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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    Pruning Mature Trees


    Why do we think that trees “need” pruning? What can we learn from the ways that trees manage themselves? In this presentation, Scott Baker will discuss the history of pruning mature trees, considering recent research and new thinking as well as traditional pruning methods. He will focus on management pruning of old, large trees in urban settings, and will address some of the issues that can arise when a tree has people—other than arborists—who are invested in it for different reasons. Several case studies will be presented, and Scott hopes to stimulate discussion and leave participants still thinking about this subject when they get home!

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    Scott D. Baker is a Registered Consulting Arborist with the American Society of Consulting Arborists, a Board Certified Master Arborist under the International Society of Arboriculture Certification Program, and a Certified Tree Risk Assessor with 38 years’ experience in arboriculture.  A successful developer of urban historic building renovations and a residential community, Scott utilizes knowledge of site management issues, building codes, and construction. He has studied with some of the world’s leading tree scientists and has an in-depth knowledge of tree biology and anatomy, as well as expert witness training. He is in demand as a speaker and educator in tree diagnostics, trees and construction, and urban forest issues. As the principal consulting arborist with Tree Solutions Inc. in Seattle, Washington, Scott provides a variety of specialty services and consulting to private, municipal, and corporate clients.

    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

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