2020 Western Chapter ISA Conference & Trade Show

@ Resort at Squaw Creek
on Monday, November 09-12, 2020
in Olympic Valley, 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 Oct 09

Non Member Tuesday Only


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

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Non Member Wednesday Only


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

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Non Member Thursday Only (1/2 price)


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

Sale ends Oct 09

Spouse/Guest Full Program


Includes: Opening ceremony, daily tours and activities

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Spouse/Guest Meals w/ attendee


Includes: Opening ceremony, daily tours and activities

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Afternoon Tour Thursday


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WIA Breakfast


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Extra Banquet Ticket


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Extra Awards Lunch Ticket


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Monday, November 9, 2020:

7:00am 13th Annual Britton Fund Ride
10:00am TREE Fund Golf Outing
3:00pm Registration Opens
5:00pm Tree Planting
5:30pm Opening Ceremony & Reception with Exhibitors


Tuesday, November 10, 2020:

7:00am Registration Open
Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:00am Welcome
President Molly Sinnott, Sinnott Consulting
8:30am Keynote - The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: Where a 50-Year Legacy Guides Environmentalism in the 21st Century for Lake Tahoe
Joanne Marchetta, Tahoe Regional Panning Agency
9:45am Morning Stretch with Exhibitors
10:15am Energy Flow from Sun to Soil
Kevin Smith, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service
11:15am "Lightning Rounds" - Alternative Sidewalks: Gordon Mann; Report Writing: Rick Gessner;Working with Wildlife: Ryan Gilpin
11:50am Awards Luncheon
1:30pm Arborglyphs: Speaking through Trees
Joxe Mallea-Olaetxe, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno
2:15pm Pollinator Protection and Integrated Pest Management Practices
Kevin Burls, Ph.D., University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Reno
3:15pm Afternoon Stretch with Exhibitors
3:45pm Fire in the West: Where We've Been and Where We're Going
Christina Restaino, Ph.D., University of Nevada, Reno
4:45pm Alternative Pest Management Strategies
A.D. Ali, Ph.D., Davey Tree Expert Company
5:30pm Happy Hour with Outdoor Exhibits


Wednesday, November 11, 2020:

Concurrent Session 1 Concurrent Session 2
8:00am Technology for the Climber, Consultant, & Company
Nick Araya, Ricardo Vasquez & Karina Nordbak, TreeCare LA
The Eclectic Urban Forest Planting Test: Taking bold (and simple) New Steps to Grow the Urban Forest of Tomorrow
Ian Kesterson, City of Berkeley
9:05am Danger>Hazard>Risk, a Review of Terminology Used by Electric Utilities to Characterize Risk Posed by Trees
Geoff Kempter, Asplundh Tree Expert Company
Climate-ready Trees: Predicting Urban Forest Responses to Climate-change
Taylor Crow, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
10:05am Morning Stretch with Exhibitors
10:30am Forged in Fire: Arborist Options Before and After Fire
Jim Flott, Community Forestry Consultants, Inc.
How Technology & Math Help in Preserving Veteran Trees
Chris Rippey, City of Seattle Parks
11:20am Stay in the Game
Tracy Ryan-Johnson, Bay Cities Area Tree Preservation
Youth Engagement in Arboriculture: At-Height Experiences to Engage, Inspire, and Recruit
Chad Giblin, University of Minnesota
12:05pm Lunch with Exhibitors
Concurrent Session 3 Concurrent Session 4
1:05pm Investigative Visual Tree Assessment: A Strategic Approach to Diagnosing Tree Problems
Scott D. Baker, Tree Solutions, Inc.
Trees, Roots & the Urban Soil Environment
Heidi Kratsch, Ph.D. University of Nevada, Reno
2:10pm Managing the Risk of Mature Trees – Advanced tree risk Assessment
Michael-Gerold Neumann, Forstmeister Consultants
Quantifying Shade Produced by the Urban Forest
Ed Mulrean, Ph.D., Enumeral Research and Consulting, LLC
3:15pm Afternoon Stretch
3:45pm Tree Water Dynamics
A.D. Ali, Ph.D., Davey Tree Expert Company
ANSI A300 Pruning – Overview and how to use the Standard
Geoff Kempter, Asplundh Tree Expert Company
4:20pm Trees in a Challenging Environment: Stormwater Basins
Igor Lacan, Ph.D., University of California Cooperative Extension, San Mateo/San Francisco
Are CODIT and Compartmentalization the Same Thing?
Kevin Smith, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service
6:00pm Annual Banquet & Silent Auction


Thursday, November 12, 2020:

