Thoughtplanters News Feed Thoughtplanters 2019 ASIA - PACIFIC TREE CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIP IS A PROUD SPONSOR OF THE&nbsp; 2019 ASIA - PACIFIC TREE CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIP1551697200 ASIA - PACIFIC TREE CLIMBING CHAMPIONSHIP Urban Tree Diversity Conference<br /> <em><br /> <br /> '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'<br /> </em><br /> <strong>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.</strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;At the asme time Arboriculture Australia will be holding workshops, their National Conference and Trade Exhibition and the Australian Tree Climbing Championship.<br /> <br /> Thoughtplanters Director <a href="/team/4/Mark-Roberts" data-object-ref="scm_team:4">Mark Roberts</a> 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<br /> <br /> <a href="">Click here bookings for more information.</a>1452510000 Tree Diversity Conference Urban Tree Diversity @ the MCG<h3>Urban Tree Diversity - where trees and cities collide</h3> <br /> The 2nd International Conference on Urban Tree Diversity will be held in Melbourne 19 - 24 February 2016 - <em>save the date and book your tickets</em>. &nbsp;In conjunction with the Urban Tree Diversity Conference will be the annual Arboriculture Australia National Conference and the Australian Tree Climbing Championships.<br /> <br /> <strong>Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)<br /> Melbourne, Australia<br /> 19 - 24 February 2016</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="">Click here to view the poster</a>1447585200 Tree Diversity @ the MCG Roberts recognised with the Ron Flook Award 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.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Congratulations Mark. <br /> &nbsp;<br /> <br />1444561200 recognised with the Ron Flook Award Validation is almost over<p></p> <h3>Competency in Australian Arboriculture - ACH10 review is well under way</h3> <br /> 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<br /> <br /> This project is currently open for Validation for the next 24 hours. Click <a href=""><strong>HERE</strong></a> for the link to the AgriFood Skills Australia review material. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br />1444129200 is almost over The gavel has passed<br /> <ul> <li>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</li> </ul> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> Mark posted on the Thoughtplanters Facebook page; &quot;&hellip; it&rsquo;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&quot;.<br /> <br /> Mark was appointed as the NZ Arboricultural Association&rsquo;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.<br /> <br /> 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 &lsquo;ends statements&rsquo; &ndash; where the Board want the organisation to &lsquo;end&rsquo; up.&nbsp; By using this style of governance the Board remain strategic and allow staff under the control of the Executive Director to work operationally &ndash; 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.<br /> <br /> Mark was the youngest President and the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to take on the position. <em>' 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&rsquo;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'.</em><br /> <br /> Mark Roberts passed the gavel on to de Gour&eacute;t Litchfield of Sweden - <em>'de Gour&eacute;t 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'.</em> <br />1439812800 gavel has passed Trans-Tasman Speed Tree Climbing<h2>Trans-Tasman Speed Tree Climbing at the 2015 Hilux NZ Rural Games</h2> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> At the heart of the Games are a series of traditional sports attracting top competitors from throughout New Zealand and Australia. <br /> <br /> <strong>&lsquo;Sports that built the nation&rsquo;</strong><br /> <br /> Together with Sport New Zealand and rural sports associations around NZ we&rsquo;ve developed exciting new formats for competitive other traditional sports that built a nation. <br /> <br /> The NZ Speed Tree Climbing Trans-Tasman Championship will take place on Sunday February 8 between 9:45 and 11AM. <br /> <br /> 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 &lsquo;work climb&rsquo; featuring a different tasks at each &lsquo;station&rsquo; in the tree and the &lsquo;footlock&rsquo; where climbers ascend vertically up a static rope.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> <ul> <li>For more information about the 2015 Hilux NZ Rural Games click <a href="">here</a></li> <li>For more information about tree climbing as a competitive event click <a href="">here</a></li> </ul> <br /> <br />1422961200 Speed Tree Climbing Australia have issued a press release about an outbreak of giant pine scale in Melbourne, Victoria.<br /> <br /> Giant pine scale (<em>Marchalina hellenica</em>) 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.<br /> <br /> People are asked to report potential sightings to the (Australian)&nbsp;Exotic Pest Hotline 1800 084 881&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Click <a href="/files/634/file/2015-01-23-DEDJTR-Arboriculture-Australia-press-release-pdf" data-object-ref="attachment:274">here</a> for Arboriculture Australia's press release.&nbsp; For more information on Giant Pine Scale click <a href="">here</a><br /> <br /> <br />1422788400 Tree Risk Assessment Qualification<h3>TRAQ course in Auckland, 24-26 February 2015</h3> <br /> With Worksafe NZ moving away from Hazard Assessment and into Risk Assessment the ISA&rsquo;s Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) is a must for arborists and/or those working with trees. <br /> <br /> TRAQ is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) qualification program that trains arborists how to use Best Management Practices methodologies for Tree Risk Assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardised and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.<br /> <br /> The program is an obvious way to manage your risk when dealing with trees and will improve your knowledge of risk assessment. <br /> <br /> The New Zealand Arboricultural Association is running a TRAQ course in Auckland, 24-26 February 2015 with current ISA President <a href="/team/4/Mark-Roberts" data-object-ref="scm_team:4"><strong>Mark Roberts</strong> </a>as the presenter. Numbers are limited and pre enrollment is required, so if you are interested then email; <a href=""></a> and/or <strong>David James </strong>( as quick as you can. <br /> <br /> <ul> <li>For more information about the NZ&nbsp;Arboricultural Association TRAQ course click here; <a href="">NZAA - TRAQ</a></li> <li>For more information about TRAQ click here; <a href="">ISA - TRAQ</a></li> </ul>1420974000 Risk Assessment Qualification