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Visual Tree Assesment (VTA) Training
Crossroads Community Center
16000 NE 10th St
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 452-4874

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Thursday, April 19, 2018, 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM PDT
Category: WRPA Events

Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) Training

Registration is now closed.

WRPA Members: $149
Non-Members: $159


The goal of this course is to expand attendees' understanding of Visual Tree Assessment (VTA) and to gain some practical field experience in the company of other practicing arborists. VTA is an important skill that takes practice and experience to understand. Tree climbers can increase safety and improve their pruning skills using VTA. Tree assessors of all kinds including those involved in tree service sales can provide a better service to their clients using VTA.

The science behind VTA will be covered. We will review the tree biology, biomechanics, and species characteristics that help VTA practitioners make their assumptions in the field. A portion of the class time will be devoted to hands-on assessment of trees using VTA. Bring basic field tools, a desire to learn and share knowledge with others, and a clipboard with writing materials for our field activities. Half of the session will be held in the classroom and half will be outdoors.

Who Should Attend:

A certified arborist or anyone interested in arboriculture. Any parks, natural resources, street tree maintenance, or trails employees.

About Our Speaker:

Scott D. Baker, principal and founder of Tree Solutions Inc. (Seattle, WA), has worked with trees for over 40 years. He has extensive experience with construction, building codes, tree houses and zip lines. Scott utilizes his past experience as a successful developer to help bridge the gap between development and trees. He has extensive knowledge of tree biology and has partnered with several international scientists to help implement new tools and techniques in an effort to advance the use of science and technology in arboriculture. Scott is a respected speaker and educator throughout the United States and certified to teach the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) course internationally.  He is a Registered Consulting Arborist (#414), Board Certified Master Arborist (#PN-0670B), and a Qualified Tree Risk Assessor.


Contact: Washington Recreation and Park Association - [email protected] or 888-459-0009