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KAA 2019 Annual Conference

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Boone County Extension Enrichment Center

1824 Patrick Drive

Burlington, Kentucky 41005-0876

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The KAA 2019 Annual Conference and Trade Show provides a forum for the exchange of information and opportunities to network with others in the arboricultural profession.

*Scroll down for complete Guest Speaker Presentation Schedule*

Earn ISA Certified CEUs: 6 for one-day attendance & 12 for two-day attendance.

Kentucky Pesticide Credits: Thursday, February 21, and Friday, February 22: CEU’s: 3 General Hrs, 1 Specific Hrs – Cat. 2, 3, 10, 12 (each day)

Ohio Pesticide Credits: Thursday, February 21, and Friday, February 22: 3 General, 2 Specific (6A Ohio-licensed only)

Landscape Architecture: two-day attendance: CEU’s - 5.5hrs max.

Indiana Credits: will be added soon.

*Breakfast and lunch buffet will be served both days.

"KAA 2019 Annual Conference"

"Guest Speaker Presentation Schedule"

Day 1- Thursday, February 21, 2019

7:30 am- Registration Opens

8:00 am-8:55 am - Exposition & Breakfast

9:00 am-10:00 am – John E. Lloyd, Ph.D., Precision Organics

“Soil Health, It's All About the Carbon”

Dr. Lloyd has been researching the impact that soil amendments have on soil microbes and urban plantings for his entire career. In this presentation, he highlights the most recent research discoveries that are integral to understanding the mechanisms that are available for practitioners to build healthy urban soils.

10:00 am-11:00 am – Julie Beale, Plant Disease Diagnostician, UK Department of Plant Pathology

“Wood Decay & Cankers: Stress-Related Disease of Shade Trees”

Trees under stress from adverse environmental or cultural conditions are often at increased risk of attack by insects and disease. In particular, canker pathogens and wood decay fungi are among the most common “opportunistic” invaders of stressed trees. Learn to recognize the most common canker diseases and wood decay fungi that affect woody plants in Kentucky landscapes, and gain an understanding of how these fungal pathogens affect the tree’s physiology and defense mechanisms. Develop strategies to alleviate stress and thwart invading fungi.

11:00 am-12:00 pm – Mark Chisholm, Aspen Tree Expert Company, Third-generation arborist, three times ITCC Champion and 21-times NJTCC Champion. A Spokesperson for STIHL, Teufelberger, and Kask. Creator of TreeBuzz.com.

“What Every Tree Worker Should Know About Aerial Rescue and Emergency Response ”

One of the most important topics in our business is aerial rescue and how your response to an emergency greatly affects the outcome. What this discussion intends to do is share the info needed to be prepared for the right response, show climbing techniques to work in this day and age, and give you the right foundation to help you become prepared to act and react appropriately to an emergency situation. Be prepared to share your experiences if you are willing.

12:00 pm–1:30 pm – KAA Members' Meeting, Lunch & Exposition

Mark Chisholm: "Breakout Session for Climbers"

(Please follow signs to upstairs Event Space for Breakout Session from 1:30 pm -3:30 pm)

1:30 pm-3:00 pm –Mark Chisholm, Aspen Tree Expert Company, Third-generation arborist, three times ITCC Champion and 21-times NJTCC Champion. A Spokesperson for STIHL, Teufelberger, and Kask. Creator of TreeBuzz.com.

“What Climbers Need to Know About Rigging”

Presentation delves into the intricate world of rigging for tree removals. With the help of job site photos and videos, Mark will discuss the systematic approach used for performing rigging for removals and pruning.

3:00 pm -3:30 pm-”Climber’s Collective” brief overview, by founder, Nathan Skinner.

Rich Hattier, International Safety Components, Ltd., North American Sales Manager

“Inter-Discipline Climbing Options”

Arborists have long utilized One Single rope for work positioning in trees. Are there benefits to using Two Independently Anchored Ropes? Can it even be done efficiently? Come join the discussion….

(“Breakout Session” located upstairs)

The following presentations will be held in the main conference room (First Floor).

1:30 pm-2:00 pmJennifer Gulick, Principal; Consulting Community Forester

“A Tree Risk Management Plan - Don't Leave Your Office Without One”

Tree risk management plans guide tree managers to objectively consider risk and adopt a risk management process that is proportionate to the risk, recommends how to use staff and funding reasonably, and demonstrates that the duty of care is fulfilled.

2:00 pm-2:30 pm – Cindy Finneseth, Executive Director, Kentucky Horticulture Council

“No Excuses! Start (or Finish) that Business Plan!”

All businesses can benefit from having a business plan. This presentation will highlight components of a basic plan customized for the tree care industry, strategies to get your business plan documented, and why the exercise is important. At the end of the session, you will have an action plan to get started on (or finish) your business plan.

2:30 pm-3:30 pm- Dr. Daniel A. Potter, Professor of Entomology, University of Kentucky

“Bees, Pesticides & Politics: Challenges & Opportunities for Sustainable Urban Landscapes”

This talk will help attendees better understand the controversy over bees and insecticides (especially systemic neonicotinoids), why it matters, and how professionals can safeguard beneficial pollinators from insecticides when managing pests in urban landscapes. Pollinator conservation initiatives that can benefit growers, garden centers, and land care professionals will also be discussed, including best trees and shrubs for supporting honey bees, bumble bees, and other native pollinators.

