Oregon Arborist Receives Dual Honor from International Society of Arboriculture

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (August 2013) – Terrill Collier, an arborist, owner and president of Collier Arbor Care in Portland, Ore., is this year’s recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) prestigious Honorary Life Membership Award and has been named an ISA True Professional of Arboriculture for 2013.

The Honorary Lifetime Membership is awarded to ISA members who have contributed substantially to the progress of arboriculture. The True Professional recognition program honors arborists and tree care professionals for their positive impact on the industry and around their community. ISA President Terrence Flanagan honored Collier in ceremonies on Sunday, August 4th and Monday, August 5th in Toronto, as part of the ISA Annual Conference and Trade Show, held August 3rd—7th, 2013.

“Collier is a true leader in our industry, tirelessly promoting proper tree care to the consumer, encouraging ISA Certification and generously donating his time to tree causes,” says Flanagan. “He leads with a quiet professionalism and his standards of excellence are admired by many.”

As a second generation business owner, Collier has transformed Collier Arbor Care into one of the top arboriculture firms in Oregon.  From conducting pro-bono work on historic tree care to raising thousands of dollars bike riding in the Tour des Trees with his family to fund tree research, Collier carries out his daily activities with a quiet demeanor, a positive attitude, and a willingness to share his knowledge with others.

“I have volunteered for various committees and boards in our industry for the past 30 years,” says Collier. “Working with leaders in arboriculture has helped advance my skills and knowledge level. I am extremely grateful to ISA for choosing me to receive an Award of Distinction and naming me a True Professional. There is no higher honor than to be recognized by your peers.”

Collier is one of eleven distinguished professionals who make up the circle of winners for ISA’s Awards of Distinction, sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts. Robert Bartlett Jr., Chairman and CEO of Bartlett Tree Experts explains, “Terrill Collier is a remarkable arborist that has built an exemplary tree care business.  He recently joined Bartlett through our acquisition of Collier Arbor Care and I am looking forward to working closely with him as we establish our business in Oregon. I applaud him, and all of the honorees, for their tireless effort in research, teaching, mentoring their peers, and dedication to the best daily practices of arboriculture.”

ISA has been honoring members and industry professionals with the Awards of Distinction since 1963. Nine categories recognize candidates in such areas as research, publishing, education, and advancing the cause of the organization. The winners are selected by a diverse group of experts in arboriculture. More than 20,000 members make up ISA’s organization worldwide.

Collier is one of five members in the 2013 Class of True Professionals. ISA launched the recognition program in 2009 to increase public understanding of arboriculture and the professional skills of today’s arborists. Nominees selected for recognition represent various backgrounds as ISA Certified Arborists, urban foresters, authors, and business owners—all advancing the cause of the industry.

This year’s ISA “True Professionals” judges included John Ball (professor of forestry at South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.), SK Ganesan (deputy director of landscaping and arboriculture, National Parks Board, Singapore), Alan Jones (vice president and division manager, Bartlett Tree Experts, Afton, Va.), Lauren Lanphear (president, Forest City Tree Protection, South Euclid, Ohio and 2011 ISA “Award of Distinction” winner), Randy Lidkea (retired arborist, ISA committee member, St. Thomas, Ontario), Paul Revell (urban and community forestry manager, Virginia Department of Forestry, Charlottesville, Va.), Rip Tompkins (arborist and principal at ArborMaster, Willington, Conn.), and Philip van Wassenaer (president, Urban Forest Innovations, Inc., Mississauga, Ontario and 2009 ISA “True Professional of Arboriculture”).

Profiles and case studies of the “True Professionals” will be featured on the ISA website at www.isa-arbor.com and highlighted in future ISA publications such as Arborist News.

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), headquartered in Champaign, Ill., U.S., is a nonprofit organization supporting tree care research and education around the world. To promote the importance of arboriculture, ISA manages
the consumer education web site, www.treesaregood.org, which fulfills the association’s mission to help educate the public about the importance and value of proper tree care. Also, as part of ISA’s dedication to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees, it offers the only internationally-recognized certification program in the industry. For more information on ISA and Certified Arborists, visit www.isa-arbor.com.

About Bartlett Tree Experts
The F.A. Bartlett Tree Expert Company was founded in 1907 by Francis A. Bartlett and is the world’s leading scientific tree and shrub care company. The organization’s current chairman, Robert A. Bartlett Jr., represents the third generation of Bartlett family management. Bartlett has locations in 27 U.S. states, Canada, Ireland and Great Britain. Services include pruning, pest and disease management, fertilization and soil management, cabling and bracing, tree lightning protection systems and tree/stump removal. Its corporate offices are located in Stamford, Connecticut. 


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