January 2022
"People should know that trees are generating organisms,
instead of re-generating organisms like human beings.
Trees generate their own food from carbon dioxide, sunlight and water,
while human beings must intake food from elsewhere."
--Alex Shigo, PhD
I Wanna Iowa!

Join the TREE Fund at the 2022 Tour des Trees taking place from Sept. 3 through Sept. 10.

Registration is now open!

Ride 440 miles through the western part of Iowa and spread the love of all things trees. The 2022 route will take riders on a 6-day journey through Des Moines, Pella, Ames, and Creston, Iowa, and finish up with a loop at the Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska.

The Tour des Trees is the primary fundraiser for the TREE Fund and we are thankful to all of our riders and their supporters. We are excited about the possibilities that this year's tour will offer and we hope to see you in Iowa!

For more information, see our website or, to make a donation, visit here.
Transition on the TREE Fund Board of Trustees

At its December 2021 meeting, the TREE Fund Board of Trustees expressed with deep gratitude the years of exemplary, selfless service of trustees who completed their terms on the board: Ray Henning, George Hudler, and Randy Miller.

Ray served as the TREE Fund treasurer and chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, George was chair of the Research and Education Committee, and Randy was chair of the ISA Liaison Committee.

The board elected the 2022 slate of officers:
  • Steve Geist, of SavATree, chair;
  • Beau Brodbeck, of Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University, chair elect;
  • Patrick Franklin, of Bartlett Tree Experts, vice chair; and
  • Jacques Brunswick, of the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, treasurer.

Jacques is the new chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, and Dan Herms, PhD, of The Davey Tree Expert Company, is the new chair of the Research and Education Committee.

The board elected and welcomed to the board Lori Brockelbank, David Gorden, FASLA, and Kathleen Wolf, PhD.
Lori Brockelbank
Lori Brockelbank is an Area manager with Davey Resource Group’s Natural Resource Consulting team. Lori has experience in both traditional forestry and urban forestry. She specializes in tree inventories, urban forest management and master plan writing, and contract processes (writing, bidding, and administration).

Lori also focuses on private and community land activities that include insect and disease diagnosis, tree planting plans and inspections, and working with municipalities to obtain Tree City USA status. She has taught an introduction to urban forestry course at Jamestown Community College and has instructed at numerous master gardener programs.

As a business developer in her home state of New York, Lori provides community and urban forestry solutions focusing on outreach, planting, and risk management.

Lori is:
  • an International Society of Arboriculture-Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist (NY-5326AM);
  • president of the New York State Arborist Association;
  • a board member of the New York State Urban Forestry Council;
  • a graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI); and
  • a graduate of SUNY-ESF (College of Environmental Science and Forestry), where she holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management.

Lori has participated in five Tours des Trees. 
David Gorden
David Gorden, FASLA, is a landscape architect with Mark M. Holeman, Inc. in Indianapolis where he has been creating and overseeing the care of landscapes for over 30 years.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, he has been involved in a variety of professional, environmental, and community organizations. Leadership positions have included serving as:
  • president of the Indiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA);
  • a member of ASLA’s Board of Trustees;
  • president of the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Horticultural Society; and
  • member and chair of the Indiana Board of Registration for Architects and Landscape Architects.

He has been particularly active in issues relating to invasive plants and currently serves on the Indiana Invasive Plant Advisory Committee and board of the Midwest Invasive Plant Network (MIPN). In 2018 he was named a Fellow of ASLA.

David is an enthusiastic and curious traveler, having visited more than 75 countries. This includes frequent humanitarian work trips which have taken him to Cuba, Bolivia, Jamaica, Guatemala, El Salvador, and South Africa.

An avid cyclist, he is a three-time participant in the Tour des Trees.
Kathleen Wolf, PhD, is a research social scientist at the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, University of Washington. After earning her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, she developed a research program to investigate human response to outdoor spaces in cities, based on theory and methods of environmental psychology. Kathy's mission is to discover,
understand and communicate human behavior and benefits, as people experience nature in cities and towns.

