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Rotochopper hosts Demo Day

The 2014 Rotochopper Demo Day was another great success. More than 100 people from around the world came to the small Minnesota town of Saint Martin to watch the high-quality horizontal grinders that Rotochopper has to offer.

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Leadership is Not for the Faint of Heart

If any of the insects present during a tree crew’s lunch break ever gain the ability to speak and share the conversations they have overheard, the amount of time spent by tree personnel discussing their leaders is likely to be quite impressive. Although there is a wide variety of classes, training, and education available for the myriad tasks that make up a modern tree worker’s day, opportunities for training and education in workforce management and leadership are few and far between -- particularly specific to the tree industry. Although reading a column in a magazine is certainly not going to transform Johnny B. O’Doughnuts the brush hauler into a stellar crew foreman or operations manager, an introduction to, and explanation of, some of the basic principles, skills, and even techniques of workforce management can help begin the process of expanding Johnny's mental toolbox with some tools that may help his career, and crews, down the road.

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Tree Care in the Land of the Rising Sun

ArborMaster, in collaboration with host organizer, Jin Kobayashi, founder and president of Arbor Japan, a company of skilled arborists and landscapers, conducted arborist training in Japan in April, 2014. This initiative was designed to pilot state-of-the-art, professional arborist training to further the development of arboriculture and tree worker best practice in Japan. The five-day program consisted of hands-on safety, skill and productivity education and training in the disciplines of tree climbing and work positioning, chain saw safety, handling and tree felling.

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325 Years Later, Husqvarna in Tune with the Marketplace

Husqvarna shares its birth year with… Johann Sebastian Bach. One of the world’s greatest composers remains a powerful force in classical music because of the quality of his work -- which consists of over 1,000 elegant pieces of music -- from concertos and cantatas to sonatas and orchestral suites. Like the Baroque works of the adored German musician, appreciated as much for his technical command as his artistry, Husqvarna too has endured for 325 years. But while Bach’s compositions -- of course -- have not changed in that time, Husqvarna’s output has evolved dramatically over 3-1/4 centuries.

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Applied Research and the Bottom Line: Ed Gilman’s Work on Pruning

Studying tree pruning and its effects on tree stability is a classic form of applied research -- and can be a little lonely. "Only a few researchers are tackling pruning right now, and that can be frustrating," said Dr. Ed Gilman, professor of Urban Trees & Landscape Plants for the University of Florida Environmental Horticulture Department. Gilman does a great deal of outreach to commercial arborists to teach pruning practices based on his applied research findings.

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Eradicating Asian Longhorned Beetle Calls for Vigilance

As a reader of Arbor Age, you likely already know about the Asian longhorned beetle or ALB (Anoplophora glabripennis) and its impact on trees. What you likely haven’t heard enough about is the effort to rid ourselves of this invasive tree pest. This past May, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), together with its partners, announced the beetle has been effectively eradicated from an area in Boston. The beetle was discovered in Boston in July 2010 and 10 square miles were regulated in Norfolk and Suffolk Counties. At just under four years, the announcement marks the shortest eradication timeframe yet.

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Quantifying Tree Health

Simply put, the point of tree health care is to promote the health of trees. Easy, right? Except one minor point of contention -- what do we mean by “health” and how do we know if we achieved it? These questions appear simple, but start to peal it back and this question becomes more difficult. The definition or, for that matter, even the existence of health has been a hotly debated topic by doctors, scientists and philosophers for thousands of years. To avoid getting into an existential debate on ‘The Meaning of Health,” for our purposes here we will define health somewhere between “a state of being free from illness or injury” and “a tree’s ability to fulfill on its genetic potential.” Now, what data can we collect that would show if our actions as tree health professionals is making a difference?

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