Diagnosing plant health problems takes specialized knowledge and experience. In this workshop instructor Jim Flott will recommend diagnostic steps to follow in determining the problem. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate diagnosis process. This workshop provides a solid foundation for arborists of all skill and experience levels to aid in the diagnosis of tree disorders.
The term “Tree Doctor” implies that such a professional can effectively diagnose a plant health problem and offer advice or prescriptions for resolving it. Although not known as tree doctors these days, arborists are often called upon by their clients for exactly this service, since diagnosing plant health problems takes specialized knowledge and experience. Some diagnoses are straight-forward when dealing with common problems; however, other plant health issues can be frustrating to diagnose in cases when symptoms are elusive or when circumstances conspire to obscure the signs that something might be wrong.
The best plant health diagnosticians out there will tell you that it takes decades of study and diligent practice to get really good at it, and even then the most experienced will still consult textbooks and research articles to help verify their conclusions. This lecture presents diagnostic steps to follow in determining the problem.
Location: Atwood Conference Center, Rooms 102 and 104, 550 West Seventh Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
8:30am – 9:45am, Systematic Approach to Tree Order Diagnosis
Key factors in tree health management
Challenges in tree problem diagnosis
Gathering the facts/data
9:45am – 10:00am, Break
The diagnostic process and the questions to ask
The basic inquiries and steps to follow
Jim Flott is president of Community Forestry Consultants, Inc. (CFC). CFC provides TreeWorks™ tree management software; inventories and appraisals; management plans; risk assessment and risk management plans; tree preservation plans; diagnosis; expert witness; forensic investigations; urban forestry program reviews; training workshops; and urban forestry, arboriculture, and horticulture consulting services to individuals, corporations, universities, municipalities, county and state agencies, cemeteries, and golf courses in the United States and Canada. He received his B.S. degree in horticulture from Iowa State University and his M.S. degree in forest pathology from the University of Arizona and has over 40 years work experience in the horticulture, urban forestry and arboriculture industries. He is an ISA certified arborist and certified municipal specialist; American Society of Consulting Arborists registered consulting arborist; PNW-ISA TRACE instructor and certified tree risk assessor; and ISA TRAQ instructor and assessor