Quarantine = Refocus

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Tough times are upon us.  The challenges of Covid-19 have brought an interruption to our work that is unprecedented.  In Snoqualmie, our winter pruning season came to an abrupt end, and as I write there is a street lined with Nyssa sylvatica where only half of the trees have been pruned.  Our spring planting season got compressed into a few days, with no help from citizen volunteers, who are normally a mainstay of this effort.      

I feel very fortunate to still have a job and am working remotely for now.  It has given me the opportunity to reprioritize and work on some different projects.  I’d like to offer a few suggestions or possibilities of what could be done during this time: 

Review the ANSI Z133 Safety Standard, and ANSI A300 tree care industry standards, and their normative references. “Normative references” are other documents referenced by the standards which become a defacto part of them. In practical terms, this means that you can’t fully understand or apply the Tree Risk Assessment Standard (Part 9), without also reading the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which is listed as a normative reference.

Learn something new.  Increase your knowledge and improve your skills, which is an ongoing process for true professionals.  You can find many free learning and CEU opportunities here: https://pnwisa.org/classes-events/online-education-resources/ 

PNW-ISA is here for our members, and we are in this for the long-haul. We are working on developing an online learning platform and additional educational resources to help members obtain CEU’s through the pandemic.

With help from SAGE (Strategic Advisory Group on Education), a group of chapter volunteers led by Gregg Staniforth, (PNW-ISA’s Education Director) we are updating the chapter education plan (created in 2007). We will share the updated plan later this summer.

Stay safe, stay healthy, and let us know if you need any help.