The Summer Meeting is Thursday, July 21st at the Farmington Club in Farmington. This will be an in-person event.
We have a great lineup of topics and speakers as well as opportunity to earn CEU’s. CT Arborist (3D) 5.0 CEU’s, CT Forest Practitioner – 2.0 CEU’s, Advanced Certified Tree Wardens’ -5.0 CEU’s, ISA – Pending and TCIA CTSP – Hazard Tree Talk/1.25 CEU’s, Line Clearance (IN SPANISH)/1.50 CEU’s.
8:30 am – Registration
9:00 – 10:15 am, repeated at 1:00 – 2:15pm (choose one in each time slot)
Beech Leaf Disease (BLD) and Boxwood Blight. by Matthew Borden, Ph.D., Plant Pathologist,
Bartlett Tree Research Lab, Simsbury, CT – This presentation focuses on Beech Leaf Disease and
Boxwood Blight. Dr. Borden will touch on the cause and control along with current research and management
Hazard Tree Assessment and Risk Mitigation for Field Employees, Emmett Shutts, Davey Tree
Experts and Casey Tresp, Bartlett Tree Experts – When working on or near trees that present a high risk
of failure, field employees need to make informed decisions whether it is safe to proceed with the work. Casey
and Emmett will give guidance on how to make these decisions and on critical techniques to make work safer.
10:30 – 11:45 am, repeated at 2:30 – 3:45pm (choose one in each time slot)
What is Currently Harming Our Trees? by Rich Cartier, Rainbow Treecare Scientific
Advancements, Minnetonka, MN – Today’s talk will cover the most common issues on landscape trees in
2022 as well as newly emerging pests to be aware of. It will cover various control options for these issues as
well as what results to expect.
Milling Wood from Backyard Trees, by Tom Worthley, Associate Extension Professor UCONN,
Storrs, CT – Tom will present basic log making and lumber making, log and lumber grading, sawing
techniques and lumber drying considerations. He will cover basic, portable sawmill design and operating
procedures as well as provide information about marketing, products, and the relative value of different species
**NEW** 10:00 am – 11:15am Safety Talk presented in SPANISH for all attendees.
(Session NOT repeated)
The Incidental Line Clearance and Qualified Line Clearance Arborist – What is the difference?
Regulations and standards for tree operations in the vicinity of electric conductors have changed. Work Rules
and minimum approach distances vary based on experience and training of the tree worker as well as other
factors. This session will cover the key differences and what standards apply to you.
3:45 pm – Adjourn – CEU Certifications Available – **During the course of the day, there is only a
potential to attend 4 talks. Therefore, the number of CEU’s will not exceed 4 talks.
CTPA’s Summer Meeting often comes across as part company picnic, part outdoor trade fair, part summer party and, keeping everyone focused, a strong set of educational offerings. Held on the third Thursday in July, the CTPA will often draw over 700 people to this one-day event.
What attendees almost always comment on first is the food – how much there is and how good it all is. Hosted by the Polo Club in Farmington, the event is known, for among other offerings, the chili and clam chowder served starting at 9 in the morning!
More than the food, though, the trade show draws a huge crowd, as the extensive grounds allow vendors to display such large items as aerial lifts, tree spades and large chippers. Many exhibitors also bring a van that they can set up as a mobile store, helping busy tree care workers replenish their supplies mid-season.
It’s not all commercial vendors, as, for instance, one mainstay of the event is the CT Agricultural Experiment Station, which sends several of its staff to help provide updates to attendees regarding the insects, diseases and conditions prevalent during that year’s growing season. Other exhibitors include representatives of various state and federal agencies, other non-profit agencies and Stockbridge School.
The educational portion of the event is also not to be overlooked. Important talks on major issues, such as chipper safety, updates on various insect pests, the nature and properties of ropes and more, have all been presented at CTPA’s Summer Meeting.