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KAA 2020 Annual Conference

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University of Louisville ShelbyHurst Campus

450 N. Whittington Pkwy

Louisville, Kentucky 40222

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The KAA 2020 Annual Conference and Trade Show provides a forum for the exchange of information and opportunities to network with others in the arboricultural profession.

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KAA 2020 Annual Conference

"Guest Speaker Presentation Schedule"

Day 1-Thursday, February 20, 2020

7:30 am-Registration Opens

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

9:00 am-10:00 am – Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry Extension Specialist, Purdue Forestry and Natural Recourses

“Pruning for Performance and Prevention”

How do I remedy poor branching habit? What do I do with these codominant stems? Corrective pruning has many implications which includes tree structure, health, response to damage and practice. Pruning to improve performance and preventing failure should be a major consideration for every arborist. This session will provide details on pruning objectives to help arborists determine the best strategies for promoting sustainable growth consistent with current standards.

10:00 am-11:00 am – Jonathan Larson, Extension Entomologist, UK Department of Entomology

"While Protecting Trees, Protect Yourself from Pests"

Arborists help us to keep our trees safe and healthy, but they should also take steps to protect themselves from arthropod pests in the landscape. This seminar will show how Kentucky has a unique history with ticks, what species are important here, and how you can protect yourself from problems like Lyme Disease and Red-meat Allergy.

11:00 am-12:00 noon – Emmett Shutts, Arborist Skills Trainer (New England)

“Arborist Safety and the Need to Improve Safety Culture”

Emmett will discuss the current incident and fatality rates in the industry. The presentation will include possible reasons for high fatality rates and hopefully start to raise awareness and motivation to reduce incidents at your company by improving safety culture.

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

1:30 pm-2:30 pm – Julie Beale, Plant Disease Diagnostician, UK Department of Plant Pathology

“Tree and Landscape Disease Update: Common and Emerging Diseases in Kentucky’s Urban Forests”

Understanding infectious diseases and how they relate to environmental conditions is an important component of any plant health management program. This presentation will focus on key symptoms for enhanced field diagnosis of tree diseases and development of proactive management strategies for diseases of the urban forest.

2:30 pm-3:00 pm – Nic Williamson, Urban Forest Initiative and Urban and Community Forestry Program Coordinator & Bryan Kist,Urban Forest Initiative Outreach and Tree Inventory Supervisor

“Urban and Community Forestry Collaborations in Central Kentucky”

The Urban Forest Initiative (UFI) is a collaborative group of University of Kentucky and Lexington community stakeholders whose purpose is to promote and protect the urban tree canopy. This is accomplished via hosting workshops, expert speakers and most visibly through a newly established Lexington Tree Week. UFI’s work since 2014 has coincided with a budding interest in urban and community forestry in the Central KY region, further illustrated by a new Undergraduate Certificate in Urban and Community Forestry at the University of Kentucky.

3:00 pm–3:45 pm – TreeFund Chainsaw Toss & Exposition

(Snacks & Drinks available in Room 201 & Chainsaw Toss Outdoors!)

3:45 pm-4:45 pm – Tom Smiley, Ph.D., Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories, ISA Board of Directors

“Reducing Sidewalk Damage from Tree Roots and Increasing Tree Growth in Areas with Limited Space”

Dr. Smiley will present the results of several long-term experiments that looked at sidewalks and urban plaza settings. He was able to identify several methods of reducing sidewalk damage that can be installed in many areas. His work with urban plaza settings found several treatments that greatly increased tree growth.

4:45 pm-5:00 pm – “ISA Update”

Day 2-Friday, February 21, 2020

7:30 am - Registration Opens

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

9:00 am–10:00 am-Joe Boggs, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University Extension/OSU Department of Entomology

“Be Alert to BYGL: A Look Back to Look Forward”

Buckeye Yard and Garden Line (BYGL) Alerts provide up-to-date, relevant information to the Green Industry: 24/7. This presentation will focus on the top tree and shrub pests (and a few diseases) reported in 2019 with an eye towards 2020. It's a look back to look forward! Intelligent Pest Management (IPM) strategies will be presented with a focus on making decisions based on plant health impacts. Learn what you need to know to get prepared for the upcoming season.

