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ISA names five True Professionals of Arboriculture for 2017

Five industry professionals who have influenced the arboriculture industry through innovative community projects, consumer education, and professional development, have been selected as the 2017 True Professionals of Arboriculture by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

The following “True Professionals” were celebrated during the opening general session of the ISA 93rd Annual International Conference on Monday, July 31 in Washington, D.C.

  • Ken Almstead — (New Rochelle, New York)
  • Scott Altenhoff — (Eugene, Oregon)
  • Jim Barborinas — (Mount Vernon, Washington)
  • Terry Flanagan – (Lake Oswego, Oregon)
  • Joel Greifenberger – (Long Beach, New York)

“The individuals recognized as ISA True Professionals are passionate about our industry and the communities in which they live and work,” says Michelle Mitchell, ISA board president. “True Professionals are eager to share their knowledge with those around them. They inspire public trust, and give freely of their time and resources to promote the importance of trees and proper tree care.”

Examples of achievements from this year’s winners include:

-Promotes arboriculture by providing information about trees through local media, assisting with training sessions, and volunteering for tree planting events (Altenhoff)

-Celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his family business by donating 50 trees to communities, schools, and non-profits (Almstead) -Established the Barborinas Fund, a TREE Fund Endowment, to fund research focused on tree planting and the improvement of tree varieties for nurseries. (Barborinas)

-Donated his time and resources helping his neighbors recover from massive tree and property destruction following Hurricane Sandy (Greifenberger)

-Assisted in the development of a new arboriculture degree program at Clackamas Community College and chaired the panel of experts who created the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification program. (Flanagan)

ISA has been recognizing “True Professionals of Arboriculture” since 2009 in an e ort to increase public understanding of arboriculture and the professional skills of today’s arborists. Since the program’s inception, hundreds of nominations have been collected worldwide from consumers, arborists, educators, and others testifying to the positive impact that those they nominate have had in and around their communities.

Recipients are selected by the ISA Awards Committee, a diverse group of experts in arboriculture including university professors, commercial and utility arborists, company owners, and trainers. After selection, award recipients are approved by ISA’s Board of Directors.

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