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HomeFall Conference-ArborFest

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Orchard Beach State Park - Manistee, MI

The 2020 Fall Conference is a 1 day jam-packed outdoor educational experience at the picturesque Orchard Beach State Park in Manistee, Michigan. Check out the agenda below for more details.  ISA and MDARD credits are approved.

In consideration of the health and safety of attendees, the following guidelines will apply:
1. Registration is online only and pre-payment is required.
2. On-site registration is not available.
3. Attendance is limited to 100 people.
4. Breakout sessions have limited capacity. Attendees must select and prioritize their choice of sessions. Sessions will be assigned/filled as registrations come in.

REGISTER HERE

 LOCATION Orchard Beach State Park
2064 Lakeshore Rd.
Manistee, MI 49660                                                                                                                                               
 LODGING Microtel by Wyndham Manistee
226 East Parkdale Avenue
Manistee MI
Rates: $99 + tax (single); $109 + tax (double)
Reservations: call (231) 398-0008
Due to the Covid-19 Safety Guidelines, there is no Continental Breakfast at this time. Coffee, juice and other hot beverages are available.
 CREDITS See the agenda for session specific details.
- 6 MDARD credits Approved (2 credits for 1C ; 6 credits for 2, 3B, 6, Comm CORE)
- 7.5 ISA CEUs Approved
- 6.0 CTSP CEUs Approved
EVENT REFUND POLICY

Refund requests for event registration fees must be submitted in writing via email or mail no later than 7 days prior to the start of an event to receive a refund. A $50.00 administration fee will be assessed for all cancellations. Refund requests received less than 7 days prior to the start of the event will not be accepted.

Event registration serves as a contract between the registrant and ISA Michigan. Payment for event registration is the responsibility of the registrant. The registrant agrees to these terms and the contract becomes active upon ISA Michigan receiving the completed registration via email or mail.

COVID 19 RESPONSE PLAN Click here for the ISA Michigan Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Plan while attending the event. If the state of Michigan is moved back to Phase 3 and we cannot hold the event, we will switch to a webinar format that will be available in October with dates to be determined.


INSTRUCTORS

COREY REED is a certified arborist with a bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Michigan State University. His family has been working in the tree and nursery industry for over 60 years. 

 
JULIE STACHECKI is a 24 year certified arborist and founded the company Site Specific, Inc., in 1994. Site Specific, Inc. provides consulting services and training in the areas of turfgrass, tree and ornamental plant management. Julie works with golf courses, cemeteries, commercial landscapes and residential properties.  


PHILLIP KELLEY is a 20 year certified arborist working for Wright Tree Service leading the safety training and field development of the company. Phillip is also a Certified instructor and trainer for the Tree Care Industry Association, OSHA and the National Safety Council in numerous topics related to safety and arboriculture.

 
DANA DAVIS is a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture and holds a B.S. degree in Horticulture and Applied Biology. He is a Senior Consultant and owner with Green Point Consulting Dana bringing over 30 years of green industry experience in sales, account management, and operations with national corporations and regional firms focused on lawn care, and plant health care.

 
DON WATSON is an ISA certified arborist and has been working is arboriculture for 15 years. Don began his career managing a landscape and nursery company in Florida for two years then moved to the Utility Line Clearance Industry working for Wright Tree Service and Asplundh Tree LLC for the last 13 years. Don is also a TCIA CTSP, Red Cross First Aid Trainer, and has a Michigan Commercial Applicator License. He is currently working for Wright Tree Service as a Safety Supervisor for the Safety, Education, and Training Team.
Catherine Zajaczkowski
Seiler Instrument & Mapping Co.
New to Seiler Instrument Team as of November 2019, Cathy is based out of the Wixom, Michigan office. Cathy graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors in Earth Science and a Master’s of Science in Geography. For the last 18 years she has taught high school science and college level geography classes and is currently enrolled at Unity College pursuing GIS Certification.

Jay Reister, Seiler Instrument & Mapping Co.
Jay Riester is a Certified Trimble Mapping Trainer and has a Geography degree from UW-Oshkosh, WI. He has worked in the GPS/GIS data collection and Mobile Imagery industry for 24 years. Since 2007, Jay has worked for Seiler Instrument as a Senior Mapping Support Technician providing to customers GNSS field solutions and technical support for Trimble and Esri field applications. Jay is also a GeoMentor thru American Association of Geographers and Esri.

AGENDA - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24


7:30-8:00am

ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN

8:00-9:30am

Recruitment and Retention Panel
Panelists: Dana Davis, Green Pointe Consulting; Jack Richardson, Guardian Tree Experts; Mike Pittman, IBEW Local 17
In this open forum, listen to top professionals discuss workforce development and strategies you can take back and implement right away at your firm. Panelists will share successful techniques for hiring and retaining top talent. Input from the audience will also be encouraged to get real life success stories.
Credits: 1.5 ISA CEU-CA, BCMA, M

9:30-10:00am BREAK
10:00am-12:00pm Fruit Tree Pruning & Pest Management
Instructors: Corey Reed, Old Oaks Tree Care & Dana Davis, Green Pointe Consulting
In this session the participant will learn the difference between Orchard pruning and plant health and aesthetics pruning in existing fruit trees which have been neglected or maintained using traditional ornamental pruning techniques. Pruning objectives including timing and structural pruning as they relate to fruit productivity, pests that attack fruit trees, and the labeling and proper use of pesticides for use on fruit trees, will also be discussed. 

