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Board Spotlight: Anna Heckman, Secretary

I took my arborist exam in 2006 at the Redmond Annual Training Conference. I was a student at the UW, a new mom, and working for one of our well-known consultants whose first of many important lessons for me was to “get involved, I would never regret it.” I volunteered for the Redmond ATC that same weekend and I do not regret it one bit.

Currently, I serve as an unorganized mediocre Secretary for the Board. It was a position that needed filling, so I raised my hand to help out. I am also coordinating the Field Day for the ATC in Lynnwood this fall. In the past I have volunteered for the ATC and the International conference.

I was fortunate enough to go to school and focus my studies in forest ecology. After working as a seasonal for the Forest Service and a field research scientist for the University of Washington, I went back to school for a master’s degree in urban horticulture. For nearly 10 years now I have worked government positions as a vegetation manager and restoration ecologist. In every department I worked I was the only certified arborist on staff and my skill set was well used. Read More "Board Spotlight: Anna Heckman, Secretary"

Congratulations to the ITCC Competitors and Masters’ Challenge Champions

The 2017 International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) took place July 28-30 at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Congratulations to both James Kilpatrick and Chrissy Spence of the New Zealand Chapter for winning the Men’s and Women’s Masters’ Challenge Championship for the second year in a row! PNW’s own Robert Bundy represented us well, placing 20th out of a field of 45.

See all of the 2017 ITCC results at http://www.itcc-isa.com/events/itcc/results.

Credentials Communicate Commitment

As I write what is possibly my last Certification Corner as the Certification Director for the PNW Chapter, I find myself struggling to understand motivation between the young, new, arborist and the seasoned, highly skilled arborist. Recognition of the value of the Certified Arborist and/or any of the Certifications or Qualifications offered by the ISA seems to becoming more and more common these days. The credential seems to be more valued by owners, managers, and those coming out of school into the working world. As the Local Manager for the Bartlett Tree Experts in Clackamas, OR, I find it easier to promote the credentials to a young motivated arborist out of college than the seasoned high-skilled arborist who learned the trade through sweat and on-the-job training.

Credentials do not make you a better arborist. It is my opinion that the credential communicates commitment to yourself, the industry, and your employer and/or manager. I spend time trying to motivate very highly skilled and experienced climbers to get credentials with little to no luck sometimes, even when we cover the cost and time for those employees committed to taking the time to study and sit for the exams. Credentials provide more opportunity for those with them than those without. Every credential has a value; this can be monetary, increased opportunity for advancement, and just personal career growth.

To everyone in the field of arboriculture, take the time when given opportunity to get the credentials – it makes you more valuable as an employee.

Your 2017-18 ISA Board of Directors

During the 2017 ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show, 2016-17 ISA Board President Michelle Mitchell passed the gavel to Paul Ries, who will serve as your president for 2017-18. The Board also honored outgoing Board member John Gathright and welcomed two new members, Russ Carlson and Cecil Konijnendijk.

Take a moment to become acquainted with your 2017-18 ISA Board of Directors here: http://www.isa-arbor.com/about/bod/directory.aspx.

Honoring the 2017 ISA Awards of Distinction Recipients

The Awards of Distinction, sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts, are the highest honors bestowed by ISA in nine award categories that recognize ISA members for arboricultural education and research, contributions to practical arboriculture, publications, promotion of the profession, and advancement of ISA’s mission. This year’s nine award recipients were recognized at the Arboriculture Celebration that opened the 2017 ISA Conference in Washington, DC: Read More "Honoring the 2017 ISA Awards of Distinction Recipients"

Here’s to the 2017 ISA True Professionals of Arboriculture!

The 2017 ISA True Professionals of Arboriculture were honored during the President’s Welcome at the ISA conference on July 31. This program recognizes ISA members and credential holders who demonstrate sustained dedication and skill in reaching out to their communities, clients, colleagues, and employees to provide training and education about tree care and the benefits of trees.

Three of the 2017 honorees are from the PNW Chapter! Congratulations to: Read More "Here’s to the 2017 ISA True Professionals of Arboriculture!"

Thanks to the Sponsors of the 2017 Portland Regional Tree Climbing Competition!

Thanks to the following companies for their sponsorship of the 2017 Portland Regional Tree Climbing Competition, held at Laurelhurst Park in June:

Rich’s Tree Service

Rich Gillum: $1,000.00

Teragan & Associates

Terry Flanagan: $1,000.00

Bartlett Tree Experts

Lyle Feilmeier: $751.00 Read More "Thanks to the Sponsors of the 2017 Portland Regional Tree Climbing Competition!"

PNW Tree Profiles September 2017 Updates

In place of a tree profile this quarter, I’ve compiled an update of what we have observed about the performance of different species. Over 60 trees have been reviewed here and we have learned a lot of helpful information for tree selection and management. Remember, these are my observations, limited to these specific trees grown in western Washington. Your conditions and results may vary. Consider: Read More "PNW Tree Profiles September 2017 Updates"

2018 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package

The Pacific Northwest Chapter is pleased to announce the 2018 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package for the winners of the Chapter's annual Tree Climbing Championship (TCC), which will be held September 23-24 at Woodland Park in Seattle, WA.

This climbing kit will be presented to both the men’s and women’s champion and is intended to help equip them for competing as PNW’s representatives at the 2018 International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC).

Each prize package includes:
• Husqvarna Composite Multi-Purpose Axe and Arborist Technical Helmet by Petzl
• Buckingham Master 5.0 Arborist Tree Climbing Saddle
• Silky Tsurugi Curve Hand Saw
• ArborMaster® 150’ Hawkeye Climbing Line by Samson
• OREGON® Tool Bag
• Vermeer Logo’d Camo Tumbler
• 50% savings for an ArborMaster® 2-Day or 3-Day Hands-On Training Module Read More "2018 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package"

ANSI Pruning Standard Updated

The first ANSI Standard for tree care was developed in 1991. Since then our industry has developed eleven different standards in regard to tree care. In July, updates to both the Pruning (A300 Part 1) and the Tree Risk Assessment (A300 Part 9) standards were released.

There are several very significant changes to the Pruning standard. Removed from the standard was clause 6.1.4 “Not more than 25 percent of the foliage should be removed within an annual growing season…” Yes, you heard that right. No more will we be following the ambiguous 25% rule. But wait, there’s more. The Methods, or Types, of pruning have been eliminated. Crown raising, thinning, cleaning, reducing, etc. are no longer defined terms within the standard. These have been removed in favor of a “Systems” approach to pruning, or as the new revision states: “A pruning system should be specified to achieve the desired long-term form of the plant.” Read More "ANSI Pruning Standard Updated"