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2020 Annual Conference and workshop

September 18-19, 2020
prescott, arizona


  • ACTC & the Prescott Resort will comply with the CDC COVID-19 Guidelines regarding social distancing, etc.
  • All 9/18 Conference Sessions & Meals will be in one meeting room
  • All 9/19 Pest Management Workshop Sessions & Meals will be in one meeting room
  • The 9/18 Certified Arborist Review all-day event will take place in one room, a different room than the Conference; and requires separate Registration  

CERTIFIED ARBORIST REVIEW: Friday, September 18 

7:30 am - 4:00 pm 

6 ISA CEUs

IN-PERSON ONLY    GO HERE TO REGISTER


CONFERENCE: Friday, September 18

7:30 am - 4:00 pm

6 ISA CEUs

IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL   GO HERE TO REGISTER 

7:30 am - 8:00 am

  Registration, Breakfast, Raffle Ticket Sales and Vendor Marketplace 

8:00 am - 8:15 am

  ACTC Welcome 

8:15 am -9:15 am

Managing Trees as Habitat for Wildlife (1 ISA CEU)  

Ryan Gilpin  (Bartlett Consulting)

Urban forests are important habitats for people and wildlife. Arborists are constantly making difficult decisions that affect wildlife with very little guidance about how those decisions may affect wildlife populations in both the short and long term. Ryan will introduce some ideas and practices that can be implemented by arborists looking to ensure that wildlife populations stay healthy, while caring for an urban forest.

9:15 am -10:15 am

There is No Tree Care if People Don't Care About Trees! (1 ISA CEU)  

Tewana "Tee" L. Cervantes (City of Yuma)

Community engagement in tree planting and tree care is critical for the long-term sustainability of our urban forests. In this session, we will explore some ideas for engaging the community to care about, care for, and support their urban forests.

10:15 am-10:30 am

  BREAK: Raffle Ticket Sales & Vendor Marketplace

10:30 am -11:30 am

Urban Forestry Management, the Critical Nuts and Bolts of Leading with Science and Sensibility: Part 1 (1 ISA CEU)  

Tim Johnson (Artistic Arborist, Inc.)

This 2 part session will review the relevant ANSII standards and provide actionable processes for in-the-filed tree professionals.  We will cover: Tree risk assessment best management practices; Right tree, right place, and right care to support best outcomes; Leading with goals and objectives in tree pruning.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  LUNCH: Raffle Ticket Sales,  Raffle Drawings, and Vendor Marketplace

 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Urban Forestry Management, the Critical Nuts and Bolts of Leading with Science and Sensibility: Part 2 (1 ISA CEU)  

Tim Johnson (Artistic Arborist, Inc)

This 2 part session will review the relevant ANSII standards and provide actionable processes for in-the-filed tree professionals.  We will cover: Tree risk assessment best management practices; Right tree, right place, and right care to support best outcomes; Leading with goals and objectives in tree pruning.

 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm   BREAK: Raffle Ticket Sales & Vendor Marketplace
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm

Managing Trees and Landscapes on the Edge of the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)  (1 ISA CEU)  

Jon Orona (AZ Dept of Forestry and Fire Management)


Our urban forests are surrounded by wildlands and it is estimated that 45% of Arizona residents live in the WUI. These interfaces present unique opportunities and dangers and, as we are seeing in this fire season, the dangers are very close.  This program will discuss several considerations for urban forest management at the interface. considerations include: Fire and FIREWISE Principles, Forest Health concerns such as invasive species and insects/disease pathogens, Wildlife, and other emerging natural resource concerns. 

