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If you’re into trees as much as we are, this page is for you. To us, trees are home, a secure and comforting haven. When their leaves rustle, their bodies sway in the wind and their crowns cast wide shadows, it makes us smile. Here, you’ll find our musings on trees, tree facts and news, tree photos, tree videos and other thoughts focusing on our passion for our greatest natural resource. Join us in the shade.

Are Your Trees and Shrubs Safe from Invasive Diseases?

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Do you know how to determine whether your tree is affected by an invasive pest or disease? Here, a Davey Canada employee treats an ash tree at the Winfield Terrace Retirement Home.

Davey employee Kyle McLoughlin discusses invasive disease-spreading pests at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Ontario. Consulting Arborist Kyle McLoughlin, from Davey Resource Group in Ontario, has researched lethal pests for years. He has presented his findings on invasive and endangered species conservation at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario.

“I love ecology,” McLoughlin explains. “The research is so fascinating and keeps coming up at work. It’s great to have a career that relates to my passion.”

McLoughlin was invited to lecture at the Royal Botanical Gardens through his connections in the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to the study, appreciation and conservation of wild plants and animals. He frequently leads interpretive hikes and has presented previous lectures through the organization.

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National Champion Shellbark Hickory Tree Boasts Unique Features

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This American Forests champion tree is one of 10 Kentucky champion trees and stands 139 feet tall.

One of 10 Kentucky champion trees, this shellbark hickory tree was identified in 1994 and is estimated by some to be as old as the state, founded in 1792. This mighty hickory was quickly added to the list of champion trees, thanks to its lofty height of 139 feet and circumference of 14 feet. It famously grows huge hickory nuts, which can grow as large as baseballs and are a favorite food of ducks, quail, turkeys, chipmunks, deer, foxes and even humans. Another beloved feature of this shellbark is its shaggy bark, which twists and peels off.

For 75 years, American Forests has identified the country’s largest native trees in order to preserve them and educate the public about their importance. To celebrate, and mark Davey’s 25th year partnering with American Forests, the 2015 National Big Tree Program Calendar features special champion trees from across the country, including Kentucky's national champion shellbark hickory tree. See the rest of the trees and their stories here: http://www.davey.com/treestories.

Do you know a big tree you'd like to see recognized in American Forests' National Big Tree Program? Nominate it here!

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Davey Employee Gives Downed Trees a Second Life

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Davey employee Chris Worley spends several hours creating just one wood-turned piece, but he enjoys the hobby that helps him give downed trees a second life.

Davey Tree employee, Chris Worley, believes you can wood-turn art from just about any tree species, including maple, oak, cherry, walnut and box elder. Chris Worley, Davey Tree foreman, looks at downed trees differently than the average human—he sees opportunity. He collects old or damaged logs that are removed or fall from trees after and during storms, then begins to turn dead tree wood into natural pieces of art he sells to people all over the world.

“It’s my main hobby,” he says. “I’ve made a lot of pieces, perhaps thousands.”

Approximately seven years ago, a man approached Worley on the job and asked what he planned to do with all the downed trees on the work site. Instead of hauling them away, Worley helped the man gather some wood—a collection Worley soon discovered fed the man’s passion for wood turning.

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Reflections on Davey's Historic Tree Care Training Program

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Davey's R.J. Laverne, manager of education and training, instructs employees during an outdoor DITS session.

Climbing, cabling, contracting, oh, my! For one month, 51 Davey employees from all over North America were rooted in a challenging training course that tests their minds and bodies. Read more about their experience, then view a photo gallery of the 2015 DITS experience below! Davey Institute of Tree Sciences, (DITS), brings Davey employees from the U.S. and Canada to Kent, Ohio, for a highly intensive training program each winter.

This year, the 51 attendees arrived to the Davey Institute from all walks of life, with different titles and levels of experience, but they share similar passions to better themselves. The training challenged participants with rigorous course and field work that covered several topics, from climbing techniques to insect pests and diseases. But many participants agree their new knowledge will also benefit fellow crewmembers and colleagues upon returning to work.

What did some of the 2015 DITS graduates have to say about their training experience? Derek Fischer, 5-year employee | London, Ontario Residential Services

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Champions for a Cause Part II: Retired Davey Employee Promotes Live-Donor Liver Transplants

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Want to join retired Davey chairman and chief executive officer Doug Cowan's crusade to promote live-donor liver transplants? Click on the link to the Cowan Family Fund page at the end of this post. On his page, Cowan is pictured to the left of his donor, Ted Engle.

Retired Davey Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Doug Cowan is on a crusade to promote live-donor liver transplants. He will tell his story to all who will listen—more than 300 people so far. He says he has yet to meet the first person who knows a live-donor liver transplant is even possible.

Approximately six years ago, several warning signs landed Cowan at the Cleveland Clinic for liver tests.

The verdict? Cowan suffered from cirrhosis of the liver, a disease that had been causing a serious deterioration of his liver over the course of several years. His liver specialist determined Cowan would eventually need a transplant.

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Parched Plants? The Facts on Drought-Resistant Landscapes

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Drought resistance refers to different meanings, depending on the location in which particular plants thrive. It's important to know how the plant material in your landscape reacts to drought conditions.

Several regions of the U.S. may suffer some degree of drought over time, but the prolonged dry conditions the west and southwest have experienced more recently are extreme.

For those of you who live in extreme drought-prone areas, installing drought-resistant trees and shrubs may benefit your landscape.

What exactly does drought-resistant mean? Well, according to Davey Institute Technical Advisor Len Burkhart, that definition depends on the region.

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Champions for a Cause Part I: Plant a Tree, Honor the Gift of Life

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Katlyn Scott, daughter of Davey Foreman Billy Scott, stands next to the tree Davey’s Northeast Detroit residential tree services District Manager Dave Bargerstock donated to her donor after Katlyn’s heart transplant surgery.

Read below for a heart-warming tree story about a Davey Tree foreman’s 14-year-old daughter’s road to recovery after heart transplant. When competitive cheerleader and dancer Katlyn Scott, the daughter of Davey Foreman Billy Scott, visited the doctor for a required heart screening, she discovered she had cardiomyopathy. Although the disease presents very few—if any—symptoms, it could cause heart failure at any time.

In an effort to prevent future complications, Katlyn received a heart transplant at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. Although it’s not necessarily common for organ transplant recipients to meet their donor or their donor’s family, the parents of Katlyn’s donor happened to be living nearby in an adjacent town.

Tree planting = thanks and appreciation.       

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The 5 To-Do's to Mark Off Your Spring Tree Care Checklist

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Looking forward to winter's end? The good news is you can starting springing ahead to proper seasonal tree care.

When winter woes bring you down, think spring! Plan for a happy, healthy growing season using the five tips below.

Safeguarding the health of your trees means seasonally tending to your landscape. And, it never hurts to plan ahead.

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Start inspecting your trees now, then enjoy the benefits of your planning, hard work and dedication come spring.

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