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      • July 24, 2024
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      • ZOOM
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      In Partnership with ISA Michigan


      The GAA is excited to partner with ISA Michigan on a series of webinars throughout the summer. The lineup includes excellent speakers on a range of topics. The first in the series is: 


      "PGRs in Tree Care"

      Blake Thilmony, Research Scientist Rainbow Ecoscience

      Reducing the amount of top growth a plant puts on in a season can be beneficial from an aesthetic and pruning labor standpoint. Modern growth regulators offer a host of secondary health benefits that improve a plant's chances of surviving in our urbanized ecosystems. By the end of this talk attendees should have a better understanding of how plant growth regulators work, and their application in the landscape.


      About the speaker: 

      About the speaker: 


      Blake Thilmony Gillis is a Research Scientist on the R&D team for Rainbow Ecoscience. Blake’s role is to design and manage various research projects and trials to develop new products, protocols, and equipment for the green industry.

      Blake began working with Rainbow Tree Companies in 2017, after earning her Master’s in Plant Science from North Dakota State University. Blake started as a plant healthcare technician before joining the Vegetation Management division of the company, managing tree growth under powerlines with Cambistat applications. Her background in plant healthcare, experience, and technical expertise launched her into a research role in 2018; she has taken on several research projects, including PGR (plant growth regulator) research, reduced irrigation trials, development of the Quantum tree injector, novel fungicide development and many others. Blake has since become the senior researcher with a commitment to transform way that landscapes are managed in the urban environment, continuously seeking out new innovative technologies and methods to improve plant healthcare.


      Blake Thilmony Gillis is a Research Scientist on the R&D team for Rainbow Ecoscience. Blake’s role is to design and manage various research projects and trials to develop new products, protocols, and equipment for the green industry.

      Blake began working with Rainbow Tree Companies in 2017, after earning her Master’s in Plant Science from North Dakota State University. Blake started as a plant healthcare technician before joining the Vegetation Management division of the company, managing tree growth under powerlines with Cambistat applications. Her background in plant healthcare, experience, and technical expertise launched her into a research role in 2018; she has taken on several research projects, including PGR (plant growth regulator) research, reduced irrigation trials, development of the Quantum tree injector, novel fungicide development and many others. Blake has since become the senior researcher with a commitment to transform way that landscapes are managed in the urban environment, continuously seeking out new innovative technologies and methods to improve plant healthcare.


      Your personal Zoom link to access the webinar will be emailed separately by ISA Michigan two (2) days before the event. You WILL NOT receive the link at the time of registration

      2024 Remaining Webinars:  

      7/10/2024 COMPETING LEGAL INTERESTS IN STREET TREES
      James Komen, Consulting Arborist, Class One Arboriculture 

      7/24/2024 PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS (PGRs) IN TREE CARE
      Blake Thilmony, R&D Project Manager, Rainbow Ecoscience 

      8/20/2024 APPRAISING TREE LOSSES FOR INSURANCE ADJUSTERS
      James Komen, Consulting Arborist, Class One Arboriculture 

      8/21/2024 SPOTTED LANTERNFLY (SLF): THREATS AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
      Mark Ware, Arborologist, Rainbow Ecoscience 

      This webinar series is a cooperative effort between the Georgia Arborist Association, ISA Michigan Chapter and other cooperating components.


      • July 31, 2024
      • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
      • Garden Hills Community Center
      Register

      Join the GAA for a FREE Networking and Social Event

      Registration is required. 

      July 31st from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.
      Garden Hills Community Center
      339 Pine Tree Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

      1 CEU  applied for

      Breakfast Will Be Provided

      Sponsored by ArborKi

      Agenda:

      8:00 -8:30 -- Check In and Grab Breakfast
      8:30 - 9:30 -- Educational Sessions (Broken into 3 twenty-minute speakers)
      9:30 -10:30 -- Networking 

      Topics: 

      The Business of PHC: Navigating the Simple, Intermediate, and Difficult Aspects

      Alex Ferguson, ArborKi

      Understanding the challenges in plant health care (PHC) and their implications for business development.

      Expanding the Role of Arborists to Enhance Client Experience

      Eric Duncan, Ecosystem Services Solutions

      Exploring ways to incorporate looking at individual woody plants and species of trees and shrubs with a focus on aesthetics, ecology and long-term management.

      The Benefits of Young Tree Pruning & How to Incorporate it in Your Business

      Andrew Blenk, Pruning Professors

      Young tree pruning is an underrated aspect of arboriculture. Learn how a little effort upfront can help yield greater long-term tree success, cultivate customer relationships, and most importantly make a profit.

      About the Speakers:

      Alex Ferguson is a certified arborist, TRAQ qualified, and the owner of Arbor Kí Tree Solutions, which provides PHC support services to companies within the tree care industry. Alex began his career in his early teens, working for retirees and master gardeners, which developed his interest in the green industry. After completing his degree in Horticulture from the University of Georgia, he pursued further education in the industry, focusing on arboriculture. Since discovering PHC, he has been committed to fostering a positive public view and promoting the adoption of preventative tree care.

