The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a Tree Management Workshop on Jan. 19 in San Antonio. The event is open to professional arborists, green industry professionals, municipality officials, Texas Master Naturalists and home gardeners.
The workshop will be held from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Betty Kelso Center, 555 Funston Place.
The cost is $65, and preregistration is required at https://tx.ag/Jan19TreeManagement. Lunch will be provided.
For certified arborists, 4.75 International Society of Arboriculture continuing education units are available. There are three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units available – one general and two integrated pest management.
“This is a great opportunity to not only learn about tree issues like oak wilt but other challenges that trees have been facing from the prolonged drought,” said David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulturist, Bexar County.
“Top notch presenters will be helping us out, and this training will not only benefit arborists and green industry professionals but anyone and everyone who values the benefits of trees.”
Tree management topics
Arborists, foresters and industry experts will present on a wide range of tree topics, including:
- Workshop overview and Introductions — Rodriguez and Sabina Carr, San Antonio Botanical Garden chief executive officer, San Antonio.
- Root Collar Excavation and Tree Injection Demonstration — Dave Appel, Ph.D., professor emeritus in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Bryan-College Station, and Andrew Loyd, Ph.D., plant pathologist at Bartlett Tree Experts, Bartlett Tree Research Lab, San Antonio.
- Oak Wilt, Drought, Freeze Damage and Other Stressors of Trees in the Bexar County Environment — Appel.
- Common Pests of Trees in the Landscape — Molly Keck, AgriLife Extension entomologist for Bexar County.
- Keeping Trees Healthy – Tips to Minimize Stress and Proper Pruning Techniques — Mark Kroeze, Texas A&M Forest Service regional urban forester, Bryan-College Station.
- Tree Diversity as Related to Replacement and Planning — Mike Holinsky, City of San Antonio forester, San Antonio.
- San Antonio Oak Wilt Ordinance; Tree License Requirements — Mark Bird, City of San Antonio arborist, San Antonio.
- Update on Oak Wilt in Bexar County — Erin Davis, Texas A&M Forest Service staff forester, Kerrville.
- Evaluations and Becoming a SAAA member – Jacob West, San Antonio Arborist Association president, local manager and arborist for Bartlett Tree, San Antonio.