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Fort Wayne, IN: Saving & Replanting Trees

Fort WayneAs Fort Wayne faces its 8th year of Emerald Ash Borer devastation, the Parks and Recreation has approved a new five-year plan called Shading Our City: Urban Forest Management Plan. The plan intends to provide a framework for ensuring that the trees and forests of Fort Wayne are appropriately cared for according to community goals. The plan is broken into four elements covering all aspects of managing an urban forest.

Maintenance and Protection

The maintenance and protection element establishes the framework to provide healthy and productive conditions for trees to prosper. The goals of maintenance are to provide safe and functioning public spaces that maximize the environmental, social, and economic benefits of trees. Fort Wayne has been maintaining and protecting existing trees with TREE-äge® Insecticide. The trunk injections have proven to be successful with approximately 97 percent of treated trees flourishing.

Monitoring and Documentation

Another element of the plan is monitoring and documenting the urban tree canopy. Tracking and examining changes to the canopy and recording all observations will provide the data necessary to manage all aspects of the urban forest. Keeping up to date tree inventories will allow the municipality to track the success of the process.

Sustainability and Management Goals

The final elements of the plan establish sustainability and management goals that will keep the parks and urban landscapes thriving for years to come. The sustainability portion will provide fiscally and environmentally for the urban canopy, allowing the community to benefit for future generations. The second portion sets goals for street and park trees for the next several years. These include reduction of pruning cycle, increasing plantings, adoption of tree risk assessment program, and development of an invasive species management plan within the parks.

Planting

Planting trees and diversifying the tree species throughout the city is a major component of the effort. This will help replace some of the 17,000 trees lost since EAB was discovered in Indiana in 2004. Since then, the parks department has replaced about 10,000 trees.

The planting of new trees in proper locations will help to grow in the canopy making the community better for the future. The parks departments hopes to partner with businesses, neighborhoods, and community volunteers to purchase and plant a variety of new trees for parks and public spaces. Efforts such as The Great Tree Canopy Comeback event held on Saturday November 1st helped to directly fund re-planting city trees that are being lost faster than they are being replanted.

Would you like to assist the Fort Wayne community? Click here to donate a tax deductible gift of a tree.

©2014 Arborjet, Inc. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some crop protection products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Please check with your state or local extension service to ensure registration status. TREE-äge® Insecticide is a Restricted Use Pesticide and must only be sold to and used by a state certified applicator or by persons under their direct supervision. TREE-äge® is a registered trademark of Arborjet, Inc.

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The Great Tree Canopy Comeback in Indiana

Fort WayneIn 2001, the community landscape report provided by the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana discussed the need to replace the tree canopy in several parks and public spaces. That year, the Friends of the Parks held the inaugural Great Tree Canopy Comeback event. The event literally brings new life to the tree canopies of Fort Wayne and Allen County. Holly Hunter, chair of the event spoke with Arborjet about the importance of saving and planting community trees.

Successful Partnerships

“We created a partnership with the local park systems and other organizations that have coupled with us. We take care of the fundraising for the trees and they select the variety. We all work together to determine which parks are in need of planting to determine our plan. The final stage is recruiting volunteers for planting. Over the years we have been successful in achieving the goals in the Cultural Landscape report, and have consistently responded to the need in this community after drought, storms, Emerald Ash Borer, and the natural life span of healthy trees.”

This Weekend’s Event

“This Saturday, more than 270 trees will be planted throughout Allen County. We are anticipating nearly 300 volunteers planting trees throughout the eight parks. We can always use donations and we certainly need additional volunteers for the weekend.”

Ownership in the Community

“I got involved with the program because I am passionate about the parks and trees. We have families and groups that have been participating from the start and look forward to the event every year. It’s neat to see people take ownership of their parks and remember the trees they planted in previous years. We are teaching the community the proper way to plant a tree, which can be surprisingly tricky and potentially fatal to the tree if done incorrectly.”

The Arborjet Connection

“Arborjet’s TREE-äge product saved many mature trees in our community. Due to our large ash population, the municipality was limited to injecting trees in specific areas where the town felt they were critical to the landscape. We are thrilled to be able to preserve the health of so many trees and protect them from EAB.”

