Creator of the Arbor Rangers ™ and CEO of Arbor Rangers, LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Jeff has trained in the field of arboriculture since 2002, passing the ISA Arborist Certification exam in 2008 (re-certifying in November 2015) and, as of October 2016, adding Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) (Certification ID# IN-3266A).
Arbor Rangers ™ was an idea conceived in 2008 by Jeff Harris as an unbiased tree advocacy outreach program to help educate students about the fascinating field of arboriculture. Through collaborative efforts with other like-minded tree care industry organizations and academic institutions, it is our mission to raise positive awareness of the numerous benefits of trees, along with encouraging good tree stewardship. To contribute towards the successful professional future of our industry, Arbor Rangers ™ strives to develop the appreciation of today’s youth so that they may become competent leaders supporting urban forest care.
Arbor Rangers ™ is not about radical activism, just good clean stewardship of our ecosystems. By means of stimulating outreach programs that encourage environmental awareness, Arbor Rangers ™ advocates the responsible management of our precious natural resources, especially trees. Arbor Rangers ™ outreach curriculum utilizes aspects of Indiana’s Academic Standards in science and arts and strives to work harmoniously with criteria established by the Arbor Day Foundation, along with many fundamental building blocks of the International Society of Arboriculture and worker safety protocols promoted by the Tree Care Industry Association and in the ANSI A300 Standards of Care.
Arbor Rangers ™ supports many of the outreach efforts and programs of urban forestry management-related non-profit organizations, such as Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the Indiana DNR/CUF, and the US Forest Service, to name a few. [See a list of notable organizations and programs on our Teacher and Parent Resources page.] While Arbor Rangers ™ retains its focus on arboriculture/urban forestry education, we are sensitive to other humane causes that support families affected by natural disasters, disabilities, inadequate educational programs, and economic stress. (We remain neutral and will not engage in political controversies or agendas. These most always cause divisions, incite hatred and conflict, which undermine and threaten peaceful cohabitation, decency, and cooperation.)
To support these endeavors, Jeff works as a certified arborist offering a handful of specialized services. These may include onsite tree inspections, consultations, diagnostics, risk management reporting, plant health care and mitigation options, such as treatments and maintenance pruning. Jeff has credentials with the Office of Indiana State Chemist (License# F213529) for professional pesticides usage in Categories 3A and 7A. (Related credentials: Certificate of Liability Insurance for business in Indiana.)
Jeff uses his artistic and computer skills to design for Arbor Rangers ™ an assortment of entertaining and interactive media to nurture natural thinking ability, curiosity, and excitement for learning. These programs are aimed at students, their schools, and local communities by encouraging environmental awareness and advocacy for responsible management of precious natural resources, with an emphasis on trees.
Jeff retains Professional Memberships with International Society of Arboriculture, Indiana Arborist Association and the Arboricultural Research & Education Academy, and maintains his education by regularly attending and participating in industry-related seminars, workshops, and conventions sponsored by the ISA, IAA, Purdue University (Agriculture) Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources, and the DNR/CUF throughout the year.
Jeff keeps busy in volunteer efforts such as the Department of Natural Resources Indiana Community Tree Stewards program and has served on the Board of Directors of the former Indiana Urban Forest Council, as well as Chairman of the Indiana Arbor Day Poster Contest Committee, of which Arbor Rangers, LLC has also been a major sponsor and developer.
Jeff is a freelance writer, as well as an illustrator. For examples of his work, go to the Articles & Publications page.
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