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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    Superstorm Sandy: Realizations, Recovery and Replanting


    This presentation will begin by exploring the overall impact that Superstorm Sandy had on tree resources in the greater New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area, highlighting tree losses that occurred in a historical CCC plantation, the NYC Botanical Gardens, New York City’s Central Park, the Bartlett Arboretum and NJ’s coastal communities.  It will then move into some unique ways that people prepared for the storm or are dealing with the aftermath of it, including stories about the preparation of the Rockefeller Center Holiday Tree, the use of discarded Christmas trees for dune stabilization, the re-establishment of maritime forests as natural buffers and new thoughts on where and what type of tree to replant.  The presentation will end with an overview of what some communities and states are doing to minimize future damage, including infrastructure hardening, legislation and trees on private property.


    Mr. Johnson has degrees in biology from Lafayette College and forestry from Michigan Technological University.  He has over 30 years of experience in the horticulture and arboriculture industries and has been a presenter and instructor on topics such as tree risk assessment, tree response to stress, physiological responses to pruning, exotic and native tree identification, safe work practices, construction impacts on trees and urban forestry.  His current job duties are to provide training, support and technical information to the field operations of the Asplundh Tree Expert Company regarding the latest trends, research and innovations within the arboriculture industry. Prior to working for Asplundh as a technical service manager, he was a regional forester for the NJ Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program.  Mr. Johnson holds credentials as a NJ Certified Tree Expert, a Certified Tree Safety Professional and a NJ licensed pesticide applicator.  He is a member of seven state and national arboricultural organizations and serves on the board of four of them.

    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

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