Learn From Experience

“People look at the park system when they are looking to move to an area. We have a great park system that is incredibly valuable to our community and we want to continue that. I hope that other communities suffering from EAB devastation will look to us and similar municipalities with successful management plans. We encourage everyone to identify and treat valuable trees before they are compromised and in need of replacement.”

©2014 Arborjet, Inc. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some crop protection products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Please check with your state or local extension service to ensure registration status. TREE-äge® Insecticide is a Restricted Use Pesticide and must only be sold to and used by a state certified applicator or by persons under their direct supervision. TREE-äge® is a registered trademark of Arborjet, Inc.

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Arbor Age 2014 Top Products: Arborjet’s ARBOR-mobile and QUIK-jet Air™

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Last week, Arbor Age magazine released the Arbor Age “A+” new product awards which recognizes standout products for the professional arborist market from the last year. We are pleased to share that ARBOR-mobile™ and QUIK-jet Air™ are recognized as winners and are profiled in the October issue of Arbor Age. Below are the excerpts highlighting Arborjet products.

Arbor Age magazine has been covering new and innovative products, technology and research vital to the tree care industry for 30 years. Products were judged by the editorial staff based on innovation, marketability and application within the market.

QUIK-jet Air™ Increases Productivity

The Arborjet QUIK-jet Air is an air-powered trunk injection device designed to deliver precise formulation dosing in a matter of seconds to maximize productivity and reduce labor time. The QUIK-jet Air is the latest weapon in the war against tree insects and diseases. Its innovative design combines the simplicity of the QUIK-jet® and power of the VIPER Air Hydraulic systems. The QUIK-jet Air features one-thumb switch operation, precise dose measuring and air-powered injection in a rugged aluminum body weighing less than two pounds that is ergonomically balanced for hand comfort. Designed for the tree care applicator who wants to inject multiple trees within a short time span, the QUIK-jet Air comes in its own kit bag with a shoulder strap, compressed air tank, drill bits, cleaning solution, and extra pockets for tools and related supplies.

ARBOR-mobile Changes Everything

The new ARBOR-mobile smartphone app from Arborjet offers instant access to a Solution Finder to help diagnose tree issues, an Emerald Ash Borer Cost Calculator, Tree Tag™ capability using GPS, and more. Tree care professionals can now easily access Arborjet’s knowledge base and online tools while in the field or on the road with ARBOR-mobile, a new mobile phone application available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. ARBOR-mobile helps professionals diagnose tree issues by searching on trees or pests within the database and provides information about each along with the recommended Arborjet treatments. The GPS capability built into the application will mean that soon, professionals can tag trees using GPS, add notes, keep a history, and even export them to calculate project costs.

Click here to learn more about ARBOR-mobile and QUIK-jet Air!

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Des Moines, Iowa Chooses to Save Ash Trees

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Emerald Ash Borer was first detected in southeastern Michigan in 2002, and since then it has killed more than 50 million ash trees in over 20 infested states and provinces.

EAB infestations have been detected in 13 Iowa counties with the most recent occurring in Story County in August. EAB has yet to arrive in West Des Moines, but city officials are preparing for the inevitable. There are 52 million woodland ash trees and 3.1 million urban ash trees in the state, according to the Department of Natural Resources’ website.

Learning from Chicago’s Success

Chicago is among the almost 200 cities that have been using TREE-äge to effectively protect public ash trees from EAB.

Last month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Streets and Sanitation announced a 93 percent survival rate for ash trees inoculated in 2011 and 2012. “The Emerald Ash Borer treatment program is a common sense investment in Chicago’s parkway trees,” said Mayor Emanuel.

Chicago Commissioner Charles Williams said “The positive success rate in EAB retreatment is encouraging, and the Department looks forward to completing the remaining inoculations of all viable ash trees this fall.”

The Old and New Plans

The city’s initial management plan called for the removal of the entire inventory of 1,100 of ash trees over about a four-year period. These ash trees were to be removed “regardless of location, current condition or benefits provided.”

The West Des Moines City Council now plans to cover the cost of TREE-äge injections for healthy adult trees that meet the criteria and are located in the public right of way. “We’re saving the ones that will be around for a while,” Councilman Rick Messerschmidt said after the meeting.

Residents Care

Tony and Connie Powers joined other Des Moines residents and signed a “tree lovers” petition. They were pleased with the new approach that should give their ash trees prolonged life.

