Last Wednesday a Living Cities Workshop organised by the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) was held in Canberra, gathering organisations who are best placed to increase the urban forest, in response to the recent political announcements. IACA Treasurer Ian McKenzie attended the day to represent IACA. This is a great initiative and one that arboriculturists should be involved in.
1. To provide objective and accurate assessments of impacts of development on existing trees. Note: Where advice provided by a Consulting Arboriculturist is submitted to a consenting authority, e.g. Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) report AS4970 (2009), the recommendations made will be subject to approval by the consenting authority.
2. To work as part of a multidisciplinary team providing best practice assessment of and reporting on trees. In this regard, all forms of proposed construction should be assessed within the Arboricultural Impact Assessment (AIA) report. The tree assessment and reporting requirements of the "Project Arborist" are described in Australian Standard AS4970-2009 Protection of trees on development sites.
If you are an AQF Level 5 Arborist (or approved equivalent) you are invited to apply for membership of IACA. Apart from being part of a collegiate group of professionals, being a member of IACA also offers the benefits of inclusion on the published and linked membership list, discounts at seminars and conferences, the exchange of knowledge and ideas with fellow arboriculturists and the opportunity to participate in the future direction of IACA. IACA membership is an integral part of professional consulting arboriculture.
To apply for membership, download the application form for Accredited Membership or Associate Membership and Criteria for Membership. Refer to the IACA Constitution in the About IACA section, for the Criteria regarding membership.
A comprehensive bibliography of useful Arboricultural texts, including books, journal articles, Standards, websites, and other resources, is now available in the Members Section for use by IACA Consultants. Danny Draper of Urban Tree Management Australia Pty Ltd has prepared the reference list in the Harvard format.