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Annual Training Conference 2018 is IUFC 2018

On September 30 - October 3, join us for an exciting opportunity. PNW-ISA’s Annual Training Conference will take place in Vancouver, BC in combination with Tree Canada and Urban Tree Diversity’s conferences to create this unique event. The theme, “The Urban Forest - Diverse in Nature” is a natural fit for this diverse array of attendees with a common interest in our urban forests.

The Congress will be a forum for practicing arborists and urban foresters, green space planners and designers, policymakers, researchers, educators, and nonprofits to share their unique insights into arboriculture and urban forestry. Our collective knowledge and experience can help us all shape better urban forests all around the world. Read More "Annual Training Conference 2018 is IUFC 2018"

Member Survey 2017 Results Report

A representation of words used by survey takers in the shape of a tree. The most common words were work, chapter, isa, like, opportunities, great, offered, tree, see, arborist, classes, thank, and also.The 2017 Member's Survey was distributed by email to all members last September. 15% of the membership filled out at least some of the questions on the survey. The majority of those surveyed are happy with PNW-ISA's service over the past year. Overall, these members are most concerned about classes and workshops.

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Welcome to Editor Dylan Saito

Dylan Saito: a man with a dark mustache dressed in tree climbing gear.Dylan Saito is an experienced arborist with a passion for sharing knowledge. He’s been involved with PNW-ISA for more than a decade as a head judge for regional climbing competitions. We are pleased to welcome him to his new role as Editor.

Dylan is overflowing with ideas for our digital future. “I want to provide members with the best possible information,” he said in an email. We have valuable resources in the form of Jim Barborinas’ Tree Profiles and Zeb Haney’s Tree Climbing 101 articles, but we can do more. Dylan and the PNW-ISA staff will work together in the coming months to find new topics and contributors.

Dylan’s vision calls for a strong focus on working arborists throughout our region. This focus "may increase the knowledge base, member base, and allow for Arborists to write their own story from different parts of the region we don’t normally hear from." He hopes these arborists will share their trade techniques, experiences, and photographs of best practices.

Dylan is passionate about advocating for mentoring and internship. “I want to really push the boundaries, and encourage internships for interested students and women in Arboriculture, Forestry, and the field.  We lose so many Arborists to injury, death, and retirement. I want to capture their experience before it fades away.”

“If we carefully practice the art of education and outreach, it will open the eyes of people who love trees, the benefits they provide to the planet, and the way we can all create this together.”

If you would like to help bring Dylan’s ideas to life, please email us at news@pnwisa.org.

Applied Trees Biology by A.D. Hirons and P.A Thomas

There are quite a few books on plant biology and a lot of books about trees. Applied Tree Biology sets out to merge the two themes into a text that is specifically aimed at arborists and tree managers. There are ten chapters:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Woody Skeleton
  3. Leaves and Crown
  4. Tree Roots
  5. The Next Generation of Trees: From Seeds to Planting
  6. Tree Water Relationships
  7. Tree Carbon Relationships
  8. Tree Nutrition
  9. Interactions With Other Organisms
  10. Environmental Challenges for Trees

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Exciting Transitions

Hello fellow PNW ISA members, colleagues and friends. This message to you comes with exciting transitions on the mind of your Chapter board and leadership team.

As you know, last Fall at ATC 2017 in Lynnwood, WA we said goodbye to several of our long-standing chapter leaders who helped produce a culture of friendship and teamwork on our Board that is critical to growing our organization and members. As you well know, change brings with it uncertainty of what the future holds – can we recruit new leaders to fill the voids left behind? What new ideas and opportunities lie ahead with new members on our team?

Following our first board retreat of 2018, I am proud to say that our team is alive and well! Our new board members and staff bring with them new perspectives, enthusiasm and a thirst for innovation. When you combine this renewed vision with the sound mission and strategic direction developed by the board, staff and membership in 2017, great things are soon to come!

It’s exciting to say that 2018 will be a year of renewal and new frontiers for our Chapter. In addition to continuing a high level of service to further arboriculture and educational opportunities for our members, we will see new ways to inform and connect with our membership in order to learn and better serve your needs. Finally, in building on this theme of new frontiers and innovation, we invite you to join us for our Annual Training Conference, which this year is a part of the International Urban Forestry Congress. To learn more visit the Conference website at http://iufcvancouver2018.com.

Until we speak again, best wishes to you all!

Take care,
Lance

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: https://wwv.isa-arbor.com/certification/becomeCertified/examDatesAndLocations?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"