What Is An Arborist and Why Do I Need One?

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What is an Arborist:

The International Society of Arboricultural (ISA) defines an arborist as a “professional who possesses the technical competence gained through experience and related training to provide for or supervise the management of trees and other woody plants in residential, commercial, and public landscapes.” A certified arborist is one who has working experience in the field of trees and/or formal education in related fields; i.e., horticulture, forestry, etc. The certified arborist is someone “who has passed an independent exam administered by the ISA and maintains the credential through continuing education.” Within the body of certified arborists, there are those who specialize in utility work, municipal work, tree climbing, plant health care, aerial lift, and for those with great experience and a wealth of knowledge, the master certified arborist is the apex of the profession.

Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Healthy, well-maintained trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. On the flip side, poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by arborists, those trained and equipped to work safely in trees. 

 The International Society of Arboricultural (ISA) defines an arborist as a “professional who possesses the technical competence gained through experience and related training to provide for or supervise the management of trees and other woody plants in residential, commercial, and public landscapes.” A certified arborist is one who has working experience in the field of trees and/or formal education in related fields; i.e., horticulture, forestry, etc. The certified arborist is someone “who has passed an independent exam administered by the ISA and maintains the credential through continuing education.” Within the body of certified arborists, there are those who specialize in utility work, municipal work, tree climbing, plant health care, aerial lift, and for those with great experience and a wealth of knowledge, the master certified arborist is the apex of the profession.

Arborists specialize in the care of individual trees. They are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care. Hiring an arborist is a decision that should not be taken lightly. Proper tree care is an investment that can lead to substantial returns. Healthy, well-maintained trees are attractive and can add considerable value to your property. On the flip side, poorly maintained trees can be a significant liability. Pruning or removing trees, especially large trees, can be dangerous work. Tree work should be done only by arborists, those trained and equipped to work safely in trees. 

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