West Virginia University will host the annual meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Sept. 25-28.

The Society has served the tree care industry for over 80 years as a scientific and educational organization.

The theme for this years gathering isReaching New Heights in the Mountain State,and will feature experts from a range of academic disciplines leading sessions on issues such as tree care, pests and diseases, risk management, municipal tree restoration and soils.

Faculty from WVU s programs in entomology, forestry, forest resources management, environmental microbiology, and biology are among the presenters.

WVU s Division of Forestry will host a special session at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, that offers participants a tour of the 7,600-acre University Research Forest and the MeadWestvaco Natural Resources Center. Kenneth Carvell, professor emeritus of forestry, will discuss the sites history. Division of Forestry faculty John Brooks and Dave McGill will speak on current research activity.

A mixer will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the Erickson Alumni Center for ISA members who are alumni of WVU .

ISA continues to be a dynamic medium through which more than 16,000 member arborists around the world share their experience and knowledge for the benefit of society. ISA , aligned on many fronts with other green organizations, is working hard to foster a better understanding of trees and tree care through research and the education of professionals as well as global efforts to inform tree care consumers.

For additional information, registration and a full meeting agenda, contact Nancy Herwig at macisa@erols.com or 705-753-0499, or visit the Mid-Atlantic Chapter on the web athttp://www.mac-isa.org/