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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

Easy CEU Opportunities

Here we go again, another year is coming to an end as we move into the 2016 Holiday season. I recently attended the Liaison Meeting in Chicago in October, as I do every year as part of my duties as the Certification Director for the Chapter. The attendees at this meeting include ISA staff and a representative from every chapter or associate organization. Part of the agenda is discussion and exercise on assigning Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to training courses.

Many of us, including me, are getting our ISA renewals in the mail to renew our current certifications, whether it be Board Certified Master Arborist, Municipal Arborist, Utility Arborist, Certified Arborist, Certified Tree Worker, or a combination of several. Each of these certifications needs CEUs in order to renew. Many of us attend ISA or Chapter training seminars throughout the three years between renewals. And, like me, many of us do not monitor our CEUs until the last six months before our certification expires. At that point we have to scramble to find training to meet the CEU requirements before the deadline of December 31st. Read More "Easy CEU Opportunities"

News from ISA – Winter 2017

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 execsearch@isa-arbor.com. Read More "News from ISA – Winter 2017"

“Identifying Diseases” Course a Hit

welcome mushroomThe 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"

ATC 2017 and 2018 Announcements

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.