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Vail Fire Department Wildland Coordinator Obtains Arborist Certification

  • 15 April 2015
Vail Fire Department Wildland Coordinator Obtains Arborist Certification

Paul Cada, wildland coordinator with Vail Fire and Emergency Services, has been certified as an arborist by the International Society of Arboriculture. The ISA credentialing program is designed to test an individual’s degree of knowledge in the field of arboriculture. Individuals are required to pass an exam that certifies their knowledge about tree care and maintenance. The voluntary certification is valid for three years and individuals are required to obtain continuing education units.

Vail Fire Chief Mark Novak says Cada’s knowledge of tree care is beneficial to the community in that it allows him to develop strategies that maximize both forest health and help protect the community from wildfire.

Cada has been coordinating the wildfire mitigation program for the town since August 2014. In addition to being a certified arborist, Cada is a forester with a degree in natural resources management from Colorado State University. He has nine years of experience in forestry and wildfire mitigation, including seven years working with private landowners and local government on pine beetle and wildfire issues in Grand, Summit and Eagle counties.

Cada is available to answer questions from community members on wildfire preparedness or general tree or forest health. He can be reached at 970-477-3475 or


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