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Lamar Electric Cooperative

Smith Becomes Certified ArboristSmith Becomes Certified Arborist and Certified Arborist Utility Specialist

Lamar Electric Cooperative Right-of-Way Superintendent, James Smith recently passed the Certified Arborist and the Certified Arborist Utility Specialist examinations administered through the International Society of Arboriculture and the local chapter of ISA.

A certified arborist and a certified arborist utility specialist are individuals who have achieved a level of knowledge in the art and science of tree care through experience and by passing a comprehensive examination developed by some of the nation's leading experts on tree care.

Becoming a certified arborist and a certified arborist utility specialist was a goal Smith has had for some time.  Lamar Electric General Manager, Jerry Williams, encouraged Smith to become one of the best trained arborists in Texas.  Smith stated, "It wasn't as simple as it seemed.  At first I attended a lot of schools to get more training to go with my experience.  I had to meet certain criteria before I could even apply for either exam.  It's been a while since I was in school, so studying again was all new to me.  After spending a lot of time becoming familiar with all the materials, I finally felt confident to take the licensed arborist test.  It was the most difficult and I wanted to get it out of my way.  When I found out I passed the test, I knew I could pass the utility specialist exam.  Passing both exams and becoming certified in both areas was a huge accomplishment for me."

Having a certified arborist employee helps assure the Lamar Electric members that right-of-way clearing is being done using the most efficient arborist practices.  Williams added, "This area has a lot of trees and we want to have safe power lines while maintaining the beauty of the surrounding country life."

Everyone at Lamar Electric is very proud of James and glad to have him as part of their team.  This shows how dedicated James is to his job and he takes pride in his work.

Congratulations James!


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