Tree School

About Tree School

tree-school-logo is a collaborative effort between Spokane Conservation District, WSU Spokane County Extension, Spokane Community College Environmental Sciences, Washington Department of Natural Resources, AHBL, Avista, Community Forestry Consultants, City of CAD, Northwest  Plant Healthcare, City of Spokane Urban Forestry, Spirit Pruners and City of Post Falls. Together, we bring educational programming for professionals and landowners to promote the proper care of trees and forests.

Tree School – Landscape Myths, Bats, and Drones

Tree School - Landscape Myths, Bats, and Drones

November 9, 2018 - Enduris - 9am to 5pm - ISA CEUs
Click here to register. $85 registration or $50 for Veterans and Students

This event will start at Enduris, then break for lunch (on your own) and reconvene at Enduris. The final 2 hours of this event will be held at Finch Arboretum. Transportation is not provided.


8:30am - check in at Enduris Training Center

bats9am - Bats and Trees with Dr. Rita
This presentation will introduce arborists to the bats of Idaho with a focus on tree- and foliage-roosting bats. Tree cavities provide important roost sites for bats and some bats form small colonies in these cavities and give birth and raise that young there. In addition, the presentation will cover threats to bats and the conservation strategies needed to address them. Attendees will learn about the role of bats in human health, the environment, and our economy.

Dr. Rita Dixon is State Wildlife Action Plan Coordinator for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, where she works to conserve and manage species of greatest conservation need and the habitats they depend on. An ornithologist and population biologist by training, Rita's primary expertise lies in estimating animal abundance and survival, acoustic analysis, and setting conservation priorities. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of California, Riverside, and an M.S. in Wildlife Resources and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. Rita recently completed the nationally accredited Certified Public Manager Program.

myths10am - Landscape and Arboricultural Myths with Dr. Linda Chalker Scott      Landscape Zombies! Myths that will not die. - Arborists and other landscape professionals want the latest plant and soil science information to pass on to their clients, but how to tell what's science - and what's pseudoscience? You can quickly lose your credibility (and business) when you end up promoting products and practices that aren't based on reputable science. This seminar will provide landscape professionals with some guidelines for evaluating articles, books, and electronic resources objectively. We'll then use those guidelines to evaluate some products and practices of current interest.

Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State university and is an ISA certified arborist and an ASCA consulting arborist. She is associate professor in the department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture at Washington State University.  Dr. Chalker-Scott is also an Extension Specialist in Urban Horticulture and trained as a woody plant physiologist. She applies this knowledge to understanding how trees and shrubs function in urban environments.  Dr. Chalker-Scott says this is a fancy way of saying she enjoy diagnosing landscape failures – sort of a Horticultural CSI thing.

Linda also is the award-winning author of five books: the horticultural myth-busting The Informed Gardener (2008) and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again (2010) from the University of Washington Press and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: Good Science- Practical Application (2009) from GFG Publishing Inc., and How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do from Timber Press (2015).] Her latest effort is an update of Art Kruckeberg's Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest from UW Press (2019).

In 2018 Linda was featured in a video series - The Science of Gardening - produced by The Great Courses. She also is one of the Garden Professors - a group of academic colleagues who educate and entertain through their blog and Facebook pages. Linda's contribution to gardeners was recognized in 2017 by the association for Garden Communicators as the first recipient of their Cythia Westcott Scientific Writing Award.

Noon - lunch on your own and drive to Finch Arboretum

specialite-drone-droides-ecole-ingenieurs_01pm - Trees from Above: Seeing in a New Light with Dan Staley
This presentation will detail what is currently possible with drones and tree care and what can be expected in the near future. Attendees will see images of tree assessments from the air and understand what resolution and detail is possible with today’s drone cameras and sensors. Attendees will also get details on current equipment and ideas about equipment appearing soon.

Next, attendees will be updated on the current technology for remote sensing of urban forests  – pest detection, inventories, disaster response, what insurance is available, and the latest on the legal front. Attendees will also be introduced to new opportunities for arborists in the near future. Opportunities in the areas of image analysis, aerial arboriculture, and subject matter experts for remote sensing will be opening soon, and ideas of how to prepare will be presented.

Dan Staley is Principal of Arbor Drone, LLC, a green infrastructure consultancy in Aurora, CO at the forefront of tree care technology. A licensed remote pilot, he studied Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry at UC Davis and Urban Planning at the University of Washington, including a year of urban ecology under a National Science Foundation grant. His published work on urban green infrastructure and urban forestry has appeared in scholarly journals, proceedings, symposia, policy papers and trade magazines in several industries.

2pm - Ben Wyborney - Attorney at Law
Mr. Wyborney will cover unmanned ariel vehicle regulations.

3pm - Travel to Finch Arboretum
A live drone demonstration (weather permitting) will be performed so attendees can experience flying very close to trees and how to safely conduct operations for clients.

3:30pm - Drone demonstration and footage viewing

5pm - Adjourn

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