William Baker


Academic Background

  • University of Redlands, Redlands, CA – BA, Environmental Studies

Certifications and Licenses

  • ISA Certified Arborist
  • Certified Golf Course Superintendent
  • California Pest Control Advisers License Qualified Applicators License for Pesticides
  • Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor
  • Certified Crop Advisor
  • CAIS – Certified Agricultural Irrigation Specialist

Professional Affiliation Membership

  • Southern California Turfgrass Council, Past President
  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Past National Delegate
  • California Golf Course Superintendents Association, Past President
  • Hi-Lo Desert Golf Course Superintendent Association, Past President
  • San Diego Golf Course Superintendent Association, Past President
  • International Society of Arboriculture
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Irrigation Association
  • California Association of Pest Control Advisers
  • Soil & Water Conservation Society
  • Association of California Water Agencies

Special Training

  • National Institute of Golf Course Management, Wheeling, WV

Committee Assignments

  • Advisory Committee for all UCR Extension Horticulture Programs

William Baker, WBA Principal, has been active in the Green Industry for over three decades, frequently taking leadership roles in several of the Industry’s professional associations. He is a past president of four separate Industry-related associations and has served as an officer and director of others. Bill has authored over 50 articles for industry publications. He has participated as a guest speaker, trainer, and facilitator at numerous seminars and conferences.

He is a certified arborist, a certified golf course superintendent, a California licensed pest control advisor, and has served as an expert witness in the San Diego Witch Fire lawsuits. He serves as the Consultant for all Green Industry Certification Programs at University of California Extension at Riverside. He was instrumental in developing the original programs and has provided instruction in numerous classes. He develops one-day seminars, and training institutes that run from one to two weeks in length. He also speaks conversational Spanish.

Selected Accomplishments

Noteworthy and/or Recent Publications

  • Capitol Park Training
    Manual 2002, Co-Author
    Descriptions and Guidelines for Horticultural Practices
  • University of California and Integrated Waste
    Management Board Publication, 2007, Contributor
    Compost Use for Landscape and Environmental Enhancement
  • California Association of Pest Control Advisers, CAPCA
    Adviser Magazine, 2012, Co-Author
    IPM Tools for Turfgrass Management

Notable Speaking Engagements

  • International Lawn and Garden Show, Louisville, KY
  • Golf Industry Show, Orlando, FL
  • Indiana Arborist Association Winter Conference, Indianapolis, IN
  • Alberta Golf Course Property Managers Conference, Calgary, Canada
  • California Weed Conference, Santa Barbara, CA