ISA Compliance Program Series Volume 1: ISA Code of Ethics

by Rosa Gutierrez, Compliance Services Manager at ISA

ISA is responsible for maintaining and supporting the integrity of our credentials, and we accomplish this goal in many ways. One resource we utilize is our internal compliance program which has four main areas of focus: facilitating compliance with ANSI/ISO standards, management of the ISA Code of Ethics charges and subsequent cases, management of any “appeals” of those outcomes and the protection of the logos used to identify individuals holding credentials. Read More "ISA Compliance Program Series Volume 1: ISA Code of Ethics"

Congratulations to the ITCC Competitors and Masters’ Challenge Champions

The 2017 International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) took place July 28-30 at the United States National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Congratulations to both James Kilpatrick and Chrissy Spence of the New Zealand Chapter for winning the Men’s and Women’s Masters’ Challenge Championship for the second year in a row! PNW’s own Robert Bundy represented us well, placing 20th out of a field of 45.

See all of the 2017 ITCC results at

Your 2017-18 ISA Board of Directors

During the 2017 ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show, 2016-17 ISA Board President Michelle Mitchell passed the gavel to Paul Ries, who will serve as your president for 2017-18. The Board also honored outgoing Board member John Gathright and welcomed two new members, Russ Carlson and Cecil Konijnendijk.

Take a moment to become acquainted with your 2017-18 ISA Board of Directors here:

Honoring the 2017 ISA Awards of Distinction Recipients

The Awards of Distinction, sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts, are the highest honors bestowed by ISA in nine award categories that recognize ISA members for arboricultural education and research, contributions to practical arboriculture, publications, promotion of the profession, and advancement of ISA’s mission. This year’s nine award recipients were recognized at the Arboriculture Celebration that opened the 2017 ISA Conference in Washington, DC: Read More "Honoring the 2017 ISA Awards of Distinction Recipients"

Here’s to the 2017 ISA True Professionals of Arboriculture!

The 2017 ISA True Professionals of Arboriculture were honored during the President’s Welcome at the ISA conference on July 31. This program recognizes ISA members and credential holders who demonstrate sustained dedication and skill in reaching out to their communities, clients, colleagues, and employees to provide training and education about tree care and the benefits of trees.

Three of the 2017 honorees are from the PNW Chapter! Congratulations to: Read More "Here’s to the 2017 ISA True Professionals of Arboriculture!"

ANSI Pruning Standard Updated

Zeb Haney Zeb Haney
Tree Resource
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The first ANSI Standard for tree care was developed in 1991. Since then our industry has developed eleven different standards in regard to tree care. In July, updates to both the Pruning (A300 Part 1) and the Tree Risk Assessment (A300 Part 9) standards were released.

There are several very significant changes to the Pruning standard. Removed from the standard was clause 6.1.4 “Not more than 25 percent of the foliage should be removed within an annual growing season…” Yes, you heard that right. No more will we be following the ambiguous 25% rule. But wait, there’s more. The Methods, or Types, of pruning have been eliminated. Crown raising, thinning, cleaning, reducing, etc. are no longer defined terms within the standard. These have been removed in favor of a “Systems” approach to pruning, or as the new revision states: “A pruning system should be specified to achieve the desired long-term form of the plant.” Read More "ANSI Pruning Standard Updated"

TRAQ Renewal Course Available October 2017

Those who took the full Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) course when it was first launched in 2013 will be reaching their five-year expiration dates within the next year. ISA will begin offering the TRAQ Renewal Course in October (initial dates yet to be announced). All TRAQ holders who took the full TRAQ course will be required to pass the TRAQ Renewal Course to maintain their credentials for another five years. As a reminder, those who transferred their TRACE credential to TRAQ are required to take the full TRAQ course when their current qualification expires to be eligible for future TRAQ Renewal Courses.

Excerpted from ISA Today, March - May 2017.

Translated Arborist News Articles on ISA Website

Select articles from Arborist News magazine are being translated into both Spanish (Spain and Latin America) and German and made available to ISA members on the ISA website. Article translations will occur four times each year and will be added to our growing collection in ISA’s online publications library.

Excerpted from ISA Today, March - May 2017.

ISA Announces New Leadership

ISA is pleased to announce the selection of Caitlyn Pollihan as its new Executive Director. The transition is anticipated to begin on July 1, 2017, when Caitlyn officially takes over as the ISA Executive Director. At that time, Jim Skiera will serve as a Senior Advisor until his retirement later this year to assist in a smooth change in leadership for the organization. Pollihan brings to ISA a background in Forestry Leadership and Association Management. Read More "ISA Announces New Leadership"

News from ISA – Spring 2017

Visit Washington, DC for the ISA Annual International Conference

ISA is partnering with MAC-ISA (ISA Mid-Atlantic Chapter) to bring you the 2017 ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show, July 29 – August 2 ... the premier event “where arboriculture meets.” Besides offering educational opportunities for professionals from all areas of arboriculture, this year’s event rejoins the International Tree Climbing Championship and the TREE Fund’s STIHL Tour des Trees.

The educational programming includes pre-conference workshops on the weekend, multiple educational sessions Monday through Wednesday, the trade show, and Climbers’ Corner demonstrations on the trade show floor. And the International Tree Climbing Championship will kick off the conference this year at the United States National Arboretum, July 28-30. Read More "News from ISA – Spring 2017"