Clearing Space for a Space Shuttle


by Susan Laszewski
Space shuttle Endeavour

The space shuttle Endeavour has successfully completed 4,600 trips around the Earth, but the trip from LAX airport to the California Science Center, where it will spend its retirement, is proving to be a challenge on another frontier.

The shuttle is too tall to clear overpasses on the highway route, too heavy to be airlifted and too delicate to be disassembled for transport. With all other options exhausted, the center and city officials have resorted to cutting down approximately 400 trees to allow the five-story-tall, 162,000-pound spacecraft to pass through the city streets. The trees include mature pines, magnolias, ficus an... (Read More)




The Poetry in Tree Care


by Loose Leaf Team
Bill Logan

By 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.

Next week, we’ll meet a True Professional who began caring for landscapes at the age 12, when he started his own lawn-mowing service.

Did you miss our other profiles of True Professional honorees? Meet Tim Kastning here and Bruce Kreitler he... (Read More)




From Oil to Trees


by Loose Leaf Team
Bruce Kreitler

By 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.

Come back next Friday to meet a poet and writer who helps protect historic trees in New York.

Did you miss last week’s True Professional profile on Tim Kastning? Find it here.

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A Hospital Oasis Under Threat


by Loose Leaf Team
Prouty Memorial Garden, Boston Children’s Hospital

By 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,... (Read More)




For the Love of Trees


by Loose Leaf Team
Tim Kastning

By 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 for... (Read More)