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Sunday, February 24

8:00 am – 5:00 pm        Arboriculture Plus / Certified Arborist Review Course

8:00 am - 9:00 am         Tree Biology & Tree Identification
Presenter:  Chad Clink, Bartlett Tree Experts
How trees are assembled and function as organisms is a critical part of good arboricultural care. Whether you are a weathered veteran tree or young seedling sprouting in the industry, this session will provide new or refreshing information on tree biology. Being able to identify your patient, or in this case tree species, will also be covered. You cannot provide quality tree care without knowing the species in need of your expertise! 
Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bs-1, Bp-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; Pesticide CORE-1

9:00 am - 10:00 am       Soil Science and Water Management
Presenter:  Andrew Freeman, Ohio University Zanesville / Zane State College
Overview of what is trending in plant soil science and water management using sound scientific practice rooted in industry standards. 
Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bs-1

10:00 am - 11:00 am     Tree Nutrition, Fertilization and Tree Selection
Presenter:  Andrew Freeman, Ohio University Zanesville / Zane State College
Effective nutrient management for trees begins with an understanding of their natural habitat and how trees obtain their mineral nutrients. Built to thrive in nature, trees draw life from nutrient dense soil, plentiful water, and interactions with wildlife. As such, growing trees in an urban environment may be a challenge, as essential nutrients may not naturally occur. The importantance of tree selection – selecting the right tree for a particular site – is one of the most important decisions to ensure long-term benefits, beauty and satisfaction.  Key terminology and definition as related to tree nutrition/fertilization and tree selection will also be reviewed. 
Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bp-1  

11:00 am - 12:00 pm     Tree Installation/Establishment & Pruning
Presenter:  Andrew Petrarca, Petrarca Landcare, Inc.
Overview of proper tree installation, establishment, and tree pruning. 
Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bp-1

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm     Lunch provided for participants in this all-day session.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm       Diagnosis and Plant Disorder, Plant Health Care
Presenter:  Jim Chatfield, Ohio State University Extension
Overview of the latest trends in plant diagnosis, plant disorder and plant health care in todays industry. 
Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bp-1; Pesticide 6A-1

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm        Tree Support/Lightning Protection, Climbing and Working in Trees
Presenter:  Brian Kralovic, LaRoche Tree Service
Overview of tree support, lightning protection, climbing and working in trees. 
Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bp-1, TWc-1, TWa-1 

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm        Tree Risk Assessment, Risk Management, and Trees and Construction
Presenter:  Steve Cothrel, City of Upper Arlington
Overview of tree risk assessment, risk management, and trees and construction based on the ISA Certified Arborist Study Guide. 
Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bm-1, TWc-1, TWa-1 

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm        Urban Forestry
Presenter:  Thomas Munn, City of Hudson
Overview of key elements and components of urban foresty practices and methodology. 
Available Credits: ISA A-.75, M-.75, Bp-.75

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm        Tree Worker Safety and First Aid
Presenter:  Roy Montan, Davey Tree Experts
Overview of tree worker safety and first aid. 
Available Credits: ISA A-.75, U-.75, M-.75, Bm-.75, TWc-.75, TWa-.75; CTSP-.75

1:30 pm – 5:00 pm        General Session:  The New Z:  Paragraphs to Live By
Presenter:  Dr. John Ball, South Dakota State University
The new Z133 is out and with it, numerous changes in how we perform our arboricultural operations.  This session will cover the key changes and incidents that can be prevented if “the Z” is followed. Available Credits: ISA A-3.5, U-3.5, M-3.5, Bm-3.5, TWc-3.5, TWa-3.5; CTSP-3.5

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm        Trade Show Grand Opening

