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KAA 2022 Annual Conference

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Boone County Extension Enrichment Center

1824 Patrick Drive

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Register today! KAA's Annual Conference, February 24 & 25, 2022

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The KAA 2022 Annual Conference & Trade Show provides a forum for the exchange of information and opportunities to network with others in the arboricultural profession.    

Very exciting Guest Speaker lineup this year!

Guest Speaker Presentation Schedule

Day 1- Thursday, February 24, 2022

7:30 am- Registration Opens

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

9:00 am-10:00 am – Alan Siewert, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry

"Seven Steps for Young Tree Training"

Young trees growing in our, human, environments need to be taught or trained how to grow and behave. These 7 steps and strategies were developed to allow both novice and experts to successfully create strong, long lasting tree structure while preventing future defects and conflicts.

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

“Tree Disease Update – Looking back, looking forward”

Tree diseases are a part of the urban forest, and symptoms run the gamut from sudden and eye-catching to slow and stealthy. Learn how to recognize not only the common infectious diseases that plague our landscapes, but how to identify potential predisposing stresses that give those pesky pathogens the upper hand. In this presentation, we will look back at 2021 with an eye to early diagnosis and management of diseases in the upcoming year. Emerging tree disease threats will also be highlighted.

11:00 am-12:00 noon – Jonathan Larson, Extension Entomologist

“2021 Insect Retrospective and 2022 Bugs to Watch For”

Join Jonathan Larson, of the UK Entomology Department, for a look back at what bugs bugged us the most in 2021. Pest biology of things like periodical cicadas and explanations of outbreaks like we saw with fall armyworm will be discussed. We’ll also peer into our crystal ball and try to see what might be lurking in entomology in 2022.

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

1:30 pm-2:30 pm – Ryan Gilpin, Principal Consultant, Nidus Consulting & Trees and Construction BMP Co-Author

“Tree Care for Birds”

What steps should arborists take to protect wildlife, follow relevant laws, and get their work done? The Tree Care for Birds and Other Wildlife program of the Western Chapter ISA have released a new edition of Best Management Practices for Tree Care and Wildlife, specifically designed to be able to be used by a broader audience of tree care professionals in other chapters. This presentation will share the collaborative and interdisciplinary process of creating these BMPs and highlight key features applicable to arborists working in Kentucky.

2:30 pm-3:30 pm- Kieran Hunt, Municipal Manager, Asplundh Technical Services

“Incidental Line Clearance: Working within the BMP's Utility Pruning of Trees”

This talk is especially relevant to municipal tree workers and private contractors who would like to learn more about our industry’s standards for working in proximity to electrical conductors. The 2017 revision of the ANSI Z133 Safety Requirements for Arboricultural Operations saw the addition of the Incidental Line Clearance category of tree worker. Municipal and private arborists must have a clear understanding of the latest Z133 Standard and how it applies to them if they are to perform tree work safely near power lines – even if they’re keeping their bodies 10 feet away from the wires. This talk will explain the new category and how it relates to utility line clearance, with a brief lesson in electrical hazards and history.

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

3:45 pm-4:45 pm – "Chainsaw Toss" Fundraiser for TREE Fund

4:45 pm -5:00 pm-Exposition

Day 2-Friday, February 25, 2022

7:30 am - Registration Opens

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

9:00 am–10:00 am –Dr. Gregory A. Dahle, Associate Professor of Arboriculture

“What Makes a Codominant Union . . . Another Reason for Young Tree Pruning"

We will review the growth and development of branches and branch unions, discuss how the control of the lateral buds by the terminal buds drives crown shape and prepares a tree for potential storm damage (or aargh topping). We will look at research on whether there are differences in loading patterns between codominant branches and lateral branch unions.

10:00 am -11:00 am – Bear LeVangie, Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop ™ Co-Founder, Executive Director & Lead Instructor

“Conflict Resolution”

Conflict resolution cones down to Jedi-level communication. This training session will offer insights on "having that tough conversation" that you have been avoiding. Do you need to fire your best friend or relative? Do you have a co-worker's unwanted attention? Do have some unfavorable news for a long-time customer? Bear LeVangie will share some of her experiences in resolving on -the-clock conflicts.

11:00 am-12:00 noon – Ryan Gilpin, Principal Consultant, Nidus Consulting & Trees and Construction BMP Co-Author

“Tree Preservation During Construction”

Many communities are asking for more trees to be saved on construction sites which brings arborists to unfamiliar projects. The International Society of Arboriculture is updating the Best Management Practices regarding trees and construction. This presentation will review the Best Management Practices and the important changes in the new version. Ryan will show observations and project examples from various projects and highlight the different ways that arborists can be involved in these types of projects.

