New York State Arborists – ISA Chapter Inc., (NYSA) members and tree service professionals from across the state and New England are invited to attend the annual Empire State Green Industry Show, which is hosted by NYSA, New York State Turfgrass Association, and New York State Nursery and Landscape Association. The event, which will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on January 7-9, 2009, will feature arborist, nursery, landscape and turf education tracks offering ISA, CNLP, DEC credits and more. Key green industry vendors will be showcasing their products and services at the 200 booth trade show. Those interested in exhibiting can view a map of available booth space on the show web site. The 2007 booth price remains in effect for the 2009 show and includes conference registration for two representatives. To reserve exhibit space, contact Jill Cyr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to NYSA Executive Director, David Hayner, “We are very excited about this year’s program. The date of the show was moved to January to better accommodate the scheduling needs of arborists. We are looking forward to a great turn-out this year and hope all tree care professionals will join us in Rochester to take advantage of all that this show has to offer.”
The International Society of Arborists (ISA) exam will be held on Wednesday, January 7 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Pre-registration is required and available only through ISA at http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/certification.aspx. On Thursday, January 8, the NYSA Annual Live Tree Fund Auction, which supports tree research throughout the world, will take place along with a cocktail reception from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. To pre-register, obtain more information, or donate items, contact David Hayner at (845) 855-0225.
Many ISA certified education sessions will be presented by prominent tree care professionals. Featured speakers include John Ball, Ph.D., Professor of Forestry at South Dakota State University. He’ll present a variety of topics pertinent to the tree industry including tree risk assessment and legal issues as well as arborist safety. Rex Bastian, Ph.D., Vice President of Field Education and Development with The Care of Trees, will review the purpose of the A-300 Pruning Standards and how to write pruning specifications that comply with the Standard. Utility Vegetation Management Consultant, Kenneth Finch, will talk about the role of line construction on power outages caused by trees. An insect and disease update will be given by George Hudler, Ph.D, Chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Director of
the Northeast Plant Diagnostic Network at Cornell University and Gregory Hoover, Ornamental Extension Entomologist at Pennsylvania State University.
Round table luncheon discussions, which were introduced at the last show, proved to be very popular with attendees and have been brought back this year. On Wednesday, January 7, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., registered participants will be given the opportunity to meet with expert facilitators, have lunch, and exchange ideas with colleagues. Sample forums include, “Communities and Utilities CAN Work Together…Fact or Fiction,” facilitated by NYSA Secretary/Treasurer, Brian Skinner with Forestry District F-2 of Niagara Mohawk Power Corp.; “Your Crew Leaders Need the Proper Tools to Do the Right Job,” facilitated by NYSA Past President, Greg Frank, with Ted Collins Associates, LTD, and “Solving Nursery and Landscape Tree and Shrub Problems,” facilitated by Brian Eshenaur, Western New York Ornamental IPM Specialist, Cornell University Extension. There is a $20 fee for the required lunch portion of this program and a complete list of topics is included in the attendee brochure.
Another forum back by popular demand is the “NYSDEC Panel Discussion and Breakfast” scheduled for the morning of Friday, January 9. Participants are invited to have breakfast with three New York State Department of Environmental Conservation representatives and have questions answered on a variety of topics including neighbor notification, lawn care contract implementation and fuel tank inspections. There is a $15 fee for the required breakfast portion of this program.
The opening reception of the trade show will be held on Wednesday from 4:15 – 7:00 pm and refreshments will be served. Live demonstrations have been scheduled on Thursday including weed identification at the Cornell University, New York State IPM booth; tree pruning by Rex Bastian, Ph.D., Vice President of Field Education and Development, The Care of Trees; and insect identification at the Cornell Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic booth.
The Empire State Green Industry Show has been endorsed by Cornell University, SUNY Delhi, SUNY Cobleskill, New York State Association of Cemeteries, Nassau Suffolk Landscape Gardeners Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the New York State Association for Superintendents of School Buildings and Grounds.
Attendee and exhibitor registration is now available on line. For more information on the 2009 Empire State Green Industry Show, call the show office at 800-873-8873, (518) 783-1229, or visit www.nysta.org.