The South Dakota Arborists Association was created in 1986 and held its first established members meeting and workshop in Pierre, SD. Doug Austreim of Flandreau was the first to hold the position of President.
That same summer, The South Dakota Arborists newsletter came out with its first publication, ‘The South Dakota Arborist’ Volume 1, Number 1.
Since then The South Dakota Arborists Association has made great strides in promoting arboriculture around the state. Countless statewide workshops and conferences have been held through the years along with the state tree climbing competition which was started in 2004.