      Eric Duncan is a conservation botanist and arborist focused on native plants, pollinators and the health of our urban ecosystems. His has spanned forestry, horticulture, education, land management and arboriculture. Through the past 30 years of his life the lines between these career fields have blurred and begun to fade away. He no longer sees a need to separate these specialties and is trying to show his fellow arborists that they have a unique opportunity to sync these disciplines for our clients and deliver a more comprehensive service to our communities and our shared ecosystem.

      Andrew Blenk is the owner/operator of Pruning Professors, a business that focuses on the pruning aspects of healthcare. Andrew graduated from Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources in 2011 with a bachelors degree in forest science. Andrew has held a BCMA certification since 2019. He worked for 12 years for Caldwell Tree Care as the plant healthcare director where he gained the foundational skills and experience that he’s built upon with this new endeavor.


      • July 31, 2024
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      • ZOOM
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      In Partnership with ISA Michigan


      The GAA is excited to partner with ISA Michigan on a series of webinars throughout the summer. The lineup includes excellent speakers on a range of topics. The first in the series is: 


      Pruning For Performance and Prevention

      Lindsey Purcell

      How do I remedy poor branching structure? What are my options 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 using case study scenarios to help arborists determine the best strategies for promoting sustainable growth consistent with current standards.


      About the speaker: 


      Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry  Specialist and has been involved in the community landscape and urban forestry industry for over 35 years.  As an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and ASCA Register Consulting Arborist, he has served communities around the nation as a landscape and tree professional in state and municipal government, non-profit organizations and private enterprise.  His educational background includes an A.S. degree from Vincennes University, a B.S. degree from Purdue University and a Master’s degree from Indiana State University. Additionally, Lindsey is an ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Instructor and serves as the Executive Director of the Indiana Arborist Association, a chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

      Your personal Zoom link to access the webinar will be emailed separately by ISA Michigan two (2) days before the event. You WILL NOT receive the link at the time of registration

      2024 Remaining Webinars:  

      7/10/2024 COMPETING LEGAL INTERESTS IN STREET TREES
      James Komen, Consulting Arborist, Class One Arboriculture 

      7/24/2024 PLANT GROWTH REGULATORS (PGRs) IN TREE CARE
      Blake Thilmony, R&D Project Manager, Rainbow Ecoscience 

      8/20/2024 APPRAISING TREE LOSSES FOR INSURANCE ADJUSTERS
      James Komen, Consulting Arborist, Class One Arboriculture 

      8/21/2024 SPOTTED LANTERNFLY (SLF): THREATS AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
      Mark Ware, Arborologist, Rainbow Ecoscience 

      This webinar series is a cooperative effort between the Georgia Arborist Association, ISA Michigan Chapter and other cooperating components.


      • August 06, 2024
      • 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
      • ZOOM
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      Monthly Virtual Training:

      Managing the Ecology of Our Urban Forest

      1 CEU applied for

      In this webinar, Eric Duncan will provide valuable insights into how our Urban Forests are indeed true forests and will show simple ways to manage the ecological aspects of these forests. The presentation will focus on how the ecological needs of our urban forests are not often in contradiction to the needs of our clients. It will then focus on how adding these aspects of forest management to our vocabulary and skill sets will make participating arborists stand out even more from random tree removal companies. Some topics will include: suitable basal area projections, invasive species removal, the importance of fallen leaf retention, and native understory plants that are both beautiful and good for birds.

      "Adding Plant Health Care to our recommendations may have seemed new and non consequential ten years ago. Today it is a regular part of our lives and our work and many of us have witnessed the benefits that PHC provides to our clients and our communities. I believe that incorporating the ecological aspects of our urban forest into our daily client interactions will have just as large of an impact. Not only is it good for our clients and our forest but it is good for business. Beyond that it is good for our ecosystem and morally imperative that we use our position of trust to show our clients that we are available to help them holistically manage their forest."

      Presented by:

      Eric Duncan -- Botanist/Arborist

      Eric Duncan is a conservation botanist and arborist focused on native plants, pollinators and the health of our urban ecosystems. His has spanned forestry, horticulture, education, land management and arboriculture. Through the past 30 years of his life the lines between these career fields have blurred and begun to fade away. He no longer sees a need to separate these specialties and is trying to show his fellow arborists that they have a unique opportunity to sync these disciplines for our clients and deliver a more comprehensive service to our communities and our shared ecosystem.

      Location/Format: Virtual via ZOOM - upon registration via the GAA Website you will receive a confirmation and instructions to register your email via ZOOM.  Please be sure to complete this step to ensure you receive the log in instructions ahead of the event.

      Time: 11:45 am - 1:00 pm

      Agenda:

      11:45 am-1:00 pm: Introduction & settle in, Q&A rules, & CEU sign in instructions

      12:00 pm-1:00 pm: Training Session

      Cost: FREE to all GAA Members and Business Supporters.  $20 for non-members

      ISA CEUS: 1

      Questions?

