Webinars On-Demand

Education and research are vital elements in the fulfillment of the Chapter's mission. Chapter volunteers and staff work continuously with industry professionals and field experts to develop online resources that provide diverse educational opportunities and platforms for the presentation of new research, information, and technology. Visit this site often for added learning resources to help you further your career and meet ISA CEUs requirements.

Cost:  $15 Ohio Chapter Members/$20 Non-Members - 1 ISA Credit
          $20 Ohio Chapter Members/$25 Non-Members - 2 ISA Credits

Webinars are available 24/7.

Select the webinar of your choice, complete the registration information, and a link to the recording and quiz will be emailed upon receipt of payment.

*CEUs can be earned one time for each webinar. Each one hour of instruction requires a  passing grade (≥80%) on a 20 question quiz.  Members MUST login to get member pricing.  


2021 Virtual Ohio Tree Care Conference Keynote Presentation
This conference keynote presentation focused on biodiversity in urban forests and how it relates to the human immune system. 
Speaker:  Dr. Georffrey Donovan, USDA
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1.25, Municipal Specialist 1.25, BCMA Science 1.25

ALB Update
This session provides an update on Asian long-horned beetle (ALB) in Ohio as well as the newest discovery in South Carolina. Learn how to detect ALB, how it differs from emerald ash borer (EAB), and what is being done to stop this tree killer.
Speaker:  Joe Boggs, The Ohio State University
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Utility Specialist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Science 1, TW Climber Specialist 1, TW Aerial Lift Specialist 1

Attracting and Retaining Utility Arborists
Presenters in this session shared how they attract and retain utility arborists.
Panel: Kris Keefer, Asplundh; Michael Mongell, PennLine; Doug Shaffer, Townsend Tree  
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Utility Specialist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Management 1

Beech Leaf Disease
Beech leaf disease (BLD) is an emerging concern for American beech (Fagus grandifolia) in the eastern United States. BLD was originally discovered in Northeast Ohio in 2012 and has greatly expanded since its initial discovery. The number of BLD-positive counties has doubled each of the past two years and has been identified in multiple new states in 2020. This session covered BLD background, distribution, and experimental treatments. Other research updates and resources are provided.
Speaker:  Daniel Volk, Cleveland Metroparks
ISA Credits:
Certified Arborist 1, Utility Specialist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Science 1, TW Climber Specialist 1, TW Aerial Lift Specialist 1

Closed Chain of Custody, Herbicide Trends
A review of the importance of Closed Chain of Custody for Herbicide and it’s significance in the Vegetation Management Industry.  
Speaker: Steve Gray, Nutrien
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Utility Specialist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Management 1

Developing Leaders in Your Culture of Safety
A world class culture of safety must be cultivated from within. From this presentation, you will have a review of several historical leaders that have proven methods of effectiveness from the early 19th century Sea of Cortez battle of Trafalgar to a 21st century neighborhood in Pakistan. This is paired with lessons from 20th century industry where chaotic and dynamic situations were managed, and won, using what the presenter found to be very similar threads in leadership styles that we can apply when building a culture of safety.
• How these leaders were able to gain efficiency from their teams by empowering their people.
• The common themes used to build effective leaders from within.
• Exploring how the traditional organizational chart can be reimagined to foster greater understanding of an organization’s strengths while increasing chances to reach and exceed goals.
Speaker: Keith Pancake, ACRT Services
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Utility Specialist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Management 1, TW Climber Specialist 1, TW Aerial Lift Specialist 1