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

  BREAK: Raffle Ticket Sales & Vendor Marketplace

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Summer Heat: How Management Practices Effect Landscape Tree Growth and Survival as Arizona's Climates Continue to Warm (1 ISA CEU)  

Chris A. Martin, PhD (Arizona State University)

This presentation will give basic information on how landscape tree function and fitness is strained by extreme summer heat such as has occurred during 2020. Also covered in this presentation will be an overview of how management practices such as irrigation, nutrition, and pruning can improve or exacerbate landscape tree performance during extreme summer heat events

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

  Closing and Wrap-Up
           

 


  PEST MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP: Saturday, September 19 

6:00 am - 2:30 pm

6 ISA CEUs + 6 PMD CEUs

IN-PERSON & VIRTUAL    GO HERE TO REGISTER

5:30 am - 6:00 am Registration and Breakfast 
6:00 am - 6:15 am Welcome
6:15 am -7:15 am

Session 1:  IPM for Trees and Woody Ornamentals - Focusing on Conditions and Common Challenges in the Low- to Mid-Desert Regions of AZ (1 ISA CEU + 1 PMD CEU)  

Kirti Mathura (The University of Arizona, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension)

This will include overall IPM concepts applied to trees, identification of some common problems, some practices for prevention and control, and informational resources.

7:15 am -7:30 am Break
7:30 am - 8:30 am

Session 2:  Beneficial Organisms as a Component of IPM for Trees and Woody Ornamentals (1 ISA CEU + 1 PMD CEU)  

Kirti Mathura (The University of Arizona, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension)

Can beneficial organisms be used in a successful IPM program? How can pesticides be used as a tool in an IPM system that allows for beneficial organisms? We will cover some examples of beneficial organisms, their life cycles, and how to work with them in the landscape.Pesticide Storage, Transportation and Spill Cleanup  

8:30 am - 8:45 am Break
8:45 am - 9:45 am

Session 3:  Pesticide Storage, Transportation and Spill Cleanup  (1 ISA CEU + 1 PMD CEU)  

Jennifer Weber (The University of Arizona, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension)

During this session, the presenter will cover characteristics of a good pesticide storage area and how exposure to severe weather conditions can negatively impact pesticides and their containers. She will also provide tips on how to safely transport pesticides in work vehicles. Finally, the presenter will include information on how to properly respond to a pesticide spill, should one occur during storage, transportation, or pesticide handling tasks.

9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Session 4: Learn where to find and how to use BMP’s and publications on plant pest management from University and industry experts  (1 ISA CEU + 1 PMD CEU)  

Rebecca Senior (The University of Arizona, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension)

This presentation will introduce the value of Best Management Practices, BMP’s, and publications. Where to find them and how they can be used to benefit individuals and companies with science-based information for decision making and training. We will also discuss resources to keep informed about invasive pests.

11:00 am - 11:45 am

Lunch

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Session 5: Distorted plant growth submissions at the Cooperative Extension: identification and a systematic approach to possible causes (1 ISA CEU + 1 PMD CEU) 

Rebecca Senior (The University of Arizona, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension)

Distorted plant growth can be very disturbing to look at and difficult to diagnose. We will review submissions to the Cooperative Extension and use a systematic diagnostic approach to find possible causes and management.

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm Break
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Session 6: The Health of Urban Forestry in Unprecedented Heat Conditions (1 ISA CEU + 1 PMD CEU)  

Richard Adkins (Gilbert Arborist), Sarah Maitland (SavATree, LLC), Roy Maxey (SavATree, LLC)

Insects are ubiquitous disturbance agents that play important roles in the long-term dynamics of urban forest ecosystems. Weather can directly or indirectly affect urban forest insect population dynamics. Temperature directly affects insect population dynamics through modification of developmental rates, reproduction and mortality. Weather can also affect insect populations indirectly via alteration of the abundance, distribution and physiology of host trees.
In July, Phoenix clinched its hottest month on record. Then August topped that and became the new hottest month. How do these back-to-back records affect our urban forestry and pest management? A panel of industry experts will discuss and share their informed observations and knowledge of working in plant material.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Wrap-Up


ISA Certified Arborist Exam: Saturday, September 19

IN-PERSON ONLY    7:30 am - 12:30 pm

Pre-registration with ISA is required. Exam Registration Deadline is September 5.   Get More Info



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