      Please email us at info@georgiaarborist.org

      ***This training is recorded and will be sent by email to all registrants within a week of the event***

      • August 07, 2024
      • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • VIRTUAL

      August 7, 2024

      TRAQ Renewal VIRTUAL Course

      9:00am - 4:00pm Eastern

      Registration Closes:

      July 7, 2024

      REGISTER HERE

      Co-hosted event with ISA Southern Chapter, ISA Texas Chapter, & MW-ISA Chapter

      • $280 - ISA Member AND a member of cooperating Chapter (Southern, TX, MW, GAA)
      • $330 - ISA Member ONLY
      • $340 - NON - ISA Member, BUT a member of a cooperating Chapter (Southern, TX, MW, GAA)

      This is a virtual renewal option and is only available for those that already have the TRAQ credential. Please read the “ISA TRAQ Application Guide” to be very clear about the course prerequisites and renewal requirements and details about the credential and the courses. Applicants for the course must register 30 days prior to the session they plan to attend. Additional information about deadlines/refunds/cancellations can be found on the ISA Southern Chapter website at https://www.isasouthern.org/traq-events  

      Click HERE to Register for August 7 Renewal Course (Closes July 7 or when capacity is reached)

      • August 10, 2024
      • August 11, 2024
      • 2 sessions
      • Trees Atlanta Kendeda Tree
      • 3
      Registration is closed

      Tree and Plant Appraisal Qualification (TPAQ) Training Now Available
      August 10-11, 2024
      Atlanta, Georgia

      14 ISA CEUs.

      If you want introductory training in the theory and application of current tree and plant appraisal, register now to attend our TPAQ training. This event will utilize both instructor-led discussions and case scenarios to illustrate concepts allowing participants to become familiar with the relevant methods and techniques used to approach plant appraisals and the ability to make reasoned judgement about the value of trees and landscape plants.

      Learning Objectives
      Upon completion of this course, you will:

      • Understand basic appraisal concepts.
      • Define the tree and plant appraisal process.
      • Understand tree and plant appraisal, approaches, methods, and techniques.
      • Apply tree and plant appraisal approaches, methods, and techniques.
      •  Present assignment results. 

      Eligibility
      To apply to take the TPAQ workshop and earn the TPAQ certificate, applicants must:

      1. STANDARDS of PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE - Applicant will provide a signature page with application agreeing to follow the ASCA Standards of Professional Practice when conducting their work in the appraisal of plant or tree assignments.
      2. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE - Applicant will provide evidence of a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in horticulture or arboriculture by the submittal of a curriculum vitae or resume.
      3. Applicant will provide evidence of at least one of the following:
        - Possess a four-year degree in arboriculture or a closely related field, such as urban forestry, horticulture, plant pathology, entomology, forestry, or plant biology (120 hours of study), OR
        - Be a Registered Consulting Arborist®, BCMA, or hold a similar credential from any other CTLA organization (ASCA, ISA, TCIA, ASLA, AmericanHort, ACF, NALP.)


      About Your Instructor

      Christian Hughes, RCA #493


      Brookwood Tree Consulting, Inc.

      As a Principal Arborist, Chris brings Brookwood Tree Consulting's vision to bear and serves as a full-time consulting arborist. His knowledge and experience is recognized as a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and registered Consulting Arborist® through the American Society of Consulting Arborists® (ASCA). Chris combines a love for trees with almost 20 years experience studying and working with trees in the urban centers of the Southeast and in world renowned gardens across the United States and Europe.

      Chris has developed tree management plans for residential homeowners, commercial developers, cities, parks, schools, and hospital and university campuses that actively utilize all concepts of tree appraisal and valuation. This diverse and unique background has provided the opportunity to engage hands on with tens of thousands of trees. 

      Workshop Materials
      You will be provided with a physical copy of the ASCA Tree and Plant Appraisal Qualification Workbook, as well as all necessary testing materials (Scantron, #2 pencils, exam).

      In addition to the provided materials you are also required to bring the following:

      • Guide for Plant Appraisal, 10th Edition - physical copy only, a digit copy of the 10th Edition is NOT permitted.
      • Hard hat
      • High visibility clothing (i.e. - vest)
      • Scientific calculator (cell phone calculators are acceptable)

      Additional resources, encouraged but not required:


      Cost

      Qualified ASCA Member 1,200.00 
      Qualified Non-ASCA Member 1,500.00

      Disclaimers, Important Information, & Refund Policy:

      Applicants for TPAQ courses must register 30 days prior to the session they plan to attend. These classes often fill up quickly since class size is limited. Register as early as possible to avoid missing the location you want!

      The FULL course is required for those qualified applicants that wish to earn the TPAQ certificate.

      This class provides the needed exams that must be passed to earn the TPAQ certificate.

      Please bring your own hard hat and vest to the event.

      Please bring your government ID.

      ***Cancellation & Refund Policy -

      All cancellations made after the registration deadline of the event, no-shows, or those found to not have the required pre-requisites will not be eligible for refund. Cancellations made prior to the registration deadline/shipment of course materials are eligible for full refund. Cancellations made within 1 week of the registration deadline will be eligible for full or partial refund if GAA is able to fill their spot with a waitlisted registrant. All refunds are subject to a 3.5% credit card processing fee.


