News

Ian Scott

Ian Scott, Chair, ATC 2017
Photo courtesy of Sabina Burd Photography (www.sabinaburd.com)

My membership with the ISA began when I became a certified arborist in 2000. This was the same year that I moved to the PNW and joined the Chapter. At the time, my involvement was limited, but then the international conference was being hosted in Seattle so I volunteered to help. The networking and comradery with my peers was so enjoyable that I’ve stayed an active volunteer with the Chapter ever since.

My current volunteer position is the planning chair for the 2017 Annual Training Conference being hosted nearby in Lynnwood, Washington. Over the years, I’ve gained tremendous leadership experience through my volunteer efforts with the ISA, and this position is another opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Early on in my career, I learned from the example of my mentors at Puget Sound Energy, how volunteerism within the PNW-ISA creates even more opportunities to learn and grow professionally than just our daily work on its own. Read More "Ian Scott"

Your Market Value

What is your market value as an employee or a potential employee looking to be hired or working with a professional tree care company?

I recently had a conversation with several of my non-certified production arborists regarding attaining the ISA Certified Arborist Certification. Many are trained “in-house” and others are hired from the outside. All with different skill sets and experience. All of them are motivated to improve and take the opportunity to be moved up from production, whether they were climbers or plant health care technicians looking for new opportunity. Read More "Your Market Value"

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"

Hot Off the Press!

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.”

In Memoriam: Cass Turnbull and Mike Bowman

Cass Turnbull

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"

Silver Linden Tilia tomentosa

Linden trees, especially American, Tilia americana and littleleaf, Tilia cordata, have been widely planted in urban areas because they are drought tolerant, durable and beautiful, and thrive is some of our toughest locations. However, aphid infestations on these lindens can be incredibly messy and a real nuisance. The “honeydew” under a street tree can appear as if it rained just beneath the canopy. Except in this case, the shiny area you see is sticky like glue, excretions from the aphids. This glaze of honeydew can be horrible for cars, sidewalks, and outdoor furniture.

A perfect solution to avoid this malady is to select a close relative, the silver linden, Tilia tomentosa, which does not attract aphids. As the species name implies, tomentosa is used to describe a woolly coating on the leaf formed by the tomentose hairs. Apparently, it is the hairs or woolly coating on the leaves that repel the little critters. So, there is no need to blacklist all lindens because of the aphids. Read More "Silver Linden Tilia tomentosa"

The Rules

I’ve been working and climbing with trees for a few years now. And I’ve developed a set of rules for myself to stay safe, efficient, and make my job easier. Here they are: Read More "The Rules"

Tree Fund Update Spring 2017

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"

Grove of the States Arborist Work Day

group photo of 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"

Bill Owen’s Legacy Honored by Collier Arborist Training Trust

Having just returned from two days with the Board of Directors in Portland, OR, I am pleased to use this newsletter column to share information with our members and other readers about a recent board decision.

The decision was to approve closing the William (Bill) Owen certificate of deposit and transfer the balance to the Collier Arborist Training Trust administered by the TREE Fund.

William Owen was a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter. He, along with about 20 others including Bob Mazany, John Neill, Robin Gardner, Steve Goetz, Terrill Collier (and his father, Ray), Don Blair, Dan Douglas, and Gerry Chaster ... had the vision almost 40 years ago to create an organization for the arboricultural community here. Read More "Bill Owen’s Legacy Honored by Collier Arborist Training Trust"