ISA Southern Chapter

  Membership in the Southern Chapter of ISA is open to individuals actively engaged in commercial, municipal, and utility arboriculture; to individuals who represent or are employed by governmental agencies, organizations or institutions whose principal duties are concerned with research, extension, and administration; and to other individuals actively interested in the planting, care, and preservation of trees. Members of the International Society of Arboriculture may elect to join the Chapter by indicating the appropriate chapter affiliation on the Application for ISA Membership . Annual dues are $30.00. Described below are some of the services and activities offered by the Southern Chapter  

Annual Conference

The Southern Chapter holds a 3-day annual conference each spring somewhere within the Chapter region. Educational programs at the conference are geared to be of interest and value to commercial, municipal, and utility arborists. In addition to educational sessions, the conference normally includes commercial exhibits, equipment demonstrations, and a tree climbing championship. The winner of this tree climbing championship represents the Chapter in the International Tree Climbing Championship.

Upcoming conferences:
2016 Knoxville, TN
2017 Myrtle Beach, SC
2018 TBD


Arborist Certification
  The Southern Chapter approves and schedules Arborist Certification exams within the Chapter region . For more information on the International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist program, refer to the ISA web site . Exam registration is handled through the International office. If you are interested in having an exam proctored in your local area, contact the appropriate Southern Chapter state director for help in arranging this.  

  The Southern Chapter publishes and distributes its quarterly newsletter to a membership of approximately 1600. Deadlines for submission of articles, ads, and other items are March 28, June 27, September 26 and December 12. (Target dates for publication are beginning of April, August, November and February.) For more information, contact ISA Southern Chapter office at (336) 789-4747.  

  Memorial Scholarships are offered on a competitive basis to students pursuing a higher education in fields related to professional tree care and maintenance within the region of the Southern Chapter. Applications may be obtained online or by contacting Kay Reed, the scholarship chairman at (770) 330-6582. The annual process includes a February 15 application deadline, notification by April 15, and award of the scholarship in the fall of the next academic year.  

  The Southern Chapter sponsors educational workshops for professionals throughout the membership region. Southern Chapter state directors are responsible for making sure that each state is meeting the needs of it's arborists and tree climbers through Certification Exam Study courses and other workshops. Attendees of Southern Chapter-sponsored workshops may earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) towards maintenance of Arborist Certification.  


  ISA Southern Chapter is an affiliate of the
International Society of Arboriculture
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Comments regarding this site should be directed to
Dwayne Carter, ISA Southern Chapter Executive Director