Across North Carolina, the N.C. Forest Service is embracing and promoting the importance of urban forestry, including increasing the number of staff members who are certified arborists through the International Society of Arboriculture.
The ISA Certification Program is the industry standard for ensuring an arborist possesses a high-level knowledge in tree care. Eight N.C. Forest Service personnel recently passed the certification test, bringing the total to 23 ISA-Certified Arborists within the Forest Service. Many Forest Service employees are already experts in forest management and other aspects of forestry but this certification also makes them a valuable asset to the agency’s Urban and Community Forestry Program. They join the more than 450 certified arborists across the Tar Heel State.
N.C. Forest Service Urban Forestry Program Coordinator Nancy Stairs says that “having these individuals placed around the state provides a valuable tool for homeowners and municipalities that may need the services of a certified arborist.”
The ISA Certification verifies an individual’s knowledge in the field of arboriculture and is considered the industry standard of practice within the tree-care field. It is designed to assist the public in identifying professionals in arboriculture who have demonstrated a thorough knowledge of tree-care practices. Certification is gained through a professionally developed education program and exam, and is valid for three years. Continuing education credits must be earned to maintain certification. State Forester Greg Pate recommends finding a certified arborist when contracting for your tree care needs.
To learn more about the N.C. Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program visit us online at http://ncforestservice.gov.