Trees have been around forever, but the tools we use to work on them are constantly changing. New, shiny technology can be fun. But it can also build your professional skills as a consulting arborist, climber, and business owner. Learn about the programs and apps we use regularly at TreeCareLA and how to incorporate improvements into your own arboriculture practice. Many tools are rather inexpensive and easy to use. The 2020 conference theme is about challenging ourselves to be the best possible. We can do this by embracing fresh tools that keep arborist professionals relevant in a constantly changing tech world. Our three ISA Certified Arborist speakers represent different aspects of arboriculture: the consulting arborist, the climbing technician, and the business owner. We hope to engage attendees with practical, hands-on ideas they can readily adapt to their own arboriculture practice. New tools and applications can help consulting arborists identify issues more accurately, document more precisely, and communicate better with clients. Innovative programs help streamline communication between field, office, and client. Crowd sourced information improves tree/pest/disease identification and can help problem solve those tricky tree cases. Embracing technology also makes a better arborist climber with more efficient equipment, ways to communicate, and access to an online arborist community. Photos, videos, and demonstrations of tools will be shared to provide examples, such as: smartphone apps, different types of lasers, drone uses for the everyday arborist, online communities, fleet management tools, and CRM software.
Nick Araya, Ricardo Vazquez, and Karina Nordbak