Do you find it hard to attend MTWFA meetings in the eastern end of the state? Try this! Meet and network with tree wardens, tree companies, and utility arborists from western Massachusetts over a classic diner dinner at the Bluebonnet in Northampton. This inaugural meeting is intended to gauge whether there is sufficient interest for a western satellite group to meet occasionally and share concerns and solutions. Read more information and how to register.
Trees and nearby electrical infrastructure can be a dangerous combination. Tree workers need to be aware of the hazards and how to work safely around them. Instructor David Hawkins, CTSP will lead this two-day program from Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA). The training includes both parts of the EHAP program, the classroom portion and the aerial rescue portion (bucket truck or tree climbing). Learn about the event.
MTWFA President Bob LeBlanc presented the 2015 scholarship awards at the UMass Tree Conference on March 10, 2015. Students receiving this year’s awards are (from left to right) Thomas Hancox, Will Dell’Erba, Bob LeBlanc, James Sacco, Anna Wilkie, and Evan Lunetta.
It sure doesn’t seem like it now, but the snow will melt, the already longer days will be warmer ones, and it will soon be time to plan for spring tree plantings and Arbor Day celebrations. Now’s the time to make sure you have seedlings for those events. New varieties this year give you more choice than ever, but some will sell out fast. For best selection, submit your order early, and for sure before the order deadline of April 15. The 2015 Seedling Order Form is now available as a fillable document: you can save it to your desktop, type in your order information, save it again, and then email or snail mail it to the Seedling Coordinator Dave Hawkins. Just ordering seedlings now will make you feel like spring is coming! Learn more about the seedling program
We are deeply saddened to report that Bob Childs passed away on January 30. Enthusiastic entomologist, gifted teacher and educator at UMass Stockbridge and at many events through UMass Extension, Bob shared his love of bugs and people in all he did. Always upbeat and positive, Bob’s impact upon generations of entomology students and industry professionals was impressive and beyond measure.