Local man helped launch industry credentialing program and the nonprofit Friends of Trees

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Terry Flanagan of Lake Oswego has been named a True Professional of Arboriculture by the International Society of Arboriculture.

Terry Flanagan of Lake Oswego has been named a True Professional of Arboriculture by the Champaign, Ill-based nonprofit International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

The True Professional recognition program honors arborists and tree care professionals for their positive impact on the industry and in their communities.

The owner of Teragan & Associates, Flanagan is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist and an ISA Certified Tree Worker and Municipal Specialist. In addition, he is Tree Risk Assessment Qualified as well as being a mentor instructor for ISA's Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ), a credentialing program he was instrumental in launching, serving as chair on the panel of industry experts.

"Terry was a valuable asset to the panel of experts who developed the ISA TRAQ credential," says Michelle Mitchell, ISA board president. "The expertise he brought to the panel helped transition the Pacific Northwest tree risk assessment course to a successful ISA international qualification program that continues to grow."

Flanagan previously served on the ISA Board of Directors, including a term as its president, and he continually encourages certification among arborists to raise the knowledge and professionalism of those working in the industry.

"I try to give those interested in arboriculture some insight on how to get started," says Flanagan. "I tell them to continue their education and to get the best experience with professional arboricultural companies. I encourage them to build their network by joining organizations such as the ISA and the Pacific Northwest Chapter, and to eventually become ISA certified."

He says he believes his most impactful contribution is sharing knowledge wherever possible. Flanagan's outreach extends beyond the industry and into the community. He was among the founders of Friends of Trees, a non-profit organization that has planted thousands of trees throughout the Portland area.

His passion for the industry is why Flanagan was named an ISA True Professional.

"There is nothing better in my mind than being recognized for your professionalism by your peers," Flanagan explains. "They are the harshest of critics of anyone because they know the industry and what is expected of a true professional."

Flanagan was recognized at the opening general session of ISA's 93rd-annual International Conference on Monday, July 31 in Washington, D.C. He is one of five individuals selected as a 2017 True Professional. ISA launched the True Professionals of Arboriculture recognition program in 2009 to increase public understanding of arboriculture and the professional skills of today's arborists. Recipients are from various backgrounds in the profession and hold industry credentials including certifications from ISA.

The ISA Awards Committee, a diverse group of experts from within the arboriculture industry, select the True Professionals from nominations submitted by industry colleagues, community leaders, and others.

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