William (Bill) M. Fountain

Extension Professor

Department of Horticulture
University of Kentucky
N-310B Agric. Science North
Lexington KY 40546-0091

I joined the faculty in the Department of Horticulture in July 1979 and am currently professor of Arboriculture with an Extension appointment.

My Extension work centers around the arboricultural and landscape maintenance industries. I am actively involved in training arborists for the International Society of Arboriculture certification exam, working with the Kentucky Chapter of ISA (a.k.a. Kentucky Arborists’ Association) (http://www.kyisatree.org) to provide educational programs on identification & selection, installation and maintenance, tree risk assessment and mitigation of problems. I work with county Extension agents in training Master Gardeners, identification of plants, and identification of cultural and pest problems in their counties.

I have served on the board of directors and currently server as chair of the Council of Representatives for the International Society of Arboriculture (http://www.isa-arbor.org and http://www.treesaregood.org) and the Kentucky chapter of ISA. I have enjoyed traveling extensively overseas preparing arborists in other countries for the ISA certification exam while learning new techniques and practices beneficial here.

I work with youth horticulture programming and have served as National Program Chair, state leader and on the board of directors for the National Junior Horticultural Association since 1979. (http://www.njha.org)

I am a tree-hugger and a soil worshiper who acknowledges that we are here on earth as guests of the plant kingdom. Ahhhh, so many plants, so little time.