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Dear Station Members,
Attached are two sets of recent media interview on ISA HK/China & the contents are self-explanatory, although please do not read it word by word as the only suggestions coming out from the Station Manager who does not prefer to give blunt comment on any policy or practice as a professional attitude. The media may prefer to give simple & shocking report to focus on popular subjects, but a genuine professional would not be tricked into giving just that.
Both interviews have provided the value & importance of the Independent Practicing Arborist (IPA) credential which is seen to confirm the Arborist Profession in our territory of HK, Macau, Taiwan & China to a professional level expected by the public. The IPA is meant for Arborists who would like to go into self-practice, since by doing that, the IPA would be armed to face any challenge in the client's requirement be it Tree Assessment, Pruning Supervision, Research & Education or Expert Witness in Court which are the common daily chores of an IPA in our territory. By being an IPA, the Arborist must be able to perform Tree Climbing & it is the Tree Climbing part that most of the Certified Arborists in our territory appear to dislike, some even detest. However, if an IPA can not climb, can he truly be qualified to go into self-practice like if a medical doctor who would detest surgical operation or needle injection?
Therefore, do read these media reports with care. The Station Manager has also given an interview in a TV station recently & shall provide another one for a local magazine very soon. It is no doubt that the Arborist Profession is rising in our territory as a social requirement & not a hobby past time, & ISA HK/China would like to see it growing healthily & not a short burst of glory.
For that we shall need the help & understanding of all.
"If a tree is not designed, installed, maintained & inspected properly, it is likely to become a liability rather than an asset."
"Trees are good for the community. Trees need care like human beings. Arborists are the Tree Care Professionals."