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

Climbers’ Breakout Session: Cormac Nagen & Bear LeVangie 1:30pm -4:45 pm

1:00 pm-2:45pm – Cormac Nagen, Owner, Climber, Trainer, Aerial Tree Works

“Finding Balance”

An examination of MRS and SRS climbing systems. A critical review of the advantages and short falls of both work positioning systems. The goal being to find where each best can be applied to the work of the day and to individual’s climbing styles. Finding balance between the two styles and in a more productive day of work.

2:45 pm–3:15 pm - Afternoon Break & Exposition

3:15 pm -4:45 pm – Bear LeVangie, Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop ™ Co-Founder, Executive Director & Lead Instructor

“Arborist Climbing Equipment Inspection”

Do you remember the last time you pulled out a photo album? Are you dusting your gear off before you use it? Is it time to retire that favorite carabiner? When should you perform your gear inspection? How do you do it? Bear will go into an overview of PPE, carabiners, harnesses and rope. Please bring an item of climbing gear you want to inspect w/time permitting.

(“Breakout Session” located upstairs)

The Following Presentations will be held in Main Conference Room (First Floor)

1:30 pm-2:30 pm – Alan Siewert, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry

“Four Faces of a Tree Decision”

The way decisions about trees are made are not all the same, they can be grouped into 4 separate and unique types of decisions. Being able to identify and understand each type of decision is important to the professional arborist to be able to use them appropriately and head off potential conflicts.

2:30 pm-3:30 pm – Dr. William Fountain, Professor Emeritus of Arboriculture and Landscape Management

“Assessing Tree Risk Exposure”

“I’m worried that my tree will fail and hurt someone or damage property… so I want it removed.” Arborists hear this comment on a regular basis. The TRAQ credential aids arborists in making accurate assessments on the potential for failure, the likelihood of harm to people and property, and the consequences. When defects are detected people are likely to over-estimate the likelihood of the hazard striking the target. This presentation will look at errors arborists frequently make and make the Tree Risk Assessment more defendable.

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

3:45 pm-4:45 pm – Kieran Hunt, Municipal Manager, Asplundh Technical Services

“Characterizing the Urban Forest: The Many Methods of Assessing Your Resource”

The best way to make management decisions about an urban forest is with a solid understanding of where the green resource stands today. However, describing and quantifying an urban forest is a daunting task that can seem unachievable in light of budgetary and other constraints. This talk will outline and compare various methods of characterizing urban green resources with a look into methods for moving forward with new data. Case studies of professional and community-based tree inventories will be demonstrated.

Earn ISA Certified CEUs: 

Thursday, February 24, 2022: 5 CEUs

Friday, February 25, 2022: up to 9.25 CEUs

For two-day attendance: up to 14.25 CEUs

Kentucky Pesticide Credits:

Thursday, February 24: TBD

Friday, February 25: TBD

Ohio Pesticide Credits: TBD total for two-day attendance:

February 24: TBD

February 25: TBD

Landscape Architecture: two-day attendance: CEU’s - 10.5 hrs max.

Indiana Credits: Thursday, February 24, and Friday, February 25: TBD

More to come, please check back with us for updates!

Thank you for understanding the difficulty in planning and holding these types of events during this time. If you have any other questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Many Thanks,

Laura Lambert, KAA Executive Director


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For overnight accommodations:

Holiday Inn Cincinnati Airport | 1717 Airport Exchange Boulevard |Erlanger | Kentucky | 41018 *Fly into Cincinnati Airport-Code CVG

Holiday Inn Room Block (Discounted room rate of $119 per night)

Group Name: Kentucky Arborists Association Annual Conference

Group Code: KAA

Reservations: 888-294-5067

Dates: February 23-26, 2022

Rate: $119

Cutoff Date has been extended to Friday, January 28, 2022, Limited availabilty, reserve your room today!

Link: https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/find-hotels/hotel/rooms?qDest=1717%20Airport%20Exchange%20Blvd.,%20Erlanger,%20KY,%20US&qCiMy=12022&qCiD=23&qCoMy=12022&qCoD=26&qAdlt=1&qChld=0&qRms=1&qRtP=6CBARC&qIta=99801505&qGrpCd=KAA&qSlH=CVGAP&qAkamaiCC=US&qSrt=sBR&qBrs=re.ic.in.vn.cp.vx.hi.ex.rs.cv.sb.cw.ma.ul.ki.va.ii.sp.nd.ct.sx.we.lx&qWch=0&qSmP=1&setPMCookies=true&qRad=30&qRdU=mi&srb_u=1&qSHBrC=HI&icdv=99801505

*Fly into Cincinnati Airport-Code CVG

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