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Trees for American Heart Month
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

This effect on health also has economic impacts. Having quality, well-managed green spaces near where people live and work could return an annual savings of $1.2–$2.3 billion related to healthcare for cardiovascular disease and $1.3–$2.6 billion for hypertension. Coupled with other nature-provided health benefits, this is an overall savings of $11.7 billion per year in avoided health care costs! It is critical and economically savvy to have high quality, nearby nature in our communities that is available to everyone.

Trees Help You Stay In Shape
Thursday, January 17, 2019

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get exercise is to walk or run in your neighborhood or local park. People are willing to walk to their destination versus drive if a route they can take has greenery and natural features like trees.

A Stress-free gift to yourself this holiday season
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Food. Family. Gifts. Travel. The winter holidays can be enough to send anyone into a tailspin. But one of the simplest and least expensive ways to enjoy this time of year can be one of the best. Go outside, and find yourself a patch of nature. That’s it. That’s all. 

#NJTrees20: NJ State Arbor Day Celebration
Saturday, May 19, 2018

This video captures the 2018 New Jersey Arbor Day celebration and celebrates tree diversity. The NJ Tree Foundation’s co-founder and former Board President Roni Olizi was honored with the Joyce Kilmer Award during the ceremony.

Thurmont Community Park: An Emerald Ash Borer Success Story
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Town of Thurmont is a small community of 6,500 residents in the mountains of western Maryland. Despite its size, the town’s Community Park is a hub of activity, popular for daily use and is also home to Colorfest, an annual craft fair which brings 125,000 visitors to Thurmont every October. Named for the colors of the season, Colorfest attendees gather under the golden leaves of the park’s ash canopy to enjoy not only the crafts, but also the beautiful fall foliage.

Training Prisoner’s, Utilizing Wood, and Mapping Tree’s in Pennsylvania
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

In winter 2017 PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in partnership with PA Department of Corrections (DOC) piloted an arboriculture program at the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Rockview’s Forestry Camp in Bellefonte, PA. Throughout November and December of 2017 ten classes were held, each class was based on the chapters in International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) Arborists’ Certification Study Guide; 15 men received 18 hours of training. The ISA donated Study Guides which allowed the men to review and study the material further on their own time outside of class. We wanted to continue to engage participants so we listened to their feedback and responded by holding a 3-day Tree Climbing School taught through the gracious willingness from Penn State Extension Arboriculture Instructor, James Savage.  Rockview’s Forestry Camp is unique, a minimum security housing unit surrounded by about 2500 acres of forested land and a 100+ tree nursery; and the men that live at Forestry Camp have daily responsibilities resembling that of a typical work-day that range from land-care and tree nursery management to equipment operation and repair. The arboriculture program simply compliments the hands-on experience the men at Rockview’s Forestry Camp are already receiving.  The overall, and continually evolving, program, facilitated by DCNR employee, Shea Zwerver, seeks to provide employable skill to inmates nearing release, in arboriculture. There is a nation-wide demand for skilled-workers in the tree care industry in the U.S. By teaching inmates tree-climbing skills and lessons in arboriculture the goal of the program is that it will give participants a marketable edge to find work upon reentry and in an industry with livable wages.

Maryland’s Licensed Tree Expert Continuing Education Program
Thursday, April 12, 2018

In Maryland, any person who performs tree care work on a tree twenty feet or taller for compensation is required to be a Maryland Licensed Tree Expert (LTE).  Work is defined as trimming, pruning, removal and spraying. This consumer protection law was established in the mid1960’s as a means to protected citizens from fraud.  Currently there are approximately 1,400 LTEs licensed by the Maryland Forest Service.  Interestingly, there are Maryland LTEs located throughout the lower 48 states. 

Creating Cool, Healthy Communities in Vermont
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Though primarily a rural state, many of the urban centers in Vermont have high densities of exposed asphalt and rooftops but limited tree cover.  Residents in these areas are not benefiting from the energy-saving potential of trees, and are also at a greater risk for serious heat-related illnesses – such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke – that occur when statewide temperatures reach 87°F or hotter.  In 2017 the Vermont Urban & Community Forestry Program (VTUCF) partnered with the Vermont Health Department’s Climate & Health Program to provide homeowners in vulnerable communities with free trees to increase energy efficiency and reduce air temperatures around homes. 

Maryland’s Roadside Tree Law
Monday, January 29, 2018

Millions of trees grow along the more than 30,000 miles of improved roads in Maryland. The trees growing along our roadways and in our communities are an important urban and community resource. They provide aesthetic, environmental, economic, and social benefits.  Passed in 1914, the Maryland Roadside Tree Law and its regulations were developed to protect Maryland’s roadside trees by ensuring their proper care and protection and to ensure their compatibility with an efficient and dependable public utility system.  The Maryland Forest Service protects these trees along our public road rights-of way through enforcement of the Roadside Tree Law.


Roadside Tree Policy
Monday, January 22, 2018

Decisions regarding roadside tree management can be some of the most difficult in our industry. While citizens are largely content to go along with municipalities and utilities when it comes to cyclical pruning and planting of roadside trees, tempers can often flare when it comes to removal of trees considered significant or special in any way. It is important to note - each state has its own laws, regulations, policies, and case laws which comprise the body of law surrounding roadside tree policy. One should consult an attorney for interpretation of those regulations.