      • August 11, 2024
      • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Trees Atlanta, Kendeda Treehouse 825 Warner St. Atlanta, Georgia 30310
      • 30

      **ReNEW traq aHEAD OF isa cONFERENCE**


      Tree Risk Assessment RENEWAL

      Qualification Course

      Trees Atlanta, Kendeda Treehouse

      August 11, 2024

      5 CEUs Available

      REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 10

      Registration Cost:

      Cost - $250 for GAA or ISA Members

      $325 for Non Members

      Maintain your qualification as an ISA Tree Risk Assessment professional!

      Please take some time to read the “ISA TRAQ Application Guide” available here TRAQ-App-Guide.pdf . The guide will provide details about the application process and let you know what pre-requisites are required to apply for the credential.

      This TRAQ Renewal course is for people who currently hold the TRAQ credential and are within 18 months of their renewal date.

      COURSE DESCRIPTION

      We will review:
         -   Levels of assessment
         -   Target assessment
         -   Site assessment
         -   Tree biology and mechanics
         -   Tree inspection and assessment
         -   Data analysis and risk categorization
         -   Mitigation

         -   Reporting

      MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR

      Jimmy Walters: Certified Arborist since 1996. SC Registered Forester. 1971 graduate of Clemson University, BS Forestry. Retired with over 40 years’ service with SC Forestry Commission. Retired as Program Coordinator for Urban and Community Forestry in SC. Charter member of SC Urban and Community Forestry Council (now Trees SC).  Board of Directors, SC Vegetation Management Association, active in the SC Green Industry Association.   Past President, Southern Chapter ISA and member of Florida Chapter as well.  Now operating an arboricultural consulting firm, Urban Forest Advisors, LLC. Skilled teacher and public speaker. Many classes and lectures on Hazard Tree Management (old terminology) and Tree Risk Assessment prior to TRAQ.


      IMPORTANT NOTES

      • Applicants for TRAQ courses must register 30 days prior to the session they plan to attend.   These classes often fill up quickly since class size is limited. Register as early as possible to avoid missing the location you want!

      • The RENEWAL courses are only open to those who already have the TRAQ credential.

      • The FULL course is required for those qualified applicants that wish to earn the TRAQ credential.

      • Both FULL and RENEWAL classes provide the needed exams that must be passed to earn or renew the TRAQ credential.

      • Please bring your own hard hat and vest to the event

      • Please bring your government ID

      • Be sure to bring your course materials (this will be mailed to you by the ISA in advance)


      ***Cancellation & Refund Policy -
      All cancellations made within 2 weeks of the event or no shows will not be eligible for refund. Cancellations made prior to the shipment of course materials are eligible for full refund. Cancellations made after the shipment of course materials, and more than 2 weeks ahead of the event will be eligible for a partial refund but registrant will be responsible for course material fees. All refunds are subject to credit card processing fees.

      • August 15, 2024
      • 8:00 AM
      • August 17, 2024
      • 12:00 PM
      • Trees Atlanta, Kendeda Treehouse
      • 0
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      **JOIN US After the ISA Conference in Atlanta**


      ISA TRAQ FULL COURSE -

      TREE RISK ASSESSMENT QUALIFICATION


      August 15-17th

      Full agenda available here


      COURSE LOCATION: 

      Trees Atlanta 
      Kendeda Treehouse
      Atlanta
      , Georgia

      Instructors:

      Jimmy Walters and Skip Kincaid

      14.5 CEUs Available

      Registration Deadline:

      Monday July 12, 2024

      (Slots fill up fast!  Register now!)


      Registration Cost:


      $625 - Georgia Arborist Association & ISA Member Rate

      $625 - Georgia Arborist Association Member Only Rate (not a member of the ISA)

      $700 - ISA Member Only Rate (not a member of the GAA)

      $795 - Non-Member Rate (not a member of ISA or GAA)

      If you are interested in becoming TRAQ qualified, please take some time to read the “ISA TRAQ Application Guide” available here - TRAQ-App-Guide.pdf . The guide will provide details about the application process and let you know what pre-requisites are required to apply for the credential.

      The TRAQ course and credential provide an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.

      COURSE DESCRIPTION

      Earning the qualification requires attendance at a 2-day educational course followed by a ½-day assessment that includes both a written and field exams. The first two days are typically 8am-5pm and the third day (exam day) is 8am-noon. It is required that you attend the entire course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive this qualification. Coffee and a light breakfast are typically included each day along with lunch the first two days. If overnight travel is needed you will need to make hotel reservations on your own.

      At the bottom of this email you will find recommended accommodations as well as more information about the location

      The course includes Tree Biology and Mechanics, Tree Inspection and Assessment, Data Analysis and Risk Categorization, and Risk Reporting. The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course prepares the participant to take the TRAQ assessment to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. Once registered, you will receive a course Manual and a Course Workbook that you can read and study to prepare for the course. It is strongly suggested that you read the materials prior to the course. Not all of the materials on the exams will be covered in detail in the classroom. The Manual and Workbook are essential parts of the learning process for this course.

