ISA Members and Credential Holders:
The ISA Board of Directors has completed its search and selection process for the Executive Director position, and we are pleased to announce the outcome of that process. We have selected Caitlyn Pollihan to be the next Executive Director for ISA. To learn more about Caitlyn’s background and the ISA Board’s decision, please see the press release.
The ISA Board of Directors and the Executive Director Transition Committee are dedicated to a smooth transfer of leadership for our members, credential holders, and staff. As such, we anticipate the transition to begin on July 1, 2017, when Caitlyn officially takes over as the ISA Executive Director. At that time, Jim Skiera will proceed as a Senior Advisor until his retirement later this year to assist in a smooth change in leadership for the organization.
We would also like to take this moment to acknowledge and thank Jim for his multiple decades of service, passion, and leadership in serving ISA and the industry. Jim has served the organization well, and we are better as a result of his service.
ISA looks forward to Caitlyn Pollihan’s new role as Executive Director as we continue to serve our members, credential holders, and other professionals throughout the industry.
President, ISA Board of Directors
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"
PNW-ISA member Christina Pfeiffer of Seattle, WA has recently published an updated edition of her book, Pacific Northwest Month-by-Month Gardening: What to Do Each Month to Have a Beautiful Garden All Year.
Notes Christina: “This practical guide has been updated with current information for maintaining beautiful and healthy gardens, tuned into important regional issues such as water conservation, and protecting pollinators. Arranged by month, each chapter cues into the seasonal rhythms and life cycles in the garden and the timely tasks that go along them. When we can work in sync with nature, caring for the garden becomes more of a pleasing journey, and less of a battle. And as with the first edition, this book offered me an opportunity to include accurate and up-to-date information on tree care and hiring Certified Arborists that is so often missing in general garden guides for the public.”
February 7, 1951 – January 26, 2017
In late January, we were all saddened to learn of the sudden and unexpected death of well-known PlantAmnesty founder Cass Turnbull. While vacationing in Hawaii with her husband, she suffered a fatal heart attack after a swim. Cass was the power, the energy, the humor, and the magic behind PlantAmnesty, a long-time member of ISA and the PNW Chapter, and she will be missed by all who knew her.
PlantAmnesty is organizing a public celebration of her life called “The Life and Times of Cass Turnbull” at 1 PM on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Shoreline Community College Theater in Shoreline, WA. Further information can be found at www.plantamnesty.org.
Read More "In Memoriam: Cass Turnbull and Mike Bowman"
2016 was a great year for TREE Fund research. Not only did we award a record-breaking ~$550,000 in new grants, we also saw several TREE Fund-supported projects published and presented around the world, getting new knowledge into the heads and hands of the tree care professionals who care for our urban forest. Read More "Tree Fund Update Spring 2017"
On November 11, 2016, a team of two dozen highly skilled volunteer arborists from four local companies sponsored a work day in Oregon’s Grove of the States to prepare the site for the next phase of its restoration.
Located at the southbound I-5 French Prairie Rest Area (at Milepost 281 near Wilsonville), the Grove is believed to be the oldest public arboretum of state trees in the US and was originally a collection of trees from 53 US states and territories. When the Grove was planted in 1967, planners did not provide enough space for the new trees to grow into their mature height. Over the years, some of the larger species and encroaching Douglas fir trees out-competed their neighbors for sunlight and many of the trees became diseased, unhealthy, or died.
Preparing for the Grove’s 50th anniversary in August 2017, the Oregon Travel Information Council (DBA Oregon Travel Experience) and its partners at the Oregon Department of Forestry, Friends of Trees, and other tree lovers have joined efforts to save the Grove for future generations. Read More "Grove of the States Arborist Work Day"
Last summer, PNW-ISA sent an electronic survey to the membership to solicit feedback on our overall member services and benefits. Congratulations to Charles Rognlie, the lucky winner of a $100 course discount for participating in the survey.
The PNW-ISA Board of Directors and staff have reviewed the survey and summary of responses. The candid responses – both positive and negative – are extremely useful to us as we move forward with a new strategic plan. Together, we continue to build a solid, effective member organization for the professional arboriculture community in the Pacific Northwest.
We would like to see more members take advantage of the Certified Arborist Directory. Did you know that the basic listing is free? Signing up is as simple as checking a box. Follow the directions on the Arborist Directory Registration page. This complimentary member service is one of the ways we can help ensure homeowners and others find qualified tree care companies and consultants.
What follows is the summary of responses we received.
Read More "Member Survey 2016 Summary Report"
ISA Announces Upcoming Retirement of Executive Director Jim Skiera
After more than 22 years of service, Jim Skiera has announced his retirement as Executive Director of ISA, effective by the end of 2017. As per the established Succession Plan Policy, the ISA Board of Directors has appointed an Executive Director Transition Committee to manage the search process. This committee will be conducting a search to identify the next Executive Director. Details of the search process will be posted at a later date on the ISA website. Inquiries about the position can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Read More "News from ISA – Winter 2017"
The first course to be held in BC on Identifying Diseases was held at Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest in Surrey on November 17th and 18th. Delivered by Julian Dunster and Jeff Fournier, both courses sold out.
Thanks to Nadia Chan and her staff at the City of Surrey, and to Jeff for collecting and preparing an amazing array of fungi and wood samples, and for laying out the dissections in the forest.
It was a fun course to work on and we look forward to hosting more of them here in the coming years. Read More "“Identifying Diseases” Course a Hit"
2017 Conference Theme To Be Determined!
The conference planning committee for the 38th Annual Training Conference is off and running. The group has met several times already to iron out volunteer roles and brainstorm about the conference theme and potential speakers.
The conference will be held at the Lynnwood Convention Center in Lynnwood, WA. Attendees can expect a Tree Academy (or Academies), Field Day, and indoor sessions for every discipline.
Mark your calendars for September 24-27, 2017. We expect to hold the Chapter Tree Climbing Championship during the conference as well.
And Looking Ahead to 2018 ...
The PNW-ISA is excited to announce that the 2018 Annual Training Conference will be held in Vancouver, BC in conjunction with the Canadian Urban Forest Conference (CUFC) and Urban Tree Diversity 3 (UTD3).
CUFC brings together leading experts from across the country, allowing for dialogue between professionals, community groups, and practitioners on innovative strategies, policies, technologies, research, and best management practices related to arboriculture and urban forestry.
UTD3 is an international conference that addresses research on urban tree diversity and its crucial implications for urban foresters and society in achieving resilient, vibrant, and productive urban forests.
The PNW-ISA will be working with CUFC and UTD3 to offer a unique conference, bringing together international, national, and regional speakers related to arboriculture and urban forestry.
Any questions related to ATC 2018 can be sent to Nadia Chan.