To my fellow PNW-ISA members, a huge thank you for your continued support, bringing our chapter to a new level of service and community! Being a part of this tree family has been a vital part of my career and the reason why I have volunteered for almost a decade. I am getting into the groove of things as the new editor, as I had some huge shoes to fill. As expected, the board has ensured I have all I need to make this an effective transition.
One of my favorite things to do each year is to serve as a judge at the regional tree climbing competitions, spending quality time with my fellow Arborists and partners. I also enjoy attending Arborists in the Arboretum at Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, OR, and volunteering with numerous nonprofits and organizations. Let’s not forget about all the fantastic conferences and courses we share! I believe this type of engagement is necessary to keep our bonds strong and share new information within our given fields. It is a dream to be working at this level, with so many great people, and I am so excited for what the future holds. Read More "Thank You for Adding to Our Community"
Maples have been widely planted in the urban landscape because they are so tough and tolerant of the urban environment. Not that we need even more maples on our tree lists, but if you are growing them or are planting more, you should know how the various forms and cultivars compare to each other. The Urban Sunset® Maple, Acer x platanoides ‘JFS -KW187’ 27545 is a close relative of the Pacific Sunset® and Norwegian Sunset® maples, relatively new maples that are so popular these days. The most significant difference between these three is that the Urban Sunset® has a more narrow growth habit than the others. Pacific Sunset® and Norwegian Sunset® maples can become incredibly wide.
Urban Sunset® Maple is noted to produce consistent red or burgundy fall color. They are relatively easy to transplant. They grow very fast, but usually do not exceed 35 to 40 feet tall by about 20 feet wide. From my experience, they appear to be drought tolerant and show none of the sagging leaf characteristics of red maple that looks pathetic during dry summers. The shade under mature specimens is so dense that turf will struggle. A ground treatment of arborist’s chips and woodland adapted groundcover plants and ferns is the best option. Read More "Urban Sunset® Maple – Acer truncatum x platanoides ‘JFS-KW187’ 27545"
TREE Fund has awarded over $260,000 for tree research and education in our Spring 2018 grant-making season. Please congratulate the recipients and thank the donors who make their work possible. Read More "Spring 2018 TREE Fund Grant Awards"
In June of 2018, City of Portland Urban Forestry (a division of Portland Parks & Recreation, PP&R) launched the Urban Forest Inventory & Analysis (Urban FIA) program, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Research Station (PNWRS) of the US Forest Service (USFS), Department of Agriculture. The Urban FIA is an extension of the Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) which has provided a forest census for the US since 1930. Based in methodology from the FIA, the Urban FIA aims to capture urban canopy data across all land use types-public and private, in cities across the US, using standardized protocol and data collection procedures. Read More "Portland Joins Nationwide Urban Forest Inventory & Analysis"
PNW-ISA hosted an inaugural Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop on June 1-3, 2018 in Stanwood, WA. The event was a raging success! Not only did it sell out very quickly but the feedback received during and after the workshop was enthusiastic, to say the least.
International Tree Climbing Championship competitors Bear LeVangie and Melissa LeVangie flew in from the east coast to teach the workshop. Teaching assistants from both coasts came out to support this event. All instructors and teaching assistants were engaging, enthusiastic, genuine and knowledgeable. What a team! We can’t wait to have them back! Read More "Inaugural Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop Great Success"
Scott Baker focuses on science, technology, adventure parks and treehouses
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Scott Baker of Seattle, Washington, is the recipient of the 2018 International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) Honorary Life Member award. This Award of Distinction recognizes ISA members who have contributed substantially to the progress of arboriculture and have given unselfishly in their efforts to support the industry. Read More "Seattle Consulting Arborist Receives ISA Honorary Life Membership"