I normally use this space to highlight our industry standards. My last update centered on getting our Regional Plant Appraisal Committee formed and working. The COVID-19 outbreak has caused a delay in this, and is affecting us all personally and professionally. So, I thought it appropriate to revisit the way we approach our work and talk a little about ethics. Read More "The Ultimate Standard"
In February and March of 2020, samples taken for DNA Sequencing from a declining Sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) and red maple (Acer rubrum) in Seattle, Washington came back positive for Cryptostroma corticale, also known as Sooty-Bark Disease. This is the first time this disease has been found in red maple.
Sooty Bark Disease attacks and kills the cambium and bark of infected trees resulting in canopy decline and eventually death. This pathogen is from northeastern America where it does not cause disease. It was introduced to Europe where it has caused a disease in field maple (A. campestre), Norway maple (A. platanoides) and box elder (A. negundo). Read More "Sooty-Bark Disease of Maple"
Over the past six months, I have worked alongside Katie Kosanke and Angel Spell, chairs of the Annual Training Conference '20, Canopy Connections: Advancing Equity, Wellness & Community in Arboriculture. It has been a joy to watch this year's ATC committee identify educational topics, select quality speakers, determine what type of fun, engaging activities and events they want to offer members and guests, and overall, work together as a team. That's why the last couple of weeks were particularly difficult as the committee weighed the pros and cons of hosting ATC '20 in a COVID-19 environment. After many discussions, the committee and board of directors made the decision to prioritize the health and safety of members and guests by replacing this year's in-person conference with a virtual conference instead. Read More "ATC ’20 Becomes Virtual Conference"
If the COVID pandemic has taught me anything it’s that many lawmakers in our region are unfamiliar with our industry and what we do as professionals. Since mid-March when executive orders were enforced, we have been left to interpret what categories of essential work, if any, our industry and professions fall in.
For example, Alaska’s executive order made no reference to arborist related trades, only loggers. Idaho identified landscapers and while Washington specified arborists and forestry, it combined them with construction trades. British Columbia left plenty of room for interpretation with broad categories for infrastructure and non-health essential service providers. And, Oregon remained unique in its stance by not providing an essential businesses list but emphasizing that businesses could remain open if social distancing, hygiene and sanitation guidelines were met. Read More "Mistaken Identity or Identity Crisis?"
PNW-ISA is assisting members who have recently lost positions due to COVID-19. If you are seeking employment opportunities, email your resume to email@example.com. PNW-ISA will post your resume on its website, free of charge, and inform members throughout the region so that individuals can contact you directly should they know of an opening or have an opening available at their company/organization. Should you have any questions, please contact Sharon Korte, Member Services Coordinator at (503) 874-8263 or (800) 335-4391.
PNW-ISA is currently planning its curriculum for 2020-2021 and we are seeking feedback from you! Take a few moments to complete the brief survey below. Survey data will be used to determine which classes to offer throughout our region, as well as determine if classes can be made available online. The deadline to complete this survey is Friday, May 1, 2020.
Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BTM925M
Thank you in advance for participating. We truly value your feedback and look forward to improving our educational offerings in 2020-2021.
The letter below was emailed and mailed to government officials in PNW-ISA's region.
(Tigard, OR, Monday, March 23, 2020) The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (PNW-ISA) is a nonprofit organization representing over 2,000 arborists and tree care companies in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, Canada. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have experienced numerous federal, state, and local health or business closures affecting our members. While the jurisdictions, business activities affected, and length of time for the closure may differ, most will exempt essential businesses or essential business activities that directly relate to public safety. Read More "PNW-ISA asks governments to consider public safety tree care “essential”"
(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.
Each year, PNW-ISA recognizes the skill and dedication of our members through the Chapter Awards program and the Chapter Tree Climbing Championship. This year’s award winners will be recognized during the virtual ATC conference in October 2020. Read More "Nominations Process Begins for Chapter Awards "
PNW-ISA is currently seeking qualified volunteers for the positions below. To express interest, please click on the links below.
Editor, Pacific Northwest Trees Newsletter
This position serves under the Board of Directors, Advisory Committee. The Editor is responsible for all aspects of preparing the quarterly (Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall) Chapter newsletter which includes collecting content, editing submissions, preparing the layout, proofreading, etc. This position is supported by the Editorial Committee and is appointed by the Board of Directors with a three-year term. If interested in this position, please complete the board member interest form. Read More "PNW Seeks Volunteers for Board & New Committee"