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Professional tree care ASSOCIATION

Bob bichowsky memorial service award

This annual award is presented during our August Seminar Day. It is in memory of the late Robert Bichowsky, a long time consulting arborist, an active past member and President of our professional tree care association.


"Outstanding knowledge of arboriculture, unflagging perseverance and selfless dedication to our industry"

2022 Recipient - Dave Ephron 

This award is given annually to an individual who has shown, through their body of work, outstanding knowledge of arboriculture, unflagging perseverance, and selfless dedication to our industry. How do we recognize a potential candidate for this award? We consider many candidates and their long-term connections and history of commitment and dedication to trees, our industry, our organization, and our community. We also acknowledge their long-term involvement with the PTCA and PTCA events. Many of our early members provided valuable service with events like our Annual Seminar and Field Day.

How do we recognize a potential candidate for this award? It is not a popularity contest but a group of prior recipients who gather to discuss candidate qualifications.

We consider many candidates and their long-term connections and history of commitment and dedication to trees, our industry, our organization and our community. We acknowledge their long-term involvement with our organization and events and someone who supports our goals often with public participation but often without public recognition. Our choice this year is not afraid to do the many unsung tasks that ensure successful events. Some have said he is the ultimate ‘behind the scenes’ warrior or is that worrier? Forward-thinking and actively engaging. This is what every organization needs to meet its goals. His hard work and dedication has helped make the PTCA what it is today.

Our choice this year has worked for decades in the municipal and residential sectors as well as being professionally involved with the ISA, WCISA, and the PTCA, where he has served as president and on various committees. As I recall, he recruited me to the PTCA BoD in the mid 90’s. He has aided with certification workshops which helped several members obtain their successful certifications.

For their consistent commitment to support and serve trees, the PTCA  and our local tree care industry, our selection committee has chosen, as this year’s recipient of the Bob Bichowsky Memorial Service Award..... 

Dave Ephron

Congratulations, DAVE and Thank you for everything!


2010 - Robert Walton
2011 - Alden Pedersen
2012 - Dave Shaw

2013 - Dan Simpson

2014 - Rich Magargal

2015 - Bob Squibb

2016 - Ron Matranga

2017 - Harvey Pedersen

2018 - Pete Ryken

2019 - Steve Hooker

2020 - Stan Baczynski

2021 - Jack & Suzanne Maloney

2022 - Dave Ephron

OCTOBER, 2021 - PTCA Receives CAUFC Excellence in Education Award 

Each year California Urban Forests Council presents their annual awards to deserving people and programs through out the state.  in 2021, Lissette Rios from West Coast Arborists, Inc. nominated PTCA in recognition of our annual program.   Lissette wrote, "The Professional Tree Care Association in San Diego was created in 1985 to improve the community's quality of life by making the urban forest safer through education and proper tree care. The PTCA ANNUAL SEMINAR & FIELD DAY is held every August, featuring industry experts bringing the latest research and information to San Diego's historic Balboa Park. Cosponsored by the Professional Tree Care Association of San Diego and the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, this is the best local opportunity to get information or training in the field of tree care." 

Co-Chairs Alden Pedersen and Mike Palat accepted the award on the PTCA's behalf during the CaUFC virtual conference in the fall of 2021. 

DECEMBER, 2019 - PTCA Receives SDUFC Urban Forestry Education Award 

The annual San Diego Regional Ur­ban Forest Council's awards and holi­day celebration was held on Monday, December 9, at the Emiliano’s Mexican Restaurant on Mission Gorge Road. The Council recognized local professionals and community members for their local contributions to urban forestry.

Among the awardees, the PTCA was recognized with the award for Best Urban Forestry Educational Project. Nominated by Mike Palat (West Coast Arborists), the PTCA was honored for its annual Seminar and Field Day, an event that is regularly attended by more than 300 crew workers and managers.

From SDRUFC, "PTCA was organized in 1985 to improve the region’s qual­ity of life and make urban forests safer through education and proper tree care. PTCA has 80 active members, and is to be commended for educating lo­cal tree care professionals in the latest arboriculture research and information at monthly meetings and the annual seminar."  

Dan Simpson accepted the award on behalf of the PTCA.

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