The Rocky Mountain Arborist

    The Rocky Mountain Arborist is the official publication for the ISA Rocky Mountain Chapter. It is produced four (4) times per year with both electronic and hard copy delivery. If you are interested in advertising in The Rocky Mountain Arborist, click here.

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    2018 Fall Issue Print

    President's Report

    Letter from the President...
    By: Natalie McNeill, Davey Tree Expert Company

    Hello Fellow Tree Folks!

    Fall is here, and we are finally starting to cool down a little! It’s been a hot dry summer and I’m sure we are all ready for the lower temps! As the year is winding down, I look back and appreciate all the hard work our fellow Board Members and Committee Volunteers have put in to make our events happen. We just had a very successful Annual Conference in Grand Junction, CO. A unique venue, beautiful town, fantastic speakers and a lot of fellow tree people made for fun and educational few days!

    Congratulations to Luke Glines and Aneesa Winn for representing our Chapter well at the International Tree Climbing Championship and most recently, the North American Tree Climbing Championship. Luke placed 5th overall and Aneesa placed 3rd at the NATCC. Andy Harem also made the trip East and put up a good showing coming in 21st overall.

    Congratulations and appreciation are also in order for Dr. James Klett and Patrick O’Meara. Dr. Klett was presented with the Gene Eyerley award for outstanding service to the chapter and industry! I couldn’t think of a more deserving person to receive this award. Patrick was awarded the Arborist of the year award this year. His dedication, great spirit and willingness to help should be inspiration for us all!

    With just three short months left in 2018, I wish everyone continued success! As always, please reach out to the ISA RMC office if you have any questions or would like to volunteer for a committee.

    Happy Fall!

    Natalie McNeill, ISA RMC President

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    Community Service

    2018 Eastern Colorado Community Forestry Conference held in Conjunction with the Trees, People and Towns Conference
    By: Kyle Sylvestor, City of Brighton and Keith Wood, CSFS

    On June 28th and 29th folks from five states in the Rocky Mountain region convened for the combined Eastern Colorado Community Forestry Converence and Trees, People and Towns Conference. The Trees, People and Towns conference has historically been held every two years and rotates among the states of Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. This year’s event was held in Windsor, Colorado and supported in part by the Nebraska Forest Service, Kansas Forest Service, Colorado State Forest Service, South Dakota Division of Resource Conservation, Wyoming State Forestry Service, US Forest Service, Windsor Tree Board, Colorado State University, Larimer County Extension and the Town of Windsor. Special thanks to corporate sponsors of the event Davey Tree and Little Valley Wholsale Nursery.

    Attendees learned from a great slate of national/international speakers that hosted both indoor and outdoor sessions. Some of the speakers included Paul Ries, Oregon State University; Ken Kawamura, Town of Windsor; Eric North, University of Nebraska; David Flaig, City of Littleton; John Ball, South Dakota State University; Toni Koski, Colorado State University; and Alison O’Connor, CSU Larimer County Extension.

    Thanks to all who attended, presented, hosted amd sponsored the event. Watch for upcoming details on the 2019 Eastern Colorado Community Forestry Conference and the 2020 Trees, People and Towns conference to be held in Rapid City, Couth Dakota.

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    Spotted Lantern

    Spotted Lanternfly, Watch Trees of Heaven for this New Invasive Tree Pest
    By: Laura Pottorff, Colorado Department of Agriculture

    Another one? Most arborists, city foresters and property managers are still trying to find emerald ash borer without success in Colorado. Early detection is our best defense against invasive species. Constant scouting without detection is discouraging albeit the best case scenario.

    So here’s the latest Asian invasive insect that urban forest managers need to be paying attention to: Spotted lanternfly, Lycomra delicatula. Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper, native to China, first detected in Pennsylvania in 2014. As of August of 2018, the pest has been detected in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Virginia. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and USDA staff are concerned; early efforts to delimit and eradicate the insect have not been successful. USDA has dedicated $17.5 million to stop the spread of this pest. National Public Radio, All Things Considered reported on July 10, 2018, that this might be the worst invasive species the U.S. has seen in 150 years.

    A weak flyer, the pest is without predators or natural deterrents on our continent, and the common theme regarding human assisted long distance movement of infested host material and egg masses prevails. The spotted lanternfly can cause economic loss to apples, plums cherries, peaches, grapes, hops, pine, oak, walnut and poplar.

    Lanternflies lay eggs in gray, waxy, flat masses on just about anything, including smooth barked trees like willow, maple, poplar, sycamore, plum, cherry and peach. Adults will also lay eggs on brick, stone, masonry walls and other vertical surfaces including vehicles, campers, yard furniture, and equipment.

    Lanternfly nymphs develop through 4 molts or immature stages and spread during this time by crawling. In Pennsylvania, the first 3 nymphal stages have been found on oak, birch, maple, willow, sycamore and fruit trees. 4th stage nymphs and adults seek out tree of heaven (Alianthus altissima) and grape vines (Vitis vnifera). As adults and nymphs feed, they excrete a honeydew like substance as they suck plant sap from stems and leaves. Feeding can cause the plant to ooze or weep and fermentation can start creating a similar response to that of wetwood or slime flux. Other symptom development includes wilting, leaf curling and plant death.

    How should we monitor or scout for this pest?
    Tree of heaven appears to be a significant attractant of lanternflies. USDA has requested that we spend time examining tree of heaven. Our Cooperative Pest Survey program is actively watching tree of heaven and the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) asks that foresters, arborists and property managers also pay attention to the pests on Alianthus. Spotted lanternfly adults are about 1 inch long and 1/2 inch wide with large, striking wings. The forewings are brown with black spots in the front and a speckled band at the rear. The hind wings are red/scarlet with black spots in the front and white and black bars in the rear. The abdomen is yellow with black bars. Early stage nymphs are black with white spots and turn to a red phase before becoming adults. (Photo credit: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture,

    Contact the CDA Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey program ([email protected]) if you see this insect!

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    Saluting Branches - Montana

    Saluting Branches 2018: Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetary
    By: Patrick Plantenberg, Montana State Director

    The Association of Montana Turf, Ornamental, and Pest Professionals (AMTOPP) and the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA-RMC) co-hosted a Summer Field “Day of Remembrance” on August 18 at the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery in Miles City, MT. A tree inventory was completed identifying the need to diversify the cemetery tree population. The cemetery grass was fertilized. A partial irrigation audit was conducted to identify potential needs to modify watering rates and timing. Four old trees were removed. Eleven new trees were planted. A pruning class was taught. All trees had their lower branches pruned to make it easier to mow around them. Finally, all trees were deep-root fertilized.

    Twenty-four people participated in the event from Miles City, Colstrip, Townsend, Missoula, Great Falls, Billings, Lewistown, and Havre. Supplies, equipment, and food were donated by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA-RMC) from Westminster, CO; Evergreen Landscaping and Irrigation and Mid-Rivers Communications from Miles City; TruGreen and Wilbur Ellis from Billings; Intermountain Stihl from Denver; Tree Amigos, Jonas Sprinklers, and Tilleras Landscaping from Great Falls; Canyon View Nursery and Valley Landscape and Irrigation Supply from Corvallis; Frontier Landscaping from Havre; and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Lewistown office. Kurt Holmlund, the local manager of the cemetery for the State of Montana, would like to thank everyone for their generous donations and the 200 plus hours of labor. Special thanks to members of American Legion Custer Post #5 and the Miles City Star for their help.

    Each year AMTOPP hosts a Summer Field Day at different facilities across the state. The focus of this event is to provide labor, material, and equipment to aid in beautifying the grounds of a State Veterans’ facility or another facility that may qualify. Summer Field Day is tailored after the National Association of Landscape Professionals “Day of Remembrance,” where labor, material, and equipment is provided to aid in beautifying Arlington National Cemetery, in Washington D.C.

    The Association of Montana Turf, Ornamental, and Pest Professionals is dedicated to promoting high standards and ethics within the turf, ornamental, and pesticide industry. AMTOPP represents a diversified, yet unified membership consisting of a large array of disciplines within the private and public sectors of Montana’s Green Industry. For more information or to join AMTOPP visit

    ISA-RMC’s mission is to advance the professional practice of arboriculture in the Rocky Mountain Region. The International Society of Arboriculture is a professional organization dedicated to continuing education for arborists, to tree care research, and to serving tree care consumers around the world. For more information or to join ISA-RMC visit

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    2018 ISA RMC Tree Climbing Competition

    A First Class Event - ISA RMC Tree Climbing Championship
    By: Dana Coelho, Metro Denver Nature Alliance

    The 35th Annual ISA RMC Tree Climbing Championship was held in Fort Collins, July 21-23, 2018. Dozens of volunteers joined family, friends, City staff, and passers by in City Park to cheer on and watch the skill, safety, and speed of our 63 competitors.

    The 2018 ISA RMC Tree Climbing Competition medals await their winners. Photo by Sara Davis.

    The event encompassed five events, including Aerial Rescue, Speed Climb, Ascent (which was new this year), Throw Line, and Work Climb. The final two women and five men from these events competed for first place overall in the Masters’ Challenge and a chance to attend the 2018 International Tree Climbing Competition. Here is a quick summary of the competition results:

    Overall, Women’s Division:

    1. Aneesa Winn
    2. Jacque Fink
    3. Jacquelina Salas

    Overall, Men’s Division:

    1. Luke Glines
    2. Daryl Roe
    3. Andy Harem
    4. Keith Stoner
    5. Kevin Oxley

    ISA RMC’s female climbers are a powerhouse of skill, strength, and cooperation. Women who train together, win together!
    Photo by Sara Davis.

    The top 5 competitors across all of the men’s qualifying events displayed safety, strength, professionalism, and sportsmanship.
    Photo by Sara Davis.

    Aerial Rescue, All Competitors:

    1. Luke Glines
    2. Keith Stoner
    3. Garrett Kuhn-Dotson
    4. Kevin Oxley
    5. Daryl Roe

    Speed Climb, All Competitors:

    1. Charles Erickson
    2. Andy Harem
    3. Tyler Wano
    4. Andrew Robertson
    5. Axel Avilla

    Ascent, All Competitors:

    1. Luke Glines
    2. Axel Avilla
    3. Keith Stoner
    4. Deacon Maloney
    5. Alex McIntosh

    Throwline, All Competitors:

    1. Ryan Decker
    2. Jesse Creed
    3. Joshua Denton
    4. Luke Glines
    5. Kevin Oxley

    Work Climb, All Competitors:

    1. Daryl Roe
    2. Axel Avilla
    3. Andy Harem
    4. Josh Galster
    5. Charles Erickson

    Competing August 3-5 in Columbus, Ohio among 97 other climbers from all over the world, our very own Aneesa Winn placed in the top 10 during her first ever ITCC, taking 8th place overall, out of 26 women competitors. Everyone’s favorite, Luke Glines placed 29th overall and 2nd in Aerial Rescue out of 73 male competitors.

    You can find more photos, stories, kudos, and results from the ISA RMC event in Fort Collins online @ . Official final results are online @ . Complete results from the ITCC in Columbus, OH are online @ .

    Keep climbing!

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    Saluting Branches 2018: Colorado

    Saluting Branches 2018: Colorado
    By: Tony Smith, Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements

    There are 119 veteran cemeteries throughout the country, many of which require professional arborist care for their trees. From structural pruning, to removals and plantings, these veteran cemeteries need assistance to ensure their properties are safe and beautiful spaces for all who visit. On Wednesday September 19, 2018, Saluting Branches completed their 4th annual day of service at 53 veteran cemeteries across the United States with approximately 3000 volunteers who pruned, planted, removed, provided plant health care services and more. Please look for another Saluting Branches summary from our Montana members in this month’s publication as well.

    In Colorado, we had 106 volunteers plant 60 trees and shrubs, do a handful of removals and deliver roughly 2000 gallons of fertilizer at Fort Logan Cemetery in Denver. This was Fort Logan’s 3rd Saluting Branches – under the direction of site leader Korey Lofy, cemetery staff member Danny Carter and other leaders that have emerged with passionate interest. A new, second site for Colorado is the Veteran Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado in Grand Junction – where 40 volunteers planted 60 trees under the direction of site leader Toni Smith, T4 Trees Associate Tom Ziola, and Cemetery Director Joanne Iglesias, her assistant Steve Stogsdill, and their staff. The Western CO cemetery crew removed 50+ small, dying trees, the resulting stumps and then pre-dug most of the sites where the new trees would be planted. A lot of organization and pre-work helped make this inaugural event in Western CO a great success along with all the donations! Cambistat was put down for some stressed spruce trees and now both places have trees that will thrive under watchful eyes of the staff as well as the arborist community that contributed. Thank you to all the volunteers, sponsors and veterans and their families that support Saluting Branches. Please visit the website to register for next year’s event


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    Annual Conference Recap

    2018 Annual Conference Recap
    By: Teddy Hildebrandt, T4 Tree Service

    The 2018 Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ISA’s Annual Conference was held on the Western Slope for the first time ever! The event was hosted at the historic Avalon Theater in Grand Junction, CO. Thanks to the best committee; this event was well organized by people with lots of experience and talent. The committee consisted of Cami Long, Randy Coleman, Scott Grimes, Tom Ziola, Vince Urbina, Teddy Hildebrandt and of course our Chapter Executive Director Nicole Plese and her daughters Jordan and Olivia. The Chapter would like to give a big THANK YOU to our committee volunteers and all our sponsors. Events like these don’t exist without them.

    The conference was held on September 17th and 18th. Our theme this year was “The Value of Trees, from Work to Recreation.” Our goal was to try and bring speakers in who work with trees in different ways. There were presenters who talked about the biology of trees, pest in trees, to working in trees – including recreational tree climbing and even building high ropes courses in trees. Hopefully those who attended were able to appreciate even more all the different ways people work and play in trees.

    As always, it’s fun to hear different speakers, meet new people and talk with the vendors. There was also some time to relax and socialize Monday night as we all had dinner on the rooftop of the Avalon. It’s neat to learn tons from the speakers and then get to know them and other chapter members on a personal level. Again, thanks to everybody who volunteered, sponsored and took time out of their busy schedule to attend and support your local ISA Chapter at this year’s Annual Conference.

    We would like to highlight this year’s award winners:

    Golden Leaf Award:
    Arbor Day Celebrations

    City of Arvada

    Golden Leaf Award:
    Arbor Day Celebrations

    City of Lone Tree
    (Award accepted by Olivia on behalf of the city)

    Gene Eyerly Award

    Dr. James Klett, Colorado State University

    (Accepted by Vince Urbina on behalf of Dr. Klett)

    Arborist of the Year

    Patrick O'Meara
    High Country Landscape, Ltd.

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    News from Montana

    Montana Update
    By: Patrick Plantenberg, Montana State Director

    Montana ISA-RMC Update
    The International Society of Arboriculture, Rocky Mountain Chapter (ISA-RMC), the Montana Urban and Community Forestry Assoication (MUCFA), and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation Urban and Community Forestry (DNRC-UCF) Program, have developed a cooperative program to fund urban forestry training for citizens, tree boards, and arborists about all things trees. In fiscal year 2017-2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) eight events were partially funded including:

    • Northern Rockies Tree School (NRTS) in Billings in September 2017
    • Saluting Branches in Helena in September 2017
    • Montana Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Green EXPO in January 2018
    • Association of Montana Turf, Ornamental, and Pest Professionals (AMTOPP) Winter Conference and Trade Show in January 2018
    • Growing Greener Communities Tree Board Retreat in Lewiston in March 2018
    • Montana Tree Worker Academy in Bozeman in April 2018
    • Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) and Requalification in Helena in May 2018
    • Aerial Rescue Training in Missoula in August 2017


    Funded commitments for fiscal year 2018-2019 include at least 10 events:

    Montana Urban and Community Forestry Events July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019

    Event Date Location MUCFA ISA-RMC DNRC Request Total Sponsorship
    AMTOPP Field Day Aug. 18, 2018 Miles City $250 $500 $0 $750
    Saluting Branches Sept 19, 2018 Helena $250 $500 $250 $1,000
    Aerial Rescue Training Sept. 22, 2018 Great Falls $0 $200 $0 $200
    MLCT Sept. 26-28 Butte $500 $500 $500 $1,500
    NRTS Oct. 10-12 Cody $250 $500 $250 $1,000
    MTRPA Oct. 15-16 Helena $250 $500 $250 $1,000
    MNLA Jan. 3-4, 2019 Billings $250 $500 $250 $1,000
    AMTOPP Jan. 27-29, 2019 Fairmont $250 $500 $250 $1,000
    Tree Worker Academy April 12-14, 2019 Great Falls $500 $500 $500 $1,500
    EHAP Spring 2019 Helena $250 $500 $250 $1,000
    Tree Climbing Comp Spring 2019 To be determined   $500    
    TRAQ Spring 2019 In Wyoming   $500    
          $2,750 $5,700 $2,500 $10,950

    This cooperative partnership continues to sponsor arborists tracks at green industry and other group annual conferences as listed above. Montana tree workers have access to quality education in Montana largely in part because of ISA-RMC, MUCFA and DNRC-UCF.

    Summary of Funded Events since July 1, 2018

    AMTOPP Veterans’ Day of Rememberance
    The ISA-RMC helped sponsor the Association of Montana Turf, Ornamental, and Pest Professionals (AMTOPP) annual Summer Field Day at the Eastern Montana State Veterans’ Cemetary in Miles City on August 18th. AMTOPP has been doing work at Montana Veterans’ facilities for over 13 years. Twenty-five volunteers from Havre, Missoula, Great Falls, Billings, Townsend, Lewiston, and Miles City showed up. Work completed included tree and planting site inventory, completing a partial irrigation system audit, pruning over 100 small trees, removing four trees, planting 12 new trees, turf fertilization, and tree deep root fertilization, etc.

    Saluting Branches
    On September 19, 43 arborists and other volunteers from Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, Bozeman, Butte, Townsend, and Livingston gathered in Helena at the Ft. Harrison State Veterans’ Cemetary and VA Health Care System Facility Campus as part of the second annual Helena Saluting Branches event. The ISA-RMC helped sponsor the Saluting Branches event. I was Site Leader for the event.

    The Rocky Mountain Chapter of ISA and Pacific Northwest Chapter of ISA were well respresented by 14 certified arborists across Montana.

    An immpressive array of arborist tree care machinery showed up for the event including four bucket trucks, three chippers, a mechanized grapple saw tree removal system, a grapple truck, a grapple loader, and a stump grinder. In addition, several tree climbers from around Montana showed up with all their gear to climb and prune trees.

    Work accomplished including pruning all small trees, removing four large trees, grinding 14 stumps, and pruning over 20 large trees. Breakfast, lunch, safety gear, and other supplies needed for the event were donated by local sponsors. Over 300 hours of volunteer service were donated by the arborists.

    About Saluting Branches: Arborists United for Veteran Rememberance is an opportunity for tree care professionals throughout the country to unite and do what we do best - provide exceptional tree care - to keep our veterans cemetaries and other facilities safe, beautiful places for all those who visit. For more information visit:

    WesSpur Aerial Rescue Class
    ISA-RMC helped sponsor and AMTOPP organized an aerial rescue class in Great Falls on September 22. Over 20 climbers particpated in the event. Dave Slice of WesSpur taught the class.

    MT League of Cities and Towns (MLCT) Conference
    The MT Urban and Community Forestry Association (MUCFA) was finally ablt to gain entry to the Montana League of Cities and Towns Annual Conference on September 27 and 28th in Butte, MT. The ISA-RMC organized the event and hired Dr. John Ball to present a talk on “Trees and the Law” to Montana City Attorneys. This is the first time urban forestry has ever been on the MLCT official agenda.

    Josh Stoychoff, MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Forester and Urban Forester from Lewistown presented a summary of the Montana Statewide Tree Inventory Assessment Report prepared by Davey Resource Group in 2017 at the conference. Josh’s talk was followed up by my presentation on the 2018 State of the State Urban Forest address. Josh followed my presentation by announcing the three finalists in the DNRC Urban Forestry Program Tree City of the Year competition. Dillon, Roundup, and Sidney are the three finalists for the $10,000 award.

    Upcoming Events

    Northern Rockies Tree School
    The 9th Annual Northern Rockies Tree School (NRTS) will be held on October 10-12, 2018 in Cody, WY with a pre-conference workshop on Tree Biology on the 10th. The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Cody-At Buffalo Bill Village. The theme will be “Trees below Ground”. Dr. Les Werner from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is the keynote speaker. Les has co-authored several publications including ISA’s Best Management Practices for Tree Fertilization and an excellent new book on Urban Forestry. Come and learn about soils, plant propagation, wood waste and utilization, emerald ash borer, and many other exciting topics. Check out the NRTS Facebook page at:

    ISA Exams and Practical Skills Tests
    ISA exams will be offered at the Northern Rockies Tree School in Cody, WY on October 10th. Registration closed on September 24. The next exams will be offered at the AMTOPP Annual Conference and Trade Show at Fairmont Hot Springs January 27-29, 2019. Check the AMTOPP website to get registered before the exam deadline at:

    We would like to sponsor aerial lift and tree climber practical skills tests in Kalispell, Great Falls, and Bozeman this coming spring. Let me know if you can help or want to coordinate a training or testing event in your area to get your employees certified. Without you stepping forward we cannot get these regional events completed.

    We also need more proctors for the exams in Montana. If you are interested in becoming an exam proctor so we can get more people certified, please contact me at [email protected].

    Montana Trails, Recreation, and Parks Association (MTRPA) Annual Conference
    MUCFA, DNRC-UCF Program, and ISA-RMC will help sponsor and have a booth at the MTRPA Annual Conference on October 15-17 in Helena, MT. This is the first time MTRPA will have an urban forestry track. The ISA-RMC, 2017 Arborist of the Year, Vince Urbina from Grand Junction, CO will headline the urban forestry track at the event. Many of the municipal forestry departments around the state are housed in city parks departments. For more information at: (

    Montana Nursery and Landscape Association Green EXPO
    The Montana Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Green EXPO will be held January 9-10 in Billings, MT. Watch the MNLA website for the final conference agenda at:

    Association of Montana Turf, Ornamental, and Pest Professionals Winter Conference
    The 2019 AMTOPP Winter Conference and Trade Show will be held January 27-29 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Watch the AMTOPP website for the final conference agenda at:

    Montana Tree Worker Academy
    Plans are developing for a Montana Tree Worker Academy to be held in Great falls, MT on April 12-14, 2019. Watch the RM Arborist for future updates.

    Electrical Hazard Awareness Program (EHAP) Training and Test
    Discussions have begun with John Ball to return to Montana to teach an EHAP course and test in the spring of 2019. Watch the RM Arborist for future updates.

    Montana Tree Climbing Competition (TCC)
    Montana has a rich history of tree climbing competition alone or in conjunction with NorthWestern Energy Company’s Lineman’s’ Rodeo. Interest in the competitions had faded over the last few years. We would like to rekindle that spark by offering a tree climbing competition in Montana by itself, in conjunction with the Lineman’s Rodeo, or in combination with a Wyoming TCC. Dave Stice from WesSpur has offered to help stir up some interest in the event again. I am offering an all expenses paid trip to the ISA-RMC TCC in July 2019 to the winner. If you are interested in helping with the competition or participating please contact me at [email protected].

    TRAQ Course and Requalification Course
    Discussions have begun with Vince Urbina to teach a TRAQ Course and Requalification Course in Wyoming next spring. Many of the Montana TRAQ graduates will be due for requalification in 2019. Montana will help fund the course if necessary since many Montanans may be taking the courses. Watch for more details in the RM Arborist.

    Montana Urban and Community Forestry Association Update
    MUCFA continues to grow and sponsor training events in Montana. They also started a grant program in 2018. MUCFA is an advisory group to the MT DNRC UCF Program. MUCFA is preparing a 2018 State of the State Urban Forest letter for the new DNRC State Forester.

    Please join MUCFA for 2018 at Get involved and let’s see what committed people can accomplish for trees in Montana. Check out the MUCFA website and Facebook pages at: and

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    Japanese Beetle

    Japanese Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer the New Normal
    By: Laura Pottorff, Colorado Department of Agriculture

    Japanese beetle (JB) is thriving and will spread as long as there is landscape plant material and irrigation. We cannot do anything to stop it along the Front Range. Quarantines restricting the movement of nursery stock from states east of CO as well as restriction on planting stock from the Front Range are in place to protect un-infested areas of our state. Soil and root balls of nursery stock can carry the larvae of Japanese beetle. This quarantine is complicated, avoid the brain damage; just buy local and hire registered nurseries and landscape contractors. These are the folks that CDA regulates, we’ll worry about the certification of the plants. You worry about checking that the people you hire are registered with CDA. DON’T MOVE UNCERTIFIED NURSERY STOCK. Unlikely the insect will cross the continental divide on its own.

    Management of JB requires integrated strategies, patience, tolerance and diligence. See

    Emerald ash borer (EAB) seems to be moving slower in Colorado compared to our eastern neighbors with native ash forests. Thank Mother Nature, but also be sure to thank the foresters and arborists in Boulder County that are working really, really hard to manage wood. DON’T MOVE FIREWOOD does really work.

    Eventually the insect will breach the Boulder County line, the latest detection in Superior is only a mile away from Broomfield. Broomfield, Arvada, Westminster, and Erie are getting ‘ready’ and when EAB is confirmed in another County, the quarantine boundaries will significantly change. Unfortunately it is very difficult for those in the field to find EAB signs. Keep watching, keep collecting adults that look like EAB. Thank you for helping us try to detect EAB early. Focus on the ash in parking lots and focus on ash that are dead or almost dead. That is how most of our ‘new’ EAB detections have been spotted, in dead trees.

    If you suspect EAB in an ash outside of Boulder County, contact the City Forester, CDA or CSU. We must have a life stage! The adult or larvae will be identified by CSU first, then sent on to USDA’s national identifier.

    When EAB is confirmed in another Eastern or Front Range County, CDA is planning on expanding the quarantine to include a large area of the metropolitan corridor with several landfills. Yes, USDA APHIS will deregulate EAB, but this will take a few years; eventually it will be ‘bye-bye’ Federal Quarantine and the “don’t move firewood” protection it provides us. For now, we all wait, we all continue looking and we all continue to implement our plans.

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    June 8th EHAP Workshop Summary
    By: Pete Evers, The Natural Way

    As some of you know, the Rocky Mountain Chapter hosted an EHAP course at the Police Protective Association Event Center in Denver on June 8, 2018. A little over 50 people signed up to attend. I can tell you it was one of the greatest turnouts of arborists I’ve seen from our chapter in a long time!

    We had great interaction with Dr. John Ball – who is one of our favorites here in the Rocky Mountain Region. The class took us through the workbook, along with a written and skills test. We also completed first aid/CPR and that rounded out the course. Everyone appreciated Dr. Ball sharing his time and skill set with us.

    Our Chapter has another EHAP course scheduled on October 25th in north Denver. If you have not been to one or are interested in being EHAP certified, I would highly recommend coming and taking advantage of this great opportunity!

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    Council of Reps Update

    CoR Meeting at ISA Annual Conference - Aug. 8th
    By: Paul Bryan Jones, PBJ Trees

    Thank you for sending me to my first CoR meeting. The six (6) hour meeting was very inspiring and reassuring that our chapter is on track and committed to our chapters’ mission.

    There were representatives from around the globe. Here is the meeting summary

    Important Highlights:

    • The meeting opened with a slide show from 32 Chapter Representatives from around the world.
    • All chapter events carried a central theme- how each chapter was communicating their mission to the community, members and interested tree advocates.
    • The slideshows foretell: actions, celebration and education about the importance of trees and their ecosystem services.
    • CoR Business topics covered; Executive Committee election and CoR Policies


    Round Table Discussions:

    • Here are the brainstorming ideas that may help our chapters.
    • The group breakouts were a very important segment of the meeting. Group breakouts focused on: marketing, membership and education


    Marketing/Communication Ideas:

    • Communicating with the media; importance of web and social media resources and partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders
    • Media guidelines- representative spokesman, quick contact list for media coverage
    • Ideas included Facebook and Web Resources that not only centers on adults but with focus on kids and events- Refreshing Web Sites. Web search engines that focus on ‘Hire an Arborists’
      Social Media to highlight members who are doing PR and engagement work
    • You Tube clips on beneficial/useful ideas
    • Billboard advertising- promoting chapter/arborist/arboriculture
    • Email communication to members and potential members- constant contact


    Membership Challenge Ideas:

    • Volunteers, small projects that are successful and completed.
    • Reliable volunteers not just volunteers, reimburse for travel not volunteer time.
    • Membership awareness/ideas/retention
    • Build student memberships/ free, low cost
    • Consider automatic debt membership
    • Membership Committees- follow up a month prior on chapter membership and follow up on anniversary date to helping with renewals- renewal reminder by text messages
    • Mail conference brochures to past 2-3 years, not just to current members
    • Incentives for memberships with gifts, Offer cost of memberships in price of training days
    • Social and networking opportunities – can lead to job opportunities
    • Make chapter newsletter public rather than members only
    • Partnering with other organization for conference
    • Maintaining correct information for members.
    • Mail out membership catalog.


