Tree Warden of the Year: Dennis Fazio

Congratulations to the recipient of this year’s award for Tree Warden of the Year, Dennis Fazio of the Town of Wakefield. The award was presented by President Arthur Goodhind at the association’s annual meeting on February 16, 2021. View this page to read more about the award and scroll down to view a press release about Dennis.

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Order Your 2021 Seedlings Now

The order brochure for the 2021 Arbor Day Seedling Program is available now. Time to hop on board and order your seedlings for delivery this spring. Read more about the seedling program.

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Enough of 2020 – Kickstart 2021!

Introducing a different format this year: a bundle of Zoom webinars will replace the annual in-person conference but continue the tradition of quality professional education you’ve come to expect and value. The online events will all take place within the same two-day time period as the traditional January gathering in Sturbridge. On January 12-13, 2021, add to your knowledge and skills, get a head start on earning those needed CEUs, and gain a sense of accomplishment in the first month of the year! See the conference webpage for the details, program, and schedule, and then register here. Please note that each person must register with a unique email address. Each registered attendee will be sent two Zoom links, one for each day of presentations. To earn CEUs you must be logged into the webinar the entire time AND you will be asked to answer intermittent quiz questions as proof of attention.

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Going Virtual

Like so many other organizations working to ensure everyone’s safety in this crazy year, the Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ and Foresters’ Association board has decided to hold our annual meeting and conference online. Watch for plenty of opportunities to earn CEUS and to participate in the important annual business of the association.

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New Video Shows the Urban Forest Strike Team in Action

Tyler Stevenson and other state staff in Ohio have developed a short video to summarize their use of the Urban Forest Strike Team (UFST) to assess tree damage in  the Dayton area after tornados struck there in 2019.

The Massachusetts Tree Wardens’ & Foresters’ Association supported both the deployment and the video, using federal grant funds they had for UFST. In addition to this and other deployments, that grant supported training of over 100 UFST task specialists and team leaders, many from Massachusetts and most from New England.

Ohio has produced a good resource to share with others to summarize how UFST assessments can help communities recover after disaster damage to their urban forests.

Link to the youtube video is below;

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