      Meet the Instructors:

      Jimmy Walters: Certified Arborist since 1996. SC Registered Forester. 1971 graduate of Clemson University, BS Forestry. Retired with over 40 years service with SC Forestry Commission. Retired as Program Coordinator for Urban and Community Forestry in SC. Charter member of SC Urban and Community Forestry Council (now Trees SC).  Board of Directors, SC Vegetation Management Association, active in the SC Green Industry Association. Past President, Southern Chapter ISA and member of Florida Chapter as well. Now operating an arboricultural consulting firm, Urban Forest Advisors, LLC. Skilled teacher and public speaker. Many classes and lectures on Hazard Tree Management (old terminology) and Tree Risk Assessment prior to TRAQ. 

      Skip Kincaid: Skip Kincaid is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (MW-0155BM) with over 40 years of urban forestry, arboriculture, and forestry experience. Mr. Kincaid is currently the Executive Director of ISA Southern Chapter and the Director of Urban Forestry for Hansen’s Tree Service & Environmental Wood Resources in O’Fallon, Missouri and provides a wide range of consulting services. Skip enjoys spreading the good word about arboriculture and has taught over 150 TRAQ courses.

      HOTEL BLOCK INFORMATION:

      If you’ve come to the ISA Conference, stay at the same hotel — the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Extend your stay with the link below. If you’re coming just for TRAQ, stay with other attendees at the Hyatt, 265 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30303

      https://www.hyatt.com/group-booking/ATLRA/G-ISA1


      Disclaimers, Important Information, & Refund Policy:

      • Applicants for TRAQ courses must register 30 days prior to the session they plan to attend. These classes often fill up quickly since class size is limited. Register as early as possible to avoid missing the location you want!

      • The FULL course is required for those qualified applicants that wish to earn the TRAQ credential.

      • This class provides the needed exams that must be passed to earn the TRAQ credential.

      • Please bring your own hard hat and vest to the event.

      • Please bring your government ID.

      • Be sure to bring your course materials. (This will be mailed to you by the ISA in advance.)


      ***Cancellation & Refund Policy -
      All cancellations made after the registration deadline of the event, no-shows, or those found to not have the required pre-requisites will not be eligible for refund. Cancellations made prior to the registration deadline/shipment of course materials are eligible for full refund. Cancellations made within 1 week of the registration deadline will be eligible for full or partial refund if GAA is able to fill their spot with a waitlisted registrant. All refunds are subject to a 3.5% credit card processing fee.
      • August 17, 2024
      • September 07, 2024
      • 4 sessions
      • Various
      • 69
      Register


      In the last few months there have been 4 tree care worker fatalities just in the metro Atlanta area. At least three of them are confirmed to have been easily preventable with proper training. In response to this gap of knowledge, the Georgia Arborist Association and Georgians for A Safer Tree Industry have partnered to provide a low cost safety training for Spanish speaking tree care workers and business owners. 

      Below you will find the tentative schedule (8am-3pm)

      August 17th- Compliance, risk assessment, and safety training for business owners

      August 24th- grounds man, chipper, chainsaw, and fall protection + GEAR CHECK

      August 31st- CPR, First Aid, Aerial Rescue 

      September 07th- EHAP

      Locations

      CLASS 1: North Cobb Regional Library

      3535 Old 41 Highway

      Kennesaw, GA 30144

      8-17-24 | 12pm-4pm


      CLASS 2: TBD

      8-24-24 | 8am-4pm


      CLASS 3: TBD

      8-31-24 | 8am-4pm


      CLASS 4:

      09-07-24 | 8am-4pm


      Cost: $100 per attendee for entire course

      Language: Spanish

      Questions?

      Please contact Maria Soto, GAA Coordinator 

      maria@georgiaarborist.org

      +1 (470) 768-8530

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      En los últimos meses ha habido 4 muertes de trabajadores de cuidado de árboles en el área metropolitana de Atlanta. Se ha confirmado que al menos tres de los accidentes se pudieron prevenir fácilmente con la formación adecuada. En respuesta a esta brecha de conocimiento, la Asociación de Arboristas de Georgia y Georgians for A Safer Tree Industry se han asociado para brindar capacitación en seguridad para trabajadores de cuidado de árboles y propietarios de negocios.

      A continuación encontrará el calendario tentativo (8am-3pm).

      17 de agosto: Capacitación en cumplimiento, evaluación de riesgos y seguridad para propietarios de empresas.

      24 de agosto: encargado de mantenimiento, trituradora, motosierra y protección contra caídas + revisión de equipo

      31 de agosto- RCP, primeros auxilios, rescate aéreo 

      07 de septiembre- EHAP

      Ubicaciones:

      CLASE 1: North Cobb Regional Library

      3535 Old 41 Highway

      Kennesaw, GA 30144

      8-17-24 | 12pm-4pm


      CLASE 2: TBD

      8-24-24 | 8am-4pm


      CLASE 3: TBD

      8-31-24 | 8am-4pm


      CLASE 4:

      09-07-24 | 8am-4pm


      Costo: $100 por asistente para todo el curso

      idioma: Espanol 

      ¿Preguntas?

