Editor’s Note

Benjamin Thompson Benjamin Thompson
Urban Forestry Program Manager, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
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This marks my second edition serving as Editor for this newsletter. I have to say that I really enjoy it. I appreciate the camaraderie among the membership and I continue to learn from the expertise and perspectives brought forth by our guest authors (let’s be frank, before becoming editor I can’t say that I actually read every article). As fulfilling as this role is, the Chapter and I also need more help.

Executive Director Cristina Bowerman and I would like to form an editorial committee to recruit and correspond with guest authors, edit and fact-check submitted articles, coordinate with advertisers, and potentially assist with the final layout before publication. Read More "Editor’s Note"

Hats Off to Volunteers

Benjamin Thompson Benjamin Thompson
Urban Forestry Program Manager, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
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Some of you know me but many do not, so here’s an abridged history of my time among trees:

I grew up among the hardwood forests of Connecticut and graduated with an environmental science degree from Unity College in Maine. I became a Certified Arborist with the New England Chapter of the ISA in 1999 and have maintained my certification since. Read More "Hats Off to Volunteers"

Celebrating Seasonal Senescence

Dylan Saito Dylan Saito
Editor
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Happy winter to our PNW membership! The long summer has passed, and Fall has seamlessly traversed into winter frost, snooze buttons, coffee and cocoa, crockpots, and wearable sleeping bags. I for one love the brisk air, the silence of snowfall, and of course the tree-mergencies!
We have all worked so hard to squirrel away food, work, vacations, and family time for this very season. This reminds me of the efforts and risks we have taken all year round, and I am so grateful for everything that which surrounds me.

My favorite tree geek tidbit from autumn/winter senescence are leaves that turn red. This color is the result of the active synthesis of anthocyanin pigments just before the leaves fall from the trees. This is the most common color of autumn leaves! In these leaves, the shades of red are due to different amounts of anthocyanin, the retention of carotenoids, or even a little chlorophyll. Anthocyanin and chlorophyll produce brownish colors. Anthocyanins and carotenoids produce orange hues! Geeked out yet?! Can you be-leave it?! Sorry-not-sorry.
This winter issue is packed like a yard debris bin with updates and results from many major PNW events we have had in recent months. We have so many new upcoming classes and seminars! from The Good Tree People!

If you have ideas for articles and would like to contribute to your PNW-ISA newsletter, then please contact me! No tree too big, and no voice too small. I cherish opportunities to speak directly to you and share your stories with our region and beyond. I leave you with this wintery poem, and wish you a safe and happy holiday season!!

Winter Trees, by George Szirtes

Aren’t you cold and won’t you freeze,

With branches bare, you winter trees?

You’ve thrown away your summer shift,

Your autumn gold has come adrift.

Dearie me, you winter trees,

What strange behaviour, if you please!

In summer you could wear much less,

But come the winter – you undress!

Thank You for Adding to Our Community

Dylan Saito Dylan Saito
Editor
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To my fellow PNW-ISA members, a huge thank you for your continued support, bringing our chapter to a new level of service and community!  Being a part of this tree family has been a vital part of my career and the reason why I have volunteered for almost a decade. I am getting into the groove of things as the new editor, as I had some huge shoes to fill.  As expected, the board has ensured I have all I need to make this an effective transition.

One of my favorite things to do each year is to serve as a judge at the regional tree climbing competitions, spending quality time with my fellow Arborists and partners. I also enjoy attending Arborists in the Arboretum at Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, OR, and volunteering with numerous nonprofits and organizations. Let’s not forget about all the fantastic conferences and courses we share! I believe this type of engagement is necessary to keep our bonds strong and share new information within our given fields. It is a dream to be working at this level, with so many great people, and I am so excited for what the future holds. Read More "Thank You for Adding to Our Community"