Final Thoughts: An Interview with Jim Wentworth-Plato

Jim Wentworth-Plato is the faculty lead instructor for the Arboriculture Program at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. It’s a two year associate's degree program that provides opportunities for new and practicing arborists to hone their skills and advance their knowledge in controlled settings.

How did you get started in this industry?

I was an ADHD kid before Xbox and spent days in the ‘pits’, hundreds of acres along the Connecticut river full of frog ponds, trails, and a patchwork forest of birch, maple, oak, and pines. Read More "Final Thoughts: An Interview with Jim Wentworth-Plato"

Introducing Corey Bassett, New Public Outreach & Engagement Director


PNW-ISA welcomes Corey Basset as its new Public Outreach & Engagement Director for the Board of Directors. To better introduce Corey, we've asked her to answer the questions below. Please feel free to reach out to Corey and join us in welcoming her to PNW-ISA.

What do you do, and what drew you to arboriculture/urban forestry?

Currently, I am a PhD Student at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry, researching the impacts of urban forest management and working as a Teaching Assistant in the Bachelor of Urban Forestry program. Read More "Introducing Corey Bassett, New Public Outreach & Engagement Director"

Greetings from the Canadian TREE Fund 

There is no doubt that we are all facing the most challenging times that we have ever experienced. Along with the likes of the Great Depression (4 years), WW1 (4 years), the Spanish Flu – 1918 (2 years), WW2 (6 years) our current crisis threatens our well being on many levels. We are just four months into this and there’s strong evidence that our daily sacrifices are saving lives as we forge onward into this new "normal". Read More "Greetings from the Canadian TREE Fund "

ATC ’20 Becomes Virtual Conference

Cristina Bowerman Cristina Bowerman
Executive Director
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Over the past six months, I have worked alongside Katie Kosanke and Angel Spell, chairs of the Annual Training Conference '20, Canopy Connections: Advancing Equity, Wellness & Community in Arboriculture. It has been a joy to watch this year's ATC committee identify educational topics, select quality speakers, determine what type of fun, engaging activities and events they want to offer members and guests, and overall, work together as a team. That's why the last couple of weeks were particularly difficult as the committee weighed the pros and cons of hosting ATC '20 in a COVID-19 environment. After many discussions, the committee and board of directors made the decision to prioritize the health and safety of members and guests by replacing this year's in-person conference with a virtual conference instead. Read More "ATC ’20 Becomes Virtual Conference"

Regional Tree Climbing Competitions Canceled for 2020

Author: Justina Kraus, Owner, Champion Tree Care, LLC, ISA Certified Arborist & Certified Tree Risk Assessor

2020 was going to be the year that SIX tree climbing competitions (TCC) would be held across the PNW-ISA with five regional comps and the annual chapter championships in the fall. Your enthusiastic TCC Committee met in January 2020 to nail down all the dates and places. Idaho was going to host two climbing events this year, a regional and the chapter championships, which hasn’t happened in years! Read More "Regional Tree Climbing Competitions Canceled for 2020"

Mistaken Identity or Identity Crisis?

Cristina Bowerman Cristina Bowerman
Executive Director
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If the COVID pandemic has taught me anything it’s that many lawmakers in our region are unfamiliar with our industry and what we do as professionals. Since mid-March when executive orders were enforced, we have been left to interpret what categories of essential work, if any, our industry and professions fall in.

For example, Alaska’s executive order made no reference to arborist related trades, only loggers. Idaho identified landscapers and while Washington specified arborists and forestry, it combined them with construction trades. British Columbia left plenty of room for interpretation with broad categories for infrastructure and non-health essential service providers. And, Oregon remained unique in its stance by not providing an essential businesses list but emphasizing that businesses could remain open if social distancing, hygiene and sanitation guidelines were met. Read More "Mistaken Identity or Identity Crisis?"

Are You Seeking Employment?

PNW-ISA is assisting members who have recently lost positions due to COVID-19. If you are seeking employment opportunities, email your resume to PNW-ISA will post your resume on its website, free of charge, and inform members throughout the region so that individuals can contact you directly should they know of an opening or have an opening available at their company/organization. Should you have any questions, please contact Sharon Korte, Member Services Coordinator at (503) 874-8263 or (800) 335-4391.

Nominations Being Accepted for Board of Directors

In Spring 2020, PNW-ISA will convert its board nominations process to online voting. Members will have an opportunity to nominate themselves for the open board positions below from now until Friday, July 10, 2020.

To learn more about each open position, click on the position title below. We also encourage members to review PNW-ISA's Board Member Agreement which summarizes the responsibilities and commitment each board member must make. Read More "Nominations Being Accepted for Board of Directors"

Help Shape Educational Planning for 2020-2021

PNW-ISA is currently planning its curriculum for 2020-2021 and we are seeking feedback from you!  Take a few moments to complete the brief survey below. Survey data will be used to determine which classes to offer throughout our region, as well as determine if classes can be made available online. The deadline to complete this survey is Friday, May 1, 2020.

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Thank you in advance for participating. We truly value your feedback and look forward to improving our educational offerings in 2020-2021.

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”"