in conservation and arboriculture. Ryan has consulted on hundreds of projects and trained many arborists to perform consult- ing service. Ryan is particularly interested in: tree preservation, minimiz- ing impacts to nesting wildlife during tree care, creating wildlife habitat and any combination of trees and birds.

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Incorporating Tree Planting Into Your Commercial Tree Care Operation Speaker: Allen Taylor | 1.25 CEUs Online Store: Watching your trees grow is much more fun than watching your stumps rot! After start- ing an environmentally conscious tree care company several years ago I knew I had to incorporate tree planting into my operation. I then realized I knew nothing of the practical logistics and operational considerations of planting trees. I had read the planting stan- dards and seen presentations on proper planting techniques, but the logistics surround- ing the process were a mystery to me. Where do I get the trees from? Can I reserve them? How much should I charge? What trees will do well in my area? How do we keep them from dying after they are planted? What the heck is windburn?This talk seeks to demystify the logistical and operational considerations associated with tree planting. If our industry is to achieve sustainability we must dramatically grow this aspect of our business. Tree planting can be a profitable portion of our businesses and can provide a valuable service to our customers and to the local community. Many municipalities also include tree planting as a requirement for tree removal permits. Don’t just shrug your shoulders; incorporate tree planting into your operation for a competitive advantage and because it is the right thing to do! Allen Taylor is the founder and lead arborist of Conservation Tree Care. Over the past 10 years he has gained extensive experience removing trees and pruning trees to enhance health and safety or mitigate haz- ards. He also owns and operates a small residential/commercial tree care company that focuses on environmental sustainability, including tree planting. He is a Board Certified Master Arborist (PN-7316B), Inter - national Society of Arboriculture; Registered Consulting Arborist (RCA #643), American Society of Consulting Arborists; and holds a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, International Society of Arboriculture. He attended the Univer - sity of Vermont where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Forestry.

Pruning Trees for Resiliency Speaker: Gordon Mann | 1 CEU Online Store:

Too many trees are over-pruned. Over-pruning has an impact on tree health and future growth. This presentation will discuss the ways trees have been pruned and suggest op- tions for better pruning techniques that will promote better tree growth, reduce risk, and improve site use for people, while retaining the appearance of a tree in its natural form. The session will include the ANSI A300 Part 1 Pruning standard and the ISA pruning BMP’s and show how to write clear specifications that will allow the tree to look like the initial descriptions intended the tree to look like. When completed, if the tree doesn’t look like what’s intended, the worker could not have followed the specifications for the work. We will briefly discuss the value of trees and why the foliage is so important, and how we can maintain trees to grow healthier with more leaves and accomplish the objectives for our pruning clients. The attendees will receive a template for writing specifications and examples of specifications that can be adjusted for your use in each work situation. Attendees will also gain support for their pruning – and the following phrases will make sense: Less is more; trees should look like trees; the leaves are the workers in trees; and end weights matter. Managing the Trees Where People Live for Resiliency Speaker: Gordon Mann | 1 CEU | 1 CFE Online Store: More people are living in populated areas. Urban Forestry as a term is not resonating with those that don’t live in cites. The real issue is how do we grow trees where people live in a healthy, thriving manner? There are many components to growing trees. This presentation will share ideas about the value of trees, the importance of trees to people, and the need for trees where people live. It is designed to both make one think differently about trees, or if we think similarly, to provide resources to support conversations with others. The changes to include more trees involves public and community change, and we are the best positioned professionals to support these conversations. Attendees will receive information and resources to support these conversations and show how trees improve the quality of life and resiliency of people.

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Gordon Mann is a partner in California Tree and Landscape Consulting, Inc.; Owner of Mann Made Resources tree conservation products; and Co-Founder of Trees ROI tree quality confirmation. He has 43 years of experience working in urban forestry roles including Village Forester (Brookeld, IL); Tree Maintenance Supervisor (San Mateo, CA); City Ar- borist & Public Works Superintendent (Redwood City, CA); Urban Forest Services Director, Sacramento Tree Foundation; a sales arborist for two private tree care companies; and contract city arborist for various com-

