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Here’s a look back on some events that helped raise awareness concerning the importance and value of trees in our communities:


  • The STIHL Tour des Trees annual cycling adventure benefiting the TREE Fund, an international charity devoted to sustaining the world’s urban trees through research and education was held on October 9 – 15. STIHL Tour des Trees is the primary community outreach and engagement event for the TREE Fund, combining great cycling, environmental education, and outreach in a weeklong celebration of urban trees. 100 cyclists with a shared passion for trees arrived in Charlotte, NC, this October and visited dozens of communities where they planted trees, educated children, engaged with local tree stewards and promoted the mission of the TREE Fund.
  • The Indiana Urban Forest Counsel (IUFC) had its annual Fall Pre-Conference and Conference at the Indianapolis Zoo in the Hulman Riverhouse on October 11 & 12: . Attendees enjoyed a Pre-Conference hands-on service learning project on Tuesday, followed by a volunteer appreciation picnic. And then on Wednesday (Conference Day) were treated to an amazing set of talks and a behind the scenes tour! CEU’s for ISA Arborists and ASLA Landscape Architects were available. The conference also featured an Awards presentation.
  • Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Course and Exam in Indianapolis, IN at the Nature Center in Holliday Park was presented on September 27 – 29 and included a two-day educational course followed by a 1/2 day assessment that included both a written and field component. The course prepared participants to take the TRAQ assessment to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. The course was required and upon successful scoring on the assessments, participants will receive the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification. ISA’s President, Michelle Mitchell, was a TRAQ Instructor, along with IAA’s Executive Director, Lindsey Purcell.

    TRAQ Course Instructors

    TRAQ Course instructors, Lindsey Purcell and Michelle Mitchell

  • IAA Tree Climbing Competition at Southeastway Park in New Palestine, IN September 9 & 10. Winner will represent Indiana at the ISA International Tree Climbing Competition. A total of 3 CEUs was available for all competitors and Judges.

Masters' Challenge sign

Masters’ Challenge sign featuring Sandy Beech

Lindsey Purcell discusses Tree Physiology at the Tree Steward Training class at Johnson County Park in Edinburgh, IN








Lindsey Purcell discusses Tree Physiology for Tree Stewards training at Johnson County Park in Edinburgh, IN

Tree identification by Carrie Tauscher

Tree identification by Carrie Tauscher at the Tree Steward Training class at Johnson County Park in Edinburgh, IN

  • Hoosier ReLeaf‘s “Soil-to-Soil” Event held on Monday, April 25, 2016 in Fort Wayne, IN provided fun information on conservation, ecology, trees and appreciating our natural resources and featured special guest, Tim Womick the Modern Day Johnny Appleseed!
Dr. I.C. Coldwater

Dr. I.C. Coldwater

We also got a chance to meet and befriend Dr. I.C. Coldwater (a.k.a. Matt Jones, Water Resource Education Specialist) who conducts on-site presentations and utilizes outreach tools on water quality and conservation measures at local festivals and fairs. He is a trained facilitator for Project WET of the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality and has developed the character “Dr. I.C. Coldwater” to further promote the importance of water quality and conservation measures for our youth. Check out his video and, to schedule a presentation or tour, please go to his page here!

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