Peter Gerstenberger, TCIA's senior advisor for safety, compliance, and standards, is this year’s winner of the Millard F. Blair Exceptional Contribution to Practical Arboriculture Award from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
The award recognizes individuals for providing outstanding service in promoting practical arboriculture in their work. ISA President Terrence Flanagan honored Gerstenberger on Sunday, August 4 as part of the ISA Annual Conference and Trade Show in Toronto.
“Gerstenberger has collaborated with ISA over the past three decades to make the arboriculture industry a much safer profession,” says Flanagan. “He’s also worked with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to improve safety, in addition to writing standards for tree work in several states. Many accidents and fatalities have been avoided because of his teaching and leadership.”
Gerstenberger has developed videos and training manuals for ground operations and tree climbing. He’s trained more than 4,000 arborists in safety workshops and has written more than 500 articles on safety and compliance for tree care professionals.
“I am humbled ISA has placed me in the company of such a tremendous group of people,” says Gerstenberger. “I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to serve this profession. I hope the attention this award brings will help generate more interest for important safety issues.”
Gerstenberger is one of eleven winners in this year’s ISA’s Awards of Distinction, sponsored by Bartlett Tree Experts. Additional recipients with ties to TCIA include:
Learn more about these awards at the ISA website. Photo courtesy of Nick Crawford.