UW-Stevens Point: Emeritus professor honored by international arboriculture group

Robert Miller, emeritus professor of forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, has received the prestigious Honorary Life Membership Award from the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

The award is presented to ISA members who have contributed substantially to the progress of arboriculture, the cultivation of trees and bushes for study, ornamentation or profit. Miller, recognized as a national expert in urban forestry and arboriculture, was honored at a recent ceremony in Sydney, Australia. He is a past ISA director.

“I was very surprised and feel honored,” said Miller, who now resides in North Carolina.

Miller was the first person hired to begin the urban forestry program in the College of Natural Resources where he taught from 1973 until his retirement in 2002. He has written several books on tree history and forestry.

His legacy at UWSP includes planting, along with his students, many of the 1,359 trees on the campus.