Arboriculture Terms

Arboriculture (ar●bor●cul●ture) [arbori- + -culture] is the practice and study of the care of trees and other woody plants in the landscape. A term developed to cover the broad spectrum of the green (trees, wood shrubs, plants, etc.) industry.

Arborists are professionals who possess the technical competence gained through experience and related training to proved for or supervise the management of trees and other woody plants I residential, commercial and public landscapes.

Certified Arborists are professionals dedicated to preserving and protecting trees and other woody plants. They are tree care specialists dedicated to excellence in the field of arboriculture. Certified Arborists are highly qualified in the care of valuable trees and woodsy shrubs with knowledge of the most up to date, advance and proven age-old techniques. They have a number of years of experience, training and must pass rigorous testing before they can become a certified arborist.

Foresters have a 4-year degree in forestry from an accredited college of university. They do the management of forests, woodlots and urban forestry landscapes and cityscapes to provide a variety of benefits including timber, aesthetics, wildlife habitat and health and care of trees.

Urban Forestry is the management of naturally occurring and planted trees and associated plants in urban areas. Urban forestry came from the forestry management when the management of trees (forests) were expanded into public areas—communities with development of electrical and telephone lines (utility lines) around the nation and world around, 1924-1926 in the state of Michigan and perhaps earlier in other parts of the nation.

Reprinted with permission from the Glossary of Arboricultural Terms. ISA 2007 ©2006 International Society of Arboriculture. ISA, P.O. Box 3129, Champaign, IL 61826-3129 website: