Counting Their Losses


by Alex Cimon
Pine tree blocking a street in Boston

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, assessing the damage has become a priority. After a storm in which millions of people lost power and the streets of New York and New Jersey were shut down, it is clear that much of the East Coast has seen significant destruction. It can be difficult to quantify the losses, as many cities are continuing relief efforts. But arborists and urban foresters are beginning to tally the number of fallen trees and evaluate their respective city’s position.

Falling trees are one of the major dangers facing urban and suburban areas during a natural disaster. You have probably heard stories of trees damaging... (Read More)




A Golden Day for New Mexico


by Susan Laszewski
Fall in the bosque.

Last Thursday was a good day for New Mexico.

On that day, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar dedicated the 559th and 560th units of the National Wildlife Refuge System, both in New Mexico.

It goes without saying that humans aren’t the only ones who will benefit from the wildlife refuge. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will work to restore the native bosque forest — an ecosystem rarely seen outside the dry Southwest. In this riparian ecosystem, cottonwoods, often called the “heart of the bosque” — a play on their heart-shaped leaves — provide critical habitat for more than 500 species, from desert cottont... (Read More)




Climbing Safely


by Loose Leaf Team
Rob Springer

By Michelle Werts

This week’s International Society of Arboriculture’s 2012 True Professional of Arboriculture is looking out for trees and the people around them. Rob Springer is one of the first tree worker evaluators (a tree-climbing specialist) in the Mid-Atlantic ISA Chapter and is a TCIA-certified tree safety professional.

We hope you have enjoyed our profile of ISA’s True Professionals. In case you missed them, these are the other 2012 award winners: Tim Kastning, Bruce Kreitler, Bill Logan and Donald Lee Picker.

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EAB, ALB, GSOB: Know Your Urban Forest Pests


by Melinda Housholder, Urban Forests Program Director
Emerald ash borer

Urban forests across the country are facing very serious threats due to several types of tree-killing pests. At a meeting I attended last week with the Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition, Faith Campbell, senior policy representative at the Nature Conservancy, discussed these threats and the urgent need for our country to step up our game on detecting, suppressing, and preventing the spread of these invasive insects that are harming our urban forests.

Why are urban forests at risks?

Cities are often where some of our worst tree-killing pests arrive and spread. With the number of people living in cities, moving in and out o... (Read More)




Taking His Love of Trees Worldwide


by Loose Leaf Team
Donald Lee Picker

By Michelle Werts

This week’s International Society of Arboriculture’s 2012 True Professional of Arboriculture has travelled as far as China to bring arboriculture practices and work safety education to people who need them. Donald Lee Picker is an ISA-Certified arborist, CEO of Asia Tree Preservation, Ltd. and chairperson of the Institute of Arboriculture Studies in Hong Kong.

Join us next Friday to meet a True Professional who went from falling out of trees to giving some of the most memorable safety talks in the industry.

Did you miss our other profiles of... (Read More)