ArborFest—Arboriculture Society of Michigan Fall Conference
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ArborFest—Arboriculture Society of Michigan Fall Conference

9/15/2016 to 9/16/2016
When: Thursday, September 15, 2016
Where: The H Hotel
111 W. Main Street
Midland, Michigan  48640
United States
Contact: Arboriculture Society of Michigan
(517) 337-4999

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Fees range from $85-$195 depending on membership status and days attending.

Thursday, September 15, focuses on Invasive species ID, IMPACT and Management featuring the DNRs newly updated Invasive Species Plan and real world applications from experienced practitioners. We have a comprehensive collection of seasoned Invasive management professionals, Including invasive ID, prevention, reporting/monitoring, treatments and evaluation of treatments. Specific characteristics that land species on the invasive list will be discussed in details. Terrestrial Management pertaining to invasive that impact existing and developed wooded areas. The afternoon is dedicated to the management of invasive species, specifically those that impact existing and developing wooded areas, be they woody or herbaceous, perennial plants, or animal, or disease pests of desirable trees. Integrative approach to management including techniques for prevention, mechanical and manual removal, and chemical control with real world examples including prescribed fire and hand pulling with volunteers. We finish the day with a walking tour of Whiting Forest for an example of an active project of reforestation  of a ash tree wood lot decimated by the terrestrial invasive species the emerald ash borer. The goal of the walk is to understand the interaction between managing to grow desired woody species while suppressing the undesirable invasive plant species.

Friday, September 16, focuses on climbers and plant health care topics including: ASM & Oak Wilt Grant Update, Climbing to the Top of the World – panel discussion ITCC 4th Placed Competitor Lucas Drews, 20143 MTCC Champion Jack Richardson and Kristian Schultz, moderated by Keith Byville, Bartlett Tree Experts, Climber Track: Determining pruning objectives for various aged-trees, safety, efficiency & work positioning in a production setting will be blended with the cultural lessons of the titles Proper Pruning Cuts, and Training Young Trees for Life-long Structural Strength, Pruning Medium-sized and Middle-aged Trees, and Pruning Large, and Mature Trees.

Non-Climber Track--The Art & Science of Bidding a Tree Job--Ryan Bose or Brian McKenzie, Bartlett Tree Experts, Grand Rapids, The Basics of Tree ID--Julie Stachecki, Site Specific, Inc., Howell, MI, Plant Problems in the Urban Forest:  See, feel and learn this year’s insect and disease issues along with perennial stresses imposed upon our urban forest. Dr. Dave Roberts, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, Tree Identification and Structural Discussions ; On this walking tour, identify urban tree species, see structural defects in trees that lead to failures and discuss how to prevent and/or correct these issues with proper tree pruning practices. Root flare and planting issues also addressed. Kay Sicheneder, Owen Tree Service, Attica, MI