CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Ernest Rezents, an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist®, and owner of Tree and Landscape Decisions LLC in Makawao Maui, Hawaii has been named a “True Professional of Arboriculture™” by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). The True Professional recognition program honors arborists and tree care professionals for their positive impact on the industry in and around their communities.
Rezents was honored at the opening ceremony of ISA’s 91st Annual International Conference last month in Orlando, Florida.
“Ernie Rezents is a great example of how arborists can be involved in the local community,” says Mark Roberts, ISA board president. “Being able to impact the planting specifications for an entire county will help ensure the longevity of the trees in their urban forest.”
Rezents, who is a retired Professor Emeritus in Agriculture from the University of Hawaii-Maui College, provides consultations regarding tree and landscape issues. When the Maui County Arborist Committee was formed in the late 1980s, Rezents was asked by the then mayor of Maui, Hannibal Tavares, to be on the committee and to help write the first edition of the Maui County Planting Plan (MCPP). Since then he has been the primary author of the second and now the third edition of the document which contains more inclusive planting specifications and parking lot trees.
In addition, Rezents teaches a non-credit course using the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide to help individuals in the Maui County area to become ISA Certified Arborists. Educating people is what drives him the most.