2017 Dr. H. Dennis P. Ryan III Award Recipient Named
By Greg Lukos - Incoming 2017-18 President
The “Dr. Dennis P. Ryan Award” is the highest honor bestowed by the International Society of Arboriculture’s New England Chapter. It is given in recognition of outstanding service in advancing the principles, ideals, and practices of arboriculture. The award is granted to a dedicated and active member of the Chapter who has made important contributions to arboriculture, either through work in the organization, research, education, field practice or in promoting the chapter.
This year’s award winner has accomplished all of this and more. This person may not realize it, however, many of us look up to you, myself included and we feel as though without ever knowing it, you have been a mentor to us.
Richard Herfurth has been an active member of the New England Chapter for more than 20 years, was a Past President, Treasurer, Secretary, Certification Liaison, Jamboree & Tree Climbing Championship Judge, and an active member of both the Massachusetts Arborists' Association and the New Hampshire Arborists' Association, a Board Certified Master Arborist as well as serving on the ISA’s Board-Certified Master Arborist (BCMA) Exam Committee, Certified Tree Worker, Certified Tree Care Safety Professional and Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. Richard has presented many lectures and workshops across New England on safety and arboricultural practices and has helped make arboriculture safer and more professional in New England and throughout our industry.
When people describe Richard they use words and phrases like "selfless in approaching everything” “honorable,” “respectful,” “humble,” “a person of integrity,” “well-rounded,” and “the most skilled arborist I’ve ever known.” If there is a job that needs to be done Richard is always there and never seeks recognition. I cannot think of anyone more deserving.
The New England Chapter is honored to present this prestigious award to Richard Herfurth.