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2016 Conference Proceedings

ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter Annual Conference
"Trees 2.0 - Innovation in Arboriculture

October 11-12, 2016
Denver Zoo - Denver, Colorado

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Proceedings

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

CO-TreeView - Colorado's Online Urban Tree Inventory Application
Keith Wood, Colorado State Forest Service

CO-TreeView is a web-based tree inventory and mapping tool used by Colorado foresters and arborists to record and visualize the location, species, and condition of the trees that make up Colorado’s urban forests. This user-friendly tool, which allows users to view tree and planting site data at a variety of scales, enables proactive, data-driven forest management planning, grant solicitation, and public outreach in support of the conservation and enhancement of the state’s community forests. With CO-TreeView, users can search and sort by tree species, size, condition, and other characteristics. Registered users can quickly and easily add tree inventory information and create customized, downloadable charts and maps. While designed for utility in a broad range of applications, the CO-TreeView tool was created in response to the discovery of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Boulder in late 2013. One in six urban trees in Colorado is an ash (Fraxinus), therefore much of the urban canopy is at risk. The CO State Forest Service and the Colorado Tree Coalition, who funded the development of the tool, recognized the potential value in having a statewide system to house, aggregate, and display tree inventory data from diverse sources, encouraging Colorado communities to work together to build and protect urban forests.

New i-Tree Innovations to Promote Your Tree Program or Business
Al Zelaya, The Davey Institute

Research and evidence continues to support the positive impacts of trees on public health and well-being. How can you more effectively put this type of information to use in your community and for your business? What is the tree cover of your city or service area, and which neighborhoods are providing the most tree benefits? How does your city compare to other local communities? The latest innovations included in the i-Tree suite of community tree and forest assessment tools can help tree care professionals, managers and advocates answer these questions and more. Attendees will see how they can apply free US Forest Service science-based applications at multiple scales to better understand relationships among trees and people in order to sustain tree benefits, improve communities and create new business opportunities.

TCIA Job Track
Brigitte Orrick, TCIA

As the Director of Workforce Development, Brigitte manages TCIA’s Green Industry Workforce Development initiative, which mobilizes a grassroots network of employers to provide the resources necessary to attract students to green industry careers. Specifically, the network assists targeted technical training centers, two-year college and four-year university programs through financial contributions to the schools, hands-on training for the students, and guidance for the faculty and career counselors. The network also helps establish new programs in major tree care markets, so students can have the option of earning degrees and/or training certificates in their green industry discipline of choice. Brigitte was previously the Dean of Trade, Industry and Apprenticeship at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. She also received the Patriot Award for assisting a member of the Wisconsin National Guard in finding employment.


Apps for the Tree Biz
Chris Haugen, Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements

In today’s world of smart phones and tablets there are hundreds of tools available at the fingertips for practitioners. This presentation will give a few suggestions of not only which apps are useful but also how to utilize them to their fullest potential. Attendees are encouraged to bring their phones and tablets to follow along.


How to Bee come a Bee friendly Tree Care Provider
Ryan Bartlett, Sanctuary Tree & Garden

Pollinators in Arborculture. Our interaction with them and our effect as an industry on the pollinator class of insects. Bees are currently in the media receiving attention due to world-wide decline. The general public has a growing vested interest in selecting bee friendly tree care providers. Tree care providers need to know what to do when faced with the presence of bees in trees and/or the impact of the care they provide will have on the pollinators within the area. 


The Art of Identifying, Removing and Relocating Honey Bee Hives from Trees
Chad Street, Bees & Trees, Inc.

Chad Street, ISA Certified Arborist and Beekeeper will discuss his development of Best Practices for bee trees. Chad’s presentation will include the importance of feral Honey Bees and why hives should be rescued and relocated; how to safely identify Honey Bee hives in trees; what types of trees hives are typically found in and the process of safely removing the hive from a tree and relocating it.


Drones and Tree Health Monitoring
Dan Staley, Analemma Resources, LLC and Kevin Haley, QUAD P Aerial Solutions LLC

Demo how drones can benefit the Arborist with health monitoring using infrared technologies. Show aerial perspective of potential tree projects. Talk about the ability to track insect migration using drones and infrared technologies.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Tree Climbing Through History
Joe Shaw and Andrew Misch, Davey Tree Experts

The arboriculture industry has adapted and grown over 136 years through technology and integration of common ideas. At its inception, the industry served two major clients: wealthy estate owners with sprawling grounds and Electric Utility Providers. At this time the industry’s advancement was driven by a relatively small number of innovators. The growth of the middle class after WW2 created a larger market for residential tree care. In the mid-70s, arborists began comparing ideas and developing training processes at Jamborees. By the 1980s, the Jamborees became competitive and the focus on safe work practices led to incorporation of devices and techniques from the alpine mountaineering, vertical caving, and sailing. The work of Dr. Shigo and his contemporaries, created an understanding of arboriculture among a broader and more diverse population. With this came a requirement from the general public for providing quality and efficient care for urban trees. To meet this requirement working arborists have been forced to continually refine their equipment and safe work practices. Climbers are now seeking lighter, ergonomic, and efficient tools to improve their daily productivity and safety. Innovations to the manufacturing & design process have led to an industry devoted to providing solutions for modern arborists.


Evolution and Innovation in Tree Climbing Equipment
Richard Mumford, SAKA

I will start with the early Blakes hitch and talk about hoe DdRT and SRT systems have evolved from this. I will provide an understanding of how these systems work and how they have evolved. In turn this will help a climber use these new tools.
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