Mark Rouw BIG Tree: Updated Report Jan-Jun 2023

Iowa Big Tree Report for January Through June of 2023 Submitted By Mark Rouw, Iowa Big Tree Field Representative Although several different species of trees were measured, I would describe the first half of 2023 as the half- year of the cottonwoods. I don’t remember ever measuring so many cottonwoods over such a short time! January 2nd For many years …

Mark Rouw BIG Tree: Updated Report

Iowa Big Tree Report for July Through December of 2022 Submitted By Mark Rouw, Iowa Big Tree Field Representative The second half of 2022 may not have been as productive as the first half of the year, but there were some significant finds which are described in this report. I’m hoping this account will not be as detailed and time …

TREE Press February 2023

If in doubt, take a smaller piece By Dr. Brian Kane, ISA Certified Arborist Massachusetts Arborists Association Professor University of Massachusetts- Amherst Rigging is one of the most hazardous tasks a climbing arborist does. It involves working aloft, cutting with a chainsaw, and large pieces of wood moving rapidly—sometimes, very close to the arborist. To avoid injuries and property damage, …

Message from the Iowa Big Tree Field Representative

February 2, 2023 I can remember being impressed with some of the large trees in my neighborhood when I was quite young but it wasn’t until I was in perhaps 5th grade that I saw really big trees for the first time. After school, my friend John and I liked to go exploring along the Des Moines River, which was …

President’s Message: From Stephen Carlson January 2023

Hi Tree People! I’m full of gratitude for the honor of serving the Iowa Arborist Association in the role of President. The experience has exceeded my expectations in the best ways. If you’ve ever considered getting more involved in IAA you should definitely do that this year. Remember that voting is open now for the 2023 board of directors and …

Tree FUND | Tour des Trees 2022: I Wanna Iowa!

By: Mike Cimprich, NE Representative, Iowa Arborist Association   I have been a cyclist at some level or another my entire life.  Whether I was riding to school, down the street to a friends’ or across town to the local swimming pool that had a high-dive board.  More recently in my adult life, I ride weekly with a local group …

Wood Decay Fungi – Book Review

Wood Decay Fungi Common to the Northeast and Central United States, 2nd Edition Christopher J. Luley, Ph.D (August 2022) and available now at the ISA book store. ISBN 978-0-9767129-3-0 Most arborists may recognize the name Christopher Luley, after all, he has been a regular contributor to both Tree Care Industry Magazine and Arborist News for a couple of decades now. …

The TreeHuggers

Written by: Scott Carlson The March 1st ,2021 TCI Magazine was the women’s issue. I read about Dawna, a lady who had had faced the challenges of the times. “Stepping away from my full-time massage-therapy career of 19 years due to restrictions related to COVID-19, I volunteered to work with our TreeHugger crew for the summer.” Her husband Denny and …

2022 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package

The Iowa Arborist Association is pleased to announce the 2022 ArborMaster Climbing Kit Prize Package for the Tree Climbing Champion (TCC), held in conjunction with the chapter’s 2022 Tree Climbing Championship (TCC) event. This climbing kit is being offered to each chapter champion (both man and woman, if applicable.) Each Prize Package Includes: Silky’s Sugoi Professional 390-33 Handsaw Buckingham Mfg’s …