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Thursday, September 13 - Friday, September 14, 2018
Great Wolf Lodge, Traverse City, MI


The 2018 Fall Conference is a 1.5 day jam-packed educational experience in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. Check out the agenda below for more details or click on the button to register.  ISA and MDARD credits are pending approval.
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 ISA and MDARD credtis are available for each day:              
  * 3.5 ISA ceu's - September 13              
  * 6.0 ISA ceu's - September 14              
  * MDARD credits pending. An update will be posted.

AGENDA - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13


12:00-12:45PM

REGISTRATION

GREAT WOLF LODGE - CONFERENCE CENTER FOYER

12:45-1:45PM

TREE PARTS FOR TREE ID
Julie Stachecki
Site Specific Inc., ASM President

Work with live samples to understand tree parts most useful in tree identification.
Indoor Session

1:50-2:50PM

SOILS FOR HEALTHY LANDSCAPES
Ben Brusie & Jeff Pitcher
Rainbow Treecare Scientific

What do healthy, stable plants require in their root zones? We'll discuss organic matter content, profile good soil conditions compared to poor soil characteristics. Mulching, soil amendments and tools for improving poor soil conditions using an Air Spade will be covered.
Indoor Session

3:15-4:45PM

LANDSCAPE SITE ASSESSMENT and USING an AIR SPADE TO IMPORVE CONDITIONS
Ben Brusie & Jeff Pitcher, Rainbow Treeccare Scientific

In the field, learn steps for plant assessment and site assessments with the objective of correcting problems & creating healthier landscapes.  Using an Air Spade we'll demonstrate how common conditions can be improved. 
Outdoor session at The Village of Grand Traverse Commons



AGENDA - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

7:00-8:00AM

REGISTRATION

GREAT WOLF LODGE - CONFERENCE CENTER FOYER

8:00-8:50AM

STAYING IN COMPLIANCE WITH MDARD'S PESTICIDE DRIFT MANAGEMENT POLICIES
John Stone, MSU

You'll learn what  Drift Management Practices are required and how you can protect yourself, your clients and the environment. Michigan Drift Management Plan and Pesticide Label verbiage explained.
Indoor session

9:00-10:30AM

BIOLOGY OF DECAY IN TREES
Kay Sicheneder, Owen Tree Service; Rachael Brudzinsk

How decay starts and spreads within trees is covered in detail including CODIT and visual inspection .
Indoor session

9:00-10:30AM

BMP'S for TREE INJECTIONS: DEMOS of THREE DIFFERENT SYSTEMS
Arborjet, Banner Sales, Rainbow Treecare Scientific

Beginning inside, Best Management Practices for Tree Injections discussed including appropriate & ethical use of injection applications. Move Outdoors to participate in actual tree injection demonstration using three commonly used tree injection techniques -Wedgle; Micro- Arborjet; Macro- Rainbow Tree care Scientific.
Indoor and Outdoor session

10:45AM-12:00PM

PROPER STRAY RIG USE - DRIFT MANAGMEENT TECHNIQUES
John Stone, MSU

Applying what was covered in prior session on Drift, techniques for drift management will be demonstrated.
Outdoor session

10:45AM-12:00PM

CHAINSAW SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE
Stihl

Including chainsaw components, power levels, appropriateness for various work, PPE, safety, maintenance, inspections.
Indoor session

12:00-1:15PM - Lunch and relocate to The Village of Grand Traverse Commons for afternoon hands-on sessions.

1:15-2:15PM

SPRAY RIG FUNCTIONS AND FAILURES: WHAT TO EXPECT AND HOW TO HANDLE IT.
John Stone, MSU

Learn what equipment failures are most common and how to respond safely. Spill prevention and management. What do you do and what to say. Role play helps educate these points in this session. MOCK INSPECTION
Outdoor session

2:30-3:30PM

CHAINSAW TREE FELLING DEMO
Stihl

Felling trees in the field - tricks of the trade: pinched saws, leaners, snags, and other scary stuff.
Outdoor session

2:30-3:30PM or
3:40-440PM

LANDSCAPE PEST MANAGEMENT WALKING TOUR
Dr. Dave Roberts, MSU; Dr. Duke Elsner, MSU Extension

Join MSU's favorite pathologist and entomologist as they guide you through the grounds of Grand Traverse Commons identifying plant health issues.  Biotic and Abiotic problems addressed and what you can do about them. (This session will be repeated at 3:40pm).
Outdoor session

3:40-4:40PM

VISUAL TREE HAZARD INSPECTION FOR CLIMBERS
Kay Sicheneder, Owen Tree Service; Mike Rutkofske, UM

Work together assessing multiple trees by how trees communicate their condition to you.  Defects, decay, species, size, leans all factor into the message of tree condition which factors into your decision on how to deal with it.
Outdoor session

3:40-4:40PM

BASICS OF TREE ID
Julie Stachecki, Site Specific, Inc./ASM President

Work with live samples to understand tree parts most useful in tree identification.
Outdoor session

4:40-5:00PM

Q&A