Arbor Day Appreciation

Historical Herbage Arbor Day was first proposed by Nebraska Territory pioneer J. Sterling Mormont, originally of Detroit. Mormont  and his wife were nature lovers and quickly planted their new property with trees, shrubs and flowers.  He recognized the multifaceted value of trees; there is, of course, aesthetic value, additionally plant roots aid in erosion control,…

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Storied Furniture

  One day, brothers Zeb and Ted Esselstyn had an epiphany of sorts. It occurred to them that every year, hundreds of historic Connecticut trees were meeting an unceremonious end. After being removed or failing due to old age or weather, these trees were being chipped, turned into mulch, or deposited in anonymous landfills. Seeing…

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Managing trees during construction

Thanks to all those that attended today’s webinar on managing trees during construction. We talked about different reasons for managing trees during construction; we discussed the American National Standard for tree management during construction (ANSI A300 Part 5); and we reviewed some of the provisions of ANSI A300 Part 5. A key point is the…

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Paper or Plastic? Neither?

We’ve all been there. You get to the checkout line at your local grocery store and you’re asked the question. Paper or plastic? While one option seems to provide an obvious environmental benefit, the best possible answer might be “neither.” It’s no secret that plastic shopping bags are bad for our environment, but you may…

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What does competitive tree climbing have to do with sustainability?

Did you know that there are competitions for tree climbers? The International Society of Arboriculture has chapters all over the world. Those chapters hold tree climbing competitions where arborists compete to be the top climber in their chapter, and chapter competitors compete for the international crown. Today I attended the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, International Society of…

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Urbanization

More people than ever before are living in cities. In fact, the Earth Institute at Columbia University claims that, for the first time ever, half of the world’s population lives in urban areas. While this presents a number of challenges in terms of infrastructure and support, the question we ask is, what about the city…

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