UMass Summer 2017 Program in Arboriculture

For the past three summers, UMass and Stockbridge have offered a “pre-college” course in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry for high school students. The course will run for one week (35 hours of training—in the classroom and in the field) in July 2017. Students learn the importance of safety, basic tree biology and soil science, how to identify trees, how to manage insect and disease pests, how to prune and fertilize, and of course, some basic tree climbing skills. Typically, mornings are spent inside, in a classroom, and then the afternoons outside climbing and learning how to identify trees. In addition to the course itself, UMass provides a typical college experience for students, who live in dorms (unless they choose to commute from home), eat at the dining commons, and participate in supervised social activities with classmates. Learn more at http://www.umass.edu/summer/precollege.html.

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Julie Steiner publishes article about the Tree Wardens

After speaking on the Chapter 87 panel at last year’s annual conference, Julie Steiner, J.D., published “Guardians of Municipal Public Trees:  Commonwealth of Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ Authority and Accountability,” 38 W. NEW ENG. L. REV. 377 (2016). The scholarly article is both a great addition to the tree warden archives and an excellent supporting case to update the Chapter 87 law to meet present needs. Read the article here.  You can also view it online in the Western New England Law Review Journal  at  http://digitalcommons.law.wne.edu/facschol/321/.  Don’t miss Dr. Steiner when she again joins the Chapter 87 panel at the 2017 conference!

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Chain Saw workshop is filled

Once again the response has been overwhelming for the workshop with Dan Tilton on October 27th.  The class is now filled. Thank you to all who support safety training!

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TWO! October workshops

Now available: online registration for Chain Saw Safety with Dan Tilton. You can also download or watch your incoming mail for the brochure with paper registration form. Don’t delay – this workshop always fills up quickly.  And what a deal – a second workshop the same week: online registration for Establishing Trees in Urban Environments.  You can also download or watch your incoming mail for the urban tree planting brochure with paper registration form. 

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Drought continues throughout Northeast

Severe drought conditions have developed as a result of below-average rainfall during this spring and summer.  John Parry of the U.S. Forest Service shared this website for drought updates and information from across the Northeast US.  For additional Massachusetts-specific data and recommendations, see also the UMass Extension Landscape Message.

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