5th Annual Delaware Arborist Seminar on March 3 and 4

Champion climber and tree expert Thomas Whitelock is scheduled to be at this year's event.

Champion climber and tree expert Thomas Whitelock is scheduled to be at this year’s event.

The 5th Annual Delaware Arborist and Tree Care Seminar will be held March 3 and 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day at Hagley Museum & Soda House, 298 Buck Road, Wilmington, DE 19807.

Cost is $90 with lunch included both days. There is no single-day registration option. All major credit cards (Mastercard, VISA, American Express, and Discover) are accepted. Register online at: https://2015arboristseminar.eventbrite.com. Attendees who wish to pay by check or money order are still asked to complete the online form to complete registration (follow instructions on where to mail payment).

Sponsored by the Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, the fifth annual symposium offers classroom lectures, hands-on training, and exhibits offering the latest knowledge and techniques for those interested in proper tree care and safety. Topics include: crane safety for tree care workers, CPR and first aid, pesticide safety, mature tree care and hazard risk assessment, and new tree and shrubs.

Thomas Whitelock of Advanced Arborist Solutions is scheduled to present a session on advanced climbing for tree professionals. Whitelock is a champion climber and tree care professional who placed first in the 2013 MAC-ISA event in the Aerial Rescue and Belayed Climb events who spoke at the 2014 arborist seminar.
Jason Lubar of Morris Arboretum will present sessions on mature tree care and tree risk assessment. With Morris Arboretum Urban Forestry Consultants for more than a decade, Lubar has worked extensively with local urban forestry organizations and co-founded the Wissahickon Stewardship Program, a community natural resource management program in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park.

Dr. Amy E. Brown of the University of Maryland will present a talk on pesticide safety. Affiliated with Maryland’s Institute of Applied Environmental Health, Brown is a published expert devoted to improving pesticide applicators’ knowledge and skills to minimize potential effects on human health and the environment through the Maryland Pesticide Safety Education Program.

Jason Henning of the Davey Institute and the U.S. Forest Service’s Urban Field Station in Philadelphia will present a talk on “i-Tree Tools and their Application in Urban Forestry.”

Contact: Kesha Braunskill, Delaware Forest Service, (302) 659-6704, email:kesha.braunskill@state.de.us

More information and updates: http://delawaretrees.com
Arborist Brochure 2015

5th Annual Arborist and Tree Care Brochure

Partnership Tree Planting Grants for Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay New2Partnership Tree Planting Grants - Chesapeake Bay Watershed only

Trees provide people with many natural benefits: cleaner air and water, reduced storm-water runoff and soil erosion, and priceless natural beauty. Trees have also been shown to improve property values and enhance community well-being. That’s why the Delaware Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program is seeking to partner with nonprofit groups to improve Delaware in these ways. The U&CF Program will award eight (8) grants in the amount of $1000 each.

Requirements for Tree Planting Grants

  • Must be a certified 501(c)(3) organization based in the State of Delaware. Common types include nonprofit religious, educational, charitable, scientific, or literary organizations
  • Must own land located in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed with a parcel registered in your name that appears on your county’s tax parcel list (must provide parcel number)
  • Must provide a 50-50 cost-share match in either cash or in-kind services. Sufficient volunteer hours for planning, organizing, and carrying out the project can meet this requirement without a need for cash

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Benefits of Tree Planting Grants

  • Grants can be a no-cost* way to beautify and enhance your organization’s campus and grounds
  • Tree planting projects can bring your organization’s membership together to benefit the environment
  • Organizations need match about 47 hours of volunteer time to meet requirements for a $1000 grant

Technical Assistance For Grant Projects
Delaware Forest Service staff will offer assistance at every stage of the tree planting project:

  • Meet with organizations to discuss their project
  • Identify a suitable site for the tree planting
  • Select the best species for the particular location
  • Help to calculate the volunteer hours and services for grant match so the project can take place at no cost
  • Schedule a planting day in the spring of 2015
  • Purchase and deliver the trees to the actual site
  • Oversee the planting and recommend steps for follow-up care of your new trees

    Grant Application Deadline: Feb. 27, 2015

How to Apply

  • If you think your church or organization would benefit from the Partnership Tree Planting Grant and you can meet the grant requirements for a 50-50 cost match (can be met by volunteer hours at no cost to your group), then you are invited to apply by contacting the program administrator:
  • Kesha Braunskill, Delaware Forest Service
    Urban and Community Forestry Program
    Phone – (302) 659-6704
    Email - Kesha.Braunskill@state.de.us

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