Come one, come all to the 2014 PNW-ISA Chapter’s Annual Training Conference which will be held September 27 through October 1 in Vancouver, Washington. This year’s event promises something for everyone.The conference kicks off on Saturday, September 27, with the Chapter’s tree-climbing championship at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The region’s top climbers will vie for regional honors and the chance to compete in the Master’s Challenge, to be held the following day, Sunday, September 28, in the same location. Winners of the Master’s Challenge will represent the PNW Chapter at the International Tree Climbing Competition in 2015.

Also on Sunday are two Tree Academies, in-depth workshops featuring instructors with years of practical experience. This year’s Tree Academies address effective business management practices and advanced tree appraisal.

The conference Field Day takes place on Monday, September 29, in the heart of downtown Vancouver at Esther Short Park. This year’s Field Day sessions will demonstrate sparpole positioning, rope splicing, cable support systems and sonic tomography. Following the field day, attendees can relax with vendors at an evening reception complete with live music.

Tuesday’s program moves indoors, opening with a welcome by Vancouver Mayor Timothy D. Leavitt and the conference keynote address by Keith Cline, Director of Urban Forest Management in Fairfax County, Virginia. Concurrent sessions run the rest of the day in tracks dedicated to Utility, Climbing, Commercial, and Municipal arboriculture. In addition, a fifth track will feature Tree Tutorials for beginning arborists and Bi-Lingual sessions in Spanish.

The Chapter’s Annual General Meeting will be held Wednesday morning, October 1, followed by two General Sessions. Stacey Holloway presents techniques to develop good communication skills and Dr. Brian Kane discusses how pruning decisions may influence trees’ resilience to failure.

ISA CEUs are available for all sessions. AICP CMs are available to planners attending Municipal Track presentations. Other recertification credits applied for include the Tree Care Industry Association, the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals, and the Oregon Landscape Contractors Board.

For details, or to register, please visit the conference website.

See you in Vancouver!

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