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In the last few years the University of Massachusetts Amherst has offered a Summer Program on trees and tree care for high school students. This year, the one-week session will take place July 9-15. This is a great opportunity for high school students to learn about arboriculture and urban forestry and be exposed to an exciting area of study and career path. And it's a great opportunity to spend some time in a lovely New England town in western Massachusetts! 

Learning to climb trees at UMass Summer College

Program Description
Through the study of trees and the impact of their health on urban communities, students in the Sustainable Tree Care program will take a proactive approach to climate as they learn what they can do now and in the future to make their communities greener. Trees provide many benefits in cities and towns like shading houses and cleaning the air and water; they also improve our quality of life. To maximize these benefits, we have to plant the right tree for a site and properly care for it. If we do, the benefits that the tree provides will far outweigh the cost of caring for the tree. In this 1-week intensive, we will learn about proper tree selection and care.

This program covers a number of earth science-related topics including: botany, physiology, soil composition, run-off, and pollution. Students will also receive hands-on experiential training in: identifying trees, identifying disease in trees, climbing trees (knot tying, ascension, limb walking, tree worker safety), pruning, plant health care, and pest management.

This 1-week intensive will balance academic study of the science and business of arboriculture while offering an introduction to the basic skills required to work in the field.

Learn more about the Sustainable Tree Care Summer College Program by clicking here.

Summer College programs are open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. High school seniors who will graduate this spring are also welcome. To find out more about the application process, click here and scroll down.  

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March Issue of Citizen Forester

The latest issue of the Citizen Forester newsletter is out today! The Citizen Forester is the monthly newsletter of the Urban and Community Forestry Program of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

In the March issue, read about....

  • Climate Change and New England Forests
  • Carolina silverbell
  • Our new program coordinator, Julie Coop
  • Working with Volunteers, Veteran Trees, Upcoming programs
  • GoBotany Web Resource
  • The Northeast Climate Science Center
  • Grants, scholarships, news, and more. 

Download the issue by clicking here:

March 2014 Citizen Forester

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Check out the latest issue of the Massachusetts DCR Urban & Community Forestry Program's monthly newsletter.  

In this issue of The Citizen Forester:

The Successful Planting Initiative: Tree Maintenance

Species Spotlight: Identifying Ash Trees

Growing Greener: In Holyoke

Growing on Trees: Events (EAB Workshop, Online Forum), Recent Publications, Online Resources


and more!

Download the e-newsletter by clicking here. 

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Thought I would share a new app developed for detecting and reporting invasive species in Massachusetts.  It is joining a crew of other apps already developed for invasive species elsewhere. This app, Outsmart Invasive Species, was funded by a U.S. Forest Service 2011 Competitive Allocation grant project and provides a way for app users to report sightings of invasive species.  Bugwood developed it and has produced similar apps for invasives in other states.


We need your help to "outsmart" invasive species in Massachusetts

If you have a smartphone or a digital camera, the power to protect the natural heritage of Massachusetts is already in your hands. Join the Outsmart Invasive Species Project to help stop the spread of non-native plants and insects that threaten our environment.

The problem 

Invasive species pose environmental and economic threats to communities throughout Massachusetts. Just think of Worcester, where an outbreak of the Asian longhorned beetle in 2008 led to the destruction of nearly 30,000 trees. It will take the community years to recoup the value of the lost urban canopy.

You can help 

Early detection and continual monitoring are key to stopping new invasive threats like the Asian longhorned beetle, whether in a forest or a city neighborhood. 

Now you can help researchers cover more ground by looking for invasive species anytime - whether walking the dog, hiking, fishing, gardening, or working outdoors. All you need is a smartphone, or a digital camera and access to the Web.

 To participate

1) If you have an iPhone or Android phoneDownload the free Outsmart Invasive Species application through iTunes or Google Play, and you'll be prepared to report invasive species anytime.

2) If you have a digital camera: Register to submit data using the free Early Detection and Distribution Mapping System (EDDMaps). Just go to Outsmart on EDDMaps to sign up. 


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Spotlight on Massachusetts: The Liberty Tree

The Liberty Tree was a famous elm tree in Boston, Massachusetts that symbolized hope and a better future in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Upset colonists known as “Patriots” first defied the British government at the site of this tree when they publicly protested against the Stamp Act.


For years to come, the tree would be a symbol for both sides of the revolution. Patriots nailed a sign in front of it labeling it The Liberty Tree, and a few years later during the Siege of Boston, the British spitefully cut the tree down, knowing what it symbolized to the colonists.


As centuries passed, the tree was largely forgotten and failed to even receive mention in many Boston guide books. All that remained was an obscure plaque on a nearby building. In the mid-1960’s, a Boston Herald reporter did a series of stories on The Liberty Tree and persuaded the then Massachusetts Governor to visit the site, leading to a brief resurrection of interest in this historic landmark.

Today the site still remains underappreciated according to many Bostonians and American history buffs, as it’s memory is preserved in the original location with only a plaque reading "Sons of Liberty, 1766; Independence of the Country, 1776." However, several commemorative “Liberty Trees” have been planted outside of Boston, including the one at Disney’s Magic Kingdom pictured here.


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