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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.

Tree Inventories Save Time and Money (and Trees)

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While inventories can be stored on paper or in spreadsheets, various software tools exist, which can really improve the way inventory data are collected, managed, or used--integrating data into your daily operations.

The following blog post is based on an article written by Lee Mueller, project developer for Davey Resource Group (DRG). Humans naturally gravitate toward large trees. If you take a group of kids on a nature walk, it is often the largest and oldest trees that captivate their attention. Whether it is for shade, beauty, or tree-house potential, there is simply a magnetic draw to the largest trees.

Aside from humans’ obvious preference for large, majestic trees, trees have become more recognized as assets—and perhaps investments. Tools like the National Tree Benefits Calculator (http://www.treebenefits.org) and the i-Tree suite (http://www.itreetools.org) help calculate the benefits trees provide, placing a monetary value on these benefits and the tree itself.

Recent scientific research suggests that trees in front of a house can increase home value by as much as 6.4%1. Combined, this shows trees continue to grow in value over time—but only if they are afforded the proper care to reduce issues and extend longevity.

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Davey Ranch Camp Visit No. 2: Stumpy’s Stampede Trail Run

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The kids' climb was a hit at the Stumpy's Stampede 5K and 10K Trail Run; in fact, Davey volunteers continued hoisting kids into trees 1.5 hours after the race finished because the children were having such a great time.

Davey’s Denver-area operations participated in two special events at Elbert, Colorado’s JCC Ranch Camp this summer. Read below to learn more about the Stumpy’s Stampede 5K and 10K Trail Run and kids’ climb Davey sponsored. JCC Ranch Camp challenges youth entering second to 11th grade to connect and grow in mind, body and spirit with their Jewish heritage and the natural world around them. For more than 60 years, campers have gathered each summer to hike, bike, backpack, ride horses and explore Mother Nature.

This year was no different. However, the camp staff decided to challenge the campers and their parents even further with the first Stumpy’s Stampede 5K and 10K Trail Run, sponsored by Davey.

JCC Ranch Camp administration staff fittingly named Davey the “Big Tree Sponsor” at the event. Davey employees, eager for another day of volunteering at JCC Ranch Camp, set up a 25-foot kids’ climb and “tree expert” table at the start/finish line of the trail run. Davey volunteers included Jeremy Lewis, Andy Friese, Jason Judd, John Bretsch, Vince Distrola and Andy Ferguson.

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Davey Ranch Camp Visit No. 1: Educational Nature Walk

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Andy Ferguson, operations manager for the south central region of Davey's residential/commercial services, teaches JCC Ranch Camp attendees how to identify trees.

Davey's Denver-area operations participated in two special events at Elbert, Colorado's JCC Ranch Camp this summer. Read below to learn more about the walk Davey representatives led on-site to educate campers about trees and the environment. Tree education is key. That is why Andy Ferguson, operations manager for the south central region of Davey’s residential/commercial services, and John Bretsch, district manager at Davey’s East Denver residential tree care services office, visited JCC Ranch Camp in beautiful Elbert, Colorado, to teach campers the importance of trees.

JCC Ranch Camp, a Davey client, is a Jewish summer camp that was established in 1953 to provide 400 campers the “True Jewish Western Experience."

Ferguson and Bretsch led nearly 30 campers on a two-hour educational nature walk, teaching the kids valuable lessons about trees and the environment within the camp’s expansive Black Forest. The children learned how to identify trees and their benefits throughout the campground, which included identifying a grouping of black locusts in the camp’s front meadow.

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End-of-Summer DIY Tree Craft No. 4: Tree Branch Bird Art

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Making attractive art pieces for your home is easy with just a few natural materials from outdoors.

Before back-to-school routines and busy fall holiday schedules begin, take advantage of your summer break by tackling some handmade, recycled crafts with natural materials from your own backyard! In the next couple weeks we’ll post our favorite DIY projects using bits and pieces of the finest specimens Mother Nature has to offer: trees. Go out on a limb and start crafting! End-of-Summer DIY Tree Craft No. 4: Tree Branch Bird Art                                                                 

Be as free as the birds! Liven up your house with this cute and kid-friendly DIY project that incorporates natural elements. Pick up rocks on you next trip to the beach or family nature walk and you will be one step closer to having this tree branch bird art displayed in your home.

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End-of-Summer DIY Tree Craft No. 3: Natural Tree Hooks

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Natural materials are useful - and attractive - in the home, too!

Before back-to-school routines and busy fall holiday schedules begin, take advantage of your summer break by tackling some handmade, recycled crafts with natural materials from your own backyard! In the next couple weeks we’ll post our favorite DIY projects using bits and pieces of the finest specimens Mother Nature has to offer: trees. Go out on a limb and start crafting!

End-of-Summer DIY Tree Craft No. 3: Natural Tree Hooks

Need a place to organize your jewelry, hats or jackets? Look no further! This DIY project allows you to bring the power of trees into your home—harnessing tree branches’ natural strength for hanging your favorite possessions.

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End-of-Summer DIY Tree Craft No. 2: Mason Jar Tree Vase

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You can decorate trees in the summertime, too! Learn how to make these mason jar vases below.

Before back-to-school routines and busy fall holiday schedules begin, take advantage of your summer break by tackling some handmade, recycled crafts with natural materials from your own backyard! In the next couple weeks we’ll post our favorite DIY projects using bits and pieces of the finest specimens Mother Nature has to offer: trees. Go out on a limb and start crafting!

End-of-Summer DIY Tree Craft No. 2: Mason Jar Tree Vase

This easy homemade craft adds a magical element to any backyard party or outdoor weeding décor. Spruce up your trees with these recycled Mason jar vases made mostly of natural materials you can find right in your landscape!

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End-of-Summer DIY Tree Craft No. 1: Tree Branch Lamp Shade

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Bring nature indoors by using materials from trees to spruce up old household items, like this lamp shade.

Before back-to-school routines and busy fall holiday schedules begin, take advantage of your summer break by tackling some handmade, recycled crafts with natural materials from your own backyard! In the next couple weeks we’ll post our favorite DIY projects using bits and pieces of the finest specimens Mother Nature has to offer: trees. Go out on a limb and start crafting!

End-of-Summer DIY Tree Craft No. 1: Tree Branch Lamp Shade

Summer storms have been downing tree branches all season—so, why not put those branches to use? This DIY project grants you the perfect opportunity to clean your landscape and create a one-of-a-kind piece for your home.

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Top 10 Tree and Plant Care Apps for Your Smartphone

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There's an app for several responsibilities arborists have in the field. Check out our top 10 list below for apps you can download to help you better understand your trees and other plants.

Arborists work in the field and in the trees—not in an office cubicle. They have limited access to normal office essentials—making handheld technology the next big trend in the tree and landscape industry. Find out why more arborists are using smartphones and tablets on the job. Identifying tree pests and diseases? There’s an app for that!

Learning new knots? There’s an app for that!

Inventorying trees? There’s an app for that!

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