Attendees at TCI Expo in Baltimore placed bids on a brand new Morbark stump grinder and on a brand new Bandit chipper November 8-9, with the auction proceeds supporting tree research and education.
Bidding closed at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 9, with Morbark and Bandit Industries, Inc. donating their profits from these sales to the Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund).
The winning bid on the Morbark D86 track stump grinder was $56,500 by William Collins of Tibbs Tree, Princeton, Mass.
The winning bid on the Bandit Model 1390 HD chipper was $37,000 by Michael Roche of Stowe Tree Experts, Inc., Stowe, Vt.
The TREE Fund is the leading non-governmental source of funding for research and education programs in the field of arboriculture (the science of cultivating and managing trees in a landscape). Its mission is to support sustainable communities and environmental stewardship by funding research, scholarships and education programs essential to the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry. The foundation has distributed more than $6 million to date, in the form of scholarships and research grants to students and professionals in the industry. Knowledge gained from more than 400 TREE Fund research grants since 1976 directly affects tree care practices, people’s lives and arborists’ techniques every day.