Monday, February 25

8:00 am – 4:00 pm        Trade Show Open

9:00 am – 10:30 am      Keynote Presentation: The 5% Solution to Diversity in the Urban Forest
Presenter:  Dr. John Ball, South Dakota State University
ALB, DED, EAB, SOD and TCD are just part of the alphabet soup of current threats to the urban forest.  We were all taught that the 10-20-30 “rule” was the criteria for diversifying our landscape and reducing the impact of exotic threats.  But it’s not enough.  Instead we need to rely more on genera, not species diversity.  This presentation will cover the importance of general diversity and what genera we should be expanding use and why. Available Credits: ISA A-1.5, M-1.5, Bs-1.5; Pesticide 6A-1, 4A-.5

11:00 am – 12:00 pm     Static vs. Dynamic Cabling Systems: Looking at where, when & why to install Each (Climbers’ Corner)
Presenter: Phillip Kelley,  Featuring North American Training Solutions
A comprehensive look at the purpose of cabling a tree and which system best fits each possible need of the tree. From structural support of weakened unions to wind dampening and supporting abnormal growth structure. We will look at system construction and installation practices to make sure the system fits the tree. Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bp-1, TWc-1, TWa-1

11:00 am – 12:00 pm     The Rise of the Machine (Commercial Track)
Presenter:  Dr. John Ball, South Dakota State University
It’s hard to imagine a time when we did not have lightweight saws, chippers, and aerial lifts.  These are all tools that have made our work easier and safer.  However, this only applies if these tools are used and maintained properly.  This session will cover some of the basics.  Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; CTSP-1

11:00 am – 12:00 pm     Sidewalk Repair and Enforcement (Municipal Track)
Presenter: Steve Cothrel, City of Upper Arlington
Learn how an arborist was chosen to manage a city-wide sidewalk maintenance program. We will discuss the program’s organization and operation as well as the challenges and solutions to tree and sidewalk conflicts. Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bp-1

11:00 am – 12:00 pm     Success Begins with Safety (Utility Track)
Presenter:  Mimi Rose, Ohio State University Extension
To many people, “successful pesticide application” probably implies an effective application, but safety is the cornerstone of every successful arborist practice. In this update we’ll discuss how to lower the risk to you, the environment, and others when using pesticides, and we will address some current issues for pesticide applicators. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1; CTSP-1; Pesticide CORE-1

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm      Lunch with Exhibitors

12:30 pm – 4:00 pm      ISA Certification Exams

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm        Aerial Rescue & Emergency Response Part 1 (Climbers’ Corner)
Presenter: Phillip Kelley,  Featuring North American Training Solutions
Review emergency response planning and define the 5 steps in a rescue. Discuss first aid practices and CRN. Demonstrate and practice techniques for MRS and SRS climbing systems. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; CTSP-1

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm        Injuries Related to Tree Care (Commercial Track)
Presenter:  Deb Bailey, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Learn about injuries that the Ohio BWC has seen as it relates to tree care workers. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; CTSP-1

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm        Bat Management in the Urban Forest (Municipal Track)
Presenter:  Levi Miller, Ohio Department of Natural Resources/DNAP Boch Hollow
Bats:  A guide to the myths and facts of Ohio's most misunderstood mammal.  Brief natural history of bats in Ohio with up to date population status resulting from White Nose Syndrome.  A discussion of the importance of bats to local communities, not only environmental but direct economic benefits as well, and ways urban forestry can benefit bats. Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bp-1; Pesticide 7-1

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm        How My Career Almost Ended (Utility Track)
Presenter:  Keith Pancake, ACRT, Inc.
A first-person account in which Keith reflects on his accident that occurred after a major New England winter storm, which led to the eventual loss of his arm.  Keith takes a deep dive into the small, intangible events that can mean the difference between a life-altering injury and going home safe each day. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; CTSP-1

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm        Aerial Rescue & Emergency Response Part 2 (Climbers’ Corner)
Presenter: Phillip Kelley,  Featuring North American Training Solutions
Continued review of emergency response planning and defining the 5 steps in a rescue. Discuss first aid practices and CRN. Demonstrate and practice techniques for MRS and SRS climbing systems. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; CTSP-1

