PNW-ISA asks governments to consider public safety tree care “essential”

Cristina Bowerman Cristina Bowerman
Executive Director
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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”"

Washington DNR 2016 Forest Health Report

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and USDA Forest Service conduct annual aerial surveys to identify, map and monitor the impacts of insect and diseases on forest lands throughout the state. Aerial survey data are verified with ground-based observations and are compared against the results of other forest health research happening throughout the state.

Survey results are compiled into an annual report called Washington’s Forest Health Highlights. This year marks the 70th anniversary of cooperative aerial survey work between the Washington Department of Natural Resources, the Oregon Department of Forestry and the USDA Forest Service.

Due to the time required to collect and analyze the survey data, then verify and publish the results, the Forest Health Highlights outlines forest health conditions observed in the previous year. Nonetheless, these reports provide critical benchmarks for the presence or absence, scope, and severity of insects, diseases and other environmental conditions that adversely affect the health of trees and forests in Washington state.

Care to know what types of insects and diseases are affecting forest lands where you live? Download a copy of the recently released Forest Health Highlights in Washington–2016

Originally published in DNR Tree Link.

Healthy Trees = Healthy Communities

Tree Benefits PDF ImageThe Washington Community Forestry Council recently released a document you can use when discussing the benefits of urban trees. The sheet outlines tree benefits and threats to community trees as well as valuable information on the benefits healthy trees provide. Please feel free to download and use this PDF when acting as a tree advocate.

Operation ReLeaf: Restoring the Canopy Cover of Fort McMurray

A message from Tree Canada

You Can Help

On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff and partners, I am contacting you to garner support in restoring the canopy cover of Fort McMurray.

As you know, the fires that ravaged through Fort McMurray last May were devastating to both the community and the forests. We all sat as onlookers praying for no loss of life as we witnessed caravans of vehicles narrowly escaping walls of fire engulfing highway 63. Read More "Operation ReLeaf: Restoring the Canopy Cover of Fort McMurray"

Tree Risk Assessment – Use or Abuse of the TRAQ Form

Julian Dunster Julian Dunster
Dunster & Associates Environmental Consultants Ltd.
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The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) was designed to provide a systematic process for assessing tree risk. Part of the process was to devise a simple field data collection form. The form now used in teaching the course went through many iterations before it was released. When teaching the course it is always noted that although use of the form is mandatory for the course, it is not mandatory to use the form in your everyday field work. Read More "Tree Risk Assessment – Use or Abuse of the TRAQ Form"

CTW Evaluator Training Opportunity

If you are interested in becoming a CTW Evaluator, please note that a training session will be held at the ITCC in San Antonio, Texas on March 31, 2016.

For more information about this opportunity, contact Erin LaRoque at or 217-355-9411 ext. 237.

The Status of the Urban Forestry Profession – Survey Respondents Welcome

Researchers at West Virginia University have developed a survey to evaluate the status of the urban forestry profession to help guide direction into the future. The survey is part of the Urban Forestry 2020 group commissioned by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC).

The online survey explores the perceptions of employers in urban forestry regarding entry-level urban foresters. The survey asks employers what skills and knowledge they find most valuable and which skills and knowledge are most needed in entry-level employees.

The survey’s success depends on a wide distribution. If you are an employer in urban forestry, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.