Call for Presentations!

Thank you for considering a presentation proposal for the 2021 WCISA Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 7-10, 2021 using our virtual platform.

Our conference theme is “Far Out Arboriculture.” We were looking forward to being “far out” on California’s Lost Coast this June but will be “far out” virtually instead.

After a uniquely challenging year that forced many of us to adapt the ways we work “far out” beyond what we might have thought possible, our focus for the 2021 conference is on innovative approaches (aka, “far out”).

We welcome proposals for presentations that

  • Use innovative approaches to deliver information – e.g., a presentation that includes a video segment from the field, or a presentation recorded entirely -in- the field
  • Describe an innovative approach in the use of existing technology (video, webcasts, drones, maps, podcasts, web-based instruction) to train arborists
  • Demonstrate an innovative approach to our work in arboriculture – it could be new technology, new science, or even a new means of managing our work or communicating with our clients
  • Illustrate an innovative approach to connecting with others in the world of arboriculture and urban forestry, e.g., new outreach methods, unique partnerships, educational frameworks or workforce development systems, or other connections that led to “far out” positive outcomes
  • Demonstrate innovative approaches to forest management, especially redwood forests and the unique approaches that are taken to work with such large and stately trees
  • Represent far out arboricultural practices specific to the Lost Coast – what can the rest of the Chapter learn from our membership in the Northern California coast?

In a nutshell (or, “in an acorn” if you prefer): what have you learned / tried /started-up / experienced / developed / collaborated-on / accomplished during the pandemic era that is so far-out that you want to share it with others because it will help us all get better at what we do?

The conference committee invites you to share your experience, expertise, and professional knowledge by submitting a presentation proposal. More information about the proposal process and the format for submitting presentation proposals is at this link.

Deadline for submitting proposals is 5pm, February 26, 2021.


  • The preferred proposal format is online using this link
  • Proposals may also be emailed to Rose Epperson (
  • If necessary, proposals may be mailed to 31910 Country Club Dr. Porterville, CA 93257 Attention: Rose Epperson.

If you have any questions, please contact: Program Chair, Igor Lacan ( or Rose Epperson (

Thank you!

Thank you to our sponsors, speakers, and exhibitors for making our 2020 Virtual Annual Conference so much fun! We truly appreciate your contribution. On demand videos will be available for 90 days to registrants. CEUs were captured by the platform and will be sent to ISA. Enjoy the recordings. Thank you for attending and making this event so much fun to produce!

Comments from Attendees:

“It was the perfect virtual experience. Only thing better than that would be no COVID-19 so we could have shared the experience in person!”

“I miss meeting and interacting with people. However, I was able to focus in on the content and was able to easily go back and rewatch sections of presentations.”

Here are your “aha” moments:

Please support our 2020 Conference Sponsors:

We’re going virtual!

After much consideration, the Western Chapter has made the decision to move our 86th Annual Conference online. We will return to the beautiful Olympic Valley in May of 2023. We will still be offering over 15 hours of continuing education this fall with interactive networking and marketplace opportunities. Stay tuned for all the details. If you are already registered for the event, look for an email from our team in the coming weeks with pricing and refund details. We appreciate your patience and support as we work to bring our members the best educational opportunity possible while safeguarding their health and well-being.


We’re working with the venue and our partners to reschedule for fall. Registrations and hotel reservations for current attendees and sponsors will automatically be transferred and applied to the future date. We appreciate your patience as we work out the details.  Please wait to make any adjustments to your registration and hotel reservation until we have confirmed and announced the new date (hopefully in the next week).

Keynote – Joanne Marchetta

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: Where a 50-Year Legacy Guides
Environmentalism in the 21st Century for Lake Tahoe

MarchettaJoanne Marchetta is the Executive Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, a bi-state compact agency whose mission is to cooperatively lead the work to preserve, restore, and enhance the natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region. Since 2009, she has led the agency and basin
through transformational changes to strengthen the environment, economy, and communities of Lake Tahoe. She came to Tahoe in 2009 to serve as TRPA’s General Counsel before taking on the leadership role as Director. Ms. Marchetta has always had a passion for combining environmental protection, land use planning, and real estate development in unique and responsible ways. Following graduation from the University of Michigan with a forestry degree and Catholic University with a law degree, she started her professional career in Washington DC as a litigator for the Department of Justice. She led environmental enforcement cases under many of the federal environmental statutes — clean air, clean water, and hazardous waste cleanup actions. She worked for US EPA during the Bush and Clinton
administrations where she negotiated some of the largest hazardous waste cleanup agreements in the state of California. Later at the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, she helped to transform the Presidio from an Army base to a financially self-sustaining national park. Joanne serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Tahoe Prosperity Center. And she enjoys spending time with her partner, walks with her dog, martial arts, hiking, cycling, reading and experiencing all the best of Tahoe’s out of doors.