Friday, May 15, 2009

ISA HK/China --- Incoming Mail (Who should lead the proposed Arbor Office?)

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Dear xxx,

Thank you for your message & your kind appreciation to recommend the Station Manager for a position in the proposed Arboricultural Office. He has received similar support many a time in the past but it is his intention to stay in his family business of Eurasian Garden & to carry on working as the Station Manger of ISA HK/China independently for what he can contribute best to the Tree Care development. Anyway, he wishes to thank all of you for your kind words.

On the other hand, ISA HK/China has made our own proposal as for the structure of the proposed Arboricultural Office (ArbO) in July 2007 ( . We have conceived a Principal Arboricultural Officer (PAO) to lead this Office & the PAO must be well versed in the Arbor Trade as well as politically capable & publicly respected to lead this Office. It may a difficult job to seek such a person in HK at present & overseas recruitment may eventually become necessary.

In our consideration, the PAO must be knowledgeable in the Arbor Business & must have been working in the industry for a number of years. In our current Govt structure, such a person may be most appropriate to look for within LCSD which has traditionally been the butler for Urban Trees in HK. ISA HK/China has also seen LCSD upgrading their training & services for Tree Care vigorously in the past few years & they are gradually building internatinal connection to share & receive knowledge & skills in the latest practices. With a bit of time & effort, LCSD may eventually catch up with the western world, although their current role focuses mainly in the aftercare of trees.

ISA HK/China would see it as inappropriate to find an 'Office Arborist' to take up the post of PAO, because Arboriculture is a Practitioner Trade biased on operations & not design. Someone only able to study photos & reports all day would not be respected by our Station Members, Tree Experts, Tree Lovers, Media & Politicians to talk professionally on trees. Our public would like to see the PAO able to climb a 10m tree, roar a 20 inch Chainsaw & rig down a 1 foot log to the ground safely, be it just for show in front of cameras or as a convincement to the public that our PAO is truly professional to the job. Such PAO would have fewer antagonism among the public.

On the other hand, a PAO not respected & supported by ISA HK/China may be seen as a loose kite not attaching to the largest & most popular Arbor Group in our territory of HK, Macau, Taiwan & China. This PAO may find he/she will have few friends in the industry, & his/her command will be difficult to steer. ISA HK/China is politically neutral, but we do have influence in Tree Affairs in our territory under the guidance of Fact-finding & Truth-telling.

Therefore, all of us would like to see the HK Govt to pick the right person to become the PAO. Let's hope public funds would not be squandered to invite public criticism & the future ArbO can truly win the heart & mind of our public.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

"If a tree is not designed, installed, maintained & inspected properly, it is likely to become a liability rather than an asset."

"Trees are good for the community. Trees need care like human beings. Arborists are the Tree Care Professionals."

----- Original Message -----
From: xxx
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2009 11:07 PM
Subject: Support the Proposed Arbor Office

Dear Station Manager,

I want to recommend you to chair the proposed Arbor office. Agree? If not, who should I propose?

I think the idea of Arbor Office is very good. We need it indeed. See what kind of a mess our trees are turning into after so many years of greenery. Sad, isn't it?

Can you reply, please?




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