Kathy was a research associate with the US Forest Service Pacific NW Research
Station from 2010-2018 collaborating on studies of social dimensions of urban forestry and ecosystems. She has presented her research throughout the United States, in Australia, Russia, Canada, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, Chile, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. She has also worked professionally as a landscape architect and as an environmental planner. You can view Dr. Wolf's research program here and the Green Cities: Good Health project here.

Kathy is interested in how scientific information can be integrated into local
government policy and planning. She continues to serve with regional and national organizations that promote nature-based health and quality of life in communities, such as the Washington State Community Forestry Council, American Forests, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Sustainable Sites Initiative, the American Planning Association, the TKF Foundation, and
Transportation Research Board national committee on Landscape and Environment.

Kathy has received (much appreciated!) support from TREE Fund for two projects: 1) evaluation of shopper response to tree canopy in retail business districts, and 2) city trees and human health response, including economic value.

Kathy was also a member of the 2020 TREE Fund Strategic Planning Task Force that created the current three-year plan.
New grant awards

At its December 2021 meeting, the TREE Fund Board of Trustees approved the following grants, as recommended by the Research and Education Committee.

John Z. Duling Grant
Jose Delpiano, University of the Andes, Santiago, Chile, for his project “Computer Vision for Hazard Tree Identification and Assessment” for $25,000.

Jack Kimmel International Grant
Justin Morgenroth, University of Canterbury, for his proposal: “Optimizing tree responses to root pruning in mature trees” for $10,000.

Bob Skiera Memorial Fund Building Bridges Initiative Grant
Lindsay Darling, Morton Arboretum, for her project “Identifying social barriers to equitable tree planting and quantifying potential benefits to overcoming them” for $29,236.

Tree and Soil Research Fund Grant
Rebecca Brianne Abney, University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc., for her project “Utilizing biochar to improve community tree vault soils and tree health and to reduce watershed contamination” for $9,652.
New grant and scholarship application
window is now open

Hyland R. Johns Grant
Supports research that directly affects the work of industry professionals.
Award amount: up to $25,000 (minimum $10,000)
100-Word Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) accepted Jan. 15 to March 1, 2022
For approved LOIs only, applications accepted Jan. 15 to March 15, 2022

Utility Arborist Research Fund Grant
Supports work with real importance and benefit to utility tree care professionals.
Award amount: up to $50,000 (minimum $10,000)
100-Word Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) accepted Jan. 15 to March 1, 2022
For approved LOIs only, applications accepted Jan. 15 to March 15, 2022

Safe Arborist Techniques Fund Grant
Supports original research that creates a safer work environment for people working in the tree care industry and the general public they serve.
Award amount: up to $15,000 (minimum $5,000)
100-Word Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) accepted Jan. 15 to March 1, 2022
For approved LOIs only, applications accepted Jan. 15 to March 15, 2022

Barborinas Family Fund Grant
Supports projects focused on tree production, planting techniques, and the improvement of tree varieties for urban conditions, to focus on investigations into root science. 
Award amount: up to $10,000 (minimum $5,000) 
100-Word Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) accepted Jan. 15 to March 1, 2022 
For approved LOIs only, applications accepted Jan. 15 to March 15, 2022 

Ohio Chapter ISA Education Grant
Funded by Ohio Chapter ISA to provide arboricultural education programs or projects within the State of Ohio which serve a target population of 16 years of age or older.
Award amount: $5,000
Applications accepted Jan. 15 to March 15, 2022

Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship
Supports college students studying arboriculture, urban forestry or related fields with the intention of entering arboriculture.
Award amount: $5,000
Applications accepted Jan. 15 to March 15, 2022

Bonnie Appleton Memorial Scholarship
Supports college students studying arboriculture, urban forestry, horticulture, nursery management or a related field with the intention of becoming a professional in one of these fields.
Award amount: $5,000
Applications accepted Jan. 15 to March 15, 2022

John Wright Memorial Scholarship
Supports high school seniors and returning college students pursuing careers related to arboriculture.
Award amount: $5,000
Applications accepted Jan. 15 to March 15, 2022

Fran Ward Women in Arboriculture Scholarship
Supports female college students enrolled in a program related to the practice of arboriculture and urban forestry.
Award amount: $5,000
Applications accepted Jan. 15 to March 15, 2022
The TREE Fund offers
its deepest gratitude

We extend our thanks to the family of Hyland Johns for the donation of $31,898 from Hyland's estate.

