Our 2019 Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture (WCISA) Annual Conference is fast approaching. It will be held at the Sheraton Waikiki, April 29 – May 2, 2019. We have an exciting program, with world class speakers, including Cecil Konijnendijk van den Bosch, professor of Urban Forestry at the University of British Columbia and an ISA Board member, as our keynote speaker, talking about A Sinking Ship or Cruising Towards Bright Horizons: The Bigger Picture of Pests and Diseases in Urban Forestry. We also have speakers who are pest and disease experts from each of our Chapter States, including John Richardson and Ursula Schuch from Arizona, Igor Lacan and John Kabashima from California, Darcy Oishi and Zhiqiang Cheng from Hawaii, and Molly Sinnott and Dennis Swartzell from Nevada.
Our Utility Foresters will have the opportunity to learn about controlling invasive vegetation in utility corridors with Vince Mikulanis, Don Akau and Michael Daleo, Utility TRA Best Management Practices with Kevin Eckert, updated ANSI A300 standards for Integrated Vegetation Management with Geoff Kempter, and Managing Tree Die-Off with Amber Krebbers.
Last but not least, our Urban Foresters will be learning about climate change challenges with Igor Lacan, what it takes to preserve a $10M tree from a common urban pest by Steve Nimz, a historical perspective on responding to pest invasions from Walt Warriner, and an ecological approach to urban landscapes with Richard Quinn.
Need CEUs? While the exact number of CEUs hasn’t been set yet, I estimate that those attending the full conference can earn around 15 Arborist/Tree Worker CEUs. We will also be processing for pesticide applicator CEUs for the topics that qualify. Can’t afford to take off 2 ½ days from work? There’s an ala carte option where you can choose which days to attend. Need even more CEUs? There are extra CEU opportunities for attending a post conference workshop or additional tours.
Want to learn more? Our Annual Conference is a great place to do that. Check out www.wcisaconnect.com for more information and to register. Hope to see you there!
Carol Kwan is the President of Carol Kwan Consulting, a Certified Arborist, and President of Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture.