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Final Thoughts: An Interview with Linden Lampman

Benjamin Thompson Benjamin Thompson
Urban Forestry Specialist, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
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Linden Lampman is the Urban & Community Forestry Program Manager for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.
What’s your favorite tree and why?

I used to say “oak.” Oaks are rugged, enduring, and present. A great bur oak stands in the backyard of my family’s farm in Wisconsin. It was huge when I was a child, and still is. It is one of the reasons I grew to respect and love trees. Read More "Final Thoughts: An Interview with Linden Lampman"

Trees, Between Heaven and Earth

Julian Dunster Julian Dunster
Dunster & Associates Environmental Consultants Ltd.
Learn more about Julian Dunster.

book coverFor those who love trees and the endless landscapes in which they survive, or for those who just like to look at amazing photographs of trees and reflect on the meaning of life, this is a book for you.

Any book of Art Wolfe images is destined to be a treat, but to have one dedicated to trees takes the treat so much further. Read More "Trees, Between Heaven and Earth"

Sweet New Sugar Maple Cultivars: Sugar Cone and Apollo® Acer saccharum ‘Sugar Cone’ and ‘Barrett Cole’

James Barborinas James Barborinas
Urban Forestry Services, Inc. & Urban Forest Nursery, Inc.
Learn more about James Barborinas.

Growing up in the Midwest, I found the sugar maple, Acer saccharum, to be one of my favorite native trees. I recall them being tolerant of the understory shade but eventually becoming the dominant tree with huge, massive limbs. Their size suits them in native forests as well as in parks and boulevard plantings, but they are generally too large for use as street trees. Read More "Sweet New Sugar Maple Cultivars: Sugar Cone and Apollo® Acer saccharum ‘Sugar Cone’ and ‘Barrett Cole’"

Nominations Process Begins for Chapter Awards 

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 Annual Training Conference in Coeur d’Alene, ID, October 4-7, 2020.   Read More "Nominations Process Begins for Chapter Awards "

PNW Seeks Volunteers for Board & New Committee

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"

Winter Has Its Upsides

Mike Oxendine Mike Oxendine
Parks Superintendent, Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission for Talent, Oregon

I recently read an article about seasonal affective disorder in Nordic countries and ways they deal with the cold and darker days. What I gleaned from it was that attitude and cultural traditions can help keep people’s spirits burning bright all winter long. The cold, wet season can be a time of reflection and the creation of new traditions or daily rituals in your own crew which may help everyone focus more on the positives. Maybe this way of thinking will help us to mimic the natural cycles that we are all so attuned to in tree work. Spring brings to us regeneration and new growth, Summer vigorous growth and abundance, Fall the fireworks show and energy storage, and Winter recharge and reflection. Read More "Winter Has Its Upsides"

Preparing for Urban Forest Pests: a Resource for Local Governments 

Benjamin Thompson Benjamin Thompson
Urban Forestry Specialist, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
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Trees play a critical role in urban greenspaces benefiting both people and wildlife. These urban forests lie at the interface of trade, the movement of people, and neighboring forest and agricultural resources. The movement of goods and people brings with it the risk of introducing non-native urban forest pests, the worst of these pests can have costly, irreversible and lasting impacts to the landscapes they infest.   Read More "Preparing for Urban Forest Pests: a Resource for Local Governments "

Regional Plant Appraisal Guidebook 3rd Edition Scheduled for ATC 20 Publication

Zeb Haney Zeb Haney
Tree Resource
Learn more about Zeb Haney.

The last convening of the Regional Plant Appraisal Committee (RPAC) back in 2007 resulted in the publication of the Species Rating guidebook. If you haven’t purchased a copy of this tiny gem I believe there are still literally boxes of them available for sale through the chapter office. (Seriously. It’s time to reconvene.) Read More "Regional Plant Appraisal Guidebook 3rd Edition Scheduled for ATC 20 Publication"

How Do We Galvanize Local Climate Action?

Cheryl Ng, Cindy Zhaohua Cheng, and Dr. Stephen Sheppard
Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, University of British Columbia 

Uncertainty, denial, pessimism. These are the words commonly associated with climate change today, especially as news headlines reveal devastating stories about wildfires, heat stress, and other climate-related disasters across the world.

How can we turn the conversation around, to include messages of hope for the future instead? How can we bring climate change and its solutions down to the local level where people care the most? How can we encourage friends & neighbors to take collective action against one of humanity’s most pressing problems? Read More "How Do We Galvanize Local Climate Action?"

How Do Urban Tree Managers in the Pacific Northwest Decide What Trees to Select?

Dr. Paul Ries, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR & Joshua Petter, Tree Solutions Inc, Seattle, WA

Tree selection decisions at the municipal level are made by many different natural resource professionals, including arborists, urban foresters, planners, and landscape architects. A recent study by Oregon State University aimed to explore how managers make tradeoffs and prioritize different tree selection criteria to better understand how trees are selected for public lands. We surveyed primary contacts for Tree City USA designated cities across Oregon and Washington. Of these municipalities, 79 out of 151 responded (52.3% response rate), with six municipalities providing responses from more than one department for a total of 85 responses.   Read More "How Do Urban Tree Managers in the Pacific Northwest Decide What Trees to Select?"