New York State Arborists Virtual Annual Conference

This is an online event

NY DEC and ISA Credit will be available.

This year's conference will include programs with:

  • Dr. John Ball, Professor of Forestry at South Dakota State University, Board Certified Master Arborist and an Emergency Medical Technician.
  • Don Leopold, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at SUNY-ESF
  • Don Nelson, Pesticide Control Specialist II, Bureau of Pest Management, NYSDEC
  • Rob Cole,  Forester, NYSDEC Division of Lands and Forests
  • Mark Duntemann, President at Natural Path Urban Forestry Consultants
  • Dan Gilrein, Extension Entomologist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
  • Margery Daughtery, Senior Extension Associate, School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County
  • Christine Balk, Technical Advisor, The Davey Institute
  • Chris Fields-Johnson, PhD, Technical Advisor, The Davey Institute
  • Tim Bushnell, Arborist Skills Specialist, The Davey Institute


Session Sneak Peak:

Sunday, January 24:

Fundamentals of Gear Inspection
When inspecting tree climbing equipment, if you can’t say “YES” to passing a component or assembly, then the answer is “NO”. It is important to educate yourself as much as possible; because a high level of gear inspection knowledge often leads to an increased ability to say “YES”. Presented by: Tim Bushnell, Arborist Skills Specialist, The Davey Institute

From Little Acorns: Pests and Pathogens of Mighty Oaks
Oaks are among our most important, beautiful, and valued trees in landscapes and forests. This presentation will cover some of the important pest and disease issues oaks can face in their long lives, ranging from blisters to borers. Some new threats will be discussed as well as guidance on their management. Dan and Margery will also give updates on other pests, diseases, and management options that you should know as you head into the new year. Presented by: Dan Gilrein and Margery Daughtery, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County


Monday, January 25:

The Incidental Line-Clearance and Qualified Line-Clearance Arborists: What is the Difference?
There have been a lot of changes in regulations and standards for tree operations in the vicinity of electrical conductors. Work rules and minimum approach distances vary based on the experience and training of the tree worker as well as who they are working for. This session will cover the key differences and what standards apply to you. Presented by: Dr. John Ball, Professor of Forestry at South Dakota State University 

Going Electric: The New Cordless Electric Chainsaws
The days of the gasoline chain saw are numbered and while it will be a decades before they disappear from our operations, cordless electric chain saws becoming climbing and bucket saws. However, there are some differences in their operation, maintenance and even PPE. This session will focus on the benefits and challenges to this new technology. Presented by: Dr. John Ball, Professor of Forestry at South Dakota State University

Association Meeting with NYSA Industry and Board Recognition

DEC Regulation Revision Update with Don Nelson, DEC. 

Early Detection of Known and Unknown Tree Pests
NYSDEC Forest Health is tasked with detecting and responding to forest pests. Unfortunately, it often isn’t known if an insect is a pest until it is at outbreak levels and causing damage. This presentation will discuss how Forest Health looks for known and unknown tree pests by using host volatile-baited traps or by rearing insects from infested branch material. Results from prior early detection efforts will be discussed, including possible impacts from newly detected species. This talk will also cover the management benefits to early detection, including working with professionals and NYS Bureau of Pesticide Management to make sure the right chemicals are available for new pests. Presented by: Rob Cole, DEC

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