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Press Release for Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum

Blithewold applauds Staff Arborist, Chris Rooney

Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum in Bristol, Rhode Island, is proud to announce that Staff Arborist, Christopher Rooney of Warwick, RI, was recently awarded the International Society of Arboriculture Professional Certification which recognizes advanced knowledge, skill and expertise in the field of tree care. Already a Rhode Island State Licensed Arborist, Rooney, who has been Staff Arborist at Blithewold since April of 1998, decided to further his professional accomplishments by studying for and sitting the rigorous four-hour examination administered through the local Chapter of the ISA. The exam was scheduled in March. Rooney is now one of only 28 arborists in Rhode Island to hold such a certification.

The International Society of Arboriculture, based in Champaign, Illinois, is a scientific and educational organization devoted to the dissemination of information on the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees.

The ISA Certification Program promotes the professional development of those involved in the field of arboriculture and tree care. The program’s goal is to improve the level of knowledge and standard of practice within the tree care profession. This Certification makes it easier for the public to identify those individuals who have demonstrated a thorough knowledge of tree care practices.

Rooney is gratified by the professional recognition of his skill and knowledge in arboriculture. Blithewold is equally gratified to know that the trees and grounds of the 33-acre Arboretum greatly benefit from Rooney’s now internationally recognized knowledge and skill.