First of all, let me say that it is a great honor to serve all of you. As my term starts, I have been thinking about how extraordinary our Chapter is, even within a global perspective of arboriculture. PNW-ISA is a large chapter with over 2,000 members. Only the Western chapter is larger. We are also unique because we are composed from parts of two countries, the United States and Canada.
We have a rich history of creativity, innovation, and leadership. Our members helped develop important ISA programs. ISA Certified Arborist, TRAQ, and its predecessor TRACE all benefited from our member's hard work. The first Tour-des-Trees was a PNW-ISA endeavor. Members rode 900 miles from Seattle to Oakland, California to sponsor tree research in 1992, and have continued to do so every year since.
I hope you feel that you are part of something special, and that you too can contribute towards the continued growth of our chapter.
We are trying something different this fall. Our brand new class, “After the Storm: A Symposium”, will be available for online remote attendance on December 5th. We hope that Chapter members in remote areas will benefit from this.
Be safe, keep learning, and don’t forget to enjoy the view.