What do we mean by “Tracks?”
A track is both a level of detail or depth of the topic, as well as which professions would benefit most from the session.
An Introductory Track is delivered at a level that most audiences can readily understand and is considered a basic, more general session. These sessions are meant for either those who are new to the profession or science of urban forestry, or are looking for a refresher course.
A Technical Track contains information that builds on basic knowledge of a subject, or is on a very specific topic—for instance, a session on a particular disease and all of the details of that plant disease, as opposed to a general session on leaf problems of deciduous trees.
An Advanced Track contains the most detailed and specific information on a topic and is intended for those who have had a lot of experience and/or education on that specific topic. This track builds on that previous experience and educational level.
A Community Track consists of sessions that are particularly useful for urban foresters who work with communities, community groups, volunteers, decision makers who don’t have a background in urban forestry.
A Certified Arborist Track has sessions that we know will help someone either prepare for taking the CA exam, or prepare for an advanced CA specialty, such as Municipal Specialist.
A Commercial Arboriculture Track is designed for the practicing arborist: private, corporate or campus arboriculture, consulting arborists, tree inventory and management plan specialists, tree health care professionals.
The Municipal Forestry Track includes sessions that are probably the broadest in nature since municipal foresters must address the biological, social and political issues of urban forestry.
The Tree Inspector Track recommends those sessions that should be most useful for those that are attending the STSC to become recertified. This is the largest group of sessions primarily because of the diversity of Tree Inspector responsibilities around the state. Customize your two-day plan so it will help you the most in your community.
The Utility Arboriculture Track is the most deceptive track because it implies that it’s for utility arborists only. Not so! These sessions benefit all of us by helping us understand the responsibilities and challenges of managing vegetation in utility corridors. If you’re torn between a couple of sessions and one is a utility session, choose the utility session if you really want some new information.
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