The 2014 Delaware Arborist and Tree Care Seminar will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, March 4 and 5, at Baywood Greens Clubhouse, 32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck. Cost is $80 with lunch included both days.
Registration forms are available at delawaretrees.com and should be postmarked by Friday, Feb. 21.
The event will feature both indoor and outdoor demonstrations by experts in the tree care field. Sponsored by the Delaware Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, the fourth 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. The event also includes talks on how trees can help with stormwater management and the potential threats to ash trees from the emerald ash borer. This year marks the first time the event will be held in Sussex County.
This year’s featured speaker is Mark Chisholm, a certified arborist, tree-climbing expert and champion, business owner, and instructor. Chisholm will cover topics that include indoor and outdoor instruction on balancing techniques, raising limbs, and multiblock rigging.
Chisholm is a third-generation, certified arborist with his family-owned Aspen Tree Expert Company in New Jersey. His expertise in tree care has made him a sought-after consultant and industry spokesperson for the world of arboriculture. Chisholm won the International Society of Arboriculture New Jersey Chapter Tree Climbing Championship 19 years in a row and won the ISA International Tree Climbing Championship in 1997, 2001 and 2010. Chisholm currently holds the world record in the 50-foot secured footlock climbing event, with a time of 13.8 seconds.
Thomas Whitelock of Advanced Arborist Solutions will present a session on advanced climbing for tree professionals.
Jay Ashby, tree program manager at the Tunnell Companies and member of Delaware’s Urban and Community Forestry Council, will present a talk on site preparation and safety. Ashby currently helps manage more than 3,000 acres of community forest.
Featured exhibitors and sponsors include American Arborist, ArborJet, Baywoods, New England Ropes, and Vermeer.
Special room rates are available for attendees at the Holiday Inn Express, 19953 Shuttle Road, Rehoboth Beach; phone 302-227-4030 for more information.