Engineering a Career in Arboriculture: Recruiting Outside the Box

Here’s an excerpt from an great new article by Jamie Magaldi, P.E., MCA, tree warden for the Town of Wilmington and MTWFA board member.  “Perhaps we have been narrow minded to believe that future tree professionals are exclusively seeded in the arboricultural education system. I can tell you from experience that many of the same concepts in tree risk management, rigging, and structural behavior of trees are being taught as part of static mechanics for young structural engineering students. Concepts like center of gravity, behavior of materials (specifically timber) under stress, moment of inertia, torsion stress, material yielding, factors of safety, load testing, load redirections through pulleys, and other concepts of structural analysis are being discussed right now in engineering classrooms around the country to students who don’t have the slightest idea that they can apply these concepts to a career in arboriculture……Let’s remember that there are youngsters out there that simply haven’t yet been informed that they can actually have a rewarding career in a field that actually combines the love of nature with the latest concepts in structural engineering. Read the entire article.

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Nominate your favorite tree warden!

Nominations are now being accepted for the Tree Warden of the Year award, to be announced at the Annual Conference on January 9, 2018.  Although the nomination brochure is only mailed to “government leaders,” we welcome nominations from any Massachusetts resident. You can now complete and submit the nomination form online OR download the nomination form and complete and submit it via email or snail mail. Not sure what the award is all about?  Click here for more information.

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Class filled: Qualified Tree Warden Course

Thank you to all for your interest in this exciting new educational opportunity. The class is now filled to capacity.
Please be aware that if you did not receive a confirmation email, you are not registered. We regret that we cannot accommodate any more students at this time.

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Small communities, big communities, in-between communities

The new Qualified Tree Warden training course will cover what tree wardens need to know to do their jobs, no matter what the size of the community.  Sharpen your skills, expand your knowledge, and learn from your colleagues as well as the instructors.  Here’s how to register online.  The course size will be limited. For more information, visit this page on our website.

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Register now for the fall meeting

Coming up on September 26th, the fall meeting of the Western Mass Tree Wardens at Northampton’s Bluebonnet Diner will feature perennial favorite Ken Gooch of Mass. DCR and news from the City of Northampton about how its tree program is making progress and getting things done.  Register online here, or use the paper brochure in the mail, or download the brochure here.

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