Arborists and urban foresters talk a lot about nurturing trees. To do that, tree care practitioners must continually nurture their understanding of trees. At the recent International Society of Arboriculture Annual (ISA) meeting in Columbus, Ohio, I was honored to receive a recognition titled “ISA True Professional of Arboriculture.” It was an exciting and humbling … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner — August
Drought, or the more generic term water stress, has been a big issue for trees in our area, resulting in tree decline and mortality in forests, natural areas, and yards across the region. Starting in 2012, we have had a series of record-setting summers in terms of heat and days without rain. This is taking … Continue reading Focus on: Drought (Timely Tree Tips)
“Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities” Human health and well-being are closely intertwined with the health of our environment. There are deep connections between public health and trees in particular, according to current research. This year's seminar, “Healthy Trees, Healthy Communities,” will investigate common forest health issues faced by Washington communities and the resulting impacts on people … Continue reading 2018 Community Tree Seminars, Coming to a City Near You!
Since 1987, arborists in California have been tracking tree failures using the California Tree Failure Report Program. In 2012, tree failure data from California was merged with the International Tree Failure Database (ITFD). Unfortunately, the ITFD was taken off-line by the U.S. Government in 2015 with no plans to restore it in the foreseeable future. … Continue reading Introducing the PNW Tree Failure Database
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources and USDA Forest Service conduct annual aerial surveys to identify, map and monitor the impacts of insect and diseases on forest lands throughout the state. Aerial survey data are verified with ground-based observations and are compared against the results of other forest health research happening throughout the state. Survey results are compiled … Continue reading 2017 Forest Health Highlights Report
The sunny, warm, dry days of summer are always welcome, and considered by many to be the best time of the year in the Pacific Northwest. Of course tree tenders are busy watering, pruning, and performing other day-to-day maintenance tasks, assuring healthy, vigorous community trees are part of the joy of summer, but this is … Continue reading Coordinator’s Corner — July
As one of our readers you probably know that Tree Link is delivered to your email on a monthly basis. As we consider options to improve Tree Link, we'd like to know how often you prefer to receive it. Please take just a minute or two to review the options and participate in our poll: … Continue reading Frequency of Tree Link: A Readership Poll…