About Rochester Arborist Workshop

Rochester Arborist Workshop (RAW) assembles top notch conferences held in Rochester and dedicated to promoting great arboriculture across the tri-state region of southeast Minnesota, northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin.

Each year there is a RAW Winter Workshop. We draw private and municipal arborists and tree care companies from five states. This is a one-day event that will leave you wanting more.

Unlike many other workshops, we feature one or two top teachers/speakers from the field of arboriculture each year. The workshop strives to bring top educational programs from leading industry experts from around the world.

 

Past Events

RAW WINTER WORKSHOP, Thursday february 25, 2016

RAW WINTER WORKSHOP, Thursday february 19, 2015

RAW Tree Dissection Workshop - Friday, July 18, 2014

RAW Winter Workshop, Thursday February 27, 2014

RAW Winter Workshop – Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tree Assessment
Likelihood & Consequences of Tree Failures

Featuring

  • E. Thomas Smiley, Ph.D., Arboricultural Researcher
  • Brian Kane, Professor of Forestry, University of Massachusetts

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Rochester International Event Center
7333 Airport View Rd. SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Sessions
Dr. Smiley’s sessions will examine his new research about important tree risk information. This information is vital to the modern arborist – it pertains to anyone that removes, prunes, consults and climbs trees. Dr. Smiley has been a leader in arboricultural research for decades and these lectures are what arborists and foresters should not miss!

Dr. Kane’s sessions will look at the application of risk assessment.

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RAW Winter Workshop – Thursday, February 21

Tree Assessment
Likelihood & Consequences of Tree Failures

Featuring

  • E. Thomas Smiley, Ph.D., Arboricultural Researcher
  • Brian Kane, Professor of Forestry, University of Massachusetts

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Rochester International Event Center
7333 Airport View Rd. SW, Rochester, MN 55902

Sessions
Dr. Smiley’s sessions will examine his new research about important tree risk information. This information is vital to the modern arborist – it pertains to anyone that removes, prunes, consults and climbs trees. Dr. Smiley has been a leader in arboricultural research for decades and these lectures are what arborists and foresters should not miss!

Dr. Kane’s sessions will look at the application of risk assessment.This is where the rubber of research meets the road of real life. Dr. Kane has first-hand knowledge of tree climbing and can help the arborist and urban forester understand the risks associated with working in trees as well as their likelihood to fail in storms.

Schedule
7 am
Registration

7:45-8 am
Welcome and Intro

8-9 am
Intro to Tree Risk Assessment BMPs by Tom Smiley

9-10 am
Likelihood and Consequences of Tree Failures by Tom Smiley

10-11:30 am
Forces and Failures in Rigging by Brian Kane

11:30-12:45 am
Lunch with Vendors & Door Prizes

12:15 pm
Pest Update from the MDA by Mark Abrahamson
Climber’s Corner

12:45-1:30 pm
Likelihood of Tree Failures from Root Cuts by Tom Smiley

1:30-2:30 pm
Pruning and Wind Resistance by Brian Kane

2:30-4 pm
Advanced Risk Assessment by Tom Smiley & Brian Kane

4-6 pm
Minnesota Society of Arborculture (MSA) Social
Stick around and network with other tree care professionals. Drinks and appetizers provided by MSA.

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