H. Dennis P. Ryan, professor of Environmental Conservation and coordinator of the Arboriculture and Community Forestry Program in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, this month received the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Award of Merit.
The award acknowledges Ryan’s service in advancing the principles, ideas and practices of arboriculture. ISA president Colin Bashford presented the award at the society’s annual conference and trade show, held Aug. 11-15 in Portland, Ore.
“Dennis’s commitment to safety and educating future arborists in the classroom has changed the way we look at our professional culture,” said Bashford. “Those practices in arboriculture that were once considered high-risk are now more carefully looked at thanks to his contributions. His work has allowed us to better manage the potential hazards of our industry.”
Ryan is the author of more than 100 published articles and presentations used to guide current and future arborists in the profession. He is a former chairperson of the ANSI Z133, a peer board of the top tree safety experts in the country dedicated to helping arborists work more safely in the industry.
“ISA is the premier worldwide organization dealing with all aspects of the tree care industry. I am honored to have been a part of this group the majority of my life,” said Ryan. “I gained practical, real-world experience as a commercial arborist before I became a professor and I now pass those essential lessons on to my students.”
ISA has been honoring members and industry professionals with the awards of distinction since 1963. The categories recognize candidates in such areas as research, publishing, education, and advancing the best practices of proper tree care in the industry. The winners are selected by a diverse group of experts in arboriculture including university professors, retired arborists, owners of tree care companies and forestry managers. More than 20,000 members make up ISA’s organization worldwide.