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Crowne Plaza Cherry Hill NJ

92nd Annual Conference

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THURSDAY & FRIDAY
October 19th & 20th, 2017


Plans are currently underway to bring to you the NJ Shade Tree Federation's 92nd Annual Conference. There are changes on the horizon!! We are returning to The Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill this year. The Conference will be held at The Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill on Thursday and Friday, October 19th - October 20th. Yes….the conference will be held on a Thursday and Friday.

Conference Synopsis

General Session will open with a presentation by Dr. Kim Coder. Dr. Coder will discuss "Problems Diagnosing Essential Element Deficiency & Toxicity in Trees". Trees require 20 essential elements for a healthy, sustainable life.  Most elements are seldom limiting to tree health and growth, but sometimes they can be in critical deficiency or toxicity.  When too much or too little of a specific element is present, soil availability interactions and visual diagnosis keys must be understood to make correct long-term decisions.  This presentation will help set the stage for appreciating basic essential element availability, element interactions within soil and with trees, and how misguided thinking leads to misdiagnosis and misapplication of essential elements.

Following Dr. Coder's session, we welcome Dr. Ann Brooks-Gould of Rutgers University who will provide a "Tree Disease Update – Diseases of Elm and Oak". Dr. Gould will present to us the findings of the recently concluded National Elm Trial. The National Elm Trial included 15-18 DED-resistant commercially available elm cultivars planted at 17 evaluation sites in 16 states. Even though many DED-resistant elm cultivars exist and are available in the nursery trade, much of the public is hesitant to purchase and plant any elm tree. While the DED-resistant elm cultivars could enhance the diversity as well as the beauty of urban forests, these cultivars do vary in their response to other biotic and abiotic stresses. Dr. Gould will also address the characterization of Xylella fastidiosa, the causal agent of bacterial leaf scorch of oak, and the incidence and severity of this disease in the New Jersey urban forest.

After lunch, we welcome Mitzi Kaiura from the NJ Office of Emergency Management and Robin Heston-Murphy of the NJDEP, Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste. Natural disasters cause significant damage each year to our urban forests, and the resulting assessment and cleanup responsibilities are a challenge for many communities.  Two key components of creating a resilient urban and community forest and a ready urban and community forestry program are emergency and debris management planning.   Local urban and community forestry programs must learn to integrate their work with these two program areas in order to capitalize on the resources that may be available, and to make storm readiness, response, and recovery more efficient and effective.  Mitzi will give an overview of emergency management operations in New Jersey and address how local urban and community forestry programs can engage with pre-disaster planning.  Robin will present lessons learned from "Superstorm Sandy" and how local urban and community forestry programs can engage in developing emergency debris management plans to aid in their recovery from storm events that generate substantial volumes of debris.  read more...

Following the NJ Office of Emergency Management and the NJDEP, Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste discussion, we welcome Dr. Neil Hendrickson of Bartlett's Research Laboratories. Dr. Hendrickson will discuss "A little change making a big difference: The new ANSI pruning standards". The changes to the ANSI pruning standards are small but significant, and easy to understand for the arborist and client. The changes promise to make pruning specifications more straightforward and clear at every step of the process.  This talk will discuss the changes and, with examples, show how to write good pruning specifications.

To end our program on Thursday, John Anlian, Esq. will discuss the importance of the relationship between the Tort Claim Act, the Community Forestry Act, Municipal Attorneys and Shade Tree Commissions. He will discuss liability protection and the importance of engaging the Municipal Attorney in shade tree issues.

On Friday, Dr. Kim Coder will join us in the General Session once again and jump start our program with "Tree Biomechanics:  Wind Loads & Storms". Trees stand as a result of their many structural components adequately adjusting to wind and gravity loads over time.  Storm wind loads can exceed tree structural strengths and resistances.  Understanding the amount of force storms apply to trees can better help tree health care providers manage risks.  It is through understanding both tree wind loads and tree structural resistance factors, together with their interactions, that we can determine potential catastrophic failures or long sustainable tree life.  This presentation will review various types of storm wind loads on trees, and how trees function mechanically to remain erect.  Trees are about both mechanical loads and structural holds.

Following Dr. Coder's presentation, Heidi Hesselein and Daryl Kobesky, of Pleasant Run Nursery will talk to us about "Street Trees for Communities". They will address what is available in the nurseries these days and talk about the importance of diversity in the community.

Following Dr. Coder's presentation, Heidi Hesselein and Daryl Kobesky, of Pleasant Run Nursery will talk to us about "Street Trees for Communities". They will address what is available in the nurseries these days and talk about the importance of diversity in the community.

After lunch, Drs. James and Stephanie Murphy will tag team to present "Practices to Improve Soil Health". Soil health is a descriptive term that is meant to convey the capacity of a soil to perform any number of functions within a landscape. This presentation will highlight assessment of soil health using techniques that range from simple to requiring laboratory expertise. Properly assessing a soil within the context of its expected functions is critical to understanding whether physical, chemical and/or biological practices will be most effective at improving soil health. Specific practices that affect physical, chemical and/or biological properties of soil will be discussed.

