Iowa Arborist Association Climbing Competion

       Just like that, the IAA's 10th Annual Tree Climbing Competition has passed. We had a great time this year at the Iowa Arboretum, just north of Madrid, and would like to thank them for the use of their grounds.      Competitors and spectators alike were amused with the addition of a 4th event, the Throw Line Competition. It was wildly popular and we look forward to having it again at next years event which will be in Iowa City. 

     We were very fortunate this year to have so many great companies donate some outstanding prizes. We had over $1,000 dollars worth of gear to be divided amongst the top 3 competitors this year. 

We would like to thank those supporters for their generous donations: 

  • Jim Scott - Vermeer Corporation
  • Stuart Buse - Xtreme Tree
  • Sean Stanley - Midwest UnderGround
  • Nick Bonner -

       These guys offered up some of the best items we have had in a while, 150' of rigging line, a brand new Stihl Climb Saw and a $500 rope saddle to name a few. As usual, there are too many integral people that make this competition happen to give them each the recognition and thanks they deserve. It will have to suffice to say that the IAA board of directors and the competitors are very grateful to everyone involved. We could not do this with out you.

Mat Starks
First Place

Jeremy Fox
Second Place

Jay Lewiston
Third Place

Winners of the 2105 Iowa Arborist Association Climbing Competion


     The IAA would like to recognize Jeremy Fox as an outstanding professional. At this years 10th annual IAA Tree Climbing Competition Jeremy came in second place and won the right to choose second from the winners table. There were a lot of high dollar items available and Jeremy chose the package containing the Stihl chainsaw, Kask Climbing helmet and the Silky brand handsaw. What makes Jeremy remarkable is that after making his selection, he then immediately gave away all of his prizes to the competitors who have been in the industry less than one year. It is this kind of support that helps to attract and more importantly to keep new individuals coming into the field of arboriculture. Nice job Jeremy, we thank you.

Emerald Ash Borer State-Wide Quarantine

The Iowa DNR and IDALS announced on Feb 4, 2014, a quarantine for the entire state of Iowa. Even though Iowa has been quarantined statewide, Iowans are encouraged not to transport firewood across county or state lines, since moving firewood poses the greatest threat to quickly speading EAB or possibly other pests even further.

Find more information about the Emerald Ash Borer at 

Click here for Information from Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship


Pictures Submitted by Bob Kozcella from Trip out East

  We would like to thank the following Companies for their donations in supporting IAA.


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