Bridgette Suzanne Smith, a SavATree arborist who services clients in Scarsdale and Eastchester, NY, recently completed the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist examination. The ISA administers the test through its local chapter to certify professional expertise in tree care and the maintenance of shade and ornamental trees.
The ISA Certification Program aims to increase the standards in tree care by testing comprehension and recognizing proficiency. The ISA hopes to make it easier for the public to identify knowledgeable and skilled tree care professionals through the certified arborist credential. To become a certified arborist, applicants must pass through a methodically developed education and examination program. Afterward, members are accredited as leaders in the field of arboriculture.
Before joining SavATree, Bridgette earned a BS in Horticultural Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is also a graduate of the Council for International Exchange Education in Monteverde, Costa Rica where she studied tropical rainforest ecology and tree biology. She has over 10 years of industry experience including time as a Horticulturalist responsible for estate management where she focused on integrated disease and pest management, soil reconstruction and planting of focal and feature trees in Long Island. When asked why she became an arborist, she explained, “I was raised on a tree farm where I learned sustainable management and production of Pinus taeda – so you could say I was born into it!”
The ISA is a world wide organization focusing on the science of arboriculture and education to circulate knowledge regarding how to best care for trees. When contracting for your tree care needs, contact ISA certified arborists who have passed this voluntary program. All ISA Certified Arborists carry a wallet identification card for verification. Certification is valid for three years.
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