TRAQ Renewal Course Available October 2017

Those who took the full Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) course when it was first launched in 2013 will be reaching their five-year expiration dates within the next year. ISA will begin offering the TRAQ Renewal Course in October (initial dates yet to be announced). All TRAQ holders who took the full TRAQ course will be required to pass the TRAQ Renewal Course to maintain their credentials for another five years. As a reminder, those who transferred their TRACE credential to TRAQ are required to take the full TRAQ course when their current qualification expires to be eligible for future TRAQ Renewal Courses.

Excerpted from ISA Today, March - May 2017.

Translated Arborist News Articles on ISA Website

Select articles from Arborist News magazine are being translated into both Spanish (Spain and Latin America) and German and made available to ISA members on the ISA website. Article translations will occur four times each year and will be added to our growing collection in ISA’s online publications library.

Excerpted from ISA Today, March - May 2017.

ISA Announces New Leadership

ISA is pleased to announce the selection of Caitlyn Pollihan as its new Executive Director. The transition is anticipated to begin on July 1, 2017, when Caitlyn officially takes over as the ISA Executive Director. At that time, Jim Skiera will serve as a Senior Advisor until his retirement later this year to assist in a smooth change in leadership for the organization. Pollihan brings to ISA a background in Forestry Leadership and Association Management. Read More "ISA Announces New Leadership"

Interested in Serving on the Board?

Program Director Nominations

The Board is seeking candidates for each of the five Program Director positions on the Executive Committee, which will be up for election at this year’s AGM in Lynnwood, WA. Those positions are: Read More "Interested in Serving on the Board?"

The Times They Are a-Changin’ … PNW-ISA is seeking a new Editor!

That’s right: long-time Editor Susan Munro is finally retiring from active duty! While she has agreed to stay on until the end of the year, the Winter 2017-18 edition will be the final newsletter produced under her “eagle editorial eye.”

The Chapter is embarking on a new strategic plan, and with our technological capacity ever-improving, there may be opportunity in the future to expand the role beyond just producing a quarterly newsletter. The Board is therefore seeking individuals who are interested in fulfilling the position as it currently exists and who are also open to the possibility of additional responsibilities however those may be determined down the road (e.g., in the areas of social media, general Chapter communications, etc.). Read More "The Times They Are a-Changin’ … PNW-ISA is seeking a new Editor!"

TREE Fund Grant/Scholarship Application Period Opening Soon

July 1, 2017 - October 1, 2017
Online applications are open during this period for:

Free TREE Fund Webinar with CEUs

“Soil Profile Rebuilding: Rehabilitating Compacted Soils”

Featuring Dr. Susan Day (Virginia Tech)

If you’ve ever faced the problem of how to grow trees in compacted, rock-hard soils left behind after urban development and construction, then this is the webinar for you. Dr. Day will teach you the secrets of Soil Profile Rebuilding (SPR), the soil rehabilitation method that allows you to remediate soils on site, has a lasting effect, and can result in as much as 84% greater canopy relative to trees in untreated soil.

  • June 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT (translate to your time zone here)
  • Pre-registration is recommended (you’ll receive a reminder email the day before the program).
  • Log in HERE on June 21.
  • 1 CEU available from ISA or SAF

Thank you to Utah State University Forestry Extension and Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands for hosting this program.

Visit to see upcoming webinars and to watch past broadcasts.

Chapter Award Nominations

The annual PNW-ISA awards will be presented during the Lynnwood ATC. Nominations are open for:

  • Arborist of the Year
  • Tree Worker of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year

Use the new mobile-friendly online form or access the PDF version to nominate someone you know that has contributed to the community this year.

Trees for Central Washington

Washington is well known for its verdant forestlands; however, the center of our state is very different. The coulees, shrub-steppes and other high desert landscapes of central Washington are tough environments for trees. This leaves cities asking “what can I plant here?”

For purposes of this article, we are defining central Washington as Douglas, Lincoln, Adams, Franklin, Grant, Benton and Yakima counties, and similarly dry parts of adjacent counties.

The palette of trees for these counties is smaller than it is elsewhere in Washington, yet there are a great many species of ornamental trees that can thrive in central Washington cities and towns. Read More "Trees for Central Washington"

News from ISA – Spring 2017

Visit Washington, DC for the ISA Annual International Conference

ISA is partnering with MAC-ISA (ISA Mid-Atlantic Chapter) to bring you the 2017 ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show, July 29 – August 2 ... the premier event “where arboriculture meets.” Besides offering educational opportunities for professionals from all areas of arboriculture, this year’s event rejoins the International Tree Climbing Championship and the TREE Fund’s STIHL Tour des Trees.

The educational programming includes pre-conference workshops on the weekend, multiple educational sessions Monday through Wednesday, the trade show, and Climbers’ Corner demonstrations on the trade show floor. And the International Tree Climbing Championship will kick off the conference this year at the United States National Arboretum, July 28-30. Read More "News from ISA – Spring 2017"