3:30 pm–3:45 pm - Afternoon Break & Exposition

3:45 pm-4:45 pm – Marty Shaw, RCA, BCMA, Author of The Professional Amenity Plant Appraisal Handbook

“New Developments in Professional Plant Appraisal”

Review of Two New Professional Plant Appraisal Publications.

On its surface, the specialty practice of Plant Appraisal may seem simple and easy, but those who get involved professionally know that this subject matter is anything but simple and easy. This session gets into the nuts and bolts of plant value and provides a review of the latest’s publications. This session provides an overview of the basic approaches to solving value problems by clearly identifying all the appraisal problem elements, and how to analyze the relevant characteristic data credibly and reliably. The challenge will always be establishing more relevance and credibility as professionals. The practice of professional plant appraisal is challenging, but a worthwhile endeavor.

4:45 pm -5:45 pm-Exposition

(Participation is encouraged, but not mandatory)

Day 2-Friday, February 22, 2019

7:30 am - Registration Opens

8:00 am–8:55 am - Exposition & Breakfast

Key Note Speaker

9:00 am–10:00 am –Richard Flint, International Speaker, Renowned Coach, Acclaimed Author, Business Consultant

“RICHARD FLINT HELPS BRING SOLUTIONS TO INDIVIDUALS & BUSINESSES TO OPTIMIZE THEIR SUCCESS BY CHALLENGING THEIR ACCOUNTABILITY THROUGH THEIR BEHAVIOR, NOT THEIR WORDS!”

“Expand the Possibilities”

We live in a world of possibilities but, if we don’t take the time to explore the opportunity the possibility might be offering us, we might miss the path to improvement!

  • 5 terms that will allow you to understand expanding the possibility
  • 6 things a possibility offers
  • 4 things that happen when you miss a possibility
  • 4 positives that occur when you find an opportunity
  • The 6 steps to expand a possibility

Your future is designed by your behavior. When you are wrapped in “what has worked”, you will notice possibilities but not pause and research what they can bring to you or your company. Possibilities are the front door to discovering the opportunities that keep you moving forward.

10:00 am–11:00 am – Dr. John Ball, Professor of Forestry (and campus arborist) at South

Dakota State University

“Z133, The New Z133: What’s Changed?”

Tree work is among the most high-risk professions in the United States but it does not have to be that way. The new Z133 Safety Standard provides guidance to do our work safely. This presentation will cover the key changes in the new Z and how following them can save lives.

11:00 am-12:00 pm – Richard Flint, International Speaker, Renowned Coach, Acclaimed Author, Business Consultant

“Having the Greatest Year of Your Life”

Success does not just happen! It takes a sketch, a plan and a commitment to commit yourself to what you must do to achieve what you said you want for your life or your business.

  • When people become responsible for their own motivation, it allows Leadership to develop a vision that keeps the environment filled with positive energy.
  • For goals to have power, they must be attached to a process that creates a purpose and a plan, which allows them to maintain a strong focus on achieving them.

Your life will be your design. You can talk about all the things you want to achieve and the things you plan on doing, but without a strong foundation of desire, determination and discipline you will spend each day struggling with yourself finding a point of blame for what didn’t or isn’t happening and missing the success there is for your life.

12:00 pm-1:30 pm - Lunch Break & Exposition

1:30 pm-2:30 pm – Randall H. Miller, Director of Research and Development, CNUC, ISA Utility Specialist, BCMA

“Electrical Hazard and Incident Prevention"

Attendees will be able to:

  • Differentiate between safety and incident prevention
  • Understand arboricultural work-related trauma
  • Explain electrical safety risks
  • Clarify changes to ANSI Z133
  • Detail how to create a culture of safety

2:30 pm-3:30 pm – Gary Lovallo, Principle - Chestnut Arboricultural & Forestry Services, LTE273, CF, CA, CTSP, NJAF

"Tree Experts and Tree Care Operators Licensing Act" - The NJ Law Process and progress. Process: Benefits & Disadvantages”

NJ recently enacted The Tree Expert Licensing act that regulates the tree care industry in NJ via a two-tier system. It requires the registration and safety compliance of all companies to ensure worker safety & consumer protection all under the authority of the Board of Tree Experts to enforce. Q & A.

3:30 pm–3:45 pm - Afternoon Break & Exposition

3:45 pm-4:45 pm – Dr. John Ball, Professor of Forestry (and campus arborist) at South

Dakota State University

“The 5% Solution: Diversity in the Community Forest”

ALB, DED, EAB, SOD….we have an alphabet soup of exotic threats to our trees. But this is not the end, more are coming, and we need to be prepared. This session will cover how we should diversify our community forests genera, not species, and how doing so can limit the impact of new threats.

4:45 pm- Please don’t forget to sign the ISA CEUs & Pesticide sign-up sheets on your way out the door.

Link to reserve room block at Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport | 1717 Airport Exchange Boulevard |Erlanger | Kentucky | 41018

Holiday Inn room block

For more information contact:

Laura Lambert, KAA Executive Director at info@ky-isa.org

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