PNW-ISA ATC 2017 Keynote Speaker Announced

PNW-ISA Annual Training Conference
Lynnwood, WA
September 24–27, 2017

Trees are a vital link in achieving a variety of environmental and social changes that are urgently needed. We are witness to an ever faster pace of change in social and environmental conditions that affect trees in return. This year's conference promises a program filled with outstanding speakers and vital topics for addressing the challenges facing trees and the people who care for them.

Aligning with this year’s theme of People and Trees: Adapting to Change, our chapter is pleased to announce that we’ve confirmed Dr Jim Clark to deliver the Keynote address as well as a special session by local environmental reporter Lynda Mapes.

Keynote: Managing Mature Trees in a Changing Environment

Dr. James Clark, Vice President, HortScience, Inc.

Dr. Clark is an inspirational educator and mentor to many green industry professional in Pacific Northwest Chapter going back to the 1980's when he was on the faculty at the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture and a board member of the Pacific Northwest Chapter. He is co-author of A Photographic Guide to the Evaluation of Hazard Trees in Urban Areas, Trees and Development, Arboriculture - Integrated Management of Landscape Trees, Shrubs and Vines (4th ed.), and Structural Pruning - A Guide for the Green Industry, in addition to numerous articles in the Arborist News and several research journals. A recipient of the ISA Alex Shigo Award for Arboricultural Education, he lectures in arboriculture and urban forestry worldwide and is recognized internationally by the ISA.

Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak

Lynda V. Mapes, Seattle Times Environmental Reporter

Lynda Mapes is a longtime reporter for the Seattle Times, covering the environment and natural history, including the removal of the Elway River Dams. She is author of four books, Elwha- A River Reborn, Breaking Ground: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Unearthing of Tse-Whit-Zen Village, Washington: The Spirit of the Land, and most recently, Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak. In her new book Witness Tree, Lynda tells the story of climate change through the life of a single 100-year-old red oak tree in the Harvard Forest. She will share the story of what she learned during the year she spent at there as a Bullard Fellow in forest research in residence, exploring the human and natural history of a single tree.

More Speakers to Be Announced

These and many more great speakers will be providing attendees with thought provoking ideas at the conference this year! A full speaker program will be announced later this summer.

What's Next

The PNW-ISA Tree Climbing Championship will take place right before the conference. Will you compete this year? Join the Regional competition in Portland and find out!

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