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Wizards of the trees

Post by Kathleen Merryman / The News Tribune on Sep. 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm with 2 Comments »
September 22, 2010 2:29 pm

It will be a good week for the trees in Tacoma’s parks.

The Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture will hold its 31st annual training conference in Tacoma Sunday through Thursday. The event will bring 500 tree experts to Tacoma to demonstrate their skills, including pruning, in the parks.

Phot courtesy PNW-ISA

Metro Parks’ urban forester, Kathy sutalo, will chair the conference, which has remarkable opportunities for the public to watch, learn and be astounded by daring aerial feats.

Sunday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wright Park will host a spectacular tree-climbing competition. Agile arborists, who share DNA with squirrels, will compete in the speed climb, work climb, belayed speed climb, throw line and aerial rescue.

Monday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., they’ll be at Point Defiance, near the Rose Garden demonstrating pruning techniques, how to remove a tree with a crane and how to rescue a worker from an aerial truck.

They’ll hold sessions on mulching, local fungi, habitat trees and champion trees at The Lodge. Be warned that parking may be scarce.

The conference’s final two days. at the Greater Tacoma convention and Trade Center will be all business and are not open to the public.

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