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.
“I believe trees are the least understood plant in our communities,” says Rezents. “They grow tall and seem threatening; therefore people think that topping trees is necessary. To the contrary, topping makes trees more apt to drop branches and cause damage. For this reason I use my written reports to educate my clients on proper tree care.”
Rezents is one of three individuals selected as a 2015 True Professional. ISA launched the “True Professionals of Arboriculture” recognition program in 2009 to increase public understanding of arboriculture and the professional skills of today’s arborists. Recipients are from various backgrounds in the profession and hold industry credentials including certifications from ISA.
Individuals are selected by the ISA Awards Committee, a diverse group of experts in arboriculture including university professors, retired arborists, owners of tree care companies, trainers, and forestry managers. After selection, award recipients are approved by ISA’s Board of Directors. 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.
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 newly re-launched 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