State Asks You to Check Trees for Invasive Pests in August

OLYMPIA – The Washington Invasive Species Council and a consortium of agencies and universities are asking residents to check trees and swimming pools in their yards for harmful bugs as part of the national Tree Check Month in August.

August is the peak time of year to find invasive bugs like citrus longhorned beetles, emerald ash borers and other aggressive wood-boring insects. Trees near your home and in your neighborhood, the “urban forest,” are as susceptible as trees in rural and wild forests, sometimes even more so due to the stresses of urban life. Read More "State Asks You to Check Trees for Invasive Pests in August"

Sponsor and Exhibitor Registration for ATC 2017 Now Available

For 38 years, PNW-ISA has served the professional tree care industry with educational programs, special events, and networking opportunities. The 2017 Annual Training Conference promises to be another world-class training opportunity.

Take advantage of this opportunity to get your company name in front of over 400 ISA Certified Arborists and other members of the green industry.

Register Today: Exhibition spots are limited.

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"

Sometimes the Opportunities Will be Looking for You

I had an interesting event happen to me that brought my trust in our youth back into an acceptable range. It seems to me that youth of today are clouded about the reality of life after high school. Most are fully supported by their parents financially, emotionally, and educationally, and have no trust of experience in adulthood because they never had to support themselves. Read More "Sometimes the Opportunities Will be Looking for You"

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"

New Technical Report: Polypores of British Columbia

Ginns, J. 2017. Polypores of British Columbia. Province of BC, Victoria, BC. Tech. Rep. 104. 

For arborists and urban foresters wanting to know more about tree diseases, this new publication is a useful addition for identification. It provides a comprehensive review of diseases, latest nomenclature, and how to identify them. It will be a useful addition to anyone wanting to learn more about tree diseases. Read More "New Technical Report: Polypores of British Columbia"

Interested in Serving on the Board?

Program Director Nominations

The Board is seeking candidates for each of the five Program Director positions on the Executive Committee, which will be up for election at this year’s AGM in Lynnwood, WA. Those positions are: Read More "Interested in Serving on the Board?"

Persian Spire™ Upright Ironwood, Parrotia persica ‘JL Columnar’ P.A.F

Cultivars of Parrotia persica have been mentioned in past articles but the Persian Spire™ upright ironwood, ‘JL Columnar’ P.A.F., merits its own profile. Discovered by John Lewis of JLPN Nursery in Salem, Oregon in 2013, he likely first noted its strong upright growth. He then found that the foliage was finer with a narrower leaf than the common ironwood. Read More "Persian Spire™ Upright Ironwood, Parrotia persica ‘JL Columnar’ P.A.F"