About ARBOR RANGERS ™
Creator of the Arbor Rangers ™ and CEO, 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, with 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 ongoing goal to raise healthy awareness of the benefits of trees and to encourage tree stewardship. Our goal is to ensure the professional future of our industry by helping to develop today’s youth into tomorrow’s competent leaders who support maintaining our urban forests.
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 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. Other resources include the Tree Care Industry Association, the ANSI A300 Standards of Care, Indiana DNR/CUF and other related advocates of urban forestry management
Our goal is to promote the professional future of our industry by developing the knowledge and skills of today’s youth into tomorrow’s competent leaders. Arbor Rangers ™ heavily supports the efforts and outreach programs of many industry-related non-profit organizations, such as Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, as well as a host of other recognized institutions, such as the US Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation, that foster topics concerning trees and urban forest management. [See a list of notable organizations and programs on our Teacher and Parent Resources page.] While Arbor Rangers ™ retains its focus on arboriculture education, we are sensitive to other humane causes that support families with members affected by autism, women’s cancers, and heart disease and victims of abuse and natural disasters, to name a few.
To support these endeavors, Jeff works as a certified arborist offering a handful of specialized services . These may include onsite tree inspections, consultations, diagnostics, including risk management reporting, along with providing plant health care and mitigation options, such as treatments and pruning (small to mid-sized trees). 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 (including: books, music, video, and live appearances) 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, especially trees.
Jeff retains Professional Memberships with International Society of Arboriculture, Indiana Arborist Association and the Arboricultural Research & Education Academy, and has a pending membership with the Tree Care Industry Association. and maintains his education by regularly attending and participating in industry-related seminars, workshops, and conventions sponsored by the above entities, including Purdue University (Agriculture) Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources, 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 freelance writes on occasion, as well as illustration work. For examples of these, go to his Articles & Publications page.
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