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm        ODOT Tree Work Zone Traffic Safety Controls (Commercial Track)
Presenter:  Scott Lucas, Ohio Department of Transportation
This presentation will be very beneficial to those who are looking to gain a better understanding or enhance their skill sets of Tree Work Zone Safety Controls. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; CTSP-1

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm        You Can Take the Tree Out of the Forest, But Not the Forest Out of the Tree (Municipal Track)
Presenter:  Dr. John Ball, South Dakota State University
We call it the urban forest, but it has very little resemblance to how a forest ecosystem functions.  This session will chronicle the lives of two trees, one growing in the forest and one in the urban forest, to illustrate the numerous stresses “city life” imposes on trees, stresses they have not evolved to expect.  The session will also discuss what we can do to help reduce these stresses. Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bp-1

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm         Herbicide Innovations and Stewardship (Utility Track)
Presenter:  David Kraus, Asplundh
Herbicides have been an integral tool for vegetation management for over 60 years. Innovations with chemistry and application techniques provide vegetation managers with many options to achieve their goals while promoting environmental stewardship. Research has shown that utilizing best management practices of integrated vegetation management, make rights-of-way corridors excellent habitat for many animals, especially pollinators. Creating early successional habitat also aligns vegetation management practices with sustainability objectives. It also serves to combat unnecessary regulatory burdens that could have a negative impact of this important tool for maintaining rights-of-way infrastructure.  Environmental benefits for pollinators and other wildlife can be achieved utilizing herbicides in a prescription program approach to vegetation management.  Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1; Pesticide CORE-1

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Historic Tree Preservation Techniques (Climbers’ Corner)
Presenter: Phillip Kelley,  Featuring North American Training Solutions
In this session Phillip will share results and lessons learned while working with Historic Greenwood Cemetery on a 2-year ongoing study on pruning techniques for historic trees. We will look at climber safety and risk mitigation through tree response to techniques such as retrenchment and re-fracture pruning as well as creative options for cabling and bracing. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bp-1, TWc-1, TWa-1

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm        The Tree Risk Assessment Process - Taking it to the Next Level (Commercial Track)
Presenter:  Alan Siewert, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Historically, arborists identified a defect in a tree as a hazard and condemned the tree without considering the consequences.  The new tree risk assessment process used in ISA TRAQ evaluates not only the defect and its probability of striking the target but also the consequences that follow.  The new process allows arborists to provide valid risk ratings in line with the risk assessment industry including the insurance and the legal industry.  Alan will discuss the process and how it can be used. Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bm-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; CTSP-1

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Selling, Designing, Installing and Maintaining Streetscapes (Municipal Track)
Richard Webb, Logan Tree Commission
At the recommendation of our America In Bloom evaluation we removed sections of our 15 foot wide sidewalks in our downtown.  These sections have been planted with trees, shrubs and flowers.  I will discuss how we did this and the positive economic impact this has had on Logan and on other communities that have done similar projects. Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bp-1

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm        Leadership, Unlocking Your Teams Greatest Potential (Utility Track)
Presenter:  Robert Flores, PennLine Services
In today’s competitive market, every company, large and small, is or should be actively searching for that which will set them apart from their competition.  If your company invests its energy into the development of its leaders, they will reap the rewards of time and money well spent.  It has been said that leadership is the “key to success”.  If you put forth the effort and energy necessary to develop your team, then and only then will your team truly be among the greats.  This presentation is designed to motivate and inspire individuals to not only achieve their goals, but to perform beyond expectations. The process of team building will be identified and explained throughout the program, shining a spotlight on some of the world’s greatest motivational teachers and their time-tested methods. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1; CTSP-1

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm        UAA Member Meeting

Tuesday, February 26

7:30 am – 9:00 am        Annual Member Meeting Breakfast

9:00 am – 1:00 pm        Trade Show Open

9:30 am – 10:30 am      Evolution of Modern Tree Climbing Part 1 (Climbers’ Corner)
Presenter: Phillip Kelley,  Featuring North American Training Solutions
Looking at systems and techniques that have had the greatest impact in our industry over the last twenty years. Discuss how the changes have occurred and what has driven the change. Also look at how products come to the market and how climbers help evolve and influence change. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bp-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; CTSP-1