Craig Bachmann is the Lead Arborist & Manager of Tree133 inSeattle, WA. He is a Certified Arborist/TRAQ, Certified TreeWorker – Climber Specialist, Certified Treecare Safety Professional and an experienced safety/skills trainer. He is currently preparing for the Board Certified Mas - ter Arborist exam. Craig is also a Head Judge for the International Tree Climbing Championship. He regularly speaks at industry conferences and has been published in Arborist News & TCIA Magazine. Data-Driven Urban Forest Management for Resilience: Challenges & Opportunities for Social & Ecological Sensing Speaker: Sophie Nitoslawski | 1 CEU | 1 CFE Online Store: Urban areas in the Pacic Northwest are on the front lines of climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. Like many cities, the growth of The University of British Columbia Vancouver campus is geared towards supporting a wide range of environmental and social goals in the face of complex challenges, including delivering affordable housing, facilities, amenities, and services to enhance community experience. One key contrib- utor to urban sustainability, resilience, and wellbeing are urban trees and other green infrastructure on campus. As UBC continues to grow, the goal is to better understand the existing baseline conditions of the natural and built environments and undertake new construction, densification, and long-term maintenance that enhances both ecological and human wellbeing. There is thus a clear need to identify, understand, and value the diversity of urban forests and other urban natural assets as well as the benets they pro- vide. Given this context, and as part of a Smart Campus initiative partnership with Rogers Telecommunications Inc., we are developing and piloting a data-driven urban forest management system to discover relevant patterns for assessing the status and dynam- ics of the natural assets, including their social values. Using data from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), mobility data from smartphones, and ground-based sensors, our aim is to support adaptive urban forest management and pilot scalable urban natural asset software and hardware solutions that address both ecological and social needs. In this webinar, we outline preliminary findings and discuss the challenges and opportunities for

munities. He serves on the ANSI A300 standards writing committee as SMA alternate and previous representative, Director on the ISA Board, CaUFC Board, and is past pres- ident of WCISA, ASCA, CAA and SMAS. Climb Smarter: 5 Tips to Extend Your Career Speaker: Craig Bachmann | 1 CEU Online Store: Tree care is hard on the body. Work tasks that felt like a fun challenge at the age of 25 feel very different a decade or two later. Sadly, many skilled arborists leave the profes- sion due to chronic and debilitating injuries. Too often, these are the result of out-dated work practices (eg. body thrusting) or a lack of awareness of modern climbing tech- niques (eg. using an SRS access line). By climbing smarter, not harder, today’s working arborists can significantly extend their careers and continue climbing safely and effi - ciently for many years. This presentation will introduce and explain five key tips to help climbing arborists save energy, increase efficiency, reduce injuries and extend their ca - reers. In other words, how to become more“resilient” in this unique physical profession. Tips shared will include recommendations for cutting tools that reduce physical strain and improve control, advice for efficiently installing climbing lines, use of access lines to save energy and increase safety, and suggested professional development to expand climbers’ competencies and income opportunities. Tips shared in this presentation are based on experiences as a climbing arborist, skills trainer, safety supervisor and ITCC head judge, combined with my perspective as the lead climber for a small business at the age of 45. Through this presentation, participants will learn how to practice these tips and incorporate them in daily activities. Together, these tips will help arborists of all ages to climb smarter and extend their careers.

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arboriculture and urban forestry practitioners interested in integrating more digital prac- tices into strategic planning and management.

Dr. Amanda A. Carpenter, PT is a human performance wellness ex- pert with over 20 years of experience working in the health career field helping people reclaim and maximize their health and vitality. She has both a doctorate and MS in physical therapy as well as a BS in health science, certifications in professional training, ergonomic assessment, health coaching, and resiliency coaching. Dr. Carpenter is an expert in the science and practice of biomechanics and ergonomics, working with industrial athletes and families to improve their health and vitality. She

Sophie Nitoslawski is a PhD Candidate in urban forestry at The Univer- sity of British Columbia. Her research and professional interests include urban forest biodiversity, green infrastructure planning, urban technol- ogy, and municipal sustainability and resilience. She is particularly in- terested in how smart cities and digital technologies will shape urban forestry and green space management. Sophie participates in teaching activities for the undergraduate urban forestry program at UBC, and is currently a member of the International Society of Arboriculture Science

