Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, November 30

8:30 am–4:15 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop: Documenting Evidence
Julian Dunster, Ph.D., RCA #378, Dunster & Associates

This workshop covers the professional practice of recognizing and understanding evidence and learning how to effectively use it in reports. It applies to tree care companies; climbers; and municipal, utility, and Consulting Arborists—anyone working with trees who may later need to explain what was done on any given day. → Learn More



















Thursday, December 1

8:00 am–8:15 am

Michael F. Galvin, RCA #432, ASCA President, SavATree

8:15 am–9:45 am

Problem-Solving Strategies for Compacted Soils
Susan Downing Day, Ph.D., Virginia Tech Urban Forestry

In this talk, D. Day will discuss how you can determine the best soil management strategy for your client, identify quantitative techniques for establishing action thresholds, and learn about the tradeoffs with selected remediation practices. → Learn More

10:00 am–11:00 am

Heterogeneity in Urban Ecology
Steward T.A. Pickett, Ph.D., Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

We present the concept of dynamic heterogeneity as a tool to explore how social and ecological heterogeneities interact and how, together, they serve as both an outcome of past interactions and a driver of future heterogeneity and system functions. To accomplish this goal, we relate heterogeneity to the fundamental concept of the human ecosystem. → Learn More

11:15 am–12:15 pm

Alternative Management Tactics and Materials in a Post-Neonicotinoid Era
Michael Raupp, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Department of Entomology

Many jurisdictions have already or are considering banning neonicotinoid insecticides for use in managing insect pests of trees and shrubs. We will briefly review information leading to these bans and some restrictions placed on neonicotinoids. → Learn More

12:15 pm–1:15 pm

Lunchtime Roundtable Discussion & First-Timers Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Trees and Pavement as Linked Infrastructure Within a Larger Stormwater Management Plan

Jason Grabosky, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Trees and pavement have been shown to be compatible through soil-based or structural form design solutions, thus linking a biological infrastructure to a built infrastructure. Stormwater management is often used as a potent tool for developing the funding case for linking the two infrastructures, since the linking of the service can be a useful component within a larger stormwater management plan. → Learn More

2:45 pm–3:45 pm

Million Trees Program: Now What? Management Strategies—Risk Management, Inventory, Maintenance
Jennifer Greenfeld, New York City Parks and Recreation

MillionTreesNYC, New York City’s ambitious program to plant and care for 1 million new trees in 10 years, reached its goal two years early. In the process, the city transformed neighborhoods with hundreds of thousands of street trees, with half of the trees planted while restoring over 200 acres of native forests. So what comes next? → Learn More

4:00 pm–5:30 pm

Annual Membership Business Meeting

5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Networking Reception

7:00 pm

Boston Bruins Hockey Game (Optional)








Friday, December 2

8:00 am–9:00 am

Developing an Urban Context to Service Life Expectations for Canopy Management Planning

Jason Grabosky, Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

The discussion will center around the development of service-life curves and the impacts of common landscape design choices on our expectations for survivorship, short-term growth, and maximum size. → Learn More

9:15 am–10:15 am

Cascades of Tree Response and Recovery Following Storm Injury
Kevin Smith, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service

With or without human engagement, trees have always been injured by storms through flooding, salt exposure, toppling, and breakage of stem and crown. → Learn More

10:30 am–11:30 am

Urban Nature: Human Nature
Peter J. Del Tredici, Ph.D., The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University

This presentation will focus on the plants that grow spontaneously in cities and their remarkable tolerance of their stressful environmental conditions. → Learn More

11:45 am–1:15 pm

Lunchtime Roundtable Discussions

1:30 pm–2:45 pm

Mock Deposition
Lisa A. Harvey, Esq., Flynn|Wirkus|Young → Learn More

3:00 pm–4:00 pm (Concurrent Sessions)

Professional Practice Guidelines—“I Have a Question About…”
Nelda Matheny, RCA #243, HortScience, Inc.

This interactive session is designed to answer the questions you have about your arboricultural consulting practice. Bring your questions to post on the wall to get the answers you need! → Learn More

3:00 pm–4:00 pm (Concurrent Sessions)

Case Capsules/Tree Preservation
Patrick Anderson, RCA #475
Tristam Hurley, RCA #600
Ed Milhous, RCA #350

Each presenter will provide a 10-minute case capsule related to a tree preservation case. We’ll have five minutes after each presentation for questions. → Learn More

4:15 pm–5:15 pm (Concurrent Sessions)

How Do Your Field Notes and the Way You Collect Them Influence Your Report?
Patrick Parker, RCA #514, SavATree
Brian Gilles, RCA #418, Gilles Consulting

The speakers will talk about research on note-taking styles/methods and their relative effectiveness. They will also discuss how the type of report can influence how and what we record in the field. → Learn More

4:15 pm–5:15 pm (Concurrent Sessions)

Exploring Absence—How Missing Tree Rings Record Extreme Events
Kevin Smith, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service

Tree rings record extreme events, even when they are missing. This presentation will explore recent research on new types of investigations of the tree-ring record. → Learn More






Saturday, December 3

7:30 am–8:15 am

A300 Update
ASCA Representative: Rick Gessner, RCA #496

SUFC Update
ASCA Representative: Jeffrey Ling, RCA #337
Immediate Past SUFC Representative: Gordon Mann, RCA #480

8:30 am–9:30 am

What Does Pulling Apart Red Oaks Tell Us About Tree Failure?
Brian Kane, Ph.D. Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts

Arborists frequently consider defects such as decay and poorly attached branches when assessing the likelihood of tree failure. Very few experiments have rigorously measured the effect of such defects. → Learn More

9:30 am–10:00 am

Risk Management BMP Update: What Is Going to Change
E. Thomas Smiley, Ph.D., Bartlett Tree Research Lab

This talk will outline the changes that were made in the second edition of the BMP, which will be published in 2017. The changes in the BMP and their implications for conducting tree risk assessments will be discussed. → Learn More

10:00 am–11:00 am

Case Capsules/Appraisal
Denice Britton, RCA #296
James Komen, RCA #555
T. Davis Sydnor, Ph.D., RCA #349

Each presenter will provide a 10-minute case capsule related to an appraisal case. We’ll have five minutes after each one for questions. → Learn More

11:00 am–Noon

The 10th Edition of the Guide for Plant Appraisal: Important Changes from the 9th Edition
James Clark, Ph.D., RCA #357, HortScience, Inc.

CTLA chair and ASCA representative Jim Clark will highlight the proposed changes to the Guide for Plant Appraisal and the impact to your appraisal practice. → Learn More