Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture

Students Win Scholarships to Attend Arborists' Conference

Published Date: May 23, 2018 12:00:00 PM

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A professional arborists’ organization awarded $500 scholarships to three Cal Poly Pomona plant science students to attend its annual meeting last month.

The scholarships helped cover the registration fee and lodging for Jason Thaete, a senior, and graduate students Oscar Del Real and Mark Tan at the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture’s 84th Annual Conference and Trade Show. The event was held in Santa Rosa, Calif., from April 23 to 26.

The conference was an opportunity for the students to meet and network with tree-care professionals in the Western Chapter region, which includes Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

The annual meeting also provides members with continuing education within their industry. Academics and industry experts spoke about the disastrous fires that struck the Santa Rosa area last year, an overview of California forest resources, developments in urban forest research, trees in changing in climates, mature tree management, soil and water management, utility forestry, and pest management.

WCISA offered scholarships covering the cost of conference registration fees and/or lodging for students enrolled in at a college or university and pursuing a degree in arboriculture or related fields.

Formed in 1934, WCISA is a nonprofit organization with more than 4,000 members engaged or interested in arboriculture.