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29 August 2016Seeking Nominees for ISA Board Terms Ending in August 2017: The ISA membership is invited to submit nominations for two Council of Representatives-elected ISA Board of Directors positions. The current terms for these two positions held by Anne Beard and John Gathright will end in August 2017. They are both eligible to serve another term and can also be nominated. Read details on submitting nominations.

26 August 2016Public Review: ANSI A300 Part 1 Pruning and Part 9 Tree Risk Assessment: The public review period for the revision of the ANSI A300 Part 1 Pruning and Part 9 Tree Risk Assessment standards is in effect from 19 August 2016 through 3 October 2016. Download a draft of the proposed Revisions on TCIA's A300 Current Projects Page. Comments may be sent to your member representative or directly to A300 secretary, Bob Rouse.

8 July 2016Public Review of Rule Proposal for the New Jersey Tree Expert and Tree Care Operator Licensing Act: ISA has reviewed the proposed licensing rules to be included with the act and has identified some questions and concerns regarding the licensing requirements. We encourage our members and ISA Certified Arborists™, especially those in New Jersey and surrounding states, to review the information and to submit comments by the deadline of August 26, 2016. Read the full announcement for more details.

2 May 2016ISA General Membership Election: From 16 May through 30 June 2016, ISA members will have the opportunity to vote by electronic ballot in an election to fill expiring positions on the ISA Board of Directors and the Nominating and Elections Committee. Watch for your electronic ballot. Read More about the election.

24 February 24 2016—Seeking Nominees for the ISA Credentialing Council. ISA currently has two vacancies on the ISA Credentialing Council (formerly the ISA Certification Board), which is responsible for setting the strategic direction of ISA's credentialing programs. Council member duties include attendance at two in-person meetings per year and several conference calls, as well as possible committee work. To nominate yourself or another individual who has a strong desire to promote public awareness of the ISA credentialing programs, please send a letter of interest to Sheila Dillon.

2 February 2016— ISA is seeking qualified nominees from its membership for seats on the ISA Board of Directors to be elected by the General Membership. The deadline for nominations is 29 February 28, 2016.View detailed nomination information.

1 February 2016—The ISA announces the relaunch of the newly-updated Board Certified Master Arborist® (BCMA™) exam effective February 1. In response to user feedback requesting a better exam experience and accommodation for the global reach of the program, ISA performed an intensive and highly successful review, revision, and assessment of the exam in order to meet these expectations. Applications are now being accepted for the updated exam. For more information on the new exam read the news release and list of frequently asked questions.

19 November 2015—The terms of two Board of Directors positions that are elected by the ISA Council of Representatives will expire in August 2016. The ISA membership is invited to nominate ISA members who have demonstrated their leadership skills and contributed to the arboriculture industry to fill these positions. The deadline to submit nominations is 11 December 2015. View detailed nomination information.

10 November 2015— The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the Utility Arborist Association (UAA) are pleased to announce a new affiliate agreement that moves the two organizations toward a mutually-beneficial autonomous administrative relationship with UAA handling all administrative responsibilities for the organization independently from ISA. We look forward to our ongoing relationship with UAA who remains a professional affiliate of ISA focusing on the utility arborists sector of the industry. Learn more about this transition via the news release and the list of frequently asked questions.

17 September 2015—The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the Western Chapter ISA (WCISA) are pleased to announce the upcoming merger of their Certified Tree Worker programs. Both ISA and WCISA are committed to the quality of their credentialing programs and have made the collaborative decision that combining forces will increase capacity, improve overall services, and expand the global impact of this credential. ISA thanks the Western Chapter ISA, its staff, and volunteers for the work they have done to pave the way for this merger. With their support, we are able to make the transition both smooth and continuous without service disruption. For more information read the news release and list of frequently asked questions.

8 September 8 2015— A newly formed Events Department at ISA will be lead by Kara Stachowiak as Director of Events. Most recently the administration of events has been under the Educational Goods and Services department of ISA where she served as Associate Director of Meetings and Events. Read the full announcement.

2 September 2 2015— ISA announced the separation of the Annual International Conference and International Tree Climbing Championship. After careful consideration, the ISA Board approved a strategic plan to separate the ISA Annual International Conference and the International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC). A new event format will create greater opportunities for involving ISA chapters, associate organizations, and members, and also increase opportunity for public outreach. ISA leadership believes that holding the events independently provides flexibility in selection of locations, facilities, and dates that are best suited for the growth and success of both events. For more information read the news release and list of frequently asked questions.

3 August 2015—ISA is now accepting presentation proposal submissions for the 2016 ISA Annual International Conference and Trade Show to be held 13-17 August 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. View details on submitting a presentation. The submission period is Monday, 3 August — Friday, 4 December 2015. Submit proposal

1 May 2015—The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is temporarily suspending the administration of the current Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA) exam as of June 1, 2015. Based on the organization’s dedication to quality programs, continuous improvement, and customer satisfaction, the ISA Board decided to suspend the BCMA program to allow time to work on improving the overall exam experience and provide a more fluid transition to a new exam. For more information about the program suspension, read the news release and review the list of Frequently Asked Questions.

1 May 2015—ISA and TREE Fund have completed a joint research needs assessment project. The main goals of the project were to identify the research needs and interests of the arboriculture community and to help the two organizations proactively support the research needed for the long-term growth of our profession. Learn about key findings, their implications, and resulting action recommendations by reading the full report.

6 March 2015— The next business meeting of the Accredited Standards Committee Z133 (ANSI Standard for Arboricultural Operations —Safety Requirements) will take place on April 22, 2015, at The Westin Baltimore Washington–BWI in Linthicum, Maryland. For more information, email Janet Huber at the International Society of Arboriculture, ASC Z133 Secretariat, or contact by phone +1 217.355.9411, ext. 259.

13 February 2015— ISA is pleased to announce a new podcast series—Tree Workers’ Tips, Tricks & Troubles. This new ISA podcast will be the first where content is determined by you, the arborist. We ask ISA members to share their experiences from around the world, whether it’s a pest that’s invading your territory, a tip for evading poison ivy, or a trick that has made work life just a little bit safer and easier. To make this work, we need arborists to send ISA videos from the field. Using your smartphone, take a video of what it is you would like to share and send it to Submission Requirements: The video must be under 5 minutes and should be shot horizontally. Please include a brief description in the e-mail to assist staff in determining if ISA would like to use your material to build content for a podcast. Individuals whose videos are selected will be contacted at the time of release.

16 January 16 2015— ISA is seeking qualified nominations for Board of Directors seats to be elected by the General Membership. The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2015.View detailed nomination information.

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