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*** Pest Alert: Cedar Bark Beetle in East to Central Texas Click Here ***
*** Pest Alert: Houston Area Date Palm Lethal Decline Quarantine ***

Sept. 13 & 20
Oct. 18 & 25
Urban Forest Steward Workshop Series
September - October
TreeFolks in Austin

Urban Forest Steward is a series of workshops about urban trees organized by TreeFolks and Austin Urban Forestry. Drought, disease and habitat degradation take a constant toll on urban trees. Texas A&M Forest Service estimates that the 2011 drought killed more than 5.6 million urban trees across Texas.  We believe that the more you know about trees, the more you’ll want to take care of the trees at your home and in your community. The goal of Urban Forest Steward is to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to do just that! This year’s series is more exciting and in-depth than ever before, with topics taught by respected professionals from both public and private sectors.  Pick and choose the sessions that are most interesting to you or take all 4 sessions to earn an Urban Forest Steward certificate and get the 2014 Urban Forest Steward t-shirt.
More information here
Austin
Nov. 5, 2014
Sun Country Landscape Conference

2014 Sun Country Landscape Conference will be in El Paso, TX on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to network and to learn more about trees. They are now accepting registrations online. For more info visit: http://www.wtufc.org/
El Paso
Nov. 8, 2014 Project Learning Tree
Austin Nature Center
Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014
9:00-3:30


For educators educators (formal or informal) in the Austin area: A training in Project Learning Tree - an environmental education curriculum is coming up on Nov 8. $50 pays for registration, lunch and a book chock full of lesson plans for PreK-8 grade that are correlated to state and national standards. Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education curriculum that helps educators teach students how to think, not what to think, about complex environmental issues. Participants in this hands-on workshop will receive PLT's TEKS-correlated Environmental Education Activity Guide for PreK-8 and 6 hours of SBEC credit.
http://www.plttexas.org/plt/workshop.aspx?workshopID=231
Austin


Nov. 2014

ArborMaster Open Enrollment Courses: San Antonio, TX this November

In the field training designed to bring you to the next level. Through a systematic, stepped approach, students are taught not only on the how, but just as importantly, the why behind the methods. Professional instructors define, analyze and explain the benefits and features of techniques and equipment. The students hands-on experience and practicing under expert guidance helps to solidify the learning experience. 

November 3-4, 2014: L1 Precision Tree Felling, Chain Saw Safety and Handling

November 5-7, 2014: L1 Tree Climbing Methods, Work Positioning and Best Practice

For further information, please visit www.ArborMaster.com or call 860.429.5028
 

San Antonio
Feb. 20, 2015 Houston
Feb. 7, 2014 Houston Tree Planting Competition
Saturday, Feb. 7, 2014


Mark Your Calendars! It’s time to start getting your team together for the 2015 HAUFC Tree Planting Competition. The Houston Area Urban Forestry Council is in the process of planning the 2015 Tree Planting Competition. The planting competition once again will be held in partnership with Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) and sponsored by the Texas A&M Forest Service and CenterPoint Energy.

Click here for more info

Houston
What am I?
ID Those Texas Trees

The Trees of Texas has a new look. This summer the website underwent a major revision to give it a new look and new life.  Check out the website here:
texastreeid.tamu.edu  New Trees of Texas posters and bookmarks are available for giveaways in the Conservation Education office, stop by and get yours today. To learn more about the different Texas A&M Forest Service conservation education programs, contact Leslie Kessner at lkessner@tfs.tamu.edu
 

Texas Tree Trails -
There’s an app for that!

Tree Trails, an educational application designed to collect, display, and share information about trees, has a free mobile application available on iTunes.  The Tree Trails application allows teachers, youth leaders, community parks personnel, arborists and others to create a custom trail of trees, complete with photos and ecosystem services values.

Click here to see it in action

 

New Guide for Planning City’s Green Infrastructure


The American Society of Landscape Architects has launched a guide that illustrates the environmental and economic value of “green infrastructure” — designed systems, including urban trees and greenspace, that harness nature to create proven benefits for communities and the environment. Resources in the guide are organized into seven sections that go from large scale (the region, the city) to the small scale (constructed wetlands, green streets, and green roofs and walls).

Check it out here
 

Arborist News Quizzes Online

Arborist News Quizzes are now available through the ISA web store. Free to members for one year. Learn how to access this easy way to earn CEUs.

Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Quizzes Online

Arboriculture & Urban Forestry quizzes less than one-year old are available online for free to members only. Online quizzes over one-year old may be purchased by members for $9.95 and by non-members for $12.95. If you are certified and successfully pass the quiz with a score of 80% or higher, CEUs will be posted to your account within 48 hours.

New National Tree Planting Standards Released

The American National Standards Institute has approved a major revision to ANSI A300 (part 6) - 2012 which brings industry consensus around tree planting. The initial standard only covered transplanting, and is now expanded to include initial planting. The new standard provides guidelines on objectives, plant and site inspection, tools and equipment, digging the hole, installing woody plants, support systems, and post-planting care practices.

You can purchase a copy of this standard from the ISA: http://www.isa-arbor.com/store/product.aspx?ProductID=129

 

 
Study Urban Forestry On-Line

eLearn Urban Forestry is a state-of-the-art online, distance-learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes, including service foresters, natural resource planners, landscape architects, city officials and public works employees. 

To access the program for free go to http://elearn.sref.info and for ISA and SAF credit go to http://cfegroup.org .

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The National Tree Benefit Calculator

What is that tree worth?

Find out here on the National Tree Benefit Calculator

 

2014 update - Texas Supplement to the Guide for Tree Appraisal

This Texas Guide is designed to be used by professionals who need to perform plant appraisals involving casualties, damages and takings of plant materials.

You can purchase the Texas Supplement here.

This document represents the third approximation of the Texas Supplement to the Guide for Plant Appraisal, developed by the Texas Regional Plant Appraisal Committee under the auspices of the Texas Chapter - International Society of Arboriculture. It is intended to be utilized as a companion or supplement to the 9th Edition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal, written by the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers and published by the International Society of Arboriculture.

If you are a member of the Texas Chapter ISA, you can contact John Giedraitis at jpg@isatexas.com for a free copy of the 2014 Texas Supplement. If not, you can purchase it here and as a bonus, you will also receive a free $45 Texas Chapter International Society of Arboriculture 2014 membership.

You can purchase the Guide for Plant Appraisal, 9th Edition here.

 
ISA Online Learning Center

ISA Online Learning Center

The ISA Online Learning Center is your portal to learning and professional development in the field of arboriculture. Here, you will find training courses such as the Introduction to Arboriculture Interactive Series as well as other courses on a variety of topics. Now, continuing education is available online 24 hours a day no matter where you are located.

As a special launch offer, take the Tree Worker Safety module for free and attain CEUs by successfully completing the course!

To get started, click the button below to login using your ISA online account or to create a free account to enter the ISA Online Learning Center.

You do not have to be an ISA member to create an online account.

Launch ISA Online Learning Center


What are shade trees good for?
What's so good about landscape trees?

A short video called "Why Trees"
 
ArborPod
 ISA Launches ArborPod

Podcasts, or Personal On-demand Broadcasts, have become one of the most direct ways of receiving educational programming specific to a particular topic of interest through a series of digital audio or video recordings. How does a podcast work? Audio or video files can be automatically transmitted via Internet and downloaded to a personal computer, smart phone, or MP3 player. A podcast can be compared to a magazine subscription in that the user subscribes to a podcast series and new content is generated and received on a regular basis. ISA has identified this medium as a highly accessible and effective means of providing ongoing, arboricultural information to tree care professionals to address today’s most current and relevant topics. We are excited and proud to have launched the first series of ArborPod™—Science of Arboriculture—which is now available through iTunes.

 
Detective Dendro


Climbing and Rigging




Free online training for boards, supporters

Tree Board University is a free online training program that provides self-paced training modules for both current tree board members and those interested in assuming leadership roles. More
 
  Alliance for Community Trees Archived Webcasts
 
On the third Thursday of each month, the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) hosts a national webcast at 1 p.m. EST.  These webcasts are designed to provide information and training for urban forestry volunteers, community planners, and other professionals.  All webcasts, from June 2007 are archived on the ACT website and are free to view.  Sessions last approximately one hour and highlight successful programs and practices from across the nation. 

RECENT WEBCASTS

Available for free download

Storms Over the Urban Forest- Part I: Natural Hazard Management Planning
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Tapping Carbon Markets for Urban Forests
Tree Technology- Part II: CRMs
* Reaching Bilingual Audiences

To view archived ACT webcasts visit: http://actrees.org/site/resources/webcasts
 
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