2020 Annual Training Conference Request for Presentation Proposals

How to Submit Your Proposal

  1. Complete this fillable PDF form.
  2. Email your presentation proposal as a PDF or Word document to aspell@spokanecity.org with “PNW ATC20 Presentation Proposal” as the subject line.
  3. You will receive confirmation of receipt.
  4. Proposals will be reviewed by the conference program committee.
  5. You will receive status notification of your proposal by February 21, 2020.

Proposals are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 31, 2020.

Request for Presentation Proposals

The Pacific Northwest chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture is seeking proposals from leaders in arboriculture, tree biology, urban forestry, research, education and more who will share their best practices, expertise and passion with the professionals who care for our canopy. The event is the 2020 Annual Training Conference of PNW-ISA to be held October 4-7, 2020, at the Coeur d’Alene Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

PNW-ISA is seeking presentations that provide tangible examples of equity, public health and wellness, collaborative effort, innovation and community engagement being incorporated into successful arboriculture and urban forestry planning, stewardship, and management. We are interested in providing a wide variety of engaging presentations, inspiring speakers, and extensive networking opportunities that fit with the conference theme “Canopy Connections: Advancing Equity, Wellness, and Community in Arboriculture”.

We are seeking proposals that address the following subject areas, and beyond:

  • Collaborative initiatives and efforts across multiple partners and boundaries that display a depth of integration and cooperation
  • Successful case studies and projects
  • Advancement of best practices, standards, and ethics
  • Arboreal wildlife habitat stewardship
  • Operational safety, wellness, and emergency response
  • Environmental justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Climate change impacts, adaptation, and mitigation
  • Fire adapted, resistant, and resilient landscapes
  • Natural disaster emergency preparedness
  • Tree protection and retention
  • Public health, wellness, and safety
  • Therapeutic and healing landscapes
  • Emerging pests and pathogens
  • Permaculture principles in arboriculture
  • Green infrastructure and street tree technology
  • Management of forested natural areas and wildland-urban interface
  • Innovative engineering, landscape architecture, and GIS applications in arboriculture

PNW-ISA is committed to inclusivity, as well as social and environmental justice. We welcome proposals from anyone; we especially encourage individuals of color, those with tribal affiliation, those with disabilities, those who identify as those who identify as LGBTQ, veterans, and anyone else. Our mission is to fill the program with visionary, inspiring, and future-focused speakers who can offer practical, engaging, and thought-provoking presentations.

A successful proposal will:

  1. relate to and build upon the conference theme
  2. include practical applications and tangible takeaways
  3. clearly state learning objectives
  4. be able to touch on multiple thematic elements and perspectives
  5. be relevant to one or more of the conference program tracks:
    1. Innovation (including Science, Technology, and Research)
    2. Environment (including Sustainability, Stewardship, and Resiliency)
    3. Social (including Health, Safety, and Wellness)
    4. Economic (including Business, Consumer, and Customer Experience)
  6. be informative and of strong interest to conference participants:
    1. municipal arborists and urban foresters
    2. climbing arborists
    3. commercial arborists and consultants
    4. utility arborists
    5. aspiring arborists and students

Questions or Concerns

Please contact the Conference Co-Chairs with any questions:

Katie Kosanke, kkosanke@spokanecity.org, (509) 363-5496
Angel Spell,
aspell@spokanecity.org, (509) 363-5493