TREE Fund Summer Update

Evan Sussman Evan Sussman
Board Liaison to the TREE Fund
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Greetings arborists! I wanted to write a brief update on the on goings at the TREE Fund. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the TREE Fund, they manage endowment funds that support research and education for arboriculture. A lot of the current and past research that we base our practices on has been funding in part or whole by the TREE Fund.


Webinars are in full swing. These are a great way to stay in the loop with current TREE Fund researcher’s works, and to get free CEUs. Upcoming this year are:

Remediating Compacted Soils Compromised by Urban Construction
Dr. Nina Bassuk, Cornell University
June 11, 2019, 11:00 am PST

Can We Vaccinate Trees to Protect Against Diseases?
Dr. Glynn Percival, Bartlett Tree Experts Research Laboratory, UK
August 29, 2019, 10:00 am PST

Health Benefits of City Trees: Research Evidence & Economic Values
Dr. Kathleen Wolf, University of Washington
November 19, 2019, 11:00 am PST

All of these webinars are good for 1 free CEU!  You can access the archive of previous webinars at Additionally, you can stay up to date on future webinar offerings at that link or by following our PNW-ISA Facebook page.

Tour des Trees

Are you a bicyclist who loves trees? Consider riding this year to represent the PNW ISA Chapter at the TREE Fund Tour des Trees.

The 2019 Tour des Trees will be on the road and rolling from September 16 to September 20, 2019. This year’s tour will feature five days of riding beginning and ending in Nashville, Tennessee, with planned overnight stops in Bowling Green, Owensboro, Pennyrile Forest State Park (all in Kentucky) and Clarksville, Tennessee. Daily mileage will range between 55 miles and 110 miles.

Reach out to me if you’re interested in riding or supporting the Tour des Trees. Our chapter sponsor’s the fundraising of member participants up to $350 / rider.

Silent Auction at 2019 PNW ISA Annual Training Conference in Eugene, OR

As we look forward to our Annual Training Conference I am working to plan for the silent auction that we host in support of the TREE Fund. Right now the biggest ask I have is to keep the auction in mind as you are going about your work and life. If you find something that you think would be a good fit, please consider purchasing it and donating it to the silent auction. Proceeds will go the TREE Fund to support research and education about arboriculture. In the past, some of the most popular items have been pruning / climbing tools, fine drinks, art, and jewelry. Your donations are tax deductible, and appreciated.

I look forward to seeing you at the ATC in Eugene. As always, feel free to reach out to me with any questions about the TREE Fund or PNW ISA Chapter, and I will do my best to answer you well.