Arbor Day – lend a hand

Spring has sprung, which means it’s that time of year again, Arbor Day. Nationally observed on the last Friday in April (April 27 this year), many states also hold statewide Arbor Days to coincide with the best planting weather in their specific region. Arbor Day has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings in 1872; last year alone its members were responsible for planting 8 million trees. The Arbor Day Foundation now boasts a wide variety, of programs, initiatives and resources all geared at increasing the world’s tree cover.

One of the foundation’s programs, Trees for America Emergency Recovery Program, has become a growing resource following natural disasters. In recent years the foundation delivered more than 120,000 trees to Gulf Coast families impacted by Hurricane Katrina, planted more than 30 million trees in U.S. forests devastated by disease and fire, and assisted Missouri families through its Joplin Tree Recovery Campaign. Their current efforts are focused on 16 Alabama communities devastated by last year’s tornadoes. In February, 30,000 trees were planted in the first phase of the campaign, but there is much work left to be done. The Alabama Tree Recovery Campaign has received support from many individuals and sponsors, including The Davey Tree Expert Company, The Daniel Foundation of Alabama, the Australia-based Cotton On Foundation, and the Alabama Power Foundation. To contribute or learn more about replanting efforts in Alabama and across the country, visit

Gearing up for summer

The busy summer season is just around the corner, and now is a great time to purge your work wear wardrobe of tired old duds, and replenish it with fresh, safe, durable apparel for the long days ahead. See page 22 of this issue to check out the latest in pants, saddles and helmets built to keep you safe and comfortable. And, to make sure your equipment can keep up with the workload, turn to page 12 to brush up on your chain saw maintenance.

Coming in May …

Have you considered adding . and land clearing work to your offerings? Next month we’ll look at some large-scale projects that are helping tree care companies diversify. Also, industry veteran and Tree Services columnist Michael Tain will walk us through the ins and outs of technical felling.

Katie Meyers