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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    Climbing the Technology Tree Using GIS


    Although Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has been around for more than 30 years, it is still in its infancy in many organizations and industries.  With the increase of available map products and applications being developed on a daily basis, mobile and web-based solutions have made their way into the tree management industry. We’ll demonstrate solutions that have simplified the inventory process and daily management of tree maintenance – with robust query & reporting tools. 

    Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is in the forefront of municipal tree management concerns and many communities are using the power of GIS to develop strategies for managing this pest with the goal of mitigating the impact of EAB on their urban tree canopy. We will demonstrate how GIS is and can be a valuable management tool in the EAB toolbox.


    John Gall is the Special Projects Coordinator with Wachtel Tree Science, a full service TCIA accredited tree care firm located in Merton, WI.  He holds a Masters of Urban Forestry degree from Purdue University. Prior to joining Wachtel in 2002, he was City Forester of Springfield, OH and West Allis, WI.  He has performed numerous GIS tree inventories and developed public tree management plans and EAB implementation plans for municipalities throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois.He is an ISA Certified Arborist/Municipal Specialist and an Honorary Life Member of the Wisconsin Arborist Association.

    Thomas Tym is a Principal/ Senior GIS Analyst at Ruekert & Mielke, Inc., a Municipal Infrastructure Management firm located in Waukesha, WI. He is responsible for business development and selling for the firm. He specializes in providing general GIS consulting services, including demonstrations, presentations and web application training to existing and potential clients. Thomas is also an expert in asset management, including VUEWorks software. Thomas has been employed by Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. since 1985.

    Nathan Schuettpelz is Consulting Specialist with Wachtel Tree Science. He received his BS in Urban Forestry/Forestry Administration and Utilization from UW-Stevens Point. His primary focus is with GIS field data collection using handheld and tablet devices and data analysis using various components of i‑Tree. He is an ISA Certified Arborist.

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