Obsessed with trees
I think you should read the last line in the 1st paragraph on you website under tree care!!!! BTW, was the exam for the CA really what you made it out to be? cause I think a 9th grader could study for it & pass..........literally!!
Last line, 1st paragraph of my website under Tree Service:
Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care.
I stand by that. Again, proper tree care does not always mean "crank up the chainsaw."
As for the test, it comes straight from the study guide. You are probably correct. Anyone that could read and study would likely pass. I remember a lot of "best answer" questions though, where there were several good correct answers, but you had to choose the best one. When I took the exam though, the Tree ID part was still there. I am in south Alabama, and the test was in north Alabama, but the trees were from the region (yes, included many trees I have never seen nor will ever see again). I agree that plant ID is essential, but it does make sense that what is tested now is the ability to identify, not memorization.