Trees and Trails

Date: Sunday, March 25, 8 am - 4 pm (lunch included)
Cost: $150
Instructor: Amy Lutsko, Penn Trails LLC (PTBA Member Company)

Session Description:

Spend the day with Penn Trails Senior Projects Manager and ISA Certified Arborist/ ISA Tree Risk Assessor, Amy Lutsko, to talk all things related to trees. This full day workshop will give students a look at the adaptive nature and safety risks trees possess.

As an industry we work around trees, literally. After all, it is our job to create a natural experience in the outdoors while highlighting and protecting natural habitat. As advocates of sustainability, do we understand the affects we have on the trees we build so close too. How does a tree defended itself against soil compaction, root pruning, limb cutting and mechanical damage? Are we able to identify the possible risks trees may have to our built structures? Are we familiar with proper mitigation techniques?

Understanding the basic biology, structure, defense mechanism and tree failure may help you make better decisions for trail layout and help guide your construction practices.

Session Objectives:

·       Identify and understand basic tree structure.

·       Identify basic tree defense mechanisms.

·       Define the role of the (tree) root system.

·       Identify common tree defects.

·       Learn and practice a basic tree risk assessment process.

·       Learn proper mitigation techniques.

·       Learn proper pruning for tree roots and limbs.

·       Tree selection and planting

This full day workshop combines classroom presentation and field based practice and discussion. The day will begin in the classroom and after lunch the class will head outdoors for the field based practice.

Field practice will be rain or shine so dress accordingly.