The Tree Crew is dedicated to caring for the trees of central campus. They strive for tree preservation, with tree removal as only a last resort.
The crew's work is both challenging and important; trees shape the character of campus and Tree Crew shapes the trees. Each pruning decision determines a tree's form and growth for decades to come. Tree Crew's work includes structural pruning, disease control, and removal of dead or damaged limbs and trees. To carry out these responsibilities, the crew is trained in technical tree climbing and advanced chain sawing. They must be able to work well as part of a team in order to execute their work safely. The crew occasionally competes in professional tree climbing competitions.
Tree Crews ongoing projects are constantly changing. Recently, the Tree Crew removed a tree outside of the Sunderland Lawn!
Tree Crew recently attended the TCIA Expo 2013 November 14-16. The TCIA Expo is the worlds largest tree care show and conference where they will be doing things such as comparing equipment, watching live demonstrations, evaluating products, and learning from other tree care professionals.
Those that attended TCIA Expo 2013 along with Caleb Mende and Tom Lamuraglia was Emma Martin, Evan Mercier, Isabel Harger, and Desiree Pastin.
At the TCIA Expo they participated in workshops that included the following: safety updates, climing, rigging, pest management, and much more! They learned more about standard products, ideas, and practices and on the second day of the expo, Emma Martin participated in the student climbing competition! With 5 different components: work climb, scramble, throw line, safety gear test, and the written exam, Emma competed against other student climbers to show off her skills.
Pictures are availalbe in the "Tree Crew News" page, go check them out!
Tree Crew recently held tryouts for new landscaping members who are interested in being on the Tree Crew in the future. Landscaping provides free chainsaw training and certification as well as instruction in climbing, ropes, and equipment maintenance.
Tree crew currently consists of Caleb Mende, Andrew Duzs, Isabel Harger, Emma Martin, Jay Massey, Evan Mercier, and Desiree Pastin.