Tower Grove Park Arborist Receives ISA 2018 Award of Merit

In 2018, Tower Grove Park became recognized as an Accredited Level II Arboretum by ArbNet, one of only 74 in the world, directly due to the hard work and advanced knowledge of the Park’s Arboriculture Team. With over 7,000 trees and 300 tree taxa, the Park sustains a diverse and curated forest in an urban neighborhood.

Andy Berg, Arboriculture Supervisor and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist (the highest level of certification), was awarded the ISA 2018 Award of Merit during the Midwestern Chapter luncheon in February 2019.

A great honor for Berg and the Park, the Award of Merit recognizes outstanding meritorious service in advancing the principles, ideals, and practices of arboriculture.

“I was nominated and awarded this due to my work at the Park, such as gaining arboretum status,” commented Berg. “As well as for educational tracts I have led, which have allowed other professionals to acquire continued education units necessary to maintain their arborist certification credentials.”

ISA represents over 30 countries and is considered the largest and most influential arboricultural organization in the world. They promote the professional practice of arboriculture and foster a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees.

Tower Grove Park staff includes three additional ISA Certified Arborists, as well as two staff in training to become arborists later in the year. A skilled team helps maintain the vast forest, including two State Champion trees, bird areas, and more.

Andy Berg, left, receives ISA Award of Merit.

Andy Berg, left, receives ISA Award of Merit.

Michelle Lawrence