9th Western Hazard Tree Workshop

@ Hilton Garden Inn - Wenatchee, WA
on Tuesday, Oct 17-Oct 19, 2023
in Wenatchee, WA

Information & Registration

The Western Hazard Tree Workshop is a great way for forest pathologists and arborists to meet jointly and focus on hazard tree issues in both urban and forested settings. The indoor session will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn located in downtown Wenatchee. The agenda is a blend of both indoor and outdoor presentations with a day and a half of indoor presentations and a day and half of field trips. Both the indoor and field sessions will focus on legal issues, survey and detection methods, post fire treatments and tree survival post fire, types of decay, and lessons learned. The location of the workshop provides an opportunity to visit hazard tree treatment projects and discuss the complexities of implementation for both the local Forest Service and Washington Department of Natural Resources managers. We will also have a poster session and the infamous photo contest!

ISA credits: 18 credits will be offered for this workshop (Tuesday 6.75, Wednesday 5, Thursday 6.25). There will be a sign in sheet at the meeting each morning for ISA credits. 

Updates on lodging

The Hilton Garden Inn in Wenatchee has released some additional rooms at our group rate (federal rate of $107 + tax). If you were not able to reserve a room please call the hotel directly or use the link below by Sept 23 to get a room at the group rate. If you are not able to get a room at our group rate at the Hilton Garden Inn the following are additional lodging options nearby (as of Sept 18 they had rooms at or under federal rates):

·        Best Western Plus Wenatchee Downtown Hotel, 815 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801, (509) 662-1700, 0.9 miles away from Hilton Garden Inn

·        Best Western Chieftain Inn, 1017 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801, (509) 665-8585, 1.1 miles away from Hilton

·        Red Lion Hotel Wenatchee, 1225 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801, (509) 663-0711, 1.3 miles away from Hilton

·        Coast Wenatchee Center Hotel, 201 N Wenatchee Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801, (509) 662-1234 (*short walk to Hilton Garden Inn) – only have rooms available for Monday – Thursday (ideal for those leaving Thursday evening)

Link to book at Hilton Garden Inn for group rate by Sep 23: https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/deeplink/?ctyhocn=EATYOGI&groupCode=FOREST&arrivaldate=2023-10-16&departuredate=2023-10-20&cid=OM,WW,HILTONLINK,EN,DirectLink&fromId=HILTONLINKDIRECT

*Please note that the group rates have increased to reflect the FY24 Federal Per Diem rate of $107 and will be adjusted for all rooms reserved under the block.

Food choices for evening banquet and two field trip lunches

The Wednesday evening banquet is included in registration costs. If you have registered, please be on the lookout for an email next week with a form to select meal choices / requests for special dietary needs.

Photo Contest

Back by popular demand is our photo contest. Please bring photos to share on a flash drive or email them before the workshop to Rachel Brooks at Rachel.Brooks@dnr.wa.gov. In your email please include which category you are submitting a photo for. Photos will be shown during the Wednesday banquet. The categories are:

        How can this tree still be standing?

•        Dramatic hazard-tree landscape photos

•        Hazard Tree Darwin Award (why would you put your tent there?)

•        Cataclysmic conks and destructive decay

Western Hazard Tree Planning Committee Contacts

·         Chairperson, Kristen Chadwick (Kristen.chadwick@usda.gov)

·         Program Chair, James Jacobs (james.j.jacobs@usda.gov)

·         Treasurer, Holly Kearns (holly.kearns@usda.gov)

·         Local Arrangements, Betsy Goodrich (anne.goodrich@usda.gov) and Brennan Ferguson (brennan.ferguson@usda.gov)



Hilton Garden Inn - Wenatchee, WA
25 N. Worthen Street
Wenatchee, WA 98801