8:00         Welcome & Intro

8:05         MSA Updates

8:30         Building a Durable Body by Creating Efficient Movement Patterns — Nels Spence

This discussion will revolve around extending the working years of a production arborist. We will talk about reducing the severity of repetitive motion injuries, what it takes to create a durable muscular skeletal system, and efficient movement patterns.

9:30         What’s the MN Legislature Got to Do with Me? — Karen Zumach

Why and how activities in the MN Legislature impact the work lives and activities of everyday arborists? (e.g. being allowed to work during lockdown)

10:30      Break

10:45      Changing Climate and Changing Trees — Eric North

The presentation will discuss projected climate change and the implications for urban forests in Minnesota.

11:45      Lunch

12:45      MSA President’s Award

1:00         Minneapolis Ash Canopy: Replaced — Philip Potyondy

We made it to the other side of, what seemed at times like the long tunnel of, the Minneapolis Ash Canopy Replacement Plan. In general, it went fast and well. What was the Plan? How was it formed? How did it go? What did we learn? What have been the outcome? What is left to do? These questions and yours will be answered during this session. Plus, what about the fable of the boiling frog?

1:45         MSA Updates

2:00         Structure Pruning for Longevity: A study of Minneapolis Boulevard Trees — Brian Volz

The goal is to establish a robust and diverse urban forest. City trees cannot simply be planted and left alone to grow however they will. Requirements must be met in order for trees exist amongst existing and future urban infrastructure. Pruning is a necessity – but timing and method is the question. Are all species pruned the same? This talk will highlight several instances of successful pruning practices, some failed attempts, and lessons learned. This is an ongoing project with MPRB public trees as the subject.

2:45        Break

3:00         MITPPC is the ‘Bees Knees’ for trees and terrestrial invasive species – Rob Venette

The Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center at the University of Minnesota is driving discoveries to protect the states trees and lands from the harmful effects of invasive insects, worms, pathogens, and weeds. The Center is generating new technologies and techniques aimed at some of the greatest threats to the state. Dr. Venette will provide an overview of MITPPC and summarize team accomplishments against threats like emerald ash borer, oak wilt, Dutch elm disease, and more

4:00         MSA Social 

Join us outside in the courtyard following the conference for light food, drinks, and socializing!
Sponsored by: Bartlett Tree Experts