The New York State Arborists,
International Society of Arboriculture Chapter, Inc.
is an association of professional arborists and educators that promotes public interest, fosters research and education in the care and benefits of trees, shrubs and their environment. Membership affords an opportunity to associate and exchange valuable information with other arborists and professionals who are interested in the care, maintenance and conservation of woody ornamentals.
ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)
June 16-18, 2014
Planting Fields Arboretum, Oyster Bay, NY
Join the New York Chapter ISA for the new ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) 2-day educational course followed by a 1/2 day assessment that includes both a written and field component.
Deadline to Register is May 16, 2014! Spaces are limited to 40 people on a first come, first served basis.
Click here for a registration form.
• ISA/NYSA member: $625.00 USD
• Non-member: $750.00 USD
Payment must accompany registration form unless other arrangements are made. Member pricing is an exclusive benefit to ISA and NYSA members only. You must be a current ISA or NYSA member at the time of registration. All others will be charged non-member registration rates.
• Skip Kincaid, Senior Consulting Urban Forester with Davey Resource Group
• Norm Easey, President of Urban Forestry Consulting
The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.
The course includes:
• Tree Biology and Mechanics
• Tree Inspection and Assessment
• Data Analysis and Risk Categorization, and
• Risk Reporting.
The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course prepares the participant to take the TRAQ assessment to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified.
The qualification consists of a 2-day educational course followed by a ½ day assessment that includes both a written and field component. It is required that you attend the course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive this qualification.
By applying to participate in a TRAQ event, you are agreeing to the terms, conditions, and policies outlined in the Tree Risk Assessment Candidate Handbook. Please review this document before applying for an event. (14.5 ISA CEUs available)
Complete the registration and return it with payment to NYSA by:
• Mail: 136 Everett 136 Everett Rd, Albany, NY 12205
• Phone: 518-694-5507
• Fax: 518-935-9436
A limited number of sleeping rooms are available at the East Norwich Inn, a short drive to Planting Fields Arboretum at the special rate of $96/night plus taxes, single or double occupancy. Refer to the booking code Arborists to receive the special rate. The hotel is located at 6321 Northern Blvd, East Norwich, NY 11732; 516-922-1500.
Questions? Contact NYSA at 518-694-5507 or
Retaking the Examination
There is a $150 USD fee per retake up to one year from the original date that you took the course. Applications for retake must be submitted prior to the registration deadline for the scheduled course where you will retake your exam. You must phone ISA to schedule a retake.
To be able to register for the course and take the exam, you must have earned one of the following credentials:
• ISA Certified Arborist or ISA Board Certified Master Arborist
• A national certification or certificate in arboriculture (see a complete list in the TRAQ handbook)
• Licensing or Certification from an approved state program (see a complete list in the TRAQ handbook)
• SAF Certified Forester
• Arboriculture or urban forestry degree that is part of a national qualifications framework or is from an accredited college or university
If you hold a credential or have completed a program of study that is not listed above, go to http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/resources/cert_Cred_TRAQ_EligibilityAppeal.pdf for information on appeal. Please be aware that the appeals process could take several months.
Special Testing Accommodations Request
Participants should bring
• A government-issued photo identification card, such as a driver's license, passport, or military ID
• Tree Risk Assessment Manual (included in your confirmation packet)
• Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Workbook (included in your confirmation packet); the workbook is required to complete the course
• Hard hat
• High visibility vest, coat, or other hi-vis attire
• Appropriate attire and footwear for both indoor and outdoor activities
• Clipboard or hard surface to write on outdoors
• Writing utensil(s), including at least one #2 pencil
2014 New York State Tree Climbing Championship
Registration is now open for the 2014 NYSA Tree Climbing Championship on Saturday, June 7 at the Planting Fields Arboretum State Park in Oyster Bay, NY. (Rain date is Sunday, June 8). Climber check-in is 8am.
The New York State Tree Climbing Championship is a gathering of the top tree workers in New York who display their tree climbing skills and abilities in a series of competitive events. Join us at the beautiful Planting Fields Arboretum to learn new techniques, visit with friends and win great prizes.
The winner will be named New York State Champion and will represent our state at the ISA International Tree Climbing Championship, August 2-3, 2014, Milwaukee, WI. ISA credits will be available for competitors and judges.
Be advised there is an $8.00 parking fee for spectators; this fee is waived for competitors and volunteers.
A Record Attendance at the Annual Meeting
More than 230 arborists and tree care professionals attended the Annual Meeting, January 26-27 at the Crowne Plaza in Suffern, NY. Attendees were treated to a wide range of education sessions to hear the latest updates on the pests and pathogens affecting our environment and sharpen their safety and tree skills. The annual meeting also featured a vendor area offering a look at the industry’s most innovative products and services and time to talk and relax at the Meet & Greet Reception which was compliments of the sponsors and vendors.
On Monday, Joel Greifenberger presented the annual association report at Monday’s luncheon which served the conclusion of his two-year presidential term. In his address, he praised the Board of Directors for their hard work and stressed the importance of volunteerism as a way to give back. He then introduced Jeremy Sayers of The Tree Doctor in Clarence, NY, who will serve as president for the next two years.
Invasive Pest Tips
- Don't Move Firewood Poster.pdf
- Don't Move Firewood Factsheet pdf
- Alien Invaders are Hiding in Your Firewood Article pdf
Here's how to help STOP THE SPREAD of insect pests:
- Leave firewood at home–do not transport it to campgrounds or parks.
- Use only firewood from local sources. "Local" means from less than 50 miles. Firewood is commonly available at or near most campgrounds. It's a small price to pay to savethe trees in your favorite campground.
- If you have moved firewood, burn ALL of it before leaving your campsite. Do not carry firewood from one campground to another.