A long time executive at Asplundh, Hyland was a giant and innovator in the
utility industry, and one of the last of the great generation of arborists that helped chart the path of arboriculture. He was active in the original ISTCA Research Fund, International Shade Tree Conference (which became the ISA) and the Utility Arborist Association. A strong proponent of research, Hyland was one of the original founders of the ISTC Research Fund, which became the TREE Fund. The Hyland R. Johns Grant Program, which supports research that directly affects the work of industry professionals, fittingly bears his name. Hyland passed Aug. 11, 2020.
Free Webinars for 2022

The TREE Fund is proud to partner with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System to bring you free education offerings. We are now able to accommodate up to 3,000 participants!

New insights on the epidemiology of a phytoplasma disease that affects urban trees in Bogotá, Colombia
Wednesday, Feb. 9 at noon (Central Time)
Liliana Franco-Lara, PhD, Universidad Militar Nueva Granada

The Cost-effectiveness of Integrated Vegetation Management
Tuesday, March 22 at noon (Central Time)
John Goodfellow, BioCompliance Consulting, Inc.

Enhancing the performance of urban storm water management schemes with tree selection: developing a new approach to accessing waterlogging tolerance of temperate trees
Tuesday, April 19 at noon (Central Time)
Andrew Hirons, PhD, University Centre Myerscough

Non-invasive tree root detection: What is the state of the art?
Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon (Central Time)
Andrew Millward, PhD, and Justin Miron, PhD student, Ryerson University

Engaging underserved populations in community tree management activities
Tuesday, Dec. 6 at noon (Central Time)
Jason Gordon, PhD, University of Georgia Research Foundation, Inc.

The TREE Fund’s 1-hour webinars are free and offer 1.0 CEU credit for live broadcasts from the International Society of Arboriculture and the Society of American Foresters. Registration information becomes available on our website approximately one month before each webinar date. 

Missed a webinar? Watch it anytime on our website.

CEU Credit for Recorded Webinar
TREE Fund now offers ISA CEU credits for one recorded webinar: "Loading of a Tie-in Point While Climbing." If you missed this webinar, you can now watch the recording and earn ISA CEU credits by completing a 20 question quiz with 80% accuracy. Learn more on our website.
Lead Donors

We are deeply grateful to the following people and organizations who contributed $2,500 or more to the TREE Fund in December 2021:

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Guffey, Jr.
Jarraff Industries, LLC
Ken Smith Workshop
Jerry and Marilyn Morey
Nyemaster Goode, P.C.

See the full list of lead donors who make our vital tree research and education work possible on our website.
TREE Fund After Hours

The TREE Fund held its 2021 After Hours event virtually, as part of the online ISA conference in December.

Hosted by the TREE Fund board chair, Steve Geist, and TREE Fund CEO, Russell King, the event featured a lively and entertaining panel discussion of three TREE Fund research grant recipients, Richard Hauer, PhD, Brian Kane, PhD, and Bryant Scharenbroch, PhD. The discussion was moderated by TREE Fund board member Sharon Jean-Philippe, PhD, and Maggie Volchko, of The Davey Tree Expert Company

The event also paused to remember Will Nutter, the chair of the TREE Fund Board of Trustees who was taken from us by a tragic accident in September, and to name Will the 2021 Ken Ottman Volunteer of the Year. Steve Geist shared memories of Will as a friend, a leader of the TREE Fund, and a leader of the tree care industry. The TREE Fund has established a scholarship fund in Will's name, and you can contribute to it here.

Many thanks to the TREE Fund's Monika Otting for her talent and hard work in making this event a reality.
TREE Fund Achieves Highest Rating

For the third consecutive year, the TREE Fund has reached Guidestar's highest level of achievement for nonprofit transparency--the platinum award. GuideStar is the world's largest and most authoritative source of information on nonprofit organizations. Major donors tend to look to GuideStar as the “seal of approval” before making donations.
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