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 Legislative Issues page has been updated, along with Board Members, Policies, Scholarships, Nominations & Awards and WAA Day of Service.
Check the Photo Gallery for 2014 WAA/WDNR Annual Conference photos. Also, the application for the 2014 WAA Tree Climbing Championship has been added.
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.
Visit our new 2014 ISA Milwaukee- Annual Conference and Trade Show page.
WAA offering Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course
WAA's first ever Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course will be held over 2.5 days on April 3, 4, and 5th at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Space is limited to 20 people and this event is expected to fill up fast. For more information see the WI TRAQ Event Registration Form. Please note: On-line registration is not offered for this event.
Certified Arborist Exam
There are no ISA Certified Arborist exams scheduled at this time. Check this site later for updates.
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 Ian Brown, Certification Chair at (414) 286-8233, or email Ian Brown. 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 Pacesetters-Jan1014, and help us reach our goal! Please consider designating your TREE Fund donations to the Bob Skiera Memorial Fund.
Support the Bob Skiera Fund through the STIHL Tour des Trees.
The Tour is coming to Wisconsin in 2014! Join us for a week of unforgettable scenery, cycling and camaraderie as the STIHL Tour des Trees escapes to Wisconsin July 27 – August 2, 2014. Registration opens January 7th.
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.