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2020 WAA/DNR Annual Conference

Sustaining Urban Forests To Ensure A Healthy Future

Sustaining Urban Forests to Ensure a Healthy Future
February 16–18, 2020
Hyatt & KI Convention Center • Green Bay, WI

Join us in Titletown for another extraordinary event at the KI Convention Center, as the WAA & DNR present our next Annual Conference! We will have a plethora of fabulous speakers on tap you won’t want to miss!

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Hotel Information

Reservations can now be made for the annual conference.  We have blocks in three hotels this year! IMPORTANT!! The Hyatt and Hampton are sold out.  Hotel Northland still has rooms available.

Hyatt (host hotel)= Attached to KI Convention Center at 333 Main St. $112/night for a double, $132/night for a triple, $152/night for a quad occupancy, 402-592-6464 or 888-421-1442 or online https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/GRBRG/G-WA20

Hampton Inn = Attached to KI Convention Center at 201 Main St., $119/night for a double queen, 920-437-5900.  Indicate you are with the Arborist Group Block.

Hotel Northland – 1 block from KI Convention Center at 302 N. Adams St., $109/night for a standard king, $129/night for a double queen, 855-999-0104 or 920-393-7499.  Indicate you are part of the WI Arborist Association Room Block or use this link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1573249862717&key=GRP&app=resvlink

Alternative Hotels

Quality Inn = 0.6 mi. from KI Convention Center at 321 S. Washington St., 920-437-8771

St. Brendan’s Inn = 0.6 mi. from KI Conv Center at 234 S. Washingtion St., 920-884-8484

Hawthorn Suites = 2.7 mi. from KI Conv Center at 335 W. Joseph St., 920-435-2222

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Registration Information

Download the Conference Brochure and use to register by mail.

Registration available online until February 11th.

Early bird registration goes through January 29th.  Prices increase by $40 on January 30th.  So please register early!

Download the Schedule and Location of Events Addendum so you can plan out your conference agenda and to see how many ceu’s/ctsp’s are being offered per session.

A Conference App will be available again this year.  Please provide emails for all conference attendees so you have access to this!

Brief Overview of the Speaker Line-up (just to name a few)

John Ball – South Dakota State University, ANSI Z133 Update and Tree Support Systems
Linda Chalker Scott – Washington State University, Is It Environmentally Ethical to Plant Non-Native Trees & Shrubs? and Sustainable Landscaping: Easier on Your Back, Your Wallet, and the Environment
Richard Gessner – Monarch Consulting Arborists LLC, Infrastructure Conflicts: Trees, Roots and Engineering Considerations and Construction Management and Tree Protection: Case Studies, Ordinances, and BMP’s
Chad Giblin – University of Minnesota, What Trees Will We Be Sitting Under in 2050? and Elm Cultivars & Dutch Elm Disease Update
John Goodfellow – BioCompliance Consulting, Inc., Introducing the New ISA BMP: Utility Tree Risk Assessment and The Business Case of IVM
Norm Hall – AllGear Inc., Rigging and Aerial Rescue
Geoff Kempter – Asplundh Tree Experts, LLC, Danger>Hazard>Risk: A Review of Terminology and Improving Public Perception of Utility ROW Corridors
Jay Maier – Green Collar Consultants, Good Leadership: The Key Ingredient and Being the Right Person for the Promotion
Randy Miller – CNUC, Tree Biology and Pruning for Clearance and Are You a Leader or a Boss?
Glen Stanosz – UW–Madison, Mushrooms, Conks, and the “Profiles” of Decay Fungi and Wacky Weather and Tree Health
Kathleen Wolf – University of Washington, Good Health Grows on Trees: The Research Evidence and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) in Urban Natural Areas: Social Dimensions

Many more astonishing speakers are lined up for this event. Back again this year, the Practical Arborists Solution Sessions (was called Ask the Experts Booths for Practical Arborists last year) will be located in the Exhibit Hall on Monday. Arbor-Master Trivia will be back on Sunday night – it went over extremely well the last couple years. New this year on Sunday evening, the WAA will host a Women’s Networking Event for women and men to gather together to talk trees, socialize, and network. The ever-popular FermenTreEvent on Monday evening will also be back, along with many other networking opportunities. More details will be available soon on the website and the brochure will be in the mail in the next few weeks. Hope to see you there!


KI Convention Center
333 Main St.
Green Bay, WI 54301 United States
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February 16 @ 1:00 pm
February 18 @ 4:00 pm
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KI Convention Center
333 Main St.
Green Bay, WI 54301 United States
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