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The UAA’s Annual Meeting: Wrapping up the year and looking ahead

Our Annual Business Meeting took place online, Thursday, August 31. It was an opportunity to review recent successes, highlight committee activities, introduce new people in the organization and lay the course for where we head into 2024 and beyond.

Watch the recorded meeting on the Member Portal under “Quick Links” and “Webinars.”

“We are the leading organization for those who provide professional vegetation management and we’re just shy of 6,000 members,” said President Timothy Walsh. ”Our committees help recruit people into the UAA and that’s a big part of our success. As we’ve grown, we’ve added staff and additional resources. We share our videos, articles and presentations with members and also outside of the UAA to promote safety in all facets of the industry.”

Walsh credits Executive Director Dennis Fallon for regularly engaging with groups and lawmakers across the country that are involved in policy-making and establishing rules related to UVM.

“Dennis has made great efforts to find out what’s happening with legislation, who’s doing what and getting our foot in the door, sometimes knocking down the door. We want them to know we are engaged and that they can come to us.”

Thank you, Timothy Walsh, for your tremendous dedication and service as president. Walsh handed off the gavel during the meeting to new president, Brandon Hughson.

“If you want to get involved and your voice to be heard, look at the committees and determine where your passion lies,” Hughson said. “Where can you make a difference in this industry? Get signed up.

“We’re building the organization upon the directors and executives that have come before us. I look forward to guiding future leaders as part of the UAA.”

Congratulations to our newest Board Members, who were also introduced at the meeting:

  • Vice President Josh Beaver
  • Director Jodi Braskich
  • Director Robert Vanderhoof

We bid a fond farewell to outgoing Board members Erin Creekmur, Immediate Past President Geoff Kempter and Adam Warf. Thank you for your service.

First deadline for fall grant cycle is September 15

Start the process to earn grants from several programs through the TREE Fund’s Fall 2023 Grant Application Cycle.

Letters of Inquiry are due next week, Friday, September 15, while applications are due on or before Sunday, October 1.

Information about the available grants and the application process can be found on the UAA website.

UAA visits southwest U.S. for ISA conference

It was great to attend the ISA 2023 Annual Conference & Trade Show in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last month to meet in-person, discuss and gather the latest insights in arboriculture.

This event offered a tremendous lineup of keynote speakers and educational breakout sessions. Industry leaders from around the globe shared their thoughts and views about research, practice, and technology.

The Women in Arboriculture Panel offered an interesting look at both presenters and ISA staff, followed by a networking reception and a giveaway prize of The Nature Fix, by Keynote Speaker Florence Williams.

UAA Staff, including Dennis Fallon and Renee Phillips, connected with folks visiting our booth to discuss the UAA, our mission and membership.

We also met students in the Exhibit Hall, as they visited booths, collected stamps for their conference “passports,” networked, and discussed options for future employment in utility arboriculture.

Following the event, we attended the 2023 Leadership Workshop, which kicked off with guest speaker Sylvia Gonner, who shared The Power of an Inclusive Mindset, followed by an engaging presentation on Beyond the Logo: Unleashing Brand Power with Len Romano.