Agenda

The conference schedule is subject to change without notice.

Thursday - February 8, 2024

Thursday Morning

07:00 – 08:00Registration, Sponsor, and Partner Events
08:00 – 08:15Opening Remarks and Announcements – Think Trees NM Board Member & Keynote Speaker(s)
08:15 – 09:15“Give Trees a Chance – How to Properly Select and Install Landscape Trees”
Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University

Give trees a chance – how to properly select and install landscape trees by Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University. Clients can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on landscape trees, only to see them struggle or die after transplanting. Often the source of failure can be traced back to flaws that existed in the tree at the nursery, or to poor planting methods. This seminar will discuss the strategies to use in selecting healthy trees and the nursery and then installing them using research-based methods that maximize chances of survival.
09:15 - 09:45Break
09:45 – 10:45“Structural Pruning”
Brian Kempf, Wood Architecture Inc.

Structural Pruning by Brian Kempf, Wood Architecture Inc. The presentation will cover the process of structure pruning from cradle to grave. The presentation's focus will be on understanding branch aspect ratio and applying pruning dose to influence growth and structure.
10:45 - 11:45“The New Z133”
Dr. John Ball, South Dakota State University

The new Z133 by Dr. John Ball, South Dakota State University. The ANSI Z133 Safety Requirements for Arboricultural Operators provides tree workers with the standards to safely complete their tree-related tasks. This standard is updated every five to six years with the newest revision to be out this spring. This session will cover the new changes in the standard as well as highlighting the incidents that had the standard been followed, could have been avoided.
11:45 – 01:00Lunch and Outdoor Stihl Demonstration

Thursday Afternoon

01:00 - 02:00“Root Structure (Nursery Production Prospective)”
Brian Kempf, Wood Architecture Inc.

Root Structure by Brian Kempf, Wood Architecture Inc. We will be covering root production from the liner stages through larger boxes. We will cover the means and methods to develop a quality root structure when a tree is grown in a container. We will also be covering the inspection process, and out-planting into the landscape.
02:00 - 02:30Break
02:30 - 03:30“Top 10 Tree Disease and Disorders Found in New Mexico”
Dr. Phillip Lujan, New Mexico State University

Top 10 Tree Disease and Disorders Found in New Mexico by Dr. Phillip Lujan New Mexico State University. This presentation will discuss the top 10 urban tree disease and disorders found in New Mexico from samples that were submitted through the NMSU Plant Diagnostic Clinic. Conducive environmental factors, the pathogens and the hosts they are found on will be discussed as well as IPM strategies to manage the issues.
03:30 - 04:30“Weed Management in Turf and Tree Landscapes”
Dr. Leslie Beck, New Mexico State University

Weed Management in Turf and Tree Landscapes by Dr. Leslie Beck, New Mexico State University. It is important to always consider your surroundings when trying to control weeds in a landscape. The best way to maintain a successful and sustainable weed management program is to combine as many different practices as possible to create a less ideal environment for the weed, while simultaneously maintaining an ideal environment for your surrounding desirable vegetation. This is the foundation for an integrated pest management (IPM) program.
04:30 - 04:45Closing Remarks and Survey

Friday - February 9, 2024

Friday Morning

07:00 – 08:00Registration
08:00 – 08:15Announcements
08:15 – 09:15“We Have to Think in Tree Time”
Dr. John Ball, South Dakota State University

We have to think in tree time by Dr. John Ball, South Dakota State University. Since trees are stationary, they cannot avoid unfavorable changes to their environment. They must adjust to any stresses. But trees operate in their own time. Often slowly responding to stresses and either recover or decline. This creates a challenge for managing trees. We often assume the decline presented by a tree is associated with a current stress agent. This may not be true. It may be an agent that started a decade or more ago. This program will show how trees operate under tree time and we must do too!
09:15 - 09:45Break
09:45 – 10:45“Mulch Matters: How Mulch Choice Can Benefit or Damage Soil and Tree Health”
Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University

Mulch Matters: How mulch choice can benefit or damage soil and tree health by Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University. The current trajectory of climate change suggests that summer temperatures will rise, and drought conditions worsen, in many parts of the world. A well-chosen mulch can reduce soil water loss in gardens and landscapes and preserve landscape plant health. Not all mulches are created equal, however, and some mulches can damage both soil and plant health. Poor mulch choices will be identified and their limitations discussed. Better mulch choices will be suggested and their benefits explained based on published research.
10:45 – 11:45“Tree Bugs: The Beneficials and Pests of Trees in New Mexico”
Dr. Joanie King, New Mexico State University

Tree Bugs: The Beneficials and Pests of Trees in New Mexico by Dr. Joanie King, New Mexico State University. Ever wonder if that bug on your tree is helpful or causing harm? There are a wide range of species of arthropods that live near, on, and/or inside trees. This presentation will cover the most common beneficial insects and the pests of trees in New Mexico. Learn such topics such as identification of damaging borers, beneficial predatory insects that consume pests, and pollinator health. Integrated pest management (IPM) will also be presented, as well as the best IPM practices of common tree pests.
11:45 – 01:00Lunch and Outdoor Legacy Tree Company Demonstration

Friday Afternoon

01:00 - 02:00“Climbing 101”
Patrick O’Meara, High Country Landscape Ltd.

Climbing 101 by Patrick O’Meara, High Country Landscape Ltd. The presentation offers beginners & experienced climbers knowledge of basic safety practices, ropes, rigging, use of PPE, and a climbing simulation.
02:00 – 02:30Break
02:30 - 03:30“Principles of Organic Herbicides”
Dr. Leslie Beck, New Mexico State University

Principles of Organic Herbicides by Dr. Leslie Beck, New Mexico State University. The presentation will cover the basics of organic herbicides, what does OMRI certified mean, important considerations when using organic herbicides, and also covering an overview of research I conducted in partnership with Oregon State University on organic use. Even though our research is focused on landscape management, the information from this presentation can be applied in any cropping system focusing or planning to focus on organic herbicide uses. The goal is to make sure that if alternative herbicide active ingredients are used, the information contained in this presentation will help the user be able to make those applications in a safe, successful, and sustainable way.
03:30 - 04:30“Panel Discussion”
Host: Legacy Tree Company

Panel Discussion. A round table discussion by Think Trees hosts, conference speakers, and special guests. The audience will be invited to drop off questions at a predetermined location. The panel will respond to those questions and others from our live audience.
04:30 - 04:45Closing Remarks, Drawing, and Survey