Credits: 2-MDARD (1C, 2, 3B, 6, Comm CORE); 2-ISA (CA, BCMA-S-.5, BCMA-P-1.5, M-2)

Young Tree Training - The Vision & Decisions Involved
Instructors: Julie Stachecki, Site Specific Inc.
Working outdoors with young maples, we’ll go through structural assessments to identify weaknesses; the temporary canopy structure and how to manage it while it’s a component of the canopy is explained: we’ll envision the trees' future development and what may become a defect, then we’ll prune these trees to avoid those future failures. Proper pruning cuts, pruning objectives, subordination and other terminology will be demonstrated on young red maples. Discussion to include pruning cycles based on species’ growth, and objectives. Root structure addressed as time allows. Participants will learn how to ‘train’ a tree for structural durability using critical decision-making processes and ‘structural tree pruning'.
Credits: 2-MDARD (2, 3B, 6, Comm CORE); 2-ISA (CA, U, BCMA-P-2, M-2)
Tree Felling with Bore Cut Trigger Release
Instructors: Phil Kelley & Don Watson, Wright Tree Service
This session includes chainsaw inspection, safety features, and design features relating to tree felling and the PPE required to perform the task. Attendees will learn the 5 steps for tree felling and how to develop and verify the felling plan. Principles of the bore cut to maximize our control of the tree during felling will be discussed and a demonstration of all the steps covered with an applied tree felling and post felling debrief for Q&A.
Credits: 2 ISA (CA, BCMA-P, M); 2 CTSP
12:00-12:45pm LUNCH
1:00-2:00pm Young Tree Training - The Vision & Decisions Involved
Instructors: Julie Stachecki, Site Specific Inc.

Working outdoors with young maples, structural assessments will identify weaknesses; the  temporary canopy structure and how to manage it while it’s a component of the canopy; future development and what currently may become a defect and we’ll take mitigation steps now to avoid future failures. The critical decision process of pruning will be explored and emphasized. Proper pruning cuts, pruning objectives, subordination and other terminology demonstrated. Discussion to include pruning cycles based on species’ growth, and objectives.  Root structure addressed as time allows. Participants will learn how to ‘train’ a tree for structural durability using critical decision-making processes and ‘structural tree pruning.

Credits: MDARD (2, 3B, 6, Comm CORE); 2-ISA (CA, U, BCMA-P-2, M-2)
Tree ID Walk & Using GPS Equipment
Instructors: Dana Davis, Green Pointe Consulting; Catherine Zajaczkowski and Jay Riester, Seiler Instrument & Mfg Co., Inc.
This will be a walking tour to identify trees in a natural setting. Several techniques will be used to ID trees by leaves, bark and twigs. Attendees will get an overview of Seiler Geospatial GPS and GIS applications for use in the forestry industry and learn how they can aid in locating, inspecting, and mapping features of interest. Topics include: GPS/GNSS Basics, Electronic Forms, Collecting Data Safely (Laser offsets) and other applications that can move you from paper to digital processes.
Credits: MDARD (2, 3B, 6, Comm CORE); 2 ISA (CA, M, BCMA-S-1, BCMA-P-1)

5 Steps to Tree Felling
Instructors: Don Watson, Wright Tree Service
Attendees will learn the 5 steps for tree felling and how to develop and verify the felling plan. Principles of the bore cut to maximize our control of the tree during felling will be discussed and a demonstration of all the steps covered with an applied tree felling with a post felling debrief for Q&A to conclude the session.
(not as in-depth as the morning session)
Credits: 1 ISA (CA, M, BCMA-P); 1 CTSP

2:00-3:00pm Tie-In Points & Adjustable Friction Saver
Instructors: Don Watson, Wright Tree Service
In this session attendees will learn the purpose of Tie in Points and how they help make climbers rescuable; choosing and qualifying Tie in Points, and advantages of using Adjustable Friction Savers (AFS) and creating TIPs. Demonstrations will be given on techniques to isolate TIPs with throwballs, setting the AFS and climb line as well as retrieving AFS from the ground and how to create TIPs on spars using AFS. A Q&A session will conclude the session.
Credits: 1 ISA (CA, U, M, BCMA-P, TWCS); 1 CTSP
3:00-5:00pm Tree ID Walk & Using GPS Equipment
Instructors: Julie Stachecki, Site Specific Inc.; Catherine Zajaczkowski and Jay Riester, Seiler Instrument & Mfg Co., Inc.
This will be a walking tour to identify trees in a natural setting. Several techniques will be used to ID trees by leaves, bark and twigs. Attendees will get an overview of Seiler Geospatial GPS and GIS applications for use in the forestry industry and learn how they can aid in locating, inspecting, and mapping features of interest. Topics include: GPS/GNSS Basics, Electronic Forms, Collecting Data Safely (Laser offsets) and other applications that can move you from paper to digital processes.
Credits: MDARD (2, 3B, 6, Comm CORE)
Fruit Tree Pruning & Pest Management
Instructors: Corey Reed, Old Oaks Tree Care & Dana Davis, Green Pointe Consulting 
In this session the participant will learn the difference between Orchard pruning and plant health and aesthetics pruning in existing fruit trees which have been neglected or maintained using traditional ornamental pruning techniques. Pruning objectives including timing and structural pruning as they relate to fruit productivity, pests that attack fruit trees, and the labeling and proper use of pesticides for use on fruit trees, will also be discussed. 
Credits: MDARD (1C, 2, 3B, 6, Comm CORE); 2-ISA (CA, BCMA-S-.5, BCMA-P-1.5, M-2)
Rigging
Instructor: Phil Kelley, Wright Tree Service
This session will include building 3to1 and 5to1 mechanical advantage systems, the benefits of creating these systems for tree work, the costs, safety and return on their investment (ROI). Attendees will get a little hands-on training and will participate in a Q&A session as well.
Credits: 2 ISA (CA, U, M, BCMA-P, TWCS, TWALS); 2 CTSP