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ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, and Municipal Specialist Exam (4/7/2018)

ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, and Municipal Specialist Exam

  • Date: April 7, 2018
  • Location: Finch Arboretum Woodland Center, Spokane, Washington
  • Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm
  • Enrollment Deadline: March 21, 2018

More information: http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/becomecertified/examDatesAndLocations.aspx?id=8212

If you plan to take a paper-based exam, you must choose a date and location that is offered by a Chapter or Affiliated Organization. Please view the calendar for a list of exam dates and locations scheduled over the coming months. After choosing a location, you must submit a completed application prior to being approved for enrollment.

ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, and Municipal Specialist Exam (2/10/2018)

ISA Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, and Municipal Specialist Exam

  • Date: February 10, 2018
  • Location: IBEW Local 77- SeaTac Office, SeaTac, Washington
  • Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm
  • Enrollment Deadline: January 25, 2018

More information: http://www.isa-arbor.com/certification/becomecertified/examDatesAndLocations.aspx?id=8213

If you plan to take a paper-based exam, you must choose a date and location that is offered by a Chapter or Affiliated Organization. Please view the calendar for a list of exam dates and locations scheduled over the coming months. After choosing a location, you must submit a completed application prior to being approved for enrollment.

 

2018 Annual Urban and Community Forestry Conference Call for Proposals

2018 Annual Urban and Community Forestry Conference

Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the World Forestry Center in Portland, Oregon

“The Dollars and Sense of Urban Trees – Are you getting the biggest bang for your buck?”

City tree managers are like investment executives whose task it is to optimize their community’s return on investment from their urban forests. But, which best management practices, habits, and innovative approaches actually contribute to the bottom line of a city’s tree budget? Do large cities and small cities have to think and act differently when it comes to  - proactively versus reactively - managing their city trees? Are there small changes in work habits, tree selection, or tree codes that can add up to significant tree care cost savings? And, if a city is optimizing its approach to tree management, what is the best way to let the town’s decision makers know?

The conference audience includes arborists, city foresters and urban tree managers, landscape architects and contractors, tree care professionals, nursery professionals, students, academics, natural resources managers, municipal governments and local forestry leaders from communities across Oregon.

Submit your presentation proposal here.

The Man Who Climbs Trees: A Memoir, by James Aldred

Aldred, James. 2017. The Man Who Climbs Trees. A Memoir. London. Penguin Random House.
To be released in North America by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018.

Most arborists are aware of tree climbing as a work activity, and a few climb trees as a form of recreation. James Aldred has made a successful career out climbing trees for exploration and filming, and his book provides a gripping read. Many of us know the hard work involved in getting into a tree and can appreciate the blood, and sweat, and dirt that often comes with the task. Aldred’s narrative adds a few layers of additional horror as he describes setting up camera placements and platforms for filming all sorts of nature documentaries for well-known luminaries such as David Attenborough. Read More "The Man Who Climbs Trees: A Memoir, by James Aldred"

Applying for ISA CEUs and Maintaining Certification

PNW-ISA Announces New Online Tool for ISA CEU Approvals

The process to assign Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) for an event starts with your local Chapter, the Pacific Northwest ISA. PNW-ISA uses external reviewers to approve applicable CEUs using the domains of the ISA Certification exam. The CEU code [example, PN-17-000] is then assigned by ISA. In addition to the CEUs assigned specifically for PNW-ISA classes and workshops, nearly 1,200 total CEUs were approved last year for our various partners and allied professions. That equates to almost 200 full-day classes in one year. Read More "Applying for ISA CEUs and Maintaining Certification"

PNW Staff Transitions: Goodbye Ciara, Welcome Margo!

Ciara McCarthy is moving on from the Education Program Coordinator role with PNW-ISA. She was the first to serve in this role and brought a unique perspective to the position as a practicing arborist and PNW-ISA member. We appreciated her perspective, quick wit, and let’s get it done attitude. Read More "PNW Staff Transitions: Goodbye Ciara, Welcome Margo!"

ATC17 Survey Winner

Congratulations to Sandra Pinto de Bader, of Seattle, WA, winner of a $100 credit towards a PNW class or book order. Her name was randomly drawn from 54 entries among those who completed the post-conference survey.

PNW Shows Some Spirit!

At the North American Tree Climbing Championship in Salt Lake City this past October, one of our Chapter members was selected for the “Volunteer Spirit of the Competition” award … an award that is voted on by all the climbers.

Congratulations to Craig Bachmann of Seattle, WA on this well-deserved recognition!

PNW Tree Failure Database

We are proud to announce the launch of the second largest tree failure reporting database in the world! It has been some time since the International Tree Failure Database was released, that a region as vast and diverse as the PNW, has compiled data about tree failures. This is a collaboration of Chris Rippey (City of Seattle), Dylan Saito (City of Portland), and Jonathan Pywell (City of Corvallis). Just like raising a child, it takes a village. There are a handful of other arborists involved as data and program consultants, and hopefully more as we evolve and progress. Read More "PNW Tree Failure Database"

Swamp White Oak, Quercus bicolor

The swamp white oak, Quercus bicolor, is as tough a drought tolerant, wet soil tolerant, broadleaf work horse of an urban tree as you might ever see. It may not have some of the bright fall color characteristics of some of the other newer cultivars, but this Midwest native should be on your street tree and open space tree list. It has a broad and strong branch structure with the potential to become a relatively care-free urban tree. The swamp white oak can be susceptible to a number of potential diseases and insect pests, most of which are not too significant in the Pacific Northwest. Read More "Swamp White Oak, Quercus bicolor"