The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) selected five arborists for the 2012 class of "True Professionals of Arboriculture" in the largest global recognition program for professionalism in tree care.
Recognition took place at the 88th annual ISA Conference and Trade Show, August 11-15th in Portland, Ore., honoring the following:
- William Logan (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
- Tim Kastning (Hayden, Idaho)
- Bruce Kreitler (Abilene, Texas)
- Donald Picker (Fanling, Hong Kong)
- Robert Springer (Charlottesville, Va.)
"The True Professional honor is a celebration of those who reach for and strive to maintain high standards of the arboriculture industry," said ISA President Colin Bashford. "Their achievements and ideas educate and inspire others. We are proud they play such a leading role in promoting tree care."
Accomplishments of this year's "True Professionals of Arboriculture" include:
- Founded a leading tree care firm emphasizing careful diagnostic practices and ethics where the health of the tree comes first. Award-winning author of several books, including Dirt, which premiered as a movie at the Sundance Film Festival. (Logan)
- Supports urban tree care with special project initiatives including a firewood charity program, wood and nursery container recycling, and tree preservation. (Kastning)
- Encourages public appreciation of and involvement in improving the urban forest through speaking engagements, weekly radio shows, print and online publications. (Kreitler)
- Expanded arboriculture in Asia by co-founding the International Arboriculture Summit in Hong Kong bringing in global tree experts to support regional arborists with education and networking. (Picker)
- One of the first Tree Worker Evaluators in the Mid-Atlantic ISA Chapter. Led workshops on arborist safety standards following a request from Virginia OSHA for his expertise on safe work practices. (Springer)
The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), headquartered in Champaign, Ill, launched the "True Professionals of Arboriculture" recognition program in 2009 to increase public understanding of arboriculture and the professional skills of today's arborists. For more information, visit www.isa-arbor.com.