The Ecology of Roadside Trees and Asphalt Pavement
Street trees shape the microclimate in many Ohio communities, influencing temperature, humidity, air movement, and snow - and rainfall at street level. To test the effect of tree microclimate on asphalt pavement, we surveyed the condition of 300 plots on urban streets and rural roads of Athens, OH, city and county. Shaded plots were cooler, less easily wetted in a rain but also longer to dry after rain, and less snow-covered than exposed plots. The ten-year-old pavement under a complete tree canopy (> 90% coverage) was significantly rougher than similar pavement open to the sky. However, the difference in texture was slight, and no difference was observed at lower degrees of canopy coverage (0-60%). Because coverage > 90% is rare on Ohio streets and roads, we conclude that overhanging trees have very little effect on the actual road system. Trees should only be removed or pruned individually and on a case-by-case basis. Canopy reduction should only be used in response to measured pavement conditions at a particular point; protection of pavement cannot be used as a general justification for tree removal over large areas.
Speaker: Glen Matlack, Ohio University
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Management 1

Effects of Insecticides on Natural Enemies
Natural enemies are an increasingly important component of pest control systems in greenhouse environments. Application of insecticides in a greenhouse increase exposure to these biological control agents, which may result in increased mortality and therefore decreased productivity. Topical applications were done to 3 common greenhouse biological control agents: convergent lady beetles, the insidious flower bugs, and a parasitoid wasp, via abdominal applications. Treatments consisted of multiple concentrations of various insecticides. Additionally, each insecticide concentration contained the synergist piperonyl butoxide (PBO), a P450 enzymatic blocker. The P450 enzyme normally causes the insecticide to be ineffective, however, insects influenced by PBO will be unable to rid their systems of the insecticide uptake. Responses of susceptibility were, therefore, more accurate in our recordings. This has been reinforced by our findings within the LC50 curves developed from our data.
Speaker: Rachel Bienemann, The Ohio State University
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Practice 1

Electrical Hazards Demonstration
Electricity - what we know and how to work with it.
Speaker:
Jerome Monaco
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Utility Specialist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Management 1, TW Climber Specialist 1, TW Aerial Lift Specialist 1

Environmental Justice in the Urban Forest: Deepening the Connection
"Environmental justice" refers to the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people--regardless of their race or other characteristics--in the policies and actions we take to manage our environment. Urban forestry is not exempt from environmental injustices: Extensive evidence demonstrates how tree canopy is often healthier and more abundant in wealthier, whiter neighborhoods across the United States. This reality is not an accident, but rather the result of systemic racism, which must be understood and addressed to achieve environmental justice. Creating more "just" urban forests is not as simple as planting trees in low canopy neighborhoods. This work will entail sustained and cohesive efforts from the municipal, non-profit, commercial, utility, academic, and civil society sectors. Dr. Carmichael conducted research in Detroit, MI from 2014 to 2017 to understand why residents in predominantly Black neighborhoods submitted "no-tree requests" when offered a free street tree by a non-profit organization. This presentation describes findings from this research, as well as the lessons from a well-established body of environmental justice research, that can be applied to efforts in cities across the U.S. to engage more diverse people in equitably restoring and sustaining urban forests.
Speaker: Christine Carmichael, Fair Forests Consulting
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Management 1

Equity - Another Piece in the Tree Canopy Puzzle
Over the last several years research has been confirming what urban foresters have known for a long time; trees play a vital role in the health and well-being of city residents. From shading and cooling homes to reducing stormwater run-off and improving mental and physical health – urban tree canopy cover provides essential quality of life benefits for city residents. Tree canopy cover, however, is not distributed equally across a city. It varies across neighborhoods - changing over decades - sometimes gradually and sometimes abruptly due to weather, climate, disease, economics, and development factors. In many cities, the neighborhoods with the lowest tree canopy cover are also those with the most vulnerable populations in terms of income, age, health, and crime. This presentation will look at what urban foresters can do to help improve the inequitable distribution of tree canopy cover. It will discuss tools, resources, and strategies to identify areas of low canopy cover and high need and ways the community can be engaged to help support tree planting and care efforts.
Speaker: Kerry Gray, Davey Resource Group
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Management 1