“We have such a beautiful canopy of ash trees,” said Tony Powers. “That’s one of the significant features of our street. Can you imagine if the city were to cut down all of our ash trees? It would just leave the neighborhood with a barren look.”

Arborjet for Your City

We have a responsibility for the health of our city’s trees and urban landscapes. It’s imperative that we protect valuable public trees, reduce liability, and manage costs for future generations.

“There are still some larger communities that have not put together a plan, and there are many communities that do not have a tree expert,” said Emma Hanigan, an urban forestry coordinator at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Click here if you would like to learn more about Des Moines’s decision or how to get in touch with an Arborjet professional in your area.

©2014 Arborjet, Inc. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some crop protection products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Please check with your state or local extension service to ensure registration status. TREE-äge® Insecticide is a Restricted Use Pesticide and must only be sold to and used by a state certified applicator or by persons under their direct supervision. TREE-äge® is a registered trademark of Arborjet, Inc.

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The Importance of Properly Cleaning Your Arborjet Equipment

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Taking proper care of your Arborjet systems will help ensure them working properly for years to come. CLEAN-jet rinsing formulation removes residue to keep your Arborjet equipment systems operating smoothly. Here are a few tips to help get the most out of your cleansing.

Pre-Cleaning

Before cleaning out your equipment make sure all treatment formulation is out of bottle and lines.

Be Responsible

Treat the environment with respect. CLEAN-jet can be squirted in the soil at the base of the tree, unless specified otherwise on the pesticide product label or near ground water or waterways. Dispose of waste according to local and state regulations.

CLEAN-jet should NOT be mixed with other formulations

Rinse all CLEAN-jet out of the bottle, line, and device. Small amounts of leftover CLEAN-jet in lines is OK. CLEAN-jet should not be mixed with other formulations for long periods of time.

NOTE: If CLEAN-jet solution is stored inside the QUIK-jet® or TREE I.V. device, be sure to push all CLEAN-jet out of the system before adding treatment formulation to the bottle.

In a Pinch

Did you run out of CLEAN-jet? If necessary, we approve the use of rubbing alcohol as well.

To Clean TREE I.V.

1. Remove Bottle Top to release pressure, then add 20-30mL CLEAN-jet
2. Apply TREE I.V. Bottle Top and pressurize.
3. Open and close each Needle Valve to clean out all lines.

To Clean QUIK jet

1. Remove bottle top and addabout 30mL CLEAN-jet.
2. Apply bottle top and repeatedly press trigger.

Do you have any questions about how or when to use CLEAN-jet? We are always here to help. Need to stock up? Click here to find a distributor near you.

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Arborjet Celebrates TREE Fund’s 2014 Fundraising Success

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Arborjet is pleased to share that TREE Fund the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund recently announced setting new fundraising records for the organization. Three summer events, the STIHL Tour des Trees, the Raise Your Hand for Research auction and the Asplundh Golf Outing raised revenues over $765,000 this year. TREE Fund is a non-profit foundation that is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in urban forestry and arboriculture.

The STIHL Tour des Trees

In July, Arborjet was pleased to participate in the STIHL Tour des Trees fundraising ride that toured more than 600 miles across scenic Wisconsin. The Tour was TREE Fund’s major fundraiser this year bringing in over $600,000 in donations while simultaneously spreading awareness through educational events and tree dedications along the way.

Raise Your Hand for Research Auction & Asplundh Golf Outing

On August 3rd, Asplundh Tree Expert Co. hosted their annual golf outing to support TREE Fund bringing in an additional $16,000. The following evening, bidder cards were popping up at the Raise Your Hand for Research Auction. This exciting event raised over $140,000 thanks to donations and auction items such as trips across the globe, a Harley Davidson Motorcycle, a complete Arborjet injection system and a handmade canoe.

Words from the TREE Fund President

“The money we raised together will fund important arboricultural research, scholarships and educational programs. Science is the key to combatting the threats to our urban canopies posed by pests, disease and urban development while improving public and workforce safety,” said Janet Bornancin, President/CEO of TREE Fund.

Want to learn more about TREE Fund or make a donation? Interested in checking out Arborjet’s ride on the 2014 STIHL Tour des Trees? Let us know what you think!

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Kentucky Zoo Fights Against EAB!