10:00 am–11:00 am – Chris R. Carlson, Associate Professor, Kent State University

“Is This Tree Worth Saving?”

Urban tree decline including the decimation of our Ash trees via Emerald Ash Borer has caused many urban citizens to ask, “Is My Tree Worth Saving?" This talk will focus on tree hazard evaluation and risk assessment to help answer this question and help save human lives and property damage.

11:00 am-12:00 noon – Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry Extension Specialist, Purdue Forestry and Natural Recourses

“What’s Killing our Trees? The Top 5 Revealed”

Why aren't trees living longer in the built environment? Too often it is the results of environmental extremes, poor planning, design or management. This presentation will discuss the top issues considered most detrimental to sustainable tree plantings and how to develop longer-lived trees in the landscape and the urban forest.

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

"Climber’s Breakout Session: Phillip Kelley"

Room LL06 Lower Level of Facility from 1:30 pm-3:30 pm

1:30 pm-3:30 pm-Phillip Kelley, Wright Tree Service, Inc.

“Biomechanics for Tree Climbers” (1:30 pm-2:30pm)

Take a look at how we climb a tree from a musculoskeletal point of view. Determine where stresses are being placed on the joints, ligaments and tendons, and make the small corrections in movement to increase overall longevity and reduce climber injury.

“Evolution of Tree Climbers” (2:30 pm-3:30pm)

Tree climbing has radically changed. More in the last 15 years than the 50 years previous. We will discuss what some of the biggest changes are and are we moving in the right direction.

The Following Presentations will be held in Main Ballroom (Second Floor)

1:30 pm-2:30 pm-Joe Boggs, Assistant Professor, Ohio State University Extension/OSU Department of Entomology

“Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB): Current and Future Status in North America”

The announcement on October 10, 2019, that two of the oldest ALB infestations in North America had been eradicated was welcomed good news, but it does not mean the threat is over. ALB kills trees belonging to 12 genera in 9 plant families. It is potentially the most devastating non-native tree-killing pest or disease to have ever arrived in North America. This presentation will provide updates on what to look for, what does “eradication mean,” and how ALB is very different from emerald ash borer (EAB) as well as vice versa.

2:30 pm-3:30 pm – Mark & Laurie Mann, American BioChar Company

“Curbing Winter Salt Damage”

Discuss an effective way to minimize damage to turf, trees, & landscape and reduce repair costs from winter deicing using biochar blends.

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

(Snacks & Drinks provided in Room 201)

3:45 pm-4:45 pm – Chris R. Carlson, Associate Professor, Kent State University

Diagnosing and Treating Abiotic Tree and Shrub Disorders”

Climate change and abiotic disorders are predisposing our urban trees and shrubs to extreme stress, decline, and death. To prevent the future decline of our essential urban and suburban forests and parks, this talk will focus on diagnosing many of the “treatable” abiotic disorders that plague our urban environment.

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

Earn ISA Certified CEUs: TBD

Kentucky Pesticide Credits: TBD

Ohio Pesticide Credits: TBD

Landscape Architecture: TBD

Indiana Credits: TBD

*Breakfast and lunch buffet will be served both days.

Hotel Name: Homewood Suites by Hilton Louisville-East, Address: 9401 Hurstbourne Trace, Louisville, Kentucky 40222, Phone Number: 502-429-9070

Link to reserve room block: https://homewoodsuites.hilton.com/en/hw/groups/personalized/S/SDFEAHW-KAA-20200219/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG

Group Name: KY Arborists Association, Group Code: KAA

For more information regarding the KAA Annual Conference please contact:

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

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