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Welcome to the Wisconsin Arborist Association's (WAA) website.  Our mission is 'Improving the understanding of trees and the practice of arboriculture'.

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

Proposed Constitution Revisions

The WAA’s Board of Directors has proposed a series of revisions to the Constitution that will be voted upon for approval by the membership at the Annual Business Meeting on Monday, January 26th at the La Crosse Convention Center.  The goal of the revisions is to ensure the vitality of the organization and to confirm the association is abiding by its governing rules.  There are two main objectives of these updates:  

1. The first set of updates is designed to align with adjustments that the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), our parent organization, is making to their membership procedures.  The Board of Directors has endorsed the Membership Committee’s recommendation to adopt the changes in the following articles: 3A, 3B, 4B1, and 6A. 
2. The second set of updates is designed to modernize the Constitution for operational consistency and to correct formatting discrepancies.  The adjustments are in the following articles:  2, 4A, 5E, 5F, 6G and 6L. 

Click Here to view the entire Constitution with the redlined adjustments as well as the Board’s explanations for the revisions, shown in blue.  Don’t hesitate to contact Ron Gumz with any questions.

Web Site Updates

The Wisconsin Arborist-Winter Issue is available. Check our Legislative Issues page for industry news and related legislative information.

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/DNR Annual Conference and Trade Show

The 2015 WAA/DNR Annual Conference and Trade Show ‘Advancing Arboriculture and Urban Forestry Through a Climate of Change’ will be held January 25-27th in La Crosse, WI. For detailed information, check the Program Brochure.

On-line registration is now closed. Walk-up registration will be available. A late fee of $30 will apply.

Hotel Availability
In addition to Radisson Hotel and Holiday Inn (connected to the Convention Center), additional hotels in the area include the following:

Located 2 blocks south of La Crosse Center -
Courtyard by Marriott = 608-782-1000
Located .5 miles North of La Crosse Center - Grand Stay = 608-796-1615
Located 1 mile North of La Crosse Center - Candlewood Suites = 608-785-1110
Electrical Hazard Awareness Program (EHAP)

In addition to the annual conference, an Electrical Hazard Awareness Program (EHAP) is being offered on January 28th, 2015 in La Crosse, WI at an additional cost. For detailed information, check the EHAP flyer.

On-line registration is now closed. Walk-up registration will be available. A late fee of $30 will apply.
Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)

An ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course is being held on April 2 – April 5, 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.

There are 20 spots available. Registration Forms should be mailed or emailed along with payment by March 2, 2015 to WAA, PO Box 189, Eagle, WI, 53119 or by email to waa_adm.asst@yahoo.com
Certified Arborist Exam

The next Certified Arborist Written Exam is scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015 at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Please check the ISA website for additional information. This exam will be held in conjunction with the WAA/DNR 2015 Annual Conference. Deadline for exam registration is January 8, 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 urban forestry.

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 Campaign Pacesetters, and help us reach our goal! Please consider designating your TREE Fund donations to the Bob Skiera Memorial Fund.

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.


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