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The Louisville Zoo is also a botanical garden, where the trees are essential to help simulate the animal’s native environment. Four years ago, Emerald Ash Borer made its way into Kentucky and the destruction was soon evident. The Louisville Zoo has chosen to save its trees and fight EAB with Arborjet’s TREE-age®.

Choosing to Treat

“We’re actually treating about 42 trees in the Zoo,” said horticulture supervisor Will Nay. “We’ve already had to remove eighteen to nineteen trees. You start cutting down a whole lot of trees, you start feeling bad.”

A Pleasant Environment for the Future

The infestation in Louisville is expected to last six or seven years, which means repeat treatments to save the park’s valuable trees. Once EAB has devastated the area and moved on, these mature trees will continue to provide shade and a pleasant environment to the park’s residents and visitors.

Check out the video and let us know if you have any questions about treating trees!

©2014 Arborjet, Inc. Important: Always read and follow label instructions. Some crop protection products may not be registered for sale or use in all states or counties. Please check with your state or local extension service to ensure registration status. TREE-äge® Insecticide is a Restricted Use Pesticide and must only be sold to and used by a state certified applicator or by persons under their direct supervision. TREE-äge® is a registered trademark of Arborjet, Inc.

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Taking Root Scholarship Awarded

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Arborjet recently awarded ten of last year’s graduating high school seniors $1,000 each in the inaugural “Taking Root” Scholarship. To be eligible each student must be pursuing full-time collegiate studies in a forestry course of study or related major during the 2014-15 academic year.

Arborjet is committed to giving promising high school seniors the financial support they need to work toward a career in the tree care industry. The future is looking brighter with an upcoming generation of entrepreneurs, researchers, and activists such as these.

Entrepreneurs

Rebecca Vlack (SUNY College of Agriculture & Technology) and Brinna Voelker (Southeast Missouri State University) share the same dreams of a career in botanical gardening or ownership in a greenhouse.

Spreading Sustainable Practices

Jesse Chung (Bowdoin College), Maggie Wartman (University of Maryland) and Valeria Stutz (University of Chicago) plan to conduct research into the detrimental human impact on the environment and spread sustainable practices.

A Future in Research

Mallory Mintz (Carleton College) and Sara Snyder (Duke University) hope to continue their studies, eventually earning doctorates and pursuing research into solutions to ecological issues to ensure a better future for our world.

Working for the Environment

William Atkinson (Princeton University) and Margaret Borders (The Ohio State University) hope to research ways to counter the damage from climate change so that future generations may enjoy nature’s gifts.

Reforesting and Conservation

Savannah Haines (University of Maine) sees her future “specializing in reforesting and conservation. I plan to volunteer every chance I get and do my very best to leave a green footprint everywhere I go.”

Arborjet congratulates these students and all who seek to preserve our natural and urban forests.

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Provider Spotlight: HT Tree, Nashville, TN

HTTreeYou won’t talk to anyone that cares more about saving trees than Hal Tuck and he is ready to lead the fight against Emerald Ash Borer in Nashville. Hal is one of middle Tennessee’s top tree health care specialists. He spoke to Arborjet about the Emerald Ash Borer situation that his area is facing.

EAB Research

I have been studying EAB for a few years now. I traveled to Ohio to witness the devastation firsthand. I met with Entomologists to discuss the Michigan and Ohio treatment plans in order to proactively treat this devastating pest as it invades my area.

Saving the Historic Canopy

Tennessee’s estimated ash tree value is over four billion dollars. Ash trees provide much of our oldest canopy coverage for our classic antebellum homes and wooded developments. I am trying to get everyone in my community involved in an EAB prevention program. I plan on training two new arborists every year just to keep up with the need. I have considered training my competitors on the Arborjet systems so we can properly cover the community. We all need to work on this together and I want to be sure it’s done right. My company is prepared, armed and ready for this impending doom.

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The Value of Trees

As consulting arborists we are required to place values on trees. We examine the face value as timber or removal costs versus saving the tree. One of the most important factors is the esthetic value of the tree. With this in mind, a loss of a particular tree can absolutely affect a home’s appraisal price. Saving your tree is always the smart decision to make.

