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Liftin’ It Up: When rigging and lifting intersect

There are no shortage of rigging situations and scenarios in the day-to-day work world of the tree care industry -- from the basic-but-challenging spar pole rigging system to the complex, gear-intensive, multiple-technique slide line process over varied targets. And although each situation requires a certain basic knowledge and understanding of different methods and techniques, the safe use of the technique of lifting a branch or piece over/off a hazard/obstacle demands not only extreme care and attention to detail, but also an extensive knowledge of the forces and vectors involved and being generated.

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Utility Line Safety: What You Need to Know

When it comes to working near power lines, tree workers must always use extreme caution. Utilities recommend treating all wires as if they are energized and dangerous, yet accidents involving tree workers and power lines occur every year. Armed with a basic understanding of electricity and simple precautions, tree workers can reduce some risk of serious injury when operating around electrified lines. However, extensive training -- including information not covered here -- is needed to teach tree workers how to identify voltage and wire types and qualify them to work in this and other high-risk environments.

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Case Study: Tree Care Goes High-tech

Jeremy Tibbets is one of those rare visionaries with an uncanny ability to see both the forest and the trees. Hence, it was his appreciation for the collective role that individual trees serve in shaping the health and appearance of urban forests that motivated this San Francisco-based master arborist to pioneer one of the most innovative tree care service companies in the nation.

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Trees and Neighbors and the Law

On any given day, arborists throughout the country are unwittingly dragged into neighborly conflicts. Trees are almost universally praised for the benefits and beauty they bring to the neighborhood. On the other hand, that same tree is almost universally damned when it bothers one neighbor but is owned by another. It’s not uncommon for a pruning crew to be requested to “show up on Thursday when I know my neighbor will be gone” or give advice as to whether or not this guy’s branches can be pruned back to improve their views. So, what can you tell your client and what should you be practicing to keep yourself out of a lawsuit as well? Let’s take a look at some common “frequently asked questions” arborists get about trees, their neighbors, and the law.

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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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