Workshop Descriptions

Advanced Tree Identification

This course is designed as a supplement and complement to the Basic Tree Identification course. Where the basic course covered concepts and terminology of tree identification, this advanced identification workshop will expand upon those concepts and techniques, and cover individual species common to our area. We will be going over identification characteristics of common trees in the region.

Proper tree management starts with knowing the tree you’re managing. When trying to recommend an appropriate treatment, diagnosing an issues, or understanding how a tree will respond to a change in condition, identifying the tree you’re dealing with is the first step.

The workshop will be inside for the first third or less, and will go outside to cover individual species. However, to make the course as useful as possible, attendees should choose a few species or genre that they want to examine. The workshop will be hands on, and questions and interaction is encouraged.

Please bring proper attire for standing and taking notes in inclement weather.

Basic Tree Identification

Proper tree management starts with knowing the tree you’re managing. When trying to recommend an appropriate treatment, diagnosing an issue, or understanding how a tree will respond to a change in conditions, identifying the tree you’re dealing with is the first step.

This basic identification workshop serves as an introduction to common terms, concepts, and techniques in tree identification. The objective of the course is to get you familiar with how to identify a tree, covering leaves, fruit, bark, twigs, and form.

As there are well more species that can grow in our region than can be covered in a single basic workshop, focus will be on larger concepts that will lay the ground work for future identification. We will cover the use of dichotomous keys and get familiar with descriptive terminology to help narrow down unknown species.

The workshop will be inside for the first half and will go outside for the second half to get familiar with using the concepts and terminology in the real world. The workshop will be hands on, and questions and interaction is encouraged. Please bring proper attire for standing and taking notes in inclement weather.

Basics of Tree Biomechanics

This workshop will cover the basics of tree biomechanics, and how these principles can be used to guide pruning goals, tree risk assessment, and tree healthcare.

How have trees adapted to survive wind storms? When is a decayed tree no longer safe? How can we prune trees to increase strength through structure? If you have ever found yourself asking any of these questions, then there is an answer to be found in tree biomechanics. Tree biomechanics is the study of tree biology using engineering principles to better understand how trees have adapted to withstand various forces imposed upon them.

This workshop will cover the basics of tree biomechanics and show how to use the current findings in the field to better understand tree stability and wood strength. The goal of this workshop is to increase your knowledge of tree structure, and show how to use research findings to shape your arboricultural practices. The instructor will share how studies in the field are helping us learn more about tree behavior and predicting tree failure.

The workshop will include lectures plus interactive examples to learn how trees work. Workshop participants will examine tree samples to see and feel firsthand how taper, mass damping, and sway influence tree behavior.

Effective Report Writing: Guidance for Arborists and Urban Foresters

Writing is a critical part of communication. If the reader cannot understand what you are telling them, how do you expect them to proceed?  In this class we will review how to write effectively. We will work on the writing styles needed to develop or respond to a request for proposal, as well as site memos, field reports, letter and formal reports with each one tailored to their intended use. The report themes will focus on risk assessment, construction sites, and site memos in general.

Fruit Tree Pruning

Arborists are often asked to prune fruit trees that have been long neglected or haphazardly pruned without a clear philosophy. This class will equip participants with knowledge specific to fruit trees: common trained forms and pruning approaches, species-specific habits and challenges, and tactics to improve production of quality fruit. We will discuss how to interpret and approach client expectations and needs while prioritizing biology-based care, and opportunities for educating and partnering with clients. The day will consist of an indoor lecture, outdoor tour/demonstration on a site with diverse trees, and light hands-on practice in groups.

In-Person Attendance: Electrical Hazard Awareness Training

Arborists need to be aware of potential electrical hazards in their work environment.  Tree care brings arborists in close contact with energized power lines and equipment that have the potential for serious injury and fatalities. This training is for tree care professionals who want to avoid deadly encounters and other negative consequences with electricity.  Keep your crew safe with electrical hazard awareness training.

ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, and Municipal Specialist Exam

Date: December 7, 2019
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA
Organizer: Pacific Northwest Chapter
Contact Name: ISA Certification Department
Contact Phone: 217-355-9411
Contact Email: isa@isa-arbor.com

 

Registration: Enrollment Deadline: November 19, 2019
Seats Available: 30
Cert Exam Chapter: Pacific Northwest

 

Start Date: 8:30 AM, December 7, 2019
End Date: 12:30 PM, December 7, 2019

 

Address: North Vancouver
British Columbia
BC V7J 3V1
CANADA

ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist and Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist Written Exam

Date: January 16, 2020
Location: Boise, ID, UNITED STATES
Organizer: Pacific Northwest Chapter
Contact Name: ISA Certification Department
Contact Phone: 217-355-9411
Contact Email: isa@isa-arbor.com

 

Registration: Enrollment Deadline: December 20, 2019
Seats Available: 20
Cert Exam Chapter: Pacific Northwest

 

Start Date: 12:30 PM, January 16, 2020
End Date: 4:30 PM, January 16, 2020

 

Address: Boise
ID
83702
UNITED STATES

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification

The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Renewal

The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity. The Tree Risk Assessment Renewal workshop is a one-day refresher, with five hours of instruction, and three hours of take the exam. Current TRAQ holders can complete the abbreviated course as early as four years into their qualification.

Remote Attendance: Electrical Hazard Awareness Training

Arborists need to be aware of potential electrical hazards in their work environment.  Tree care brings arborists in close contact with energized power lines and equipment that have the potential for serious injury and fatalities. This training is for tree care professionals who want to avoid deadly encounters and other negative consequences with electricity.  Keep your crew safe with electrical hazard awareness training.

Soil! What it is and How it Works for Trees

It’s ALL about soil! Most people only have a vague idea of what soil is and how it works. You will learn more than you ever thought possible from this workshop about soil and how it works for trees. The reason you are alive, what nutrients are, how soil stores water and nutrients. The fundamentals that ALL humans on the planet Earth should know! Join OSU instructor of soil science James Cassidy as he invites you to learn more about how soil interacts with trees and impacts tree health.

Tree Appraisal Techniques

Working within the context of the 10th Edition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal, this two day workshop gives an overview of the appraisal process and provides an opportunity to practice in the field. Participants will review common mistakes and refine their craft as appraising arborists. Participants will learn about some of the key changes from the 9th to the 10th edition and apply the techniques in the field and in case studies.

The first portion of the workshop is a lecture that discusses the primary components of the Trunk Formula Technique (TFT) and a short history of the changes made from the 9th Edition to the 10th Edition.  Participants then divide into groups and appraise several trees using TFT. The class will reconvene and discuss the results.

The second day begins with an explanation of the concept of anchoring and how to evaluate the reliability, accuracy, and precision of data points. It explores methods of appraising partial loss, diminution of market value, percentage contribution, and net present value. Next, participants have an opportunity to reconcile different possible methods as they are applied to a given assignment. Participants, through a series of case studies, practice using the different appraisal methods and defending their conclusions.

Tree Protection During Construction

Trees are commonly damaged during construction and successful preservation requires special consideration. This comprehensive workshop explores strategies for managing trees during construction through all phases of development. Learn about:

  • The value of preserving existing trees with development;
  • The importance of the arborist’s role throughout project planning, design and construction;
  • Identifying trees that are suitable for preservation;
  • The possible ways trees may be affected by construction;
  • Tree protection measures and monitoring;
  • The use of alternative construction techniques to provide for tree protection; and
  • Addressing tree damage, risk potential and remedial treatments.

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Renewal

The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity. The Tree Risk Assessment Renewal workshop is a one-day refresher, with five hours of instruction, and three hours of take the exam. Current TRAQ holders can complete the abbreviated course as early as four years into their qualification.