9:30 am – 10:30 am      Tree Defects and What Do They Mean To You (Commercial Track)
Presenter:  Alan Siewert, Ohio Department of Natural Resources
So, there's a defect in that tree, what does it mean to you as a climber, as an arborist or as an urban forester?  Whether it's your life or the life and property of your customer or resident, arborists are asked to interpret tree defects and determine how bad they are.  Alan will discuss the common tree defects observed in the urban forest and what it means to the tree and the people and property around it. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; CTSP-1

9:30 am – 10:30 am      Managing Non-Native Invasive Species in Urban Areas (Municipal Track)
Presenter:  Joe Puperi, Advanced Tree Health, Ltd.
Concepts from forest management known to be effective at controlling invasive species; after a brief overview of why National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance System (NNIS) degrades the quality of even small "wild areas" within urban settings. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bp-1; Pesticide 6A-.5, 4A-.5

9:30 am – 10:30 am      Circuit Reliability Improvement (Utility Track)
Presenter:  Virginia Bowman, The Illuminating Co.
This presentation will discuss the results of several small studies, specifically the electrical reliability results, of several tree pruning methods, the tree reliability results associated with several electrical system design plans and upgrades, and the challenges associated with each project. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1

9:30 am – 10:30 am      Evolution of Modern Tree Climbing Part 2 (Climbers’ Corner)
Presenter: Phillip Kelley,  Featuring North American Training Solutions
Part 2 will continue to look at systems and techniques that have had the greatest impact in our industry over the last twenty years. Discuss how the changes have occurred and what has driven the change. Also look at how products come to the market and how climbers help evolve and influence change. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bp-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; CTSP-1

10:30 am – 11:30 am     Bucket Truck Safety & Inspection (Commercial Track)
Presenter:  Roy Montan, Davey Tree Experts
Sharing of best safety practices for operation and compliance inspections of bucket trucks and related fall protection for use in the arborist industry. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1, TWc-1, TWa-1; CTSP-1

10:30 am – 11:30 am     Life After Ash:  Re-establishing Natives in Spite of Invasives (Municipal Track)
Presenter:  Joe Puperi, Advanced Tree Health, Ltd.
Native arborist – a vacuum.  Removing non-native plants without a plan to re-establish more desirable spieces is a recipe for failure.  We will discuss challenges and potential solutions to helping native plants thrive. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1

10:30 am – 11:30 am     Customer Service vs. Customer Experience (Utility Track)
Presenter:  Wes Tregilgas, Wright Tree Service
Wes will focus on the upcoming disruptions in the utility markets and why the customer has to be at the center of what we do.  Whether you are in the utility vegetation management industry or not, attending this session will provide a new way of looking at customer service. Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1

11:30 am – 1:00 pm      Lunch with Exhibitors

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm        ALB Presentation (All Tracks Combined)
Presenter:  Jonathan Shields, Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Health
Ohio ALB Program Update   Available Credits: ISA A-1, M-1, Bs-1; Pesticide 6A-.5, 4A-.5

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm        What Can Drones Do for You? (All Tracks Combined)
Presenter:  David Bienemann, City of Hamilton
Discuss the definitions of unmanned aerial system (UAS) or drones.  Cover the FAA requirements for UAS or drones.  What training is required for the FAA Remote Pilot Certification.  Urban forestry and utility forestry applications.  New technologies using FLIR (infrared cameras) and multi-spectrum (tree species by chlorophyll).  Available Credits: ISA A-1, U-1, M-1, Bm-1


Legend for CEUs
● A = Arborist ● M = Municipal ● U = Utility ● TWa = Tree Worker-Aerial Lift Specialist ● TWc = Tree Worker-Climber Specialist ● B (smp) = BCMA Science, Mgt or Practice ● OH Commercial Pesticide = 2B. 4A. 5, 6A, 6C or CORE ● CTSP ● Pending Approval OCNT & NJTE