As Mother Nature pushes out another winter season, we all get a little teased with some mild sunny days giving us a taste of the spring to come. Temperatures are in the 60s, flowering plums are almost in bloom, and the witch hazels are just finished up, yet I know there are weeks of rain still on their way to bring us all back to reality.
It’s been a while since I have discussed the value of ISA Certification and Membership. As an Arborist Representative for Bartlett Tree Experts, I get to interact with and promote my profession to many people – from clients, employees, and peers to random people – on a daily basis. As a professional, I have a true passion for my profession. I continually look for opportunity to support, learn, improve, and educate myself and others I interact with on the benefits and care of trees.
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Here we are, the Fall of 2015. Another year coming to an end soon. So much happening in all aspects of our lives and in the Arboriculture industry this past year. As the Director of Certification for the PNW Chapter, I also sit as the Chapter’s Liaison. Stepping back four years to when I was first assigned this role, I really had no idea what a liaison was or what the Chapter Liaisons do. I find that many Chapter members also do not know this, so for this Certification Corner, I am going to define and explain to help you the members who may not know.
Liaison by definition is “communication or cooperation that facilitates a close working relationship between people or organizations.” In short, I am the middle man between “you” the members of ISA and the ISA. I am the member’s conduit to the ISA organization. The Liaison Committee answers to the Certification Board, giving them guidance on the members’ needs.
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