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"

2021 Recipients - Jack & Suzanne Maloney 

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 this one today. And their involvement was part of a real team effort.

This year, for the first time ever, we have co-awardees. These two individuals:

  • were instrumental in the early days and success of the PTCA, attending planning retreats as far away as Lake Arrowhead, and helping to make monthly meetings successful
  • have been among the strongest and most reliable supporters and volunteers. Dedicated to helping the organization run smoothly and maintain its prominence and relevance
  • helped design and build our first Del Mar Fair display board
  • are best described with words like character, integrity, honesty, knowledge, and responsibility
  • started a tree business around 1979, which they sold several years ago, and I expect are now enjoying retirement
  • worked hard to make their business a success while still finding time to give back to our industry and to the PTCA, and perhaps most importantly,
  • they are big fans of Sunday brunches.

In recognition of their long-term contributions and consistent commitment to the PTCA and the San Diego Arboricultural Community, the PTCA presents Jack and Suzanne Maloney with this year’s Bob Bichowski Memorial Service Award!

Congratulations, Jack and Suzanne!


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

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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