Indianapolis Arborist Named "True Professional of Arboriculture"


Indianapolis arborist named “True Professional of Arboriculture™” 
Nate Faris instrumental in the planting of thousands of trees in  Indianapolis

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (August 6, 2018) – Nate Faris of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been named a “True Professional of Arboriculture™” by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA). This award honors arborists and tree care professionals for their positive impact on the industry and in their communities.

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The president of Faris Tree Consulting, LLC, Faris is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Board Certified Master Arborist®. He is also the co-founder of the Community Forestry program at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) where he serves as Director of Community Forestry.  KIB is an environmental non-profit that plants and cares for thousands of trees annually. Under Faris’ leadership, KIB has been able to plant more than 55,000 trees in Indianapolis public spaces since 2006.

“Nate’s work with KIB has resulted in thousands of trees being planted in Indianapolis,” says Paul Ries, ISA board president. “However, most important is the follow-up care that he promotes by engaging youth in the community and generating an appreciation for trees in the urban environment.

As director of community forestry, Faris manages all aspects of the tree planting program including their care and maintenance. As part of this, he developed the KIB Youth Tree Team, a summer employment program that has introduced more than 400 high school and college students to tree care, tree identification, and green career opportunities. 

This unique solution for tree maintenance goes beyond just planting trees. “As a volunteer organization we needed to figure out how to care for so many trees on a weekly basis,” says Faris. “Creating the Youth Tree Team Program provided paying jobs and training for youth, as well as a way to get the trees watered.” Through the program, young people work with adult leaders to water and mulch trees. In addition to educating about tree care, Faris also teaches tree identification and develops enrichment activities and job skills. 

The youth program was key to Faris’ recognition as a True Professional. “I am honored and surprised to have been nominated,” adds Faris. “It is wonderful to have a staff that thought of me for this award.”

One of five individuals selected as a “True Professional of Arboriculture,” Faris was recognized by ISA during its Annual International Conference in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, August 6.  This recognition program was launched in 2009 to increase public understanding of arboriculture and the professional skills of today’s arborists.  The ISA Awards Committee, a diverse group of experts from within the arboriculture industry, select the True Professionals from nominations submitted by industry colleagues, community leaders, and others. 

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), headquartered in Champaign, Ill., U.S., is a nonprofit organization of more than 30,000 members and credential holders worldwide, supporting tree care research and education. To promote the importance of arboriculture, ISA manages the consumer education web site,, which fulfills the association’s mission to help educate the public about the importance and value of proper tree care. Also, as part of ISA’s dedication to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees, it offers the only internationally-recognized certification program in the industry. For more information on ISA and Certified Arborists, visit

Editor’s Note: Photos are available upon request. To arrange an interview with Nate Faris, contact Julie Gaier at 262-786-5970 or