With climate change taking its toