May 9, 2017 - The UFS and USDA Forest Service will host the "UFST-Mobile Regresher and Hurricane Exercise" at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL. The Alabama Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) is providing UFST witht he opportunity to train with them during their 2017 statewide hurrican disaster exercise. UFST members of the Alabama Forestry Commission are organizing this event with USDA Forest Service. UFST is a disaster recovery program and protocol that trains Certified Arborist, is an ICS-based protocol for rapid tree risk assessment. The primary objectives of UFST include: immediate and short-term risk management, retention of viable tree canopy (and ecosystem services), and compliance with FEMA criteria for reimbursement. Contact Dudley Hartel at (706) 410-5568 for more information. (CA/M 12.0 hrs., Bm 8.0 hrs., Bp 4.0 hrs.)
May 22, 2017 - The Georgia Urban Forest Council will host the "GUFC Second Quarter Program: Invasive Species and the Urban Forest," at the City of Valdosta, Multipurpose Room. Attendees will learn what an invasive species is and how to identify invasive species, as well as about invasive species in the urban forest, available treatments for invasive insects and plants, alternatives for invasive landscape trees in Georgia, and challenges and opportunities that influence the use of native plant material in commercial landscapes. Also on the agenda are Bugwood apps for Early Detection and Rapid Response. Contact Mary Lynne Beckley at (470) 210-5900 for more information. (CA/M 2.75 hrs., Bm 1.25 hrs., Bp 1.0 hrs., Bs .5 hrs.)
April 25, 2017 - Understanding Trees will host the "17th Annual Tree School" at the Jefferson Performing Arts Center (6400 Airline Drive, Metairie, Louisiana. Click here or contact Tom Campbell at (504) 343-8684 for more information. (CA/M 6.75 hrs., Bs 3.25 hrs., Bm 2.0 hrs., Bp 1.5 hrs.).
June 20-22, 2017 - ISA Southern Chapter will host a "Tree Risk Assessment Qualification in Durham, NC (721 Foster St., Durham, NC).
Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands
May 1, 2017 - Trees Knoxville will host a "Citizen Forester, Session 2:Tree Selection and Proper Tree Planting," at the Knoxville Botanic Gardens (2743 Wimpole Avenue, Knoxville, TN). In the course students will: (1) Recognize the characteristics of a favorable and unfavorable tree selection, (2) Recognize soil characteristics and how they affect tree growth, (3) Assess overhead utilities and recognize how to avoid future conflicts with trees and utilities, (4) Site assessment and how to avoid conflicts with pedestrians, vehicles, and other structures, (5) Comparison of Bare Root, Containerized, and B&B Trees, (6) Understand tree planting and care techiques. Contact Tom Welborn at (865) 356-0470 for more information. (CA/M 3.0 hrs., TW/Bspm 1.0 hrs.)
May 8, 2017 - Trees Knoxville will host a "Citizen Forester, Session 3:The Science and Art of Pruning," at the Public Service Complex (3131 Morris Road, Knoxville, TN). In the course students will: (1) Understand the fundamentals of pruning and recognize trees that are in need of pruning, (2) Determine when it is best to prune for health, flowers, and structure, (3) Demonstrate proper tool choice and methods for safe & effective pruning, (4) Recognzie different tree forms and how to prune trees of different sizes and shapes, (5) Be able to express the need for tree pruning and the associated activities to the public, (6) Understand structural pruning for young trees. Contact Tom Welborn at (865) 356-0470 for more information. (CA/M/TW/Bp 3.0 hrs.)
May 15, 2017 - Trees Knoxville will host a "Citizen Forester, Session 4 Tree Health: Diagnostics, Disease, Insects, and Soil," at the University of Tennessee Gardens (2431 Joe Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN). In the course students will: (1) Understand and recognize the difference between stressed and healthy, and control, (2) Understand basic diagnostic procedures, (3) Degine primary and secondary, (4) Recognize a hazard tree, (5) Become familiar with common pests and diseases, their identification, and control, (6) Understand basic soil properties and how urban trees react to different conditions, (7) Know when to fertilize and amend sites, (8) Become familiar with local resources and services that support citizen tree care. Contact Tom Welborn at (865) 356-0470 for more information. (CA/M 3.0 hrs., Bs 2.5 hrs., Bm .5 hrs.)
May 22, 2017 - Trees Knoxville will host a "Citizen Forester, Session 5 Invasive Species and Volunteer Leadership," at the Public Service Complex (3131 Morris Road, Knoxville, TN). In the course students will: (1) Understand basic invasive species terminology and know why plants are native, exotic, invasive and naturalized, (2) Know the environmental, social, and economic consequences to invasive plant invasions. (3) Be introduced to invasive plant and restoration ecology principals and the chracteristics that make invasive plants successful and hard to control, (5) Recognize invasive plants impacting Knoxville's urban forest, (6) Understand different methods for controlling invasive species, (7) Understand basic chemicals and applications that target specific species, (8) Proper PPE and Equipment for applying herbicides, (9) Leading volunteers and putting it all together, (10) Expectations for Volunteer Leaders. Contact Tom Welborn at (865) 356-0470 for more information. (CA/M/U 3.0 hrs., Bp 1.5 hrs., TW/Bs 1.0 hrs., Bm .5 hrs.)
Outside of the Chapter
Arborist Certification Exams
Note: Registration for all exams must be received at the ISA International Office in Champaign at least 12 business days before the scheduled exam. Instructions and applications are available online through the ISA web site. Send your applications in early!
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Tree Worker Certification
Note: Registration for Tree Worker exams is handled the same as the Arborist Certification Exam registration. All applications must be received at the ISA International Office in Champaign at least 12 business days before the scheduled exam.
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