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How to Manage and Prune Trees for Wildlife

April 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Brian French and Ryan Gilpin CEUs: Pending ISA Approval Registration Fees: $125.00 - $250.00

In recent years, the tree care industry has embraced many practices regarding wildlife. This workshop provides attendees a review of the newly updated ISA Pruning Best Management Practices (BMPs) recommendations for inspecting nesting wildlife. The new ANSI A300 Pruning Standard lists “managing wildlife habitat” as an objective.

This workshop will train participants in:

  • Navigating the ISA Pruning BMPs that will help minimize impacts to nesting wildlife.
  • Best Practices for safely creating habitat using urban forestry.
  • How to conduct a habitat inspection, including determining habitat value, conducting pre-work nesting surveys, identifying signs of nesting wildlife, determining if nests are active, responding to wildlife emergencies and contacting wildlife biologists when needed.

This 8-hour workshop will involve approximately 60% indoor, classroom instruction and 40% outdoor, hands-on training. Outdoor portions will focus on habitat analysis, pre-work inspections, coronet cuts and artificial cavity creation. Please bring your PPE and hearing protection.

Workshop instructors have been working with the Western Chapter of the ISA to develop BMPs for the tree care industry regarding wildlife. The instructors bring contrasting perspectives to the workshop.  Brian is a climbing arborist in Portland with a background in traditional arboriculture. Ryan is a consulting arborist in the San Francisco Bay Area with a background in ecology and conservation.


Location: Washington Park Arboretum - Graham Visitor's Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive E, Seattle, WA, 98112

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What to Bring

  • PPE
  • Hearing inspection


Brian French founded Portland-based Arboriculture International LLC in 2013. He is a climbing ISA Certified Arborist and Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. Serving as coordinator for the Oregon Champion Tree Registry and the Chair of the Portland Heritage Tree Program, he focuses on the preservation of significant, old trees and their associated flora and fauna. As an Audubon Society of Portland volunteer, Brian facilitated various ongoing wildlife habitat projects including salmon habitat restoration, snag development, red tree vole surveys, and developing urban wildlife guidelines.

Ryan Gilpin is the Consulting Ecological Arborist for HortScience | Bartlett Consulting, a division of F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company. He is experienced in all phases of tree preservation on a variety of different projects. Ryan’s strengths include strenuous field work, large data set analysis, technical report generation and GIS mapping. Additionally, Ryan specializes in a growing number of environmental services at HortScience | Bartlett Consulting. He is especially interested in creating more habitat for birds in urban forests and minimizing impacts to birds during tree care operations. Ryan co-authored the Tree Care for Wildlife Best Management Practices in California and presents regularly on the topic of trees and birds.

Refund Policy

  • Cancellations made at least 10 days prior to the event will be refunded at 100%.
  • Cancellations made within 5-9 days of the event will be refunded at 75%.
  • Cancellations made within 1-4 days of the event will be refunded at 50%.
  • Refunds will not be made available for no-shows.

Late Registration

  • Participants are expected to enroll prior to the registration deadline.
  • Participants can register at the door of the event only if space is available. Individuals will need to pack their own lunch.
  • Late registration is possible on a space available basis. You can contact our office at (800) 335-4391. There may, or may not be, room available for those who show up without registering ahead of time for the workshop. We encourage you to register for the workshop in advance.

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Washington Park Arboretum – Graham Visitor’s Center
2300 Arboretum Drive E
Seattle, WA 98112 United States
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