Urban Tree Diversity Conference - 12th Jan 2016

Urban Tree Diversity Conference

'Urban trees are central to providing healthy, vibrant and attractive cities throughout the world. They provide a wide range of ecosystem services, from mitigating the effects of climate change to providing a sense of place'

Arboriculture Australia is co-hosting the 2nd International Conference on Urban Tree Diversity with the University of Melbourne at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia. 19 - 24 February 2016.   At the asme time Arboriculture Australia will be holding workshops, their National Conference and Trade Exhibition and the Australian Tree Climbing Championship.

Thoughtplanters Director Mark Roberts will be running an ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) workshop prior the conference then presenting at the conference along with an impressive collection of national and international speakers

Click here bookings for more information.

Urban Tree Diversity @ the MCG - 16th Nov 2015

Urban Tree Diversity - where trees and cities collide

The 2nd International Conference on Urban Tree Diversity will be held in Melbourne 19 - 24 February 2016 - save the date and book your tickets.  In conjunction with the Urban Tree Diversity Conference will be the annual Arboriculture Australia National Conference and the Australian Tree Climbing Championships.

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Melbourne, Australia
19 - 24 February 2016

Click here to view the poster

Roberts recognised with the Ron Flook Award - 12th Oct 2015

Mark Roberts added to the list. The 2015 Ron Flook Award The New Zealand Arboricultural Association Ron Flook Award is an award given to elevate and recognise high standards of practice in Arboriculture. The recipients have demonstrated exceptional management of trees, whether functional or aesthetic in any stage of development. It is the highest award of recognition that the national association has to offer.

The 2015 Ron Flook Award was given to Mark Roberts on October 3, at the New Zealand Arboricultural Association's annual conference held in Nelson. The association recognised Mark for his tireless work and dedication to arboriculture on a national and international level. He was the youngest president of the association (being awarded a life membership in 2007), he has written over one hundred articles, been published in national and international magazines, written for and contributed to Standards, Codes of Practice and Best Practice Guidelines, Study Guides and Units of Competency. He has represented New Zealand with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) for over twelve years becoming President in 2014. Mark has delivered training and presentations all across the world, has been involved in the management and training of over a thousand New Zealand horticulture and arboriculture students.

Mark is a worthy recipient of the Ron Flook Award and we are proud to have him as our Academic Manager. In a typically short acceptance speech, Mark we gracious for the recognition but pointed out that the past was the past and our future actions are more important.

Congratulations Mark.

Validation is almost over - 7th Oct 2015

Competency in Australian Arboriculture - ACH10 review is well under way

Current qualifications and units of competency in Arboriculture from the AHC10 are being transitioned to the National Skills Standards Council Standards for Training Packages. The review process is seven steps - it is currently at stage four. Validation is your opportunity to comment on the content of the training packages within these qualifications. A Training Package is an integrated set of nationally endorsed competency standards, assessment guidelines and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications for a specific industry

This project is currently open for Validation for the next 24 hours. Click HERE for the link to the AgriFood Skills Australia review material.

The gavel has passed - 18th Aug 2015

The 2014/15 ISA Board of Directors (photo C/o the ISA)

  • Gavel | (noun) a small hammer with which an auctioneer, a judge, or the chair of a meeting hits a surface to call for attention or order

Our Academic Manager, Mark Roberts ended his term as the President of the International Society (ISA) on August 12 at the close of the 2015 ISA Annual Conference and Trade Show in Orlando, Florida.

Although the ceremonial passing of the gavel (where the outgoing President passes over control of the meeting to the incoming President) occurred at the opening ceremony, the presidential term ends at the close of the conference.

Mark posted on the Thoughtplanters Facebook page; "… it’s been an honor and a pleasure. 13 good years and so many good people, I suspect I'll miss it and I know I'll miss them".

Mark was appointed as the NZ Arboricultural Association’s representative to the ISA Board of Directors in 2002. There he served two terms before being elected onto the ISA's Executive Committee where he also served two terms before being elected as President.

During my time with the ISA we have gone from a 50 plus person super committee to an effective 15 person operating Board. It has been a long transition, mainly as it required 75% of the committee to vote themselves out of existence. The ISA has adopted a style of policy governance based on the Carver model where the Board provide direction through ‘ends statements’ – where the Board want the organisation to ‘end’ up.  By using this style of governance the Board remain strategic and allow staff under the control of the Executive Director to work operationally – its hard keeping strategic and not interfering with the detail, but it's the right thing to do and the most efficient way of doing it.

Mark was the youngest President and the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to take on the position. ' I never had aspirations of becoming President or anything like that, it was just a Kiwi thing; when there was work to be done I stood up and said I’ll do it. I must have done something right because they kept asking me to do more and electing me into higher and higher positions'.

Mark Roberts passed the gavel on to de Gourét Litchfield of Sweden - 'de Gourét is a good man, and even though the ISA is truly international having a Swedish President follow on from a New Zealander will help quite the few that still believe that the ISA is limited to America'.

Trans-Tasman Speed Tree Climbing - 4th Feb 2015

Trans-Tasman Speed Tree Climbing

Trans-Tasman Speed Tree Climbing at the 2015 Hilux NZ Rural Games

The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games will take place from Saturday 7th to Sunday 8th February 2015 on Queenstown Recreation Ground, Memorial Street. It will be watched by thousands of spectators and many more via Sky Sports coverage in NZ and around the world.

At the heart of the Games are a series of traditional sports attracting top competitors from throughout New Zealand and Australia.

‘Sports that built the nation’

Together with Sport New Zealand and rural sports associations around NZ we’ve developed exciting new formats for competitive other traditional sports that built a nation.

The NZ Speed Tree Climbing Trans-Tasman Championship will take place on Sunday February 8 between 9:45 and 11AM.

The event is being run by the New Zealand Arboricultural Association with only two of the possible five International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) disciplines on show; these are the ‘work climb’ featuring a different tasks at each ‘station’ in the tree and the ‘footlock’ where climbers ascend vertically up a static rope.

Judging this event will be David James who judges regularly at ITCC events and Mark Roberts the current President of the International Society of Arboriculture.

  • For more information about the 2015 Hilux NZ Rural Games click here
  • For more information about tree climbing as a competitive event click here

Giant pine scale in Melbourne’s southeast - 2nd Feb 2015

Arboriculture Australia have issued a press release about an outbreak of giant pine scale in Melbourne, Victoria.

Giant pine scale (Marchalina hellenica) is a scale insect, the sole member of the genus Marchalina. It lives by sucking the sap of many coniferous trees. Its quite large (up to 10mm) and can be found in bark cracks and the under side of branches often hidden under the white cotton-like wax it secretes.

People are asked to report potential sightings to the (Australian) Exotic Pest Hotline 1800 084 881 

Click here for Arboriculture Australia's press release.  For more information on Giant Pine Scale click here

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