The Utah Community Forest Council/International Society of Arboriculture-Utah Chapter is a nonprofit organization that advocates for proper management and care of Utah's community forests through partnerships, and public and professional education.
Our organization operates through the combined efforts of numerous volunteers. Working together we provide educational workshops and events for arborists or anyone interested in tree care. We have a variety of workshops and many offer certified arborists the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Credits toward their ISA certification. Workshop topics include pesticide application, chainsaw safety, tree care near power lines, tree hazard and appraisals, arborist school, and many more.
Our biggest and most exciting event is the annual Utah tree climbing championship. Competitors are challenged in five events – Work Climb, Aerial Rescue, Belayed Speed Climb, Secured Foot Lock and Throw Line. The events simulate working conditions of professional tree climbers and test a competitor's ability to quickly, professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree care tasks. The winner of all five events goes on to represent Utah in the international tree climb competition.
In addition to our workshops and events, our volunteers coordinate the Arborist Apprenticeship Program. This two-year program provides participants with classroom and hands-on field training. The apprenticeship program increases arboricultural knowledge, skills, and abilities of the participants.