For Immediate Release - May 18, 2007
NJ Tree Expert Teams with NJ Youth Corps to Train Future Arborists
Maplewood, NJ May 18, 2007International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist Scott Lamm teamed up with the New Jersey Youth Corps' Northern Urban Community Forestry Academy for a four day tree care expert training session at the Community Recreation Center in Maplewood NJ from May 15th through May 18th. Scott Lamm, assisted by expert tree climbers Alex Mendez and Jamie Chamber, created a realistic tree care and climbing training scenario for the underprivileged youths to experience. SavATree and arborist Scott Lamm have made a commitment to the New Jersey Youth Corps to volunteer services annually. “They were a great group of kids,” Scott continued, “It is very gratifying to help inner-city children and perhaps SavATree can even recruit some of these future arborists.”
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture funds the Youth Corps’ forestry division and in this particular event supplied the main components including climbing equipment, bucket trucks, ropes, seeding instruments and safety gear. The combined efforts of tree experts Scott, Alex and Jamie enabled the NJ Youth Corps to utilize different seeding devices, become skilled at tying proper rope climbing knots, acclimate themselves with the saddle and use a throw ball which is used to ‘loop’ the rope around a structurally sound tree limb to act as an anchor. Scott continued, “The group was just so into it and especially on point. It was an awesome experience. Some of the participants were originally nervous to get into the gear. Alex, Jamie and I all ensured the safety of everyone and watching people overcome their fear of heights was rewarding. And of course there were some who were fearless and pulled themselves right up too!”
Students participating in SavATree’s demonstration received indispensable credits towards their degree from the New Jersey Youth Corps' Urban Community Forestry Academy, a division of the Youth Corps which enables youths with interest in Arboriculture to receive an educational foundation in the classroom and hands on experience in the field.
About the New Jersey Youth Corps: The NJ Youth Corps is an organization for young adults ages 16-25 who have not obtained a high school diploma, but wish to continue their education and attain career skills to enter today’s demanding work force. They have contributed tree care throughout Essex County NJ, Middlesex County NJ and Union County NJ. For more information contact Lynn Logo-Keepers, State Director, at (609) 292 2060.
About SavATree: SavATree proudly provides stewardship for the properties they serve and the environment, promoting a sustainable landscape and the unique relationship between people and their surroundings. This premier tree, shrub and lawn care company has been enhancing and preserving resident, business and community properties for over 20 years. Industry certified arborists provide clients with expertise in arboriculture and green program options to help them maintain a healthy, safe and beautiful landscape. Services include pruning, disease diagnosis, removals, insect and mite treatments, lawn care and more, with organic program options using Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI) listed materials and ingredients allowed by the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s (NOFA) organic land care program. SavATree is one of the few companies to receive the prestigious accreditation of the Tree Care Industry Association. They currently operate in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington D.C. For more information, please contact us.
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