Keynote Speaker: Andy Lipkis

We are thrilled to host TreePeople founder, Andy Lipkis, as our Keynote Speaker at Paradise Found! Watch is Ted talk to get an idea about what he’ll be bringing to our conference.

From TEDxUCLA: When is the last time you stopped and really looked at a tree? Sometimes the things we see everyday lose their profound importance as they seem so commonplace, ordinary, already understood. Andy Lipkis has dedicated his life to trees, and talks about the extraordinary, and untapped power of the tree.

Andy Lipkis if the Founder and President of TreePeople, a nonprofit organization that is growing a green and climate-resilient Los Angeles.

Welcome from Conference Chair, Mike Palat

Mike PalatI look forward to sharing my love for San Diego with the members of the western chapter! We are very excited to host the 83rd Annual Western Chapter ISA conference. Paradise Found: Plans, Partners and Progress is this year’s theme. Our urban forests are ever changing along with our knowledge on how to better manage them. With the vision and leadership of our President Lisa Smith, we have a great conference line up that is going to be one that should not be missed. The program committee led by Jeremy Barrick, has been hard at work securing a cadre of excellent presenters that will leave attendees both inspired and informed.

The general session will include a couple of celebrated presenters including Andy Lipkis, a practical visionary who has dedicated his life to healing the environment while improving the lives of individuals and communities. He founded TreePeople in Los Angeles in 1973 at age 18 and continues to serve as its President. We will also have the pleasure of learning about trees from the prospective of David Zucker, the American film director, producer, and screenwriter. Associated mostly with parody comedies, Zucker is mostly recognized as the director and writer of the critically successful 1980 film Airplane! as well as being the creator of the Naked Gun franchise. These two presenters are just a couple of the examples of what will be a memorable, noteworthy event. The other portions of the program will leave all attendees with a comprehensive overview of Plans, Partnerships and Progress in our exciting industry. Expect to be enriched, entertained and educated after this one!

Besides the amazing program, there are many other things to get excited about for this conference. Starting with this year’s venue. Paradise Point, San Diego’s island resort. It is a private 44-acre island tucked away on gentle Mission Bay, minutes from the heart of downtown San Diego and adjacent to the famous SeaWorld San Diego. This San Diego hotel located near SeaWorld features comfortable, California beach bungalow-style guest rooms amidst lush, tropical gardens and meandering lagoons. As a fellow tree nerd, we feel that this venue is the perfect backdrop to our conference. This Southern California resort features over 460 guestrooms, including everything from spacious suites to lanai patio and garden rooms. You’re sure to relax between sessions comfortably in the tranquil bayside bungalows, featuring breezy patios with striking views. Other exciting opportunities include the Britton fund ride led by Bob Squibb and Doug Anderson. This year’s route will lead riders on an exciting, invigorating adventure meandering through San Diego’s most beautiful and challenging roadways. If bike riding doesn’t interest you, there is the famous conference Golf event led by both Al Epperson and Mark Hosford. It is tough to beat a round of golf in San Diego. As for the spouses program, there are so many entertaining and exciting opportunities that San Diego offers. It would be a shame for a spouse to miss out on this opportunity.

On a personal note, I am honored to be this year’s Conference Chairman. Along with our A team of committee members and leaders, we are all excited to make this year’s conference comfortable, enjoyable and memorable.

See ya in San Diego!

Michael Palat

2017 WCISA Conference Chairman

Call for Presentations

Thank you for considering a presentation proposal for the 2017 WCISA Annual Conference. The conference will be held May 8 – 11 at the Paradise Point Resort in San Diego California.

We are looking for exciting presentations that will engage our attendees and offer them solutions and inspiration, along with practical information they can put to work when they go home.  This year’s conference theme is Paradise Found: Plans, Partners, Progress – Arboriculture for Tomorrow.

Ideal presentation topics include:

  • planning and the urban forestry,
  • community outreach,
  • partnerships,
  • progress in drought and water management,
  • new species for the next century,
  • latest on pest management,
  • disease issues on the radar and management,
  • tree technology in the field and office,
  • wildlife knowledge and protection,
  • tree worker safety,
  • utility vegetation management,
  • construction management around trees,
  • nursery practices – history and where we’re going,  planting specifications,
  • job site leadership,
  • …and we are open to other ideas as well!

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That’s a wrap! A note from our Conference Chair, Nicholas Crawford

This year’s conference was a success in a bunch of ways! We had an incredible 500+ attendees which reflected the draw of hosting at Disneyland and the strength of our program. The whole time, the energy was palpable. People were excited to be there and enjoying the many little surprises and tie-ins with the location. We could not have asked for better meals and conditions. Perhaps that excitement is what fed the fundraising of over $25,000 through the Silent Auction and The Britton Fund Ride!

Without a doubt, our President Rhonda Wood’s role there as horticulturalist on staff at Disneyland opened many doors for us to get treated to behind-the-scenes access for the trees and landscape, sent great resources for elaborate decorations, and brought speakers from throughout the Disney family to go deeper on what makes the park scenes so mesmerizing.

Each year, our annual conference continues to evolve, and the showcase of our partnerships with other organizations improves every year. Coming off of the reception of the Yosemite conference last year at Tenaya Lodge, where we had a stellar lineup there too while at an intimate location, we were able to amplify everything with a destination location for folks and their families stacked on top of an equally strong program.

Looking ahead, we have a hybrid of the past two years nestled in the accessible but private Paradise Cove location in San Diego that offers tons of amenities on site and a program being assembled now that will maintain the momentum. Plan ahead, booking in advance and registering when things go live. Until then!