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An ISA Arborist

When you are considering tree removal in MA, there are many options and qualifications to look at. At KMA Tree Service we pride ourselves at being a ISA certified Arborist. This is a special level of competency for anyone who services your trees in your home. When you go through a tree service you want to make sure that they are an ISA certified Arborist. But why?

You most likely have two questions. What does ISA certified imply? Then what is an arborist? For those who don’t know or just want a refresher her is some good information for you to know!

ISA Certified

When you are ISA certified it means that you are certified by one of the largest consortiums of Arboriculture that is around. ISA stands for the International Society of Arboriculture.

The definition of Arboriculture according to the Encyclopaedia Britannica is the “cultivation of trees, shrubs, and woody plants for shading and decorating.” Arboriculture is the basis of the ISA. The mission of the ISA is “through research, technology, and education, the International Society of Arboriculture promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees.” Started 90 years ago the ISA has continued to work to certify individuals in the proper way to groom and remove trees while respecting their importance to the environment.

Though being certified is optional, the certification allows you to prove that you have gone above and beyond the requirements of your job. The certification shows that you have a high degree of knowledge and skills about maintaining, caring for and working with trees to make the best decisions.

When you work with an ISA certified arborist you are working with the best.

So an arborist is….

An arborist according to forestinfo.org is a “specialist who focus’ on the planting, care and maintenance of individual trees in order to improve tree health, growth, and aesthetics.” By this definition any individual who works and has knowledge about the pruning, removal and overall care of the tree can be considered an arborist. Arbor is an old word for trees, as many cities honor arbor day by planting many trees.

When you consider getting tree work on you tree it is best to call the neighborhood arborist. As they are trained to notice the signs of a dying and decaying tree they are the only ones who could tell you the best method in saving your tree. However, at KMA Tree Service we recommend finding an arborist who is also ISA certified. This will ensure that the individual is trained and has the knowledge required for your tree needs. Needing to follow the ISA Certified Arborist Code of Ethics, the arborist is needed follow a guide and various points of reference for their day to day work. This code of ethics “helps maintain consistency around the world and create an even playing field for all ISA Certified Arborists” according to the ISA.

By following these standards KMA Tree Service is able to provide our clients with an experience that will be done right the first time. When it is time for tree removal in MA, give an ISA certified arborist like KMA Tree Service a call at 979-373-1779.