Final Thoughts: An Interview with Jim Wentworth-Plato

Jim Wentworth-Plato is the faculty lead instructor for the Arboriculture Program at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. It’s a two year associate's degree program that provides opportunities for new and practicing arborists to hone their skills and advance their knowledge in controlled settings.

How did you get started in this industry?

I was an ADHD kid before Xbox and spent days in the ‘pits’, hundreds of acres along the Connecticut river full of frog ponds, trails, and a patchwork forest of birch, maple, oak, and pines. Read More "Final Thoughts: An Interview with Jim Wentworth-Plato"

Introducing Corey Bassett, New Public Outreach & Engagement Director


PNW-ISA welcomes Corey Basset as its new Public Outreach & Engagement Director for the Board of Directors. To better introduce Corey, we've asked her to answer the questions below. Please feel free to reach out to Corey and join us in welcoming her to PNW-ISA.

What do you do, and what drew you to arboriculture/urban forestry?

Currently, I am a PhD Student at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry, researching the impacts of urban forest management and working as a Teaching Assistant in the Bachelor of Urban Forestry program. Read More "Introducing Corey Bassett, New Public Outreach & Engagement Director"

Final Thoughts: An Interview with Linden Lampman

Benjamin Thompson Benjamin Thompson
Urban Forestry Program Manager, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
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Linden Lampman is the Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
What’s your favorite tree and why?

I used to say “oak.” Oaks are rugged, enduring, and present. A great bur oak stands in the backyard of my family’s farm in Wisconsin. It was huge when I was a child, and still is. It is one of the reasons I grew to respect and love trees. Read More "Final Thoughts: An Interview with Linden Lampman"

Board Spotlight: Anna Heckman, Secretary

Anna Heckman
Urban Forestry Services |Bartlett Consulting
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I took my arborist exam in 2006 at the Redmond Annual Training Conference. I was a student at the UW, a new mom, and working for one of our well-known consultants whose first of many important lessons for me was to “get involved, I would never regret it.” I volunteered for the Redmond ATC that same weekend and I do not regret it one bit.

Currently, I serve as an unorganized mediocre Secretary for the Board. It was a position that needed filling, so I raised my hand to help out. I am also coordinating the Field Day for the ATC in Lynnwood this fall. In the past I have volunteered for the ATC and the International conference.

I was fortunate enough to go to school and focus my studies in forest ecology. After working as a seasonal for the Forest Service and a field research scientist for the University of Washington, I went back to school for a master’s degree in urban horticulture. For nearly 10 years now I have worked government positions as a vegetation manager and restoration ecologist. In every department I worked I was the only certified arborist on staff and my skill set was well used. Read More "Board Spotlight: Anna Heckman, Secretary"

Veteran Rider Phil Svoboda Returns for 25th Anniversary Tour

The first Tour des Trees route went from Seattle, WA to Oakland, CA, a distance of over 1,000 miles. That year 13 riders raised $89,000 for tree research and education. And so it began ...

I had the great privilege of riding in the inaugural Tour des Trees in 1992. My dear friend Jim Clark (a founding visionary for the Tour), was kind enough to invite and challenge me to participate in a bicycling adventure. At that time I did not know what to expect, nor did I have any idea of its significance, but I can unequivocally state that the original ride was one of the paramount endeavors that I have ever undertaken. Read More "Veteran Rider Phil Svoboda Returns for 25th Anniversary Tour"

Ian Scott

Ian Scott
Davey Resource Group
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Ian Scott, Chair, ATC 2017
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My membership with the ISA began when I became a certified arborist in 2000. This was the same year that I moved to the PNW and joined the Chapter. At the time, my involvement was limited, but then the international conference was being hosted in Seattle so I volunteered to help. The networking and comradery with my peers was so enjoyable that I’ve stayed an active volunteer with the Chapter ever since.

My current volunteer position is the planning chair for the 2017 Annual Training Conference being hosted nearby in Lynnwood, Washington. Over the years, I’ve gained tremendous leadership experience through my volunteer efforts with the ISA, and this position is another opportunity I couldn’t pass up. Early on in my career, I learned from the example of my mentors at Puget Sound Energy, how volunteerism within the PNW-ISA creates even more opportunities to learn and grow professionally than just our daily work on its own. Read More "Ian Scott"

Spotlight on Kris Josey

kris-joseyKris Josey is the current PNW-ISA Treasurer and manages ArborCare Resources, Inc. in Hailey, ID.

I can’t remember when I actually joined ISA, but have been a Life Member since the early 2000s, and a member of the PNW Chapter at least since then.

I graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a BS in Accounting in May 1989. Upon graduation, I worked as a staff accountant with Coopers & Lybrand’s Denver, Colorado office until November 1992.

I obtained my CPA license in 1992 and later that year, moved to Idaho and worked in a local accounting office until 1996. I then left public practice to be a stay-at-home mom with my two young sons.

In early 1997, I combined my business/accounting knowledge with my husband Bill’s tree care knowledge to start our family business, ArborCare Resources, Inc., where I continue to be actively involved.

In 2003 I was appointed to the ISA’s Finance Committee and in 2014 joined ISA’s Conference and Events Committee.

In my free time I am a regular at the local CrossFit gym or outside enjoying the Sun Valley area skiing/snowboarding, hiking, or mountain biking.

My goal as the Treasurer for the PNW Chapter is to provide a business perspective to the Board as it explores new initiatives and continues to grow membership services for all members.

Spotlight on Our Volunteers

Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. - Author Unkown

This space is usually reserved for highlighting the contributions of a particular individual who has given a lot of volunteer time to the Chapter, in one or many ways, over a short or long period of time. Read More "Spotlight on Our Volunteers"

Volunteer Spotlight: Katy Bigelow

Katy Bigelow Katy Bigelow
Katy Bigelow, Arborist LLC
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Hi! I’m Katy and right off the bat I’ll say we need volunteers, all the time, every time for ISA Tree Climbing Competitions!

I didn’t come to tree climbing, let alone competing, like most of you: Many years ago I took a course from Tim Kover and after years of climbing straight up and down in my own backyard on a Blake’s hitch, someone said, “Why don’t you compete?” Well ... I laughed and laughed but in the end talked a friend into practicing things we didn’t know and showed up to our PNW comp in Olympia several years ago.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Mike Donahue

Arbor 1 Tree Service LLC
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Field Day Coordinator, ATC 2015

I was born and raised In Philadelphia, PA and have resided in Central Oregon since 2003. I first discovered Oregon on a summer road trip in 1998 and vowed to return.

After obtaining a degree in Urban Tree Management in the spring of 2002 from Paul Smiths College in upstate New York, I was able to do just that.

I have been an active member of the ISA since 2000 (starting as student member) and an active member of the PNW Chapter and ISA Certified Arborist since 2005. I continue to spread the need, value, and stewardship that represent the ISA to tree owners as well as our younger generation of arborists.

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