August 31 @ 12:00 am - 1:00 pm
September 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
September 26 - September 28
Gordon S. King of Livingston, New York, formerly of Leverett, Massachusetts, died on Monday October 17, 2016. He was 98 years old. Professor King was a longtime professor of arboriculture at the University of Massachusetts. Gordon (a.k.a. “Prof King”) was an energetic individual who worked with numerous organizations to promote the professional development of the arboriculture industry including The Massachusetts Arborists Association, The International Society of Arboriculture (President 1980) and the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters Association. In his spare time Professor King ran a “pick your own” blueberry farm and Christmas Tree Farm on 35 acres of land that he owned in Leverett which he eventually donated to the Town.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Tree Warden of the Year. If you know an “unsung hero” who should be recognized, we encourage you to use the nomination form on the second page of the current brochure. You can read more information and criteria for nomination here.
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.
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.
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!