SMA Liaison John J. Scott SMA Illinois Liaison

Eric Hendrickson

[email protected]

State Coordinators: 

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Mike Brunk – Urban Forestry Administrator
[email protected]

People You Should Know

Illinois Arborist Association Executive Director: April Toney 877-617-8887 [email protected]

Illinois Urban and Community Forestry Committee Chairperson: Robert Sproule [email protected]

Illinois Arborist Association Board of Directors:

Coming Events in State 

May 16, 2020                                                       Illinois Tree Climbing Competition & Arbor Fair, Zion, IL


May 18, 2020                                                       Certified Arborist exam, Downers Grove, IL


July 20, 2020                                                        Certified Arborist exam, Downers Grove, IL


July 14 & 15, 2020                                               Illinois Arborist Association Summer Conference


August 26 – October 28, 2020                          Certified Arborist Workshops and Exam, Vernon Hills, IL


August 28, 2020                                                   Annual Golf Outing


September 14, 2020                                           Certified Arborist exam, Downers Grove, IL


September 17, 2020                                           NEMF Meeting – topic TBD, Lombard, IL


October 6 & 7, 2020                                           Illinois Arborist Association Annual Meeting and Trade Show, Tinley Park, IL


November 21, 2020                                            NEMF Meeting – topic TBD, Lombard, IL


November 23, 2020                                            Certified Arborist exam, Downers Grove, IL


December 19, 2020                                            NEMF Meeting – topic TBD, Lombard, IL

Links of Interest

Illinois Arborist Association:


International Society of Arboriculture:

Il Dept. of Natural Resources – Urban and Community Forestry:

Trees are Good:

Morton Arboretum:

Chicago Botanic Garden:

Tree Fund:

Arbor Day Foundation – IL:

U of I Pesticide Safety Education Program:  

University of Illinois Extension:

College of Dupage Horticulture Department:

Joilet Junior College Urban Forestry/Arboriculture:

Illinois Dept. of Ag EAB:

Illinois Urban Wood:

Wisconsin Arborist Association:


Tree Care Industry Association:

Il Dept. of Labor Prevailing Wage – Landscaping FAQ:

American Forests:

Chicago Regional Trees Initiative:


I have been involved urban forestry since discovering the field as a summer seasonal for the University of Michigan’s Forestry Department in 1991. After a brief stint at Hendricksen, the Care of Trees , I moved to the Village of Glen Ellyn - Forestry in late 1992, working  up to the crew leader/supervisor position.  In 2013, I became the Forestry Supervisor for the Village of Lombard. 

  • Certified Arborist since 1993
  • TRAQ obtained 2015
  • 2015 elected Illinois Municipal Chair, re-elected 2017
  • ISA Municipal Specialist 2017
  • Member of Chicago Regional Trees Initiative Tree Planting and Stewardship work group