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Tree enthusiasts will have an opportunity to embrace the trees through a five day tree-climbing school that will teach safety and proper care of regional species as well as the fundamentals of climbing.

This marks the first time the course has been offered in western Pennsylvania through the Pennsylvania State University Cooperative Extension and the International Society of Arboriculture.

“Proper maintenance of landscape trees reduces storm damage and keeps them safe and beautiful, reducing the cost of clean up after a storm,” explains Bill Elmendorf, extension specialist at Penn State’s School of Forest Resources. “We will teach people who have never climbed a tree in their life how to get up there and move around, as well as proper planning and pruning. These classes usually draw an eclectic group of folks.”

The course will include classroom and field instruction by several experienced tree climbers and industry representatives, including Kris Edson, lead tree surgeon and arborist at Penn State, and James Savage, certified arborist and instructor of Arboriculture at Penn State. Much of the course’s time will be spent in trees learning climbing techniques.

When: September 10–14, 2007, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: North Park, Devil’s Elbow Grove
Cost: $450
Registration Info: Contact Penn State School of Forest Resources at 814-865-7541; deadline is Sept. 3

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