    Education Ideas:

    • Youth involvement with arboriculture.
    • Kids climbing and career days, develop apprenticeship programs, offer classroom presentations, offer free or low cost student memberships
    • Develop mentorship programs with schools and professionals
    • Hold informal tree climbing demonstrations
    • Engaging with Universities
    • Right educator to work with within the education systems, offer arboriculture classes
    • Connect to Facebook groups for student clubs
    • Connect companies with students- work opportunities
    • Tree Fund support- Award grants to develop programs on reaching the next generation
    • Hold a course for stakeholders outside the industry
    • Tree Tags throughout the community. Mark trees with an ‘X’ under power lines.
    • How to get general public to know to use good tree care contractors
    • Use tree giveaways for educating public
    • Offer free workshops for the public


    The take away from this meeting is that we are all maneuvering on the same path; learning about being transparent, sharing and staying connected with all arboriculture organizations, informing ISA of our chapters’ needs, and our board members are caring out our chapters’ mission.

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    Think Trees

    An Urban Tree Care Conference
    January 17th & 18th, 2019

    Conference Information

    TreeCareConference Theme: Giants of Arboriculture

    Think Trees has the privilege of having a speaker line-up this year that includes some of the giants of the tree industry:

    • Dr. Ed Gilman, prolific author and educator focused on the
      education of commercial arborists
    • James Urban, FASLA, urban arboriculture and soils expert
      and landscape standards setter
    • Nancy Buley, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. Communications
      Director, and tireless tree advocate
    • Paul Johnson, Texas Urban and Community Forestry, and
      ISA- awarded “True Professional of Arboriculture”


    The list goes on, including many of our local New Mexico giants. Please join us for a conference that is sure to educate and inspire your work.

    Plan on taking your ISA certification test, or the new nursery certification offered by the New Mexico Chapter of the Colorado Nursery and Greenhouse Association. Get your Pesticide Applicator CEU credits, ISA Certified Arborist CEU credits, American Society of Landscape Architecture CEUs, or Society of American Forester Certified Forester CEUs. Learn really good stuff from interesting and smart presenters!

    ISA Certification

    The tests offered are for Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, and Certified Tree Worker. More information on taking an ISA Certification Exam.

    The exam registration deadline is January 3, 2018. The exam date is January 19, 2018, at 2:00pm with a check-in time of 1:30pm. The exam will be at the Crowne Plaza, room to be announced.

    The Annual Conference will be held at:

    Crowne Plaza Albuquerque | 1901 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
    Front Desk: 505.884.2500 | Reservations: 1.877.227.6963 |

    Take advantage of the special Think Trees room rates! For government rates, please call the hotel directly and mention the Think Trees group code (TTN).

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    Calendar of Events

    OCTOBER 10
    ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, and Municipal Specialist Exam
    Cody, WY
    8 AM- 4 PM

    OCTOBER 11-12
    Northern Rockies Tree School
    Cody Holiday Inn Conference Center | 8 AM - 12 PM
    1701 Sheridan Ave., Cody, WY 82414

    OCTOBER 16
    Commercial Pesticide Applicators Exam Prep - Ornamental Seminar
    CPS Distributors | 9 AM - 3 PM
    1105 W. 122nd Ave., Westminster, CO 80234

    OCTOBER 18
    Commercial Pesticide Applicators Exam Prep - Turf Seminar
    CPS Distributors | 9 AM - 13PM
    1105 W. 122nd Ave., Westminster, CO 80234

    OCTOBER 25
    EHAP Workshop
    Balistreri Event Center | 8 AM - 4 PM
    1946 East 66th Ave., Denver, CO 80229

    NOV. 5 - JAN. 15
    ISA Arborist Certification Preparatory Course
    All Trees LLC | 9 AM - 5 PM
    2925 CY Ave., Casper, WY 82604

    NOVEMBER 29-30
    Annual Pesticide Workshop
    PPA Event Center | 8 AM - 4 PM
    2105 Decatur Street, Denver, CO 80211

    JANUARY 27 - 29
    AMTOPP Annual Conference
    Fairmont Hot Springs Resort | 3 PM - 5 PM
    Fairmont, MT

    FEBRUARY 19 - 22
    ASCA 2019 Consulting Academy
    Hyatt Regency Lake | 3 PM - 5 PM
    Seattle, WA

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