Systems Thinking in Arboriculture featuring Bill Owen

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Wednesday, December 6th, 2023 | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Conference Description:

 Alex Shigo informed many aspects of modern arboriculture. One concept he discussed in his work was systems thinking. Systems thinking can increase the quality of our management approach, consequently improving the effectiveness of our management decisions, and interventions. This is because systems thinking helps us look beyond the individual components of a system to really understand a problem. Specifically, systems thinking considers how different parts of a system interact with one another and uses this information to determine the most effective management response to various problems. In this presentation, I discuss specific applications of systems thinking and relate these to current tree care management practices. I will give specific examples and present tools we all can use to apply systems thinking to our management approach.

Instructor Biography - Bill Owen:

 As a career arborist, I have done a lot and I have seen a lot. But more importantly, I’ve learned a lot. I started tree work climbing and dragging brush in a small residential operation. Over the course of my career, I have made my way into management and leadership positions in various organizations. Currently, I am a Director of Safety for Monarch tree care services. My current role enables me to share what I have learned in my career to enhance safety, productivity, and quality in the arboricultural trade. To that end, I regularly volunteer for industry events such as tree climbing competitions. I also enjoy writing articles for industry magazines and presenting on industry topics at conferences and workshops. I am currently involved with the Western Chapter ISA Commercial Arborists Committee. Additionally, I hold a variety of industry certifications including ISA BCMA, TCIA CTSP, ASCA RCA, among others. These activities and pursuits reflect my commitment to professional development and leadership in the arboricultural industry.


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