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.
Michelle Mitchell President, ISA Board of Directors
This Year's Theme: People & Trees Adapting to Change
Trees are increasingly recognized as a vital link in bridging environmental, social, and policy issues. Professionals from a broad range of disciplines are paying more attention to the role of trees in their collective efforts for environmental conservation. The working arborist’s role is to keep current with the science and practice of tree care and effectively convey that information to a broad audience in a rapidly changing world.
Effective collaboration between professions and disciplines results in more successful solutions than any one group can achieve on their own. Linking our expertise and efforts may be our most vital tool for adapting to change.
ATC 2017 Logo
In developing our logo this year, we wanted to honor the locale. Conference attendees will be converging in Snohomish County; an ecological and societal delta where the mountains, estuaries, and sound come together with big cities and big trees. Through our artistic rendering of the location we hope to inspire attendees to see more solutions than obstacles when adapting to change.
The logo was provided and developed by local artist/photographer Sabina Burd.
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"
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"
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.”
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.
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"
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"