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2017 AUFA Annual Conference 
and  Urban Forestry Education Week
October 2-6, 2017
Hampton Inn, Orange Beach, AL  

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Monday to Wednesday, October 2-4, 2017

Urban Forestry Certification Program

Monday, October 2, 2017                 8:30 am – 3:30 pm           

Tuesday, October 3, 2017                8:30 am – 3:30 pm           

Wednesday, October 4, 2017           8:30 am – 2:00 pm            Exam at 12:30 pm


The Urban Forestry Certification Program is a 3-day intensive training program meant to prepare attendees to gain an industry certification endorsed by Auburn University at Montgomery, the AUFA, industry employers and the Green Industry Web Portal. See study materials at www.giwportal.org.


Content includes pruning, planting, tree identification, disorders, soils, and much more! The class is an excellent way to begin your Arborist Certification exam studies and learn how to manage urban trees… or brush up on the latest research while earning CEU’s. Instructors include ISA Certified Arborists and industry educators. There is a comprehensive exam on day 3. Tuition for ALL 3 days is only $75 (or $50 for AUFA members). ISA and TCIA CEU’s are available all three days. Refreshments are provided, however, lunch each day is on your own.



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Pre-Conference - Concurrent Classes (A and B)

A  Pesticide Recertification Class (8:30 am – 4:00 pm)

7:30 am           Pre-Conference Registration - Lisa Sosebee, ACES

8:30               Pollinators and Pesticides - Jack Rowe - ACES

9:30               Break

9:35               Herbicides: Discovery to the Marketplace - Gueth Braddock,
Bayer Crop Science

10:35             Break

10:40             Understanding Confusing Product Labels - Kelly Palmer, Ph.D., ACES

11:40             (provided)

12:45 pm         Invasive Forest Pests IPM - Beau Brodbeck, Ph.D., ACES

1:45               Break

1:50               Pesticide Do's and Don’ts, Mixing to Application - Jacob Hodnett,
Dow AgroSciences

2:50                Break

2:55               Pesticides: Accident, Spill Response, and Storage - Fred Kapp,
AUFA Executive Director


B  Tree Board Academy (8:30 am – 4:00 pm)

7:30 am        Registration

8:30               Site Selection and Management of Trees - Dale Dickens and Will Liner,
Alabama Forestry Commission

10:00            Break

10:15            Identifying Trees - David West, Ph.D., ACES Calhoun County

11:30            Lunch (provided)

12:30 pm      Funding Your Urban Forest - David West, Ph.D., ACES Calhoun County

1:30               Developing a Tree Inventory and Planning for Success - Michelle Cole,
Ph.D., AU School of Forestry & Wildlife

2:30               Break   

2:45               50 Trees for the Urban Forest
David West, Ph.D., ACES Calhoun County


5:00 - 7:00   AUFA Council Meeting

7:00 - 9:00   Opening Reception – heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages,
included in Registration



Thursday, October 5, 2017

Conference Program

 7:30 am       Conference Registration - Lisa Sosebee, ACES

8:00               Opening Welcome - Rhett Murphy, AUFA President

8:05               AUFA Annual Report - Fred Kapp, AUFA Executive Director

8:15 Pruning Trees: a Systems Approach
Edward Gilman, Ph.D., Prof. Emeritus, University of Florida

10:10            Break

10:20            Writing Pruning Specifications
Edward Gilman, Ph.D., Prof. Emeritus, University of Florida

12:20 pm      Lunch (provided)


Concurrent Sessions (A and B)

A Commercial/Municipal

1:15 pm        Plant Sex - Bill Finch, garden columnist, talk show host,
executive director at Mobile Botanical Gardens

2:15               Break

2:25               Crazy Ants are on the Move in Alabama! - Kelly Palmer, Ph.D, ACES

3:25               Break

3:35               Low Impact Development - Trey Jinright, JADE Consulting, LLC


B Utility

1:15 pm        Off-Road Driver Training - Simon Kenyon, Arbormetrics

2:15               Break

2:25               Drones: Eye in the Sky - Matt Clarkson, Alabama Power Company

3:25               Break

3:35               AUFA Utility Training Update
Fred Kapp, Joe McPhail, and Rhett Murphy


5:30 - 8:00   Shrimp Boil, Beverages, Pizzas, Networking and More!!!
(included in full registration)



Friday, October 6, 2017

Morning Outdoor Program - Orange Beach Waterfront Park

8:00       On-Site Registration

8:15       Advanced Pruning Techniques
Edward Gilman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Florida

9:45       TreeGuyver: Tree Removal Machine Demonstration
Guy Santucci, president, TreeGuyver, LLC

10:45     Tree Planting - Team AUFA


Afternoon Aerial Rescue Training - Orange Beach Waterfront Park

11:15     Gear check and Lunch (provided for those attending afternoon
class only)

12:15 - 4:15 Aerial Rescue Training - Rob Calley, BCMA & CTSP,
Backridge Tree Service, and Doug Doll, CA & CTSP, D’s Trees

This class will teach you how to safely ascend and descend in a rope system to rescue an injured climber. This class is made possible by the support and co-hosting of the ISA Southern Chapter.  Participants should bring their own gear, climbing helmet, eye protection, harness, rope, and hardware.  This is hands-on interactive training.  Participants will be taught the proper procedures and safely perform aerial rescues in trees. Training course is limited to 20 registrants.  If the Aerial Rescue Training program is postponed due to weather, it will be partially or entirely re-scheduled for the following day, Saturday, October 7, at 8:00 AM.


Lots of hands-on outdoor sessions are planned for the Annual Conference!