(Tigard, OR, Monday, March 16, 2020) PNW-ISA is postponing its March and April education programs to limit in-person contact. We are taking every precaution necessary to ensure our members remain healthy and safe. We have been in communication with instructors and facilities to determine rescheduling dates and will announce these dates as soon as they are finalized. When rescheduling, registrants will be notified and automatically moved into the new dates selected. If you are unable to attend the new date, you will be able to cancel your registration at that time and receive a refund.
To reduce exposure to COVID-19, PNW-ISA will be hosting conference calls/virtual meetings for its board and committees. We are doing everything possible to reduce exposure and adhering to recommendations for social distancing and isolation.
PNW-ISA will continue to monitor May activities such as our educational workshops and tree climbing competitions as we don’t want to put anyone at risk. We will continue to make informed decisions over the next few weeks and update members and registrants immediately.
We hope you and your loved ones remain healthy and safe as we navigate this time together.
Trees play a critical role in urban greenspaces benefiting both people and wildlife. These urban forests lie at the interface of trade, the movement of people, and neighboring forest and agricultural resources. The movement of goods and people brings with it the risk of introducing non-native urban forest pests, the worst of these pests can have costly, irreversible and lasting impacts to the landscapes they infest. Read More "Preparing for Urban Forest Pests: a Resource for Local Governments "
The presence of electrical hazards on a job site is one of the most common hazards we face as arborists. This is true regardless of where you are based, as there is always potential for an energized conductor to be present on nearly every job site we walk onto. This is probably why it is the third highest cause of fatalities among arborists in the U.S. This leads us to the question, if electricity is such a common hazard, how are people not recognizing it or trying to prevent it?
Read More "Electrical Hazard Awareness Training"
One of the greatest responsibilities of the professional arborist is to help our clients understand the many benefits that trees provide. But these benefits must outweigh the risks that are also present. Clients are mostly concerned with the risk side of the equation and contact us to know more about the likelihood of tree failure. This is where a strong understanding of biomechanics can help us. Read More "Basics of Tree Biomechanics"
The PNW-ISA education program is now scheduling workshop offerings for the 2019-2020 year. Additional winter and spring workshops will be published in the coming months. Keep an eye on pnwisa.org to stay in the loop on new and exciting opportunities. Read More "PNW-ISA Education Update"
Although hardhats and hearing protection are, for the most part, in use by tree workers across the PNW, insidious attitudes are always lurking towards PPE whether it is aimed at premium protective equipment, PPE options not required by regulators (gloves, protective footwear or chainsaw pants in some parts of the chapter), PPE care, or the ongoing inspection and replacement of PPE. I expect that most tree care operations and their employees consider themselves to be compliant on the PPE front (particularly those that read this newsletter). If you feel that to be the case with your workplace, I have one question to ask:
Does your workplace request third-party observations and recommendations (formal or informal) on interventions that might improve the outcomes of worker health and safety, worker ergonomics and worker efficiency via PPE?
Hopefully the answer is yes.
It’s probably time to start talking about PPE as a program or system rather than a thick piece of plastic intended to keep skin from disappearing or bones from shattering. Read More "To PPE or Not to PPE"
PNW-ISA is offering two unique climbing workshops in Seattle, Washington in June. Registration is now open for the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop and the Advanced Tree Climbing Workshop.
June 7-9, Seattle, WA - Join the Waitlist
PNW-ISA has teamed up with the Women's Tree Climbing Workshop to offer a fun and safe space to learn to climb. Taught by International Tree Climbing Championship competitors Bear LeVangie and Melissa Levangie, this workshop is for women who have never climbed trees as well as those who have prior experience and want to improve their ability.
PNW-ISA thanks our generous 2019 sponsors who are helping to make the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop possible:
Bartlett Tree Experts
BC Plant Health Care
Champion Tree Care
D. Clark Arboriculture
Davey Tree Expert Company - Canada
Davey Tree Expert Company - USA
Fruitful Tree Care LLC
Morgan Holen and Associates
Out on a Limb Tree Co
Radix Tree & Landscape Consulting
Renaissance Tree Care
Seattle Tree Care
Shelter Tree Inc.
Sonshine Tree Care
Sweaty Betty Tree Care
The Tree Service
Tree Solutions, Inc.
The Tree Stewards
We are looking for additional sponsors. Interested in sponsoring this year's PNW-ISA Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop? Your sponsorship will keep workshop registration fees affordable by helping to cover instructor travel costs, lodgings, food, climbing gear, and scholarships for participants in need. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to support this event.
June 10, Seattle, WA - Register Now
While on the west coast, the LeVangie sisters will also lead an Advanced Tree Climbing Workshop for climbers who are beyond the basics. This workshop is open to all genders. Come learn advanced climbing techniques from an experienced team.
Full schedule and course descriptions for PNW-ISA workshops available at pnwisa.org.
To keep up with research based changes in arboriculture and urban forestry we rely on guidance from a number of professional sources. The most important are the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Practices and Limitations. Because the ANSI A300 standards are written in a very austere style, they are interpreted and expanded upon in the ISA Best Management Practices (BMP’s). Both of these types of publications guide professionals in writing and implementing tree work.
Read More "Root Removal Best Practices"
Are you a currently a ISA Certified Arborist and looking for other credentials? Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist and Certified Tree Worker Aerial Lift Specialist are valuable credentials members can attain. Exam proctors are also currently needed to assist with providing more classes for our members to attain more certified skills!
Learn more about the ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist and SIA Certified Tree Worker Aerial Lift Specialist.
If you are certified as a Climber or Aerial Lift Specialist, or have been a Certified Arborist for a long period, consider becoming a proctor to help other arborists attain these goals. Contact Kurt Fickeisen, Chapter Certification Director, for more details.
If being a proctor is of interest, contact the Chapter at email@example.com or Kurt Fickeisen, Chapter Certification Director.
The CCC Horticulture Department offers a wide range of horticulture, arboriculture and related courses for degree-seeking students as well as those persons interested in simply continuing their education. The fall lineup also include pesticides recertification and Laws & Safety training classes. Click here for a complete list of classes and workshops, and registration options. Have questions? Contact Loretta Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-594-3292.
Read More "Upcoming Clackamas Community College Courses"