The WAA teams up with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to present the WAA/DNR Annual Conference usually in the month of January or February. This three-day conference is intended for professional arborists, community foresters, nursery professionals, park and recreation directors and staff, tree care workers, landscape architects, green industry professionals, community administrators, volunteers, and students to come together with top researchers and educators to learn the latest in research, innovations, and industry developments and issues. ISA Continuing Education Unit (CEU’s) credits and Certified Treecare Safety Professional (CTSP) credits are available for qualifying presentations.
Growing Arboriculture & Urban Forestry for Today and Tomorrow:
From Fundamentals to Advanced Knowledge
Conference information and registration is coming soon.
IMPORTANT!! The Hyatt Hotel books very quickly!
Conference rates: $109/night for single/double or $129/night for triple occupancy or $149 for quad occupancy.
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Please make hotel reservations before Friday, January 26, 2018. The hotel will not hold rooms beyond this date.
Hampton Inn (attached to KI Convention Center), 201 Main St., 920-437-5900
Quality Inn (0.6 miles from KI Convention Center), 321 S. Washington St., 920-437-8771
Welcome back to Green Bay for the WAA and WI DNR Annual Winter Conference!
The annual conference heads back to one of our favorite venues in Titletown. A conference start features a Three Track Program on Sunday including:
- a session on tree risk assessment techniques;
- a track on dealing with storms when they hit urban areas; and
- a third program for those studying for the certification exam or want a refresher.
On Sunday evening, enjoy the food, drink, and rekindled friendships that will come about as the WAA hosts a Welcome Reception. Back again this year during the reception, the WAA and Wisconsin Urban Forestry Council will sponsor Arbor-Master Trivia.
The general and concurrent sessions will include titillating talks on tree risk and the law, conservation arboriculture, strategic urban forest planning, and a review of the new tree appraisal guide that will be coming out soon. Enjoy popcorn during a special screening of the documentary, ‘Felled,’ in one session and discuss regional planning commissions in another.
As always, Climber’s Corner will be held in the Exhibit Hall, just look for the standing tree on display! We have a great lineup you won’t want to miss in this track! We will discuss the importance of utility arboriculture, IVM, and safety in our afternoon Utility Track. The popular afternoon Introductory Track will highlight trends in municipal forestry, preserving trees during construction, and tree ordinances. In the afternoon Business Track, learn about resources to use to develop your tree business and get different perspectives on municipal contracting. Additionally, on the trade show floor, we will have an Arborist Apprenticeship Consultation booth and a Chain Saw Sharpening Demonstration booth – so bring your questions and get a one-on-one free consultation. The annual WAA Business Meeting will be held Monday evening, followed by the Exhibitor Social on the trade show floor. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO BOTH!
In the Tuesday morning General Session, learn how to use green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff and learn how to communicate effectively about trees. The afternoon Breakout Sessions offers talks on urban wood utilization, why not to prune, and others. The Introductory Track has something for everyone with an intro to tree pruning, information on using fruit trees in the landscape, and a discussion on the benefits of using gravel bed tree nurseries, and more. The Utility Track brings talks on cost-effective vegetation management services, how to implement a distribution herbicide program, and others. During the Business Track, workforce development including Arborist Apprenticeship will be discussed and find out about some of the research happening on the Stevens Point campus. And typical with the WAA/DNR conference, the Climbers’ Corner has a lot to offer with tips for climber health and wellness and new tools for rigging trees.
We have a great lineup and look forward to seeing you all at the conference!