On 05 November 2018, Rick Harper, Extension Associate Professor, UMass Department of Environmental Conservation, became President of the New England Chapter of International Society of Arboriculture (NEC ISA), at the regional association’s annual conference in Mystic, CT.


With over 25,000 members, the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is the world’s largest arboriculture association and is comprised of chapters from all around the globe. For over 50 years, the New England Chapter has been promoting the professional practice of arboriculture and fostering a greater awareness of the benefits of trees through ongoing programs and educational opportunities. The multi-day annual conference of the local 1000-member association offers exam preparation for arborist certification, CPR certification, and aerial rescue training, as well as lectures from world-renowned arboriculture experts. The New England Chapter also provides a generous scholarship program for students. 2018 recipients included UMass Amherst arboriculture and urban forestry student’s A.J. Elton and Jamie Lim.


In his remarks to the chapter, Harper said, “I am excited and honored to serve the New England chapter this year. We look forward to continuing – and strengthening – the many benefits our members receive as a result of the dedication of our volunteers and our Board of Directors. We hope to see everyone at our 2019 annual conference, Oct 06-08, in Springfield, MA!”