The conference planning team in Surrey certainly pulled off a winner of an event! Although the TCC contestants had to put up with some challenging conditions, and the Field Day started off in typical “wet coast” weather, in all other respects the 2013 Annual Training Conference can be considered a great success. Congratulations to all involved.
If you’ll indulge me, I’d like to add that on a personal note, our conferences mean a lot to me, mainly because I don’t work in the arboriculture industry and they represent one of the only chances I get all year to stay in touch with Chapter members, many of whom I have known for over 30 years now! This conference was no exception, and I really enjoyed the chance to reconnect with some people that I hadn’t seen for quite some time.
PNW-ISA’s Annual Training Conference will soon be upon us. I hope you have all made plans to be there, although it’s still not too late to register!
There was a good contingent of Chapter members in attendance at the ISA Conference in Toronto last month, and I for one am looking forward to catching up with some of them in Surrey to hear all about it. PNW was well-represented in the awards department as well – see inside for details about how Terrill Collier and Wendy Robinson were recognized for their contributions to ISA, the TREE Fund, and arboriculture in general.
This issue of the newsletter contains the usual Chapter and ISA updates, as well as information on a variety of publications and reports about trees and tree-related research from or applicable to our area. And remember … if you ever read or hear about anything that you think your fellow Chapter members would be interested in, please forward links or information to me and I will follow up for possible publication in future editions of Pacific Northwest Trees.
It does appear that spring has finally made its welcome appearance here in the Pacific Northwest.
And it seems that as soon as that happens, we start hauling out the barbecues, dusting off the patio furniture, and making preparations so that we can take full advantage of our long summer evenings. I know I’ve said it before, but this really is my favorite time of year!
Welcome to the first issue of 2013! I’d like to start off the new year by introducing you to the newest member of our Board of Directors … Lance Davisson of Boise, ID (see Profile on page 19). Join me in welcoming Lance to his new role as Governance Director. At the same time, Director Lyle Feilmeier has changed positions to take on Certification, and his first column is on page 16.
The Fall of 2012 has been a busy and productive time in the PNW Chapter. After “recovering” from the highly successful ISA 2012 Conference in Portland, we held a modest, one-day Annual Training Conference (also held in Portland) in September. It was attended by close to 100 PNW arborists, and from all reports was also well received.
I would have to agree with all the reports I heard in Portland – we put on a pretty good show! Conditions were perfect for the ITCC, Arbor Market, and Arbor Fair at Laurelhurst Park on the weekend. The educational sessions at the Oregon Conference Center were well attended, and seemed to meet or exceed delegates’ expectations for informative, interesting content. The host hotel put out the welcome mat for us all. The Trade Show was packed at the breaks, so exhibitors were happy. And the Tour des Trees and live and silent auctions raised impressive amounts for the TREE Fund.
Welcome! We are pleased and excited to send you the first electronic edition of Pacific Northwest Trees. Just click on the links to the left or below and follow the prompts. It’s the same format as the print edition, with the bonus being that all the email addresses and website urls are hyperlinked, so you can be there with a single click of your mouse. You can read the newsletter on screen, print it out to read at your leisure, or save it to a disk or flash drive for future reference.
Well we didn’t quite me our target of testing our electronic newsletter delivery systems with the Spring issue of the newsletter, but we’re giving it a try with this one!
Please bear with us as we make this shift, and by all means let me or the Chapter office know of any glitches, recommendations for improvement, etc.
The Chapter’s annual awards were presented at the conference in Coeur d’Alene in October.
Seen here are President Bryce Landrud presenting the Gold Leaf Award to Ramie Pierce of the CIty of Tacoma and the Municipal Arborist Award to Karen Haskew of Hayden, ID. President-Elect Jim Flott presents the Award of Merit to Tonie Fitzgerald of Spokane, WA. For a complete list of award winners, check out page 9 inside!
Even more importantly, however, the conference provides all of us a chance to meet informally with our colleagues from throughout our diverse region, to talk shop, share stories, and strengthen friendships. I hope to see you there!
This issue of the newsletter launches what will probably be an ongoing theme between now and next summer – the 2012 International Conference to be hosted by our Chapter in Portland, Oregon next August. It’s hard to be believe that it will have been 10 years since PNW was last in the spotlight, when we welcomed near record numbers at the 2002 conference in Seattle.
As usual, the Summer issue of our newsletter highlights the Annual Training Conference, which in 2011 will be held at the beautiful Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho. If you have never been there, I can tell you that it is definitely worth the trip! The Board held its May meeting on site a few weeks ago, and I was reminded what a wonderful location it is for our conference … with its lakeshore views and the lovely park for the Field Day just down the street.
ISA’s prestigious Gold Leaf Award provides an opportunity for us to recognize individuals, organizations, and communities for either outstanding Arbor Day activities or for outstanding landscape beautification projects. Nominations are solicited by each Chapter to acknowledge worthy recipients for projects that have had a significant impact upon a community or region, usually over a period of several years. Award recipients are chosen by the Chapter, and awards are presented at the Annual Training Conference.
As usual at this time of year, the Chapter’s staff, board, and volunteers have been dealing with the ‘aftermath’ of the Annual Training Conference – meaning wrap-ups, thank-yous, budget reconciliations, etc.
Also as usual, this issue of the newsletter contains our heartfelt acknowledgement and recognition of the conference planning committee, sponsors, exhibitors, and award winners, reports on the TCC and the Auction, and the AGM minutes.
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