A Focus on Arborist Rescue 
In this 2-hour presentation, Rich reviews the foundation (contributing factors to accidents, the hierarchy of rescue techniques, preplanning to avoid rescues, and hazard assessment); rescue in practice (including scene safety, activating emergency response plans, verifying equipment and anchors, and how to execute rescue). Additionally, Rich demonstrates and discusses moving rope rescues and stationary rope rescues (assessment of victim [primary/secondary], victim movement considerations, and control on the descent.) 
Speaker: Rich Hattier, Option Access
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 2, Utility Specialist 2, Municipal Specialist 2, BCMA Management 2, TW Climber Specialist 2, TW Aerial Lift Specialist 2

The Impact of Urban Tree Planting Gentrification
This session examines whether planting urban trees can drive gentrification and how biodiversity should be part of the environmental-justice conversation.
Speaker: Dr. Geoffrey Donovan, USDA
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Management 1

Invasive Species
What are invasive species and why are they a problem? This session looks at what we know about why some species become invasive and provides information on some of the newest invasive arrivals in our area.
Speaker: Ellen Crocker, Ph.D.
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Utility Specialist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Science 1, TW Climber Specialist 1, TW Aerial Lift Specialist 1

Investing in Trees for Health, Safety, and Equity: Creating Columbus' First Urban Forestry Master Plan
Columbus is the nation’s 14th largest city with over 127,000 public trees. Learn how the City leveraged existing data, community, and industry stakeholders, and a consultant team to create Columbus’ first Urban Forestry Master Plan (UFMP). UFMP project manager Rosalie Hendon details challenges, opportunities, and early wins that Columbus used to build a successful plan.
Speaker:  Rosalie Hendon, City of Columbus Recreation & Parks
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Management 1

IVM Best Management Practices
Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) is both economically and environmentally effective in managing ROW in many settings. IVM by definition requires choosing an optimal treatment from a variety of management choices. ISA and UAA are in the process of updating the IVM Best Practices Guide, with Randall H. Miller as the lead author. This presentation reviews IVM standards and best practices and highlights the upcoming changes expected in the BMP revision due out later in 2021.
Speaker: Geoff Kempter, Asplundh
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Utility Specialist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Practice 1

Make Every Anchor Matter and Equipment Inspection & Integration
A look at some factors for anchor selection beyond strength and how to select and build resilient anchorages for production tree climbing. This 2-hour presentatio00n also takes a look at the basics of individual component inspections and how to combine these into assemblies and systems.
Speaker: Tony Tresselt, North American Training Solutions
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 2, Utility Specialist 2, Municipal Specialist 2, BCMA Practice 2, TW Climber Specialist 2, TW Aerial Lift Specialist 2

Monarch and Pollinator Health in ROW Corridors; The Value of Edge Trees in Habitat Enrichment
ROW's provide continuous tracts of accessible greenspace. When managed properly these areas may offer sustainable ground cover systems, improve biodiversity, and provide suitable habitat for numerous species including pollinators. Studies at Greenup, KY, and other ROW sites highlight how Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) strategies can play a major role in early successional habitat enrichment. At several sites including Greenup, KY, after removal of large tree species, changed site conditions helped to promote suitable native ground cover. In addition, edge effects in border zones included the emergence of pollinator-friendly tree canopies that also may assist in promoting habitat quality and species richness.
Speaker: 
Anand Persad, ACRT
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Utility Specialist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Management 1

The Next Vital Sign - Trees and Human Health
Ample literature has illustrated the key impact treed greenspaces have on human health, and further research has shown severe inequity in access to greenspaces. This inequity has a profound adverse impact on the community and individual health. In this presentation, Jennifer Wisdom, M.D., highlights peer-reviewed literature establishing this link, and Josh Behounek outlines concrete steps municipalities can take to improve access to greenspace with an emphasis on social and environmental justice and equity in directing actionable movement.
Speaker:  Josh Behounek, Davey Tree
ISA Credits: Certified Arborist 1, Utility Specialist 1, Municipal Specialist 1, BCMA Management 1, TW Climber Specialist 1, TW Aerial Lift Specialist 1