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.
--Ron Gumz, WAA President
Web Site Updates
The Wisconsin Arborist-Spring Issue is available. Check our Legislative Issues page for industry news and related legislative information.
Our Board Member, Nominations & Awards and Scholarship pages have been updated to show the new Board of Directors following elections and award winners recently announced at our 2015 Annual Conference in La Crosse. Congratulations to all the winners!
Our Policies page has recently been updated to show the most current Constitution, with the amendments that were approved at the annual business meeting in La Crosse. The WAA 2015-2019 Strategic Plan was recently approved and can now be seen on the Policies page as well.
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 2015 Day of Service
Volunteers are needed for this year’s Spring Day of Service event at Westlawn Woods in Cedarburg on Friday, March 27th. The project involves ash tree removal and buckthorn removal (these are spread out and not too bad!) beginning at 9:00 a.m. (lunch will be provided). For details see WAA 2015 Day of Service Project Information. Please contact Troy Schreiner or phone 920-988-7986 with questions or to volunteer. Note: In case of inclement weather, the event may be rescheduled for April 10th.
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)
An ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course is being held on April 2 – April 4, 2015 at the Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park in Milwaukee, WI. For detailed information about the course, please click here. Additional information can be found on the course flyer.
This course is full. Registration is now closed. Please check this site for future TRAQ courses offered. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact Tina Johnson at email@example.com.
Certified Arborist Exam
The next Certification exam will be held April 10, 2015 from 8:30 - 12 in Milwaukee, WI. There are 25 seats available and check-in will begin at 8:00 am. The registration deadline is March 24, 2015.
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
Last year, Dr. Richard Hauer of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point was awarded the John Z. Duling Grant from the TREE Fund for $10,000 and matched by WAA to support his research comparing municipal urban and community programs 20 years after the last assessment. Rich is now on sabbatical working on this project.
The Bob Skiera Memorial Fund was established with a lead gift of $75,000 from the Wisconsin Arborist Association and began accepting donations in 2010. Wisconsin arborists and friends committed to raising $250,000 and we reached this goal just before the 2014 ISA conference in Milwaukee! Thanks to everyone for your generosity and hard work. Now, join with current donors and Skiera Memorial Fund Campaign Pacesetters, and help us reach out to new donors around the state, the nation and the world to fully endow the fund at $500,000!! Please consider designating your TREE Fund donations to the Bob Skiera Memorial Fund and encourage others to do the same.
Team Wisconsin members Doug Drysdale, Dick Rideout, Andy Schoofs and Troy Schreiner will be riding in the 2015 STIHL Tour des Trees in Florida this October to continue to help WAA raise funds for its Chapter Challenge and 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.