Meeting Information

California Tree Failure Reporting Program *FULL*

This conference is sold out at capacity of the building. If you have registered and can no longer attend please contact our office so someone on our wait list can fill your spot.

Date and Time:

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Conference Description:

Join us for our annual California Tree Failure Report Program at Filoli! This year we'll be talking about the importance of TRAQ, tree risk assessments using drones, and risk assessments of fire damaged trees. We'll cover sudden branch drop, black oak failure, and the Bunya-Bunya bonk! If you would like to be considered to present a case study please email it to Larry Costello at


8:00 am  Registration
8:30 am Welcome and Introductions
Larry Costello, Oracle Oak LLC, San Francisco, CA
8:45 am Tree Failure Case Studies (2)
9:15 am Risk Assessments for Trees Damaged by Fire
James MacNair, Consulting Arborist, MacNair and Associates, Glen Ellen, CA
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Rising Above: Using drones for risk assessments
Dan Staley, Arbor Drone, Aurora, CO
11:00 am The Bunya-Bunya Bonk: No, it’s not a dance Dr. Jim Clark, Consulting Arborist, HortScience, Inc., Pleasanton, CA
11:30 am Lunch (Provided)
12:30 pm Black Oak Failure: The inside story
Denice Britton-Smith, Consulting Arborist, CalTLC, Napa, CA
Joe McNeil, Consulting Arborist, Pleasant Hill, CA
1:15 pm Preventing Sudden Branch Drop: A field-based assessment
Robert Wallace, Consulting Arborist, Tree Life Concerns Inc., Simi Valley, CA
2:00 pm To TRAQ or not to TRAQ? Conducting risk assessments for large populations of trees
John Leffingwell, Consulting Arborist, HortScience Inc., Pleasanton, CA
3:00 pm Training for New Cooperators
Katherine Jones, CTFRP Database Manager, Larkspur, CA
4:00 pm CEU Sign Out
*Please allow up to 6 weeks for processing of CEUs

Early Registration (through 1/1/18):

$120.00 - WCISA Member
$145.00 - Non-WCISA Member

Regular Registration (on or after 1/2/18):

$160.00 - WCISA Member
$190.00 - Non-WCISA Member


$70.00 - Must be a WCISA Member


5.0 - CA / CTW / MS
5.0 - BCMA-M

Optional: 1.0 - CA / CTW / MS / BCMA-M


Filoli Center
80 Canada Road
Woodside, CA 94062