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How to Hire an Arborist

Arborist measuring tree truck.

Arborists are professionals educated in the art and science of caring for trees. This includes planting, transplanting, pruning, fertilizing, pest management, and hazardous tree assessment. They may also be trained in related fields such as urban forestry, horticulture, or landscape architecture. Many are skilled in tree removal and value appraisals. For tips on how to hire a competent arborist, visit, the website of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.

For a list of ISA arborists in Alaska certified by the International Society of Arboriculture visit or call the Community Forestry Office.