By: Fergus Grant
We’re excited to announce that August Hoppe has been elected as the 2016 president of the Wisconsin Arborist Association. 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. The WAA has grown over the years to over 790 diverse members throughout the state.
The Wisconsin Arborist Association serves its members and the public at large through a variety of means. An example of this is the annual Day of Service, where member arborists donate time and equipment to provide needed tree care to a worthy recipient. Some of the previous Day of Service Projects include: Mequon Nature Preserve, Wood National Cemetary, UW-Madison Arboretum, and the Milwaukee County Zoo.
The WAA also hosts numerous conferences throughout the year for practicing arborists to increase their knowledge and gain continuing education to maintain their Certified Arborist credentials. Summer and Fall workshops, along with an annual 3 day winter conference provide a chance for arborists to get network and increase their knowledge of arboriculture.
The WAA also has an annual Tree Climbing Championship each summer. Arborists are judged on their ability to proficiently and safely ascend, work and descent from trees. The 1st place male and female contestants from Wisconsin then gain eligbility to compete in the International Tree Climbing Championship.
Joining August Hoppe on the WAA Board of Directors is fellow Hoppe Tree Service arborist John Wayne Farber. Over the years, both August and John Wayne Farber have shown their commitment to advancing arboriculture. We are excited and proud of both of these gentleman for their accomplishments and willingness to serve the Wisconsin Arborist Association.