Tree Programs Committee
So many trees, so little time… The members of this committee organize and execute educational seminars, fundraising events and a donated Arbor Day Tree Prune. Being an arborist is not a pre-requisite for participating in this group but being passionate about trees is.
On the educational front we have had panel discussions with gardeners and designers to explain tree biology and discuss what makes a hazard tree. There is discussion about why and how trees need to be protected and respected in the garden and on the construction site. Too often an arborist is called to look at a tree after the house has been built or the landscape has been installed. Usually the damage done could have been avoided. Heightened awareness is critical in our urban environment before the heavy equipment comes in, before the grade is changed, before the patio is installed. Help us continue to get the word out.
Each Arbor Day, as part of PlantAmnesty’s Arbor Day Tree Prune, arborists from PlantAmnesty’s Referral Service volunteer their day to deadwood specimen trees in one of our city’s parks, public gardens, arboretum and school yards. Our parks are often overworked and understaffed and the trees rarely get the attention they deserve. This is another classic ‘win-win’ situation in that a community service is performed and the arborists get the ability to work on gorgeous big trees like the beautiful European Beeches at Volunteer Park, or the Oaks at the Arboretum. Their work is rarely noticed because they are so skilled; of course the trees themselves are the work of art. Planning this event requires meeting several times during the winter to determine a site. On the day of the event we need volunteers to haul limbs, and support the arborists as they work their magic.
Donated work days happen when an Arborist donates a day’s worth of work to PlantAmnesty. Sometimes the job is big enough that several crews are called in to get the job done. Then it’s like a crow party! It is amazing to watch the skilled arborists swing from limb to limb, bringing out the natural beauty of each individual canopy.