Urban Foresters Symposium


Date & Time(s)

9:00am, Wednesday September 25, 2019 - 3:00pm, Wednesday September 25, 2019

Continuing Education Units

  • Landscape Industry Certified: 5.5
  • BC Pesticide Applicator Recertification: 1.5 IPM
  • ISA Certified Arborist: 5
  • ISA Utility Specialist: 5
  • ISA Municipal Specialist: 5
  • ISA BCMA - Science: 1.5
  • ISA BCMA - Practice: 3.5
  • ISA TW Climber Specialist: 5
  • ISA TW Aerial Lift Specialist: 5


Member Early Bird: $200

Non Member Early Bird: $225

Member Regular: $225

Non Member Regular: $250

* This year's early bird deadline is September 6, 2019


  • Tree Planting & Installation (Session 1)
  • Common Decay, Fungi and Tree Rot Affecting PNW Trees (Session 2)
  • Modern Climbing (Session 3)

Tree Planting & Installation (Session 1)

Root structure is the important part of the tree that we often don’t see. How this structure is managed in production is important to the final outcome of the tree’s growth and health. In this session we will cover the pros and cons of bare rooting caliper trees, the importance of planting depth, the creation of hydrophobic zones between the soil of the root ball and the local planting substrate, and how the success of the planting is affected by root ball tampering.


Sandy Howkins
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Common Decay, Fungi and Tree Rot Affecting PNW Trees (Session 2)

Continuing Education Units - BC Pesticide Applicator Recertification: 1.5 IPM

This session will focus on fungal decay diseases that affect many of our native tree species in the Pacific Northwest. We will look at a combination of decay symptoms and fungal signs to identify common diseases. Specific diseases covered include annosus root rot (Heterobasidion occidentale), armillaria root rot (Armillaria ostoyae), laminated root rot (Phellinus sulphurascens), velvet top fungus (Phaeolus schweinitzii), red ring rot (Porodaedalea pini), artist conk (Ganoderma applanatum), brittle cinder (Kretzschmaria deusta) and madrona canker (Neofusicoccum arbuti). When assessing tree health and structure, proper identification of these pathogens is essential in order to determine appropriate management methods.


Bess Bronstein
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Modern Climbing (Session 3)

Are you interested in understanding the nuances between moving rope and stationary
rope systems? Would you like to learn how moving rope systems and stationary rope
systems interact to create a balanced work climb experience? Are you interested in
understanding how to implement and perform the techniques of modern tree climbing?

This symposium presentation will introduce the use of specialized equipment and
techniques employed in both Moving Rope Systems (MRS) and Stationary Rope
Systems (SRS). Safe work procedures for popular technical work at height systems will
be discussed. Participants will be introduced to an understanding of the advantages
and limitations of MRS and SRS while maintaining and following industry accepted safe work practices (ANSI, ISA, CSA) pertaining to fall protection. The presenter will touch on reactive forces
of anchor points, re-directs and tie-off methods for these rope access systems.


Kyle Larden
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