2018 WCISA Conference & Trade Show

@ Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country
on Monday, April 23-26, 2018
in Santa Rosa, CA

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Non Member Full Conference Registration


Includes: Opening ceremony, educational sessions, continental breakfasts & lunches, annual banquet, breaks, and conference notebook

Sale ends Mar 23

Non Member Tuesday Only


Includes: single day’s educational sessions, refreshment breaks, continental breakfast and lunch (Banquet is excluded from daily registration)

Sale ends Mar 23

Non Member Wednesday Only


Includes: single day’s educational sessions, refreshment breaks, continental breakfast and lunch (Banquet is excluded from daily registration)

Sale ends Mar 23

Spouse/Guest Full Program


Includes: Opening ceremony, daily tours and activities A

Sale ends Mar 23

Spouse/Guest Meals w/ attendee


Includes: Opening ceremony, daily tours and activities A

Sale ends Mar 23

Field Day at Galvin Park Monday


Sign up early - Limited spots available

Sale ends Mar 23

Afternoon Tour Thursday


Sale ends Mar 23

Women in Arboriculture Breakfast


Sale ends Mar 23

Extra Banquet Ticket


Sale ends Mar 23

Extra Awards Lunch Ticket


Sale ends Mar 23


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Schedule Overview

MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018

7:00 11th Annual Britton Fund Ride
7:00 Pre-Conference Field Day & Tree Planting at Galvin Park
10:00 TREE Fund Golf Outing at Bennett Valley Golf Club
3:00 Registration Opens
5:30 Opening Ceremony & Reception with Exhibitors


7:00 Registration Open, Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00 Welcome
President Rick Gessner
8:30 Keynote – Witness Tree: Seasons of change with a century –old oak
Lynda Mapes, The Seattle Times
9:35 The Catastrophic Fires of 2017: Overview and lessons learned
James Scheid, CalFIRE
10:05 Morning Stretch with Exhibitors
10:30 Overview and status of California’s forest resources.
Dr. Rick Standiford, UC Berkeley (Emeritus)
11:30 Awards Luncheon
1:00 Five most important developments in urban forest research in past 20 years
Dr. Greg McPherson, USDA Forest Service
1:50 Trees in a changing climate
Dr. Drew Zwart, Bartlett Tree Research Lab
2:35 Afternoon Stretch with Exhibitors
3:00 Ecology of California’s 21 native oak species
Dr. Matt Ritter, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
3:45 The most important lessons I have learned about mature tree management
Dr. Jim Clark, HortScience Inc.
4:10 “Re-Oaking” the Silicon Valley
Dr. Erica Spotswood, SF Estuary Institute
5:00 Happy Hour with Outdoor Exhibits


Soil & Water Management Urban Forestry Utility Forestry
8:00 David Kelley, Consultant, Effect of intense fire on soil and the geomorphology of Bay Area soils Michael-Gerold Neumann, City of Roseville – Planting of young oak trees: mitigation and restoration practices Dr. Chris Halle and Dr. Claudia Luke, Sonoma State – The Nature!Tech Collaborative: The tale of an industry and academic partnership, and the establishment of the Western United States Vegetation Management Monitoring Network
8:50 Dr. Igor Lacan, UCCE – Identifying and mitigating common soil problems Tina McKeand, Davey Resource Group – Tree-friendly streetscape innovations John Daubenspeck, Davey Resource Group – Rethinking safety within utility vegetation management
9:45 Morning Stretch with Exhibitors
10:15 Dr. Larry Costello, Oracle Oak, LLC – Estimating irrigation water needs of trees Dr. Tom Smiley, Bartlett Tree Research Lab – Soil under pavement: How to get the most tree with a limited soil area Lance Dye, Salt River ProjectUtility appropriate tree plantings and City of Phoenix partnership
11:05 Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University Woody mulch? Or wouldn’t he? Walter Passmore, City of Palo Alto and Elise Willis, Canopy – Trees and Infrastructure: minimizing conflicts Dr. James Zwack, Davey Resource Group – EAB and pest management strategies
12:00 Lunch with Exhibitors
Pest Management Consulting
1:15 Dr. Mark Hoddle, UC RiversideInvasive species in the Western US James MacNair, Consulting Arborist- Appraising fire damaged trees
2:05 Dr. Ted Swiecki, Phytosphere ConsultingWhat arborists need to know about Phytophthora and why Denice Britton, CalTLC, Inc. – Assessing fire damage and managing fire damaged trees
2:50 Afternoon Stretch
3:10 Dr. Steve Seybold, US Forest Service – Bark beetle ecology and management Dr. Tom Smiley, Bartlett Tree Research – Testing TRAQ
4:10 Dr. Jim Downer, UCCE – Cell phone diagnostics Dan Staley, ArborDrone – Using drones in arboriculture
6:00 Annual Banquet & Silent Auction


Commercial Arboriculture
7:00 Women in Arboriculture Breakfast (Ticketed event)
8:30 David Perkins, APlus Tree – Goal setting for business development Chris Buck, City of San Francisco – The 5 biggest arboriculture challenges in San Francisco
9:20   Nick Araya, TreeCareLA, Modern and traditional tree support techniques to retain old urban growth
10:05 Morning Stretch
10:20 Chad Dykstra, Foothill Tree – What Customer Services means to your business Jeff Reimer, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo – Status and trends in municipal urban forestry programs in California
11:10 Gary McIver, CalOSHA – Why CalOSHA is important to our industry Dave Rizzo, UC Davis – Management of oak root fungus in urban settings
1:00 OPTIONAL FIELD WORKSHOP at Santa Rosa Community College (ticketed event)


Denice Britton, CalTLC, Inc. An Arborist’s retrospective on native oaks in a landscape setting

David Kelley, Consultant – Assessment and correction of problematic soils

Dan Staley, ArborDrone Demonstration on use of drone technology in a field setting

Torrey Young, Dryad, LLC – Managing heritage oaks through pruning, cabling/bracing/propping



CEUs Available Monday (Optional):

  • 6.0 - CTM
  • 6.0 - BCMA-P

CEUs Available Tuesday:

  • 6.75 - CTM
  • 5.0 - BCMA-M
  • 1.0 - BCMA-P
  • 0.75 - BCMA-S

CEUs Available Wednesday:

  • 7.00 - CTMU

CEUs Available Wednesday Soil and Water:

  • 2.75 BCMA-S
  • 0.75 - BCMA-P

CEUs Available Wednesday Urban Forestry:

  • 2.75 - BCMA-M

CEUs Available Wednesday Utility Forestry:

  • 2.75 - BCMA-P
  • 0.75 - BCMA-M

CEUs Available Wednesday Pest Management*:

  • 3.55 - BCMA-S

CEUs Available Wednesday Consulting:

  • 3.5 - BCMA-M

CEUs Available Thursday:

  • 3.00 - CTM

CEUs Available Thursday Commercial:

  • 2.25 - BCMA-M
  • 0.75 - BCMA-P

CEUs Available Thursday Arboriculture:

  • 3.0 - BCMA-M

CEUs Available Thursday Optional WIA Breakfast:

  • 1.0 - CTM
  • 1.0 - BCMA-M

CEUs Available Thursday Optional Tour/Field Workshope:

  • 3.00 - CTM
  • 1.50 - BCMA-S
  • 0.75 - BCMA-M
  • 0.75 - BCMA-P

*DPR hours have been applied for


Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country
170 Railroad St
Santa Rosa, CA 95401