Beginning with the first “School for Tree Wardens” in 1913, the MTWFA has sponsored training and continuing education for those involved in arboriculture across the Commonwealth. In 2003, the association formalized the offerings as the Professional Development Series (PDS).

A PDS topic may be a one-time, occasional, or annual offering. Trainers and educators come from both the public and private sectors.The training workshops are designed to benefit

  • tree wardens
  • crews from municipal departments such as public works, forestry, parks and recreation, and cemeteries
  • owners and employees of commercial tree care and landscape companies.

Look for notices of PDS workshops on this website, in the BARK newsletter, in email notices sent via Constant Contact, and occasionally in regional industry-related publications. Members and others on our mailing list receive an enrollment brochure for each scheduled workshop.

PDS Workshops Since 2003

Establishing Trees in Urban Environments
Site Assessment Checklist      Soil Volume +Texture      Soil Texture Triangle
Rick Harper: Site Assessment slide show     Dave Lefcourt: Selection and Planting slide show
              DCR Citizen Forester-Nov. 2015-A Conversation with Dave Lefcourt
            See also Plant Selection and Planting Resources on our Resources>Links page
Bucket Truck Safe Operations
Chainsaw Safety
Climbing, Roping and Rigging
Electrical Hazard Awareness EHAP Agenda
Equipment Maintenance and Safety
Establishing Trees in Urban Environments
Municipal Tree Inventories
Municipal Tree Contracts and Legal Issues
Plant Health Care (PHC)
Public Relations and Outreach
Storm Emergency Preparedness and Response
Evaluating Storm Damage to Urban Trees
Street Tree Design, Scenic Roads Law, and MassHighway
Tree Risk Identification and Management
Guide to Vegetation Management Plans