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"

Celebrating 2016

Lance DavissonAfter a long, cold and wet winter in the Pacific Northwest, we are sure to welcome a spring complete with full rivers, thriving landscapes, and much needed warmth and sunshine. It’s hard to believe it’s already the beginning of spring 2017, but I’m sure you are all as ready as me to melt that snow and dry out those trails. It’s time to get back to biking and hiking our trails and floating those rivers in this beautiful place we call home.

As I sit down to spend a little time connecting with my fellow colleagues and friends in the Chapter, your Board of Directors has just returned from our winter strategic planning retreat in cool and rainy … and then sunny … Portland, Oregon. Read More "Celebrating 2016"

Member Survey 2016 Summary Report

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"

PNW-ISA ATC 2017 Request for Presentation Proposals

PNW-ISA ATC 2017 "People and Trees: Adapting to Change"
September 24-27, Lynnwood, Washington

Proposals are due by Monday, February 20, 2017.

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 to 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. We look forward to featuring a multitude of informative and provocative presentations, inspiring plenary speakers, and unlimited networking opportunities complementing the conference theme “People and Trees: Adapting to Change”.

Key Presentation Questions and Topic Areas

Some of the key questions and topic areas surrounding this year's theme include:

  • New approaches in arboriculture practices that address changing growing conditions for trees in the built environment.
  • How can professional and interdisciplinary collaboration improve outcomes for trees and people?
  • The influence of changing climate patterns on tree care needs and standard practices.
  • Social and environmental benefits of trees - putting new data to work.
  • How are you adapting your work as an arborist to changing client expectations?
  • Which arboriculture practices are becoming more vital to maintaining and preserving trees?

Read More "PNW-ISA ATC 2017 Request for Presentation Proposals"

Healthy Trees = Healthy Communities

Tree Benefits PDF ImageThe Washington Community Forestry Council recently released a document you can use when discussing the benefits of urban trees. The sheet outlines tree benefits and threats to community trees as well as valuable information on the benefits healthy trees provide. Please feel free to download and use this PDF when acting as a tree advocate.

Municipal Forestry Institute 2017 Registration Closing Soon



Sign up now for MFI 2017, being held February 19-24, 2017 in Lake Arrowhead, CA.

Do You Have What It Takes To Move Yourself or Your Urban Forestry Program To The Next Level?
The Municipal Forestry Institute (or MFI) may be able to take you there! MFI is an exciting, high-level training opportunity educating people in the leadership and managerial aspects of urban forestry. This week-long intensive educational program delivers a challenging opportunity to grow a more successful community tree program. Come learn and master leadership and management tools of program administration, coalition building, strategic thinking, program planning, and public relations by investing a week in your personal growth and development.

MFI is a unique leadership and professional development opportunity you won’t find anywhere else. A team of dedicated urban forestry professionals from across North America will help you gain insights into how to move from a good urban forestry program to a great one. You will learn from and network with urban forestry professionals from large cities and small towns, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. MFI is an investment in your professional future - one that could pay great dividends to you and your city or organization. Read More "Municipal Forestry Institute 2017 Registration Closing Soon"

Spotlight on Kris Josey

kris-joseyKris Josey is the current PNW-ISA Treasurer and manages ArborCare Resources, Inc. in Hailey, ID.

I can’t remember when I actually joined ISA, but have been a Life Member since the early 2000s, and a member of the PNW Chapter at least since then.

I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BS in Accounting in May 1989. Upon graduation, I worked as a staff accountant with Coopers & Lybrand’s Denver, Colorado office until November 1992.

I obtained my CPA license in 1992 and later that year, moved to Idaho and worked in a local accounting office until 1996. I then left public practice to be a stay-at-home mom with my two young sons.

In early 1997, I combined my business/accounting knowledge with my husband Bill’s tree care knowledge to start our family business, ArborCare Resources, Inc., where I continue to be actively involved.

In 2003 I was appointed to the ISA’s Finance Committee and in 2014 joined ISA’s Conference and Events Committee.

In my free time I am a regular at the local CrossFit gym or outside enjoying the Sun Valley area skiing/snowboarding, hiking, or mountain biking.

My goal as the Treasurer for the PNW Chapter is to provide a business perspective to the Board as it explores new initiatives and continues to grow membership services for all members.