Following Drs. James and Stephanie Murphy, Bob Wells, Associate Director of Arboriculture at the Morris Arboretum will speak to us about "Tree Risk Assessment Qualifications (TRAQ)". Hazardous trees regularly lead to death or injury. TRAQ provides a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide information so that informed decisions can be made to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.

Richard Buckley would like you to "Hold on to Your Ash!" Since 2005, native ash trees have been under assault in the United States by an invasive insect, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). First detected in New Jersey in 2014, the insect is rapidly spreading throughout the state leaving a path of devastation in its wake. This 60-minute presentation covers all aspect of the problem including insect identification, biology and science-based control solutions. Updated information on the progress of the infestation in New Jersey and the public response will be included.

The CORE training program allows participants to obtain a solid foundation and understanding of the community forestry program and shade tree commissions, become aware of the legal aspects of managing trees and gain an insight to and recognition of hazardous tree situations.

The Inventory/i-Tree program will address why we need a tree inventory and prepare participants how to design and conduct a municipal street tree inventory with i-Tree functionality. The program will also teach how to utilize the data collected through the inventory in productive and meaningful ways.

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ATTENTION: Certified Tree Experts and Tree Care Operators!

Download a copy of this notice.

On April 17, 2017, New Jersey Board of Tree Experts' rules were adopted and approved on the New Jersey Register. The Board of Tree Experts can now fully implement the Tree Expert and Tree Care Operator Licensing Act of 2010. This full implementation of the Law and the Rules will directly affect all tree care companies doing business in New Jersey and will affect you as the law permits the transfer of a Certified Tree Expert to a Licensed Tree Expert.

Tree care companies have 60 days from the ruling or until June 16, 2017 to register their business and then have 360 days (until April 12, 2018) or four exam periods, whichever is later, to have at least one licensed individual working full time in the company. Companies must also provide the Board of Tree Experts with documented proof that they have administered proper safety training to their crews, and maintain a minimum amount of insurance and worker's compensation.

The Licensed Tree Expert (LTE) will be able to offer all the services of the Licensed Tree Care Operator (tree pruning, repairing, brush cutting or removal, tree removal, and stump grinding or removal) plus tree establishment, fertilization, cabling and bracing, lightning protection, consulting, diagnosis, and treatment of tree problems or diseases, tree management during site planning and development, and tree assessment.

The law defines several ways an individual can obtain a license, including taking the examinations, by grandfathering in to an LTCO or by submitting a reciprocity application for a sustainably equivalent license or credential. Licensees will have to obtain 32 Continuing Education Credits over two years as part of the Licensing process. The annual NJ Shade Tree Federation Conference can help tree experts obtain required credits.

Current Certified Tree Experts will be transferred to Licensed Tree Experts with a procedure found within the Rules. Please wait until you are notified by the Board of Tree Experts on how to transfer from a CTE to an LTE. That Notification will be provided.

If you have not received your 2016 CTE card, please call the Board office or e-mail the Board at njtreeexperts@gmail.com. You will need a copy of your 2016 CTE card as part of the process.

Visit the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts website njtreeexperts.org to learn how this law could further affect your operations. Find all the information and forms needed to register your business and read the Rules and the Law.

The New Jersey Board of Tree Experts can be reached by:

Phone – 732-534-0982
Fax – 732-534-0983


The William J. Porter Arboriculture Scholarship

To encourage studies and careers in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry

The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation is pleased to announce the offer of a scholarship to two recipients who meet the specified criteria.  Read more...



Pest Alert - Emerald Ash Borer

This Pest Alert was distributed to attendees at last year's conference. Pay particular attention to the websites sited at the end of the Alert. These sites carry a wealth of information about the EAB, it's detection and treatment."

Visit this informative page on the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's website.

Download the Pest Alert information sheet from the NJDEP State Forestry Services.



Urban Forest Health Benefits — The Immediate, Measurable Effects of Tree Loss on Human Health

A video released by the US Forest Service.

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To read the article, The Power of Trees, by Paca Thomas and Jeffrey Bloomer, which accompanies this video on Slate.com, click here.

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Benefits of Community Trees — Urban Forestry Presentation



Mission Statement

The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation is a non-profit organization that has been assisting those individuals and agencies entrusted with the selection, planting and care of trees, since 1926.

Our objective is to educate our members by providing the latest up-to-date information and techniques relating to the care and maintenance of shade trees, in order to provide tree-lined streets for future generations.

The New Jersey Shade Tree Federation accomplishes its objectives by bringing knowledgeable experts within the tree industry to speak at our annual conferences. Our speakers include nationally recognized scientific professionals, college professors, and tree experts. We also publish a bi-monthly newsletter that contains additional informative articles regarding the care and maintenance of shade trees. We invite you to become an active member in the NJSTF.

Our office, conveniently located on the Cook College Campus of Rutgers University, may be contacted for a wide range of information and services.