      Por favor contacte a María Soto, Coordinadora de GAA

      maria@georgiaarborist.org

      +1 (470) 768-8530



      • September 10, 2024
      • 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM
      • ZOOM
      Register


      Monthly Virtual Training:



      Adapting Tree Selection for the Changing Climate

      July 9th 6:15-7:30 pm.
      with Dave Long

      1 ISA CEU (applied for)

      It's no secret and there's no agenda to it: our climate is changing every year and putting new stresses on our trees. Urban trees are particularly vulnerable to increased stress from higher temperatures, extreme weather events, new pests, and the urban environment. Join arborist Dave Long from the Georgia Forestry Commission and learn how urban trees are being impacted, and how we can plan and adapt our practices for a changing world. 


      Who Should Attend?

      • Arborists

      • Urban foresters

      • Landscape professionals

      • Environmental consultants

      • Anyone interested in advancing their career in the green industry



      About Dave Long: 

      An Atlanta native, Dave first began his career as a laborer in the private landscaping industry before deciding to specialize in arboriculture and natural resource management in urban areas. He currently holds ISA and TRAQ certifications, a bachelors in environmental sciences, and has been in the urban forestry field for five years. Dave currently serves as a community forestry specialist for the Georgia Forestry Commission and as the Vice President of the Georgia Arborist Association.




      Time: 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

      Agenda:

      6:15 pm-6:30 pm: Introduction & settle in, Q&A rules, & CEU sign in instructions

      6:30 pm-7:30 pm: Training Session

      Cost: FREE to all GAA Members and Business Supporters.  $20 for non-members

      ISA CEUS: 1

      Questions?

      Please email us at info@georgiaarborist.org

      ***This training is recorded and will be sent by email to all registrants within a week of the event***


      Questions?

      Please email us at info@georgiaarborist.org

      ***This training is recorded and will be sent by email to all registrants within a week of the event***

      • September 16, 2024
      • October 07, 2024
      • 7 sessions
      • Virtual/Zoom
      Register

          

      ISA Certified Arborist®  Exam Virtual Review Course

      Location: Zoom

      7 sessions

      September 16th-October 7, 2024

      Monday/Wednesday: 4pm-7pm

      You may access a copy of the full agenda Fall 2024 Virtual ISA Exam Prep Course Agenda.pdf.

      Sponsored by:

      Cost:


      $100 - GAA Members

      $168 - Non-members (includes 1 year of Membership to GAA)


      ***Scholarship Opportunities Available - see Important Notes section for process and eligibility***


      Presented by:  

      Rob Swanson and Kay Evanovich

      About our speakers: 

      Over seven sessions, experienced instructors and certified arborists Rob Swanson and Kay Evanovich will help attendees prepare for the exam with talks covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees.  Attendees will also learn about eligibility for the exam and taking the exam.

      ***All registrants will receive a video recording of the classes at the end of each week***

      IMPORTANT NOTES:

      Attendees should combine this class with the study of the ISA Certified Arborists' Study Guide (not included in course registration).  The GAA has a limited number of copies available in exchange for a donation to the GAA.  You can make your donation here.

      Attendees are responsible for completing their own application for the exam through the ISA.  This is a 2 step process which begins with an application, and once approved by the ISA you can register for the exam date and location of your choice.  Exam fees are handled by ISA and are not included in registration for this course.  You can find a copy of the ISA Certified Arborist Application Guide HERE.  If you have any questions about the process, the GAA is happy to help!

      Please be sure to read all instructions within your event confirmation email to ensure you complete the final step of registering your email via Zoom.  This ensures you will receive the log in instructions/link/password ahead of the event.

      Scholarships are available to tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not already ISA Certified Arborists.  Scholarships are sponsored by the Georgia Forestry Commission.  Applicants must be employed within the State of Georgia.  Scholarship covers the $100 cost of the course, but does not include free membership.  You may apply for scholarship here.  If applying for scholarship please be sure to register to hold your spot - instead of paying just choose "invoice me". Scholarship application deadline is September 1.

      10 CEUS AVAILABLE

      ***For those who want to register for the course as a refresher, and are already certified arborists you can receive 10 CEUS.  CEU sign in sheets are virtual and will be provided to the class in the chat window at the end of each session.  If you do not submit your sign in sheet, you will not receive CEUs.***

      Questions? Contact GAA Administrator at 404-913-1422 or at info@georgiaarborist.org

      • September 18, 2024
      • 6:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Georgia National Cemetery 1080 Scott Hudgens Dr. Canton GA 30114

      10th Annual!

      SALUTING BRANCHES 2024



      Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance

      NATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY

      SAVE THE DATE



       
      September 18, 2024

      More information to follow.

      Georgia National Cemetery:

      Canton, Georgia

      Everyone who does tree work or just loves trees and service is
      encouraged to help out!


      Sign Up at Salutingbranches.org

      Questions?

