Recipients of the 2013 ISA Awards of Distinction
Mark J. Chisholm
Mark Chisholm has won the ISA New Jersey Chapter Tree Climbing Championship for 20 of the last 21 years, and has also attained three ITCC World Championships. ISA is pleased to recognize Chisholm’s knowledge, skill, and use of proper tree climbing techniques with the Millard F. Blair Award for Exceptional Contribution to Practical Arboriculture.
Chisholm is an ISA Certified Arborist and a New Jersey Certified Tree Expert with a passion for educating students and professionals. He played an instrumental role in a USDA investigation of the Asian longhorned beetle in the northeastern U.S., and is co-developer of the website TREE Buzz.com. A third-generation arborist, Chisholm works in his family’s company, Aspen Tree Expert Co, Inc., in Jackson, New Jersey.
Watch the video about Mark Chisholm that was aired at the 2013 ISA Annual International Conference.
Peter Gerstenberger, Senior Advisor for Safety, Compliance, and Standards at the Tree Care Industry Association, is credited with making the arboriculture industry a safer profession. ISA wishes to honor him with the 2013 Millard F. Blair Award for Exceptional Contribution to Practical Arboriculture.
Gerstenberger was the first editor of Tree Care Industry Magazine and has collaborated in the development of videos and training manuals for ground operations and tree climbing. He has provided safety training to more than 4,000 arborists and has written more than 500 articles and columns about safety and compliance. Gerstenberger’s longtime participation on the ANSI Z133 Committee and guidance to OSHA and similar state agencies are further testament of his passion for promoting tree worker safety.
Watch the video about Peter Gerstenberger that was aired at the 2013 ISA Annual International Conference.
Bryant Chad Scharenbroch
Dr. Bryant Scharenbroch gladly shares his research findings with the industry and is highly regarded by colleagues as an exceptional scientist and scholar with great promise in the field of arboriculture. ISA is pleased to recognize his contributions with the 2013 Early-Career Scientist Award.
A soil scientist at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, Dr. Scharenbroch’s research involves soil assessment and characterization, soil improvement for landscape trees, and ecosystem processes in urban settings, with significant results for the advancement of arboriculture and urban forestry.
Dr. Scharenbroch is committed to preparing future industry leaders by mentoring students and coordinating the annual Midwest Urban Tree Care Forum, an event that allows students to engage with professionals, gain knowledge, and develop career goals.
Watch the video about Bryant Scharenbroch that was aired at the 2013 ISA Annual International Conference.
As the owner and president of Collier Arbor Care, Terrill Collier of Clackamas, Oregon, has a role in all aspects of his tree care company and the arboriculture profession. Collier has transformed a small family business into one of the top arboriculture firms in Oregon. He advances the profession by promoting ISA’s TreesAreGood website, employing a full staff of ISA Certified Arborists, and encouraging ISA Certification.
Each year, Collier’s family participates in the annual Tour des Trees bike ride and has raised more than $70,000 to benefit TREE Fund research. His high standard of excellence and unselfish commitment to arboriculture greatly benefit the industry. ISA is pleased to award Terrill Collier an Honorary Life Membership.
Watch the video about Terrill Collier that was aired at the 2013 ISA Annual International Conference.
David and Jared Milarch
Their work on behalf of champion trees has taken this father-son team all over the world. This year, ISA awards David and Jared Milarch of Copemish, Michigan, with Honorary ISA Memberships for their outstanding effort to preserve some of the most significant trees on earth.
In 1996, the Milarch’s launched the non-profit Champion Tree Project to save the genetics of old forest giants and reproduce them for future generations. Today, this project has produced many archival living libraries of trees, including the 9-11 Memorial in New York City and at the Pentagon.
In 2008, David and Jared Milarch co-founded the Archangel Ancient Tree Archive to carry on the mission of tree collection, research, and production. Their goal is to propagate cuttings from trees, archive their DNA, and promote reforestation to reverse the threat of climate change.
Watch the video about David and Jared Milarch that was aired at the 2013 ISA Annual International Conference.