The Poetry in Tree Care


by Loose Leaf Team
Bill LoganBy Michelle Werts This week’s International Society of Arboriculture’s 2012 True Professional of Arboriculture isn’t just a tree lover, but is also a poet and writer. Bill Logan is a New York-based, ISA-Certified arborist, teacher at the New York Botanical Garden and president of Urban Arborists, Inc. and writer with W.W. Norton. “One of the things that attracted me to the arboriculture profession is that people who do it well, do it really well,” says Bill Logan. “They are always learning, and they act from a global understanding of how trees live in their environment.” Logan, who grew up climbing enormous trees surrou... (Read More)



From Oil to Trees


by Loose Leaf Team
Bruce KreitlerBy Michelle Werts Arboriculture was not his first career for this week’s International Society of Arboriculture’s 2012 True Professional of Arboriculture. Texas-based Bruce Kreitler actually toiled on and around oil fields for 25 years before the demands of the job led him to turn his passion for trees into a new career. “I spent 25 years working in oil fields — 15 years in the Middle East,” recalls Kreitler. Oil field supervisory jobs were lucrative, plentiful and challenging, but in the end, it was Kreitler’s rig schedule of 35 days on the job and 35 days off that opened up the possibility for this arborist. There was si... (Read More)



A Hospital Oasis Under Threat


by Loose Leaf Team
Prouty Memorial Garden, Boston Children’s HospitalBy Michelle Werts Sometimes — oftentimes — it feels as though nature and development are locked in an eternal battle. Cities and communities are continually running out of space, while trees, flowers and shrubs need lots of precious space to thrive. So what is one to do when more space is needed for infrastructure, but the only way to get it is to destroy a greenspace? That’s the question currently facing Boston Children’s Hospital. Boston Children’s Hospital is one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the U.S. and services almost 25,000 inpatient admissions each year. It has more than 1,100 scientists producing res... (Read More)



For the Love of Trees


by Loose Leaf Team
Tim KastningBy Michelle Werts Earlier this month, the International Society of Arborists (ISA) announced the five members of the 2012 class of its “True Professionals of Arboriculture.” According to ISA President Colin Bashford, “The True Professional honor is a celebration of those who reach for and strive to maintain high standards of the arboriculture industry. Their achievements and ideas educate and inspire others. We are proud they play such a leading role in promoting quality tree care.” Since arborists are on the frontlines every day, protecting and studying trees in our cities, communities and forests, Loose Leaf is taking the n... (Read More)



Urban Forests for Healthy Healing


by Melinda Housholder, Urban Forests Program Director
Urban forests are vital to help maintain our emotional, mental and physical well-being. The evening before I had wrist surgery a few weeks ago, I went for a jog. In a time when I was feeling anxious and just needed some time to think about the road of recovery ahead of me, I found myself jogging along a neighborhood trail within my local urban forest. I couldn't help but notice that my surroundings immediately made me feel much better — more relaxed and encouraged to cope with the challenges ahead. That evening, I ran past the oaks, sycamores, sweetgums and elms of my community, leaving my worries behind me and feeling the peaceful s... (Read More)