      Site Leader: Daniel Bauer

      Email: dbauer@arborequityinc.com

      Phone: 877-647-6445

      • September 19, 2024
      • September 22, 2024
      • Legacy Park - 500 S Columbia Dr Decatur, GA
      Register

      You will find the REGISTER BUTTON on the far left of your screen.  Scroll to the bottom left and click REGISTER

      Legacy Park

      500 S Columbia Dr

      Decatur, GA 30030

      • September 20- Competitor Check-In with Networking Social and Chili Dinner (7-8pm)
      • September 21 - Tree Climbing Championship - Qualifying Events & Awards Dinner with after-party 
      • September 20- Tree Climbing Championship - Masters Challenge

      The GAA relies on our awesome volunteers to make this event the best it can be.  I hope you will join us this year! Bring the family - spectators are free!  There will also be a FREE Family Fun Climb!

      ***If you register after August 20th we cannot guarantee shirt sizes.  We always order extra, but if we do not have your registration prior to the shirt order deadline additional sizes available will be limited.

      1. PLEASE complete your registration on the GAA page so we can plan on you for food, shirts, goodies, etc. We want to show you the appreciation you deserve for all your help and support, but we can't do that if you don't fill out the registration.  Thank you!
      2. Please sign up for your specific time slots and volunteer capacity on sigh up genius here.
      3. If you are a technical (in-ring) volunteer or judge, please sign up HERE.

      If you wish to also sign up as a sponsor or competitor you can find those sign up links below.  If you wish to attend the Trees Unite Us Conference, that is included in your volunteer registration.  Just let us know through the required sign up information.  A separate sign up is required for competitors and sponsors to help us stay organized and give you the best experience.  THANK YOU in advance for your cooperation!

      • Sponsorship Registration HERE

      • Competitor Registration (SOLD OUT)


      Discounted Hotel & FREE Camping Information:

      CAMPING IS FREE -- more information to come.  All camping is dry camping with no hookups, but we have 24hr access to Leigh Hall with everything you need...water, restrooms, showers.  There are no electrical hook ups.

      Important Reminder - we are representing our industry  and expect high community attendance which is a great opportunity to educate the public on proper arboriculture practices.  This event is at a public park so please abide by these rules:

      • no smoking
      • no open containers
      • all pets on a leash - well behaved pets allowed off leash/under voice control in wooden fenced area by camping space
      • no pets on the ball fields please
      • no open fires - sorry no fire pits

      The GAA has secured a discounted room block at the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory hotel. Please use the reservations link or call the hotel and let them know you are with the Georgia Arborist Association.

      The hotel (roughly a mile from Legacy Park) is offering a $179/night rate for TCC. Click here to make a reservation.


      THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!

      • September 20, 2024
      • September 22, 2024
      • Legacy Park - 500 S Columbia Dr Decatur, GA
      Register


      26th Annual

      Georgia Tree Climbing Championships

      September 20-22, 2024


      Legacy Park

      500 S Columbia Dr

      Decatur, GA 30030


      General Timeline for Sponsors Below -

      more detailed schedule & set up map to be distributed closer to the event


      • Friday, September 20th
        • Check in - Cochran Auditorium
        • Camp & Sponsor Set up (outdoor in main lawn)
      • Saturday, September 21st
        • 8 am-4 pm - Georgia Tree Climbing Championships
        • 6 pm-8 pm - Awards Dinner
        • 9 pm-11 pm - After Party
      • Sunday, September 22nd
        • 8 am-12 pm - Masters Climb
        • Camp & Sponsor break down & departure
      • Monday, September 23rd (OPTIONAL)
        • TBD - CPR/First Aid Course
      • Sponsorship Levels:

        ***PLEASE NOTE - Deadline for sponsors to be included on event t-shirt/banner is August 20th***

        • Signature Sponsor: $3500 (Limited to 3 Sponsors) - includes recognition for providing Awards Dinner, priority representation on event banner, 4 Awards Dinner Tickets,  Outdoor Exhibit, logo visibility on event emails, announcements, and event t-shirt
        • Platinum Sponsor: $1750 - includes priority representation below Signature Sponsors on event banner, 4 Awards Dinner Tickets, Outdoor Exhibit, logo visibility on event emails, announcements, and event t-shirt
        • Gold Sponsor: $1000 - includes priority representation below Platinum Sponsors on event banner, 2 Awards Dinner Tickets, Outdoor Exhibit, logo visibility on event emails, announcements, and event t-shirt
        • Silver Sponsor: $750 -  includes priority representation below Gold Sponsors on event banner, 1 Awards Dinner Ticket, logo visibility on event emails, announcements, and event t-shirt
        • Bronze Sponsor: $500 - Logo visibility on event emails, announcements, and event t-shirt


      Other Sponsorship Options

      Food and Beverage Sponsorship Opportunities: 

      Friday Night Social Sponsor: $1000 (limit 2) -- Includes recognition at Friday night social and the chance to speak for up to 5 minutes about your organization.

      Saturday Lunch Sponsor: $500 (limit 3) -- Includes recognition at the Awards Banquet. Logo visibility and recognition on event emails. Can provide stamps or stickers on food wrapping (if available).

