Welcome to the Wisconsin Arborist Association's (WAA) website. Our
mission is 'Improving the understanding of trees and the practice of
The WAA was founded in 1964 by a small group of
individuals dedicated to improving the knowledge and quality of the
profession of arboriculture. Since that time it has grown into a large
organization of commercial, municipal, utility and academic arborists. These
members serve Wisconsin by providing private and public arboriculture
services and research. The WAA is a chapter of the International Society of
Arboriculture which has representation in over 30 countries.
--Eric Petersen, WAA President
Web Site Updates
The Wisconsin Arborist-Fall Issue is available. Check our Legislative Issues page for industry news and related legislative information.
See our Tree Climbing Championship page for the results of WAA's 2014 TCC.
Our Find a Certified Arborist for Hire page has recently been enhanced to provide a better experience for homeowners or property managers who are seeking professional services. Please check out the improved search and display options now available.
WAA 2014 Fall Conference 'Arboriculture Like It’s 2999: Promoting Tree Longevity through Urban Forestry and Science'
Join the WAA for the Fall Conference on October 29th in Madison at the Lussier Community Education Center, the same great location as the summer 2012 program. Wonder why conifers suffered much winter dieback and why some deciduous trees took it in the foliage? Gary Johnson from the University of Minnesota will tell us why and offer his practical solutions for arborists. He will further explain new findings on trees and how storms and street settings interact to explain tree failures. Chris Williamson and Brian Hudelson will provide updates from the realm of pests, Wisconsin style 2014. Do you use air excavation equipment such as the Air Knife or Air Spade? If not or even if you do, you might get blown away with what you can do with air in another outdoor session. Is your place of business using an effective approach for promoting a culture of safety? Learn from three companies what approaches they use to bring people home safely every day. Colin Bugg will discuss the safe and
practical use of SRT and Laura Jull will present the how’s and why’s of shrub pruning.
See our Fall Conference Brochure for complete details.
On-line registration is now closed. Walk up registration will be available using cash, check, or credit card.
Important Dates to Remember
Nomination Forms - due December 1, 2014
Scholarship Applications - due December 15, 2014
Day of Service Applications - due January 10, 2015
Please check the appropriate pages on our website for further information and to download the applications.
Certified Arborist Exam
The next Certified Arborist Exam is scheduled for November 14th, 2014 at the City of Milwaukee Forestry - Central District office. Please check the ISA website for additional information.
There are a number of study materials available through ISA to assist with exam preparation. The ISA Arborists' Certification Study Guide is available for purchase on the ISA website. It is a good overall review including bolded vocabulary words, review questions, and sample test questions listed at the end of each chapter. The Application Handbook outlines the exam process and Certified Arborist Code of Ethics. The Exam Outline provides a list of topics and knowledge areas that should be mastered prior to sitting for the exam. Both resources are available for free on the ISA website.
If you have additional questions, contact Paul Fliss, Certification Chair at (262) 613-6461, or email Paul Fliss. As always, registration for the exam is made directly with the ISA, and must be completed at least 12 working days in advance.
Please note, any WAA member who wants to be listed as a Certified Arborist for Hire on the WAA web site should complete the
ISA Certified Arborist for Hire
Form. Contact Ian Brown at 414-286-8233 if you have any questions.
Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund)
The TREE Fund provides research grants, scholarships and
educational programs to advance knowledge in the field of arboriculture and
Dr. Richard Hauer of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point was recently awarded the John Z. Duling Grant from the TREE Fund for $10,000 to support his research comprised of an assessment of municipal urban and community programs. This is a reassessment of classic work completed 20 years ago and provides a very unique opportunity for comparison. The project will be a focus of an upcoming sabbatical for Rich.
The Bob Skiera Memorial Fund began accepting donations in 2010. Wisconsin arborists and friends are raising $250,000. We are close to reaching our goal. Join with current donors and Skiera Memorial Fund Campaign Pacesetters, and help us reach our goal! Please consider designating your TREE Fund donations to the Bob Skiera Memorial Fund.
Team Wisconsin will be riding in the Tour to raise funds for research and help the WAA endow the Bob Skiera Memorial Fund. If you wish to support Team Wisconsin riders, tax deductible donations via credit card are accepted at: http://www.crowdrise.com/STdTTeamWisconsin/fundraiser/stdtteamwisconsin1 When you donate, please make sure to designate your donation to the Bob Skiera Memorial Fund.