PTCa OF san diego

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"


How do we recognize a potential candidate for this award?

For over 27 years, this individual has provided arboricultural knowledge to all sectors of our industry; from public to private, from the courtroom to HOA’s, he is regarded as one of the most respected arborists in San Diego County. This year’s award recipient is someone who has all the significant arborist’s alphabet soup of merit badges, CA, RCA, TRAQ and BCMA (1st in County?).

No question on ownership of arboriculture knowledge. But do they share their knowledge?

Yes, this year’s recipient has certainly done a lot of knowledge sharing, by conducting numerous educational lectures regarding tree care to public groups as well as industry professionals at a variety of professional seminars. This person has often presented at our annual seminars and monthly membership mtgs. Many of you will recall him regularly assisting the late Ted Stamen with the Preparation of Certification Exam classes.

So how else does one demonstrate a commitment to our industry and professional service?


Our recipient this year is an active member of our Professional Tree Care Association, where he currently serves on its Board of Directors, providing leadership and guidance for our organization, and thought provoking presentations. His qualities have been more than evident during his decades of service to arboriculture and his colleagues.

For his consistent leadership, commitment and service within our local tree care industry, our selection committee has chosen Ron Matranga, as this year’s recipient of the Bob Bichowsky Memorial Service Award. Congratulations, Ron!


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

2013 - Dan Simpson

2014 - Rich Magargal

2015 - Bob Squibb

2016 - Ron Matranga

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