      Saturday Awards Dinner Sponsor $2500 (limit 1) -- Includes recognition at Saturday Awards Ceremony, a chance to speak for up to 5 minutes about your organization and logo visibility on event emails and announcements. Ability to have logo visibility on tables during event. 

      ***Custom & In-kind Sponsorships available - please reach out to Jessie McClellan to discuss further but go ahead and register to grab your spot (select pay by invoice) and we will apply the necessary in-kind credits to the invoice - jessie@georgiaarborist.org

      ***

      Competitor Registration COMING SOON - opens June 2024

      A separate sign up is required for competitors & volunteers to help us stay organized and give you the best experience.  THANK YOU in advance for your cooperation!

        For registration and more information, please click the appropriate link below

        COMPETITORS  SPONSORS  VOLUNTEER




        • September 20, 2024
        • September 22, 2024
        • Legacy Park - 500 S Columbia Dr Decatur, GA
        Register



        Legacy Park

        500 S Columbia Dr

        Decatur, GA 30030

        Competitor Registration Opens June 20, 2024

        42 competitor slots available

        In State - 22 slots reserved

        Out of State  - 20 slots reserved

        Female Climbers are unlimited - 10 total slots reserved, but will open up more as registration requires

        ***IF REGISTRATION FOR YOUR GROUP FILLS UP PLEASE GET ON THE WAITLIST...CANCELLATIONS HAPPEN.  30 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF THE EVENT IF IN STATE HAS NOT FILLED UP, WE WILL CALL OUT OF STATE WAITLISTERS....FIRST REPLIES WILL RECEIVE THE OPEN SPOTS.

        FULL Schedule/Agenda Coming Soon!

        • September 20 - Tree Climber Certification Written Test. Gear Check and Camping Set up.
        • September 21 - Tree Climbing Championship - Qualifying Events & Awards Dinner with after-party 
        • September 22 - Tree Climbing Championship - Masters Challenge

        ***If you register after August 20th we cannot guarantee shirt sizes.  We always order extra, but if we do not have your registration prior to the shirt order deadline additional sizes available will be limited.

        Bring the family!  Spectators are Free and there will be a Family Fun Climb for all ages to enjoy!

        If you wish to also sign up as a sponsor or attend the Trees Unite Us Conference you can find those sign up links below.  A separate sign up is required for each to help us stay organized and give you the best experience.  THANK YOU in advance for your cooperation!

        • Sponsorship Registration HERE


        Discounted Hotel & FREE Camping Information to follow.

        Important Reminder - we are representing our industry  and expect high community attendance which is a great opportunity to educate the public on proper arboriculture practices.  This event is at a public park so please abide by these rules:

        • no smoking
        • no open containers
        • all pets on a leash - well behaved pets allowed off leash/under voice control in wooden fenced area by camping space
        • no pets on the ball fields please
        • no open fires - sorry no fire pits


        HOTEL INFORMATION

        The GAA has secured a discounted room block at the Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory hotel. Please use the reservations link or call the hotel and let them know you are with the Georgia Arborist Association.

        The hotel (roughly a mile from Legacy Park) is offering a $179/night rate for TCC. Click here to make a reservation.


        THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!


        Please consider becoming a sponsor!

        • September 23, 2024
        • Legacy Park 500 S Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA 30030
        Register

        Primeros auxilios, RCP y DEA


        lunes 23 de septiembre

        horario: TBD

        Ubicaccion: Legacy Park 500 S Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA 30030

        Costo: $20 GAA members, $30 publico

        Duración del curso: 3,5 horas

        Descripción del evento:

        El curso de primeros auxilios y RCP/DEA de Heartsaver enseña a los rescatistas a reconocer y tratar eficazmente las emergencias en los primeros minutos críticos hasta que llega el personal de los servicios médicos de emergencia. El curso también proporciona una solución completa de capacitación en salud y seguridad para primeros auxilios, RCP para adultos, niños y bebés, y DEA.

        Las unidades incluyen:

        • conceptos básicos de primeros auxilios
        • emergencias médicas
        • sangrado
        • emergencias por lesiones
        • emergencias ambientales
        • asfixia
        • RCP
        • certificación de DEA.
        • Incluye libro


        Cumple con los requisitos federales, estatales, OSHA, hospitalarios, de seguros y gubernamentales.

        Certificación: Certificación de dos años de la Asociación Estadounidense del Corazón

        Orador

        Christine Neely ha estado involucrada en la industria de la salud y el bienestar durante más de 25 años con experiencia en rehabilitación cardíaca, manejo del dolor, medicina deportiva, lugares de trabajo hospitalarios, programas de bienestar corporativo, RCP, acondicionamiento físico grupal y entrenamiento personal. Neely ha enseñado RCP durante más de 25 años, trabajando con el ejército, profesionales médicos y sistemas escolares públicos y privados.

        Christine Neely es instructora de la facultad del American Heart Training Center, maestra certificada de Georgia y está certificada a través del American Council on Ejercicio. Se graduó de la Universidad de Missouri-Kansas City con una Licenciatura en Salud y Educación Física.

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