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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”"

PNW-ISA Postpones Spring Education Workshops

Cristina Bowerman Cristina Bowerman
Executive Director
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(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.

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.
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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.
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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
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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"