Tree health taken to new heights

November 16, 2016
Tree climbing

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – “Go climb a tree!” Students in Dr. Donita Cartmill’s Landscape Management class at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville took that to heart recently. They were led by Eduardo Medina, a recruiter/instructor with Davey Tree Expert Company in Chicago, Illinois. Medina explained to the students the proper climbing and safety techniques. Students took turns sliding into a harness and climbing a designated tree in the grassy area near Doudna Hall. 

“I definitely love the hands-on aspect of this,” said Carson Curran, an environmental horticulture major from Eyota, Minnesota. “You actually get to experience it, which I really liked.”

“This is arboriculture, or the tree care portion of the class,” said Cartmill, associate professor of environmental horticulture. “I am hoping they get an appreciation for arboriculture and what it entails to get into the trees to manage them better.”

With more than 30 years in the tree care business, Medina is passionate about his work. “I enjoy the exposure with natural living things, the science, traveling to bring this incredible career to people and the climbing,” he said. “But we need to keep in mind that climbing is just a little part of arboriculture. There is more than that, such as working with natural resources, inventories, plant health care, wetlands and more.”

There are 13 students in this class, ranging from sophomores to seniors. A majority of them are environmental horticulture majors, with a few soil and crop science majors.

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, Communications Specialist, Communications, 608-342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

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