The TREE Fund awarded nearly $80,000 in grants and scholarships in its 2015 spring cycle. The 11 awards included two research grants, three arboriculture education grants and six scholarships, including two new scholarships funded by Penn-Del Chapter ISA.
2015 Hyland Johns Research Grants
Jason Miesbauer, Ph.D. (The Morton Arboretum) and Andrew Koeser, Ph.D. (University of Florida) – $25,000 grant supporting “Assessing wound-induced response growth in two common urban tree species.” Dr. Miesbauer and Dr. Koeser will measure how response growth from intentional wounding affects tree strength over time, providing better guidelines for risk assessment of trees with decay or injuries.
Andrew Hirons, Ph.D. (Myerscough College, UK) – $24,948 grant for “Improving urban forest establishment, resilience and performance using trait-based tree selection.” Dr. Hirons seeks to develop quantifiable trait-based guidelines for a wide range of tree species that can be used by arborists, urban foresters, landscape architects and tree nurseries to help establish a resilient urban forest in times of climate change.
2015 Arboriculture Education Grants
Toledo Botanical Garden (Toledo, OH) – $5,000 supports “From TREEs to STEM!” which offers hands-on, inquiry-based experiments and outdoor explorations for 400 inner-city children, deepening their understanding of the role they play in protecting and enjoying the natural world around them.
Forest ReLeaf of Missouri (MO) – $5,000 grant for “Forest ReLeaf in the Classroom,” an interactive program for students in grades K-12 offering instruction in basic biology and emphasizing the environmental impact and social benefits provided by urban trees.
Cuyahoga River Restoration (Cleveland, OH) – $5,000 Ohio Chapter ISA Education Grant for “Tree Training Intensives,” which provides workshops for community leaders, Tree Commission members, and students considering careers in arboriculture and urban forestry. Site-specific workshops at Ohio Great Lakes Areas of Concern emphasize the role of healthy forests and tree canopy in restoration and protection of Ohio’s watersheds and Lake Erie.
2015 Scholarship Recipients
Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship, supported by Robert Felix Memorial Fund ($3,000)
- Brady Hendricks (Kansas State University)
- Lee Rumble (Middle Tennessee State University)
- Andrew Ronan (Paul Smith’s College)
John Wright Memorial Scholarship, supported by Wright Tree Service ($2,000)
- Jamielee Kempton (University of Hawaii at Manoa)
Fran Ward Women in Arboriculture Scholarship, supported by Penn-Del Chapter ISA ($2,000)
- Taylor Souders (Pennsylvania State University)
Horace M. Thayer Scholarship, supported by Penn-Del Chapter ISA ($2,000)
- Harley Heichel (Pennsylvania College of Technology)