7:00am Women in Arboriculture Breakfast (Ticketed event) Breaking Barriers
Jessika Mitchell, Davey Resource Group & Julia Gowin, CALFire
8:30am Tree Selection and Species Diversity in the Urban Forest
Matt Ritter, Ph.D., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
9:10am The Arborist and Tree Contractor at Trial: The Nuisance-Tree Case from Initial Consultation Through Verdict
Derek Simpson, Attorney at Law
10:15am Morning Stretch
10:30am Lightning Round: Saving Face, Literally!!, speaker TBD; Impact Investing/Socially Responsible Investing
Francine Lai
11:15am Peaks of Arboriculture: A Recap of Recent Technical Achievements, Scientific Discoveries, and Useful Resources for the Practicing Arborist
Igor Lacan, Ph.D. University of California Cooperative Extension, San Mateo/San Francisco
12:00pm Conclusion of program - SEE YOU IN HUMBOLDT
The Not-So-Urban Forest (Ticket Required)

Spouse/Guest Program

Visit the Squaw Valley Olympic Museum site of the 1960 Winter Olympics with breathtaking views of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains and Squaw Valley Ski Resort; spend a day on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe and explore the historical and unique Thunderbird Lodge built in the early 1900’s by George Whittell, Jr., one of San Francisco’s wealthiest sons; and journey with us to Donner Memorial State Museum offering spectacular scenery around the Donner Lake area nestled in the Sierras and learn about the tragic story of the Donner Party expedition.

Women in Arboriculture Breakfast (ticket required)

THURSDAY, November 12th, 7:00 a.m.

The WCISA WIA breakfast presented by the Women In Arboriculture Committee is an all-inclusive event that focus on topics and speakers related to women in arboriculture. It is a great networking event and participation helps to identify, learn, and resolve challenges women face in our industry.

This year's breakfast focuses on identifying challenges that women face as employees, as well as those that employers face when it comes to hiring women. The breakfast will be led by Jessika Mitchell (Davey Resource Group) and Julia Gowin (CalFire) and facilitated by members of the WIA committee.

Post Conference Tour, The Not-So-Urban Forest (ticket required)

THURSDAY, November 12th 1:00 p.m.

Come see beautiful Lake Tahoe and learn about the interactions of people and trees in the urban forest of Tahoe. See what drives land managers, utility companies and fire agencies in their management of natural forests within an urban canopy. Tickets include transportation and refreshments. Bus will leave from front of the hotel at 1:00 pm and return approximately 5:00 pm. This is a ticketed event.

Exhibitor/Sponsor Information

The opportunities for exposure and networking with members of the largest chapter of ISA are endless. Contact Suzanne Schuba suzanne@wcisa.net or (866)785-8960 for registration materials or to reserve your booth today! Floor plan available at wcisaconnect.com.

Help support the meeting - Four levels of sponsorships are available to suit everyone’s comfort level. Contact Rose Epperson repperson@wcisa.net to pledge your support today!

Ample opportunities to connect with friends and colleagues while supporting arboricultural research!

13th Annual Britton Fund Ride:

November 9th

This year’s ride will take a breathtaking view of the route from Reno to Olympic Valley. Riders will raise a minimum of $700.00 dollars. Teams are allowed - minimum of $700.00 per rider (for example - 3 rider team will have a minimum of $2100.00).

TREE Fund Golf Outing:

November 9th, 2020

Play a round to benefit the Tree Research and Education Endowment at Somerset Country Club in Reno. Lunch is included in the $125.00 entry fee. There are pro-shop script prizes for first and second place along with longest drive and closest to the holes. Sponsor a hole for only $500.00. Contact Al Epperson Aepperson@wcainc.com

Stump the Chump

This fun and challenging quiz tests your arboricultural prowess and knowledge of chapter lore. Stop by the Stump the Chump display in the foyer and take the quiz for a chance to win! The $10.00 entry fee benefits The Britton Fund, Inc. and is included in your registration. Quiz is valued at 1.0 continuing education hour.

Silent Auction

With proceeds benefiting The Britton Fund, our Silent Auction is held throughout the conference and will close at the Annual Banquet on April 25th. Fine wines, travel opportunities, tree equipment, art, jewelry, and recycled urban lumber items will be available. All items are donated by Western Chapter ISA members. Contact Rita Franco rita@wcisa.net


Resort at Squaw Creek offers luxurious Lake Tahoe accommodations with grand picture windows that reveal sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, ancient Ponderosa pine forests, and lush meadows. To complement the spectacular Lake Tahoe outdoor environment, each room and suite presents muted tones and rich textures, which create an inviting ambiance that helps you feel at home here in Squaw Valley.

Call 800-404-5544 with name of group (WESTERN CHAPTER ISA) and preferred dates, select from a Deluxe Guestroom at $179 or Fireplace Suite at $219 (a $50 discount on rack rates!)


Travel time to & from Reno-Tahoe International Airport is approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. If flying into Reno there is a shuttle operated by North Lake Tahoe Express. They are located in Baggage Claim behind the rental car counters between doors A and B in the Reno Tahoe International Airport. Reno-Tahoe International Airport provides convenient access to nine different rental car agencies with rental car pick up available right outside the terminal building.



Resort at Squaw Creek
400 Squaw Creek Rd
Olympic Valley, CA 96146