Champaign, IL (PRWEB) August 04, 2014
Five arborists considered the best in their trade for protecting champion trees, encouraging industry certification, sharing best practices and promoting tree research worldwide, have been chosen by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) as the 2014 class of “True Professionals of Arboriculture(TM).”
The ceremony was hosted by ISA President Mark Roberts prior to the opening general session of the ISA conference.
“A True Professional of Arboriculture establishes high expectations and an exceptional commitment to the best practices expected in our industry,” explained the ISA President. “With every successful step taken by these arborists, there is increased visibility for our profession, the skills necessary to do the job well and the value and care of the world’s trees.”
Here’s a look at some of the accomplishments of this year’s “True Professionals of Arboriculture:”
ISA launched the “True Professionals of Arboriculture” recognition program in 2009 to increase public understanding of arboriculture and the professional skills of today’s arborists. Since that time, hundreds of nominations have been collected worldwide from the industry’s leading arborists and tree care professionals testifying to their positive impact in and around their communities.
This year’s ISA Awards Committee included John Ball (professor of forestry at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.), SK Ganesan (deputy director of landscaping and arboriculture, National Parks Board, Singapore), Alan Jones (vice president and division manager, Bartlett Tree Experts, Afton, Va.), Lauren Lanphear (president, Forest City Tree Protection, South Euclid, Ohio, ISA Past President, 2007-09, and 2011 ISA “Award of Distinction” winner), Randy Lidkea (retired arborist, ISA committee member, St. Thomas, Ontario), Paul Revell (urban and community forestry manager, Virginia Department of Forestry, Charlottesville, Va.), Rip Tompkins (arborist and principal at ArborMaster, Willington, Conn.), and Philip van Wassenaer (president, Urban Forest Innovations, Inc., Mississauga, Ontario, and 2009 ISA “True Professional of Arboriculture”).
Editor’s Note: Photos are available upon request. To arrange interviews, contact Julie Gaier at 262-786-5970 or julie(at)trg-marketing(dot)com.