45% of registered voters in the US did not bother to vote in the last election. I hope that arborists can do better than that–it takes literally one minute of your time. As members of the International Society of Arboriculture were recently reminded, I decided to run for the ISA Board of Directors in this year’s general election–only 3 voting days left! One recent testimonial: “Two reasons:
1) I really respect your seriousness and level of professionalism as an Arborist. Your work with crown retrenchment of veteran trees, and your knowledge and advocacy for dealing with root issues is valuable to the whole profession.
2) You are wise to some of the politics at ISA, and I believe you have the right ideas to help govern that organization. Good luck Guy!”
What do I hope to see happen?
- Increased international interaction. We in the US have much to learn from arborists in other countries. When Gary Watson attended an Arboricultural Association conference several years ago, he learned the practice of soil replacement as done in Tiananmen Square. I was fortunate to chronicle that good globalization in http://www.historictreecare.
At the ISA-Europe conference in 2014, I learned another root invigoration strategy that is gaining ground with arborists: http://www.historictreecare.
com/wp-content/uploads/2015/ 07/Luigi-pdf-root-regen- english.pdf Working in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, India, Kuwait, Estonia, Russia, Finland, the Ukraine, and England this summer, I hope to share and learn more advanced practices.
- Increased recognition by allied professionals, the media, and the general public of ISA’s Mission: “Through research, technology, and education, the International Society of Arboriculture promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees.” By demonstrating collaboration with planners, foresters, landscape architects, growers, etc., I hope to show arborists how they can increase their effectiveness in their communities.
Please contribute your ideas on advancing these efforts, and please vote!
“Guy Meilleur is an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist®, and previously held ISA’s Utility, Municipal, and Tree Worker Climber Specialist credentials. Author of 34 episodes of ISA’s “Detective Dendro” Arborist News and podcast series, Guy is a former curator and lecturer at North Carolina State University, instructor at Duke University, and staff arborist at the University of North Carolina. The primary author of the ANSI A300 Root Management Standard (Part 8), Guy serves as a US liaison for the Veteran Tree Network and the Ancient Tree Forum.
As education chair of the Capital Trees Program, Guy helped with setting policy, planning, and organizing efforts of citizens and politicians to improve and implement tree policy. As vice chair of the ISA Educational Goods and Services Committee, Guy attended the ISA Leadership Workshop and participated in ISA’s three-day planning session. He assisted with the development, review, and marketing of podcasts, online courses, books, and other goods and services.
Guy served as a North Carolina Urban Forest Council board member, secretary, and chair of the Education Committee. He participated in planning and strategy discussions, took the minutes, and developed, hosted, and coordinated educational programs. As an ANSI A300 Tree Care Standards Committee member, Guy advocated for environmental values while finding common ground with diverse interests.”