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Back to School with the Let’s Root for the Trees Contest Winner

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Last fall, Jeffrey Arbuckle, an educator at the Manhattan Middle School in Boulder, Colorado submitted an essay by his student Quinn O’Neill that won Arborjet’s Let’s Root For the Trees essay contest. Now that the students are back to school, we had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Arbuckle and Miss O’Neill about school, the environment and the LRFTT contest.

Teaching Sustainability and Environmentalism

“I have a unit where I focus on globalization and teaching the kids to think of our impact on the world, but I try to focus on sustainability and environmentalism throughout the year. We talk about how everyone can make a difference by recycling, using less plastic, volunteering, and planting trees. In Boulder, we have a lot of green space for trees to grow and we are fortunate that so many kids here are conscious of that. We try to teach respect for nature and encourage students to work together to help preserve the environment.

“We educate the students through Manhattan Middle School  classes and through EcoArts as well,” Arbuckle said. EcoArts events bring together people from all walks of life to investigate the realities of climate change and celebrate the delights of a sustainable future.

Artist and Conscientious Student

He continued, “Quinn came to my sixth grade class last year as a conscientious student and artist. We try to integrate art into the curriculum here as much as possible. We do a lot of non-fiction writing, summaries, and biographies, so I was delighted to read her creative piece about The Harp Tree. She has been a cool student. I wish I had her this year but she is a 7th grader now.”

New iPad for the Classroom

As the leader of the winning class, Arbuckle will receive an iPad to use in his classroom, as will O’Neill. “There are quite a few ways we plan on using the new iPad in the classroom. I try to get special need students in touch with better technology, and the iPad will make note taking easier for students that have difficulty with writing skills. Additionally, this year we are focusing more on document based questions where the students are challenged by document analysis,” he explained.

Back to School in the Rocky Mountains

Quinn O’Neill let us know that it’s good being back to school but all the homework isn’t so great. “I was pretty excited to find out I won the essay contest. I really do feel like the pine woods are a magical place and that it isn’t really part of this world. I love that we live in the Rocky Mountains, and not the city. There’s no big stores like Walmart or Target or anything like that here and that’s how I like it.”

Quinn O’Neill’s winning essay: The Harp Tree

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It’s a crisp, spring afternoon in the Rocky Mountains. I’m just stepping out the door, taking a breath of fresh air. My dog, Rosie, is yipping at the gate, eager to hit the trails. My family and I have lived in this small mountain town by the name of Nederland, ever since I was three and a half. Since then we’ve turned our simple house into a home. We’ve erected a tree house, put up a fence, and my dad has even built a half pipe for my brother. And, we’ve memorized all the trails that crisscross the pine woods not more than a short trot from our house.

I’ve known the trails for as long as I can remember. My family and I have even created our own names for certain trails and landmarks. There’s the Star Wars trail, the water tower loop, a twisted old stump we call the snake head, the meadow of death (long story), and of course, the Harp Tree

To me, the Harp Tree has always aspired a sense of wonder. It makes me feel like the pine woods are a strange and different world, one untouched by human civilization, as if preserved by the sweeping needles of each tree. I thought of the name, “Harp Tree,” after I noticed the tree’s strange shape. Every time I walk by, I can just imagine some sort of woodland spirit, sitting among its boughs, playing its branches like the strings of a harp. I can hear the Harp Tree’s beautiful music resounding through the forest. Perhaps it’s because I’ve always loved the sound of stringed instruments, or perhaps it’s simply because I’m fascinated by its shape. Either way, the Harp Tree has always been special to me.

I know there is a scientific reason for the Harp Tree’s odd shape, I just like to imagine that more mysterious forces were at work. The wind is fearsome up here, with recorded speeds over 100 miles per hour. Many trees have been twisted and gnarled by the mighty gusts, growing into the most peculiar shapes over time. The Harp Tree could have also been injured, as trees will often grow two main branches if one of these branches is some how broken off, the remaining branch will grow bigger and thicker. It could have also got a disease, causing it to grow as it did. Whatever happened, the Harp Tree has grown a unique personality.

I pull my hood up over my ears as I lope down the trail, the breeze nipping at my face. I glance upwards and smile, the Harp Tree stands above me, its needles rustling in the wind. My dog comes to a stop ahead of me. I clamber up the lower branches of my beloved tree until I reach the comfortable nook between curving boughs. I know the Harp Tree won’t be here forever, but with any luck it will be here a lot longer than me, guarding over the pine woods.

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