We are saddened to report the passing of Tom Houston on April 24 following a brief illness. There will be a memorial service on June 10, 2017 from 2-4 pm in Memorial Hall at UMass Amherst. Tom was a longtime teacher and helped many get started in the industry. Read the obituary here.
These popular workshops are again available this spring. Chainsaw Safety will be held on May 16 in Wellesley, and Establishing Trees in Urban Environments (Tree Planting) on June 6 in Andover.
Tuition assistance is now available for selected Massachusetts high school students to attend the 2017 UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College Program in Sustainable Tree Care. Designed to introduce current high school students to the college curriculum and a potential career in this satisfying field, the one-week program in Sustainable Tree Care is led by Dr. Brian Kane, UMass Professor of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry. Scholarships are being offered by both the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association (MTWFA) and the Southeastern Mass. Tree Wardens’ and Arborists’ Association (SEMTWAA). Fill out the application form to be eligible for either scholarship, and submit it before May 1, 2017. (Scholarship applicants should also apply for acceptance to the program itself.)
The New York State Department of Conservation has released educational materials about how to prevent oak trees from the coming scourge of oak wilt, most urgently by pruning oaks only when dormant. The link to the two-minute video is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kpm6-XEKubs. The two-sided poster can be downloaded here.
Registration is now available for the spring quarterly meeting of the Western Mass. subgroup of MTWFA. Register online or download and print the registration brochure, then mail or fax the completed form with your payment. Hope to see you in Northampton!