is an internationally recognized lecturer for the arboriculture industry teaching programs designed to optimize the health, productivity, and safety of industrial workers and fami- lies. She is the Owner and a Foundational Health Educator for COR HealthSolutions, as well as Certified HeartMath® Coach/Mentor, Trainer and Practitioner. She has had the opportunity to work with thousands of injured workers and uses this experience in her teaching. Inviting Academia Into the Urban Forest: How Cross-Sector Partnerships Cut Costs and Create Benefits for Students, businesses, and Trees Speaker: Maegan Blansett | 1 CEU | 1 CFE Online Store: Equitable access to the benefits of trees is the top priority in our industry right now, and evaluating canopy distribution is the first step in enabling cities to guide the manage - ment of their urban forests in an equitable way. Last year, PlanIT Geo™ performed an urban tree canopy assessment and created an urban forest management plan for the City of Tacoma, WA, which focused on prioritizing environmental justice on their journey to increase tree canopy from 20% to 30%. However, as a consulting firm, the scope of services we can provide to clients is limited by our contract and the community’s resourc- es. In a creative new collaboration, our company partnered with a group of graduate students from the University of California, Santa Barbara who performed a series of ad- ditional analyses for the City of Tacoma. Three master’s students interested in urban forestry spent a year taking a deeper dive into our newly-derived canopy data to assess trees’ impacts on air quality and human health. An equity index model based on five indicators was designed: canopy coverage,

and Research Committee. Building Personal & Team Resilience to Optimize Performance of the Tree Worker Speaker: Dr. Amanda Carpenter | 1 CEU Online Store: Your occupation as a production tree care professional and/or your hobby as a competi- tive climber can be beneficial to your health and vitality. The work you do does not have to break your body down physically. By addressing foundational health factors, the work you do will build your health and body up, rather than breaking your body down. This we- binar will address key lifestyle factors related to human performance that are necessary for optimal health and to ensure longer, safer careers and better quality of life outside of your job. You will learn easy to implement strategies to improve energy and performance, while reducing the risk of chronic disease and reducing the risk of injury. Attendees will leave feeling inspired about how your occupation or hobby as a tree climber benefits your health, and with easy to implement strategies to immediately improve your physical and mental ideal performance both on and off the job.

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demographics, climate, air quality, and health . Results revealed that tree canopy dis- tribution in Tacoma is currently uneven, and the inclusion of these additional indicators helped to identify priority areas in need of intervention to maximize socio-economic and environmental benefits while minimizing harm. In addition to offering real-world experi - ence, the students’ project will help PlanITGeo better guide future clients in allocating limited resources to promote resiliency and increase the equitable dispersal of environ- mental benefits.

James Komen is a consulting arborist in California specializing in risk assessment and tree appraisal. He helps clients make informed man- agement decisions for individual trees and for tree inventories. His work has been published in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry, Arboricultural Consultant, Palms, Ontario Arborist and Western Arborist. He is an ISA TRAQ instructor and has taught workshops on tree appraisal around the U.S. and Canada.

Maegan has a background in earth science, forestry, conservation plan- ning and data analysis. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master’s degree in Environmen- tal Science & Management from the University of California, Santa Bar- bara, and attended the Municipal Forestry Institute in February 2020.

Regenerative Pruning: Research on Overextended Trees, Practice on Hollow Trees Speakers: Guy Meilleur | 1 CEU Online Store:

This webinar will recognize international research and standards for pruning veteran trees, and how they inform current practice; appreciate the benefits and low costs of comprehensive inspection and specified structural pruning; witness biomechanics re - search confirming field experience; “high risk” trees become smaller and safer; and learn how to communicate and implement simple, TRAQ compliant pruning specifications for big old trees. Guy Meilleur is an ISA Board-Certified Master Arborist, and author of 34 episodes in ISA’s Detective Dendro series. A former curator and lecturer at NC State University, Instructor at Duke University, Staff Arborist at the University of North Carolina, Guy chaired the ANSI A300 committee that created the US standard for tree inspection and root management, and collaborates with the Ancient Tree Forum. Historic Tree Care values and manages veteran trees. Services include expert witnessing and commu- nity education, managing trees with flare care, soil improvement, light - ning and support systems, and pruning to improve tree health, stability, and longevity.

Machine-Generated Report Writing Speaker: James Komen | 1 CEU Online Store:

Tree inventory report writing can be tedious, especially when the number of assets in the inventory numbers in the hundreds or thousands. Reports that effectively commu- nicate important details about each tree can be very time consuming to write. But with the help of some computer algorithms, a simple spreadsheet can be transformed into a plain-English written report in a matter of minutes! Watch a demonstration of how to turn an Excel spreadsheet file of tree inventory data into a formatted report with para - graph-form descriptions of each tree aligned with each tree’s photo. The presentation focuses on excel formulas, coding, keyboard shortcuts, and formatting tips that can save participants a great deal of time in their report writing. The presenter will walk through the workflow and demonstrate in real time how to turn a tree inventory excel sheet into a 200-page report. Registrants will receive a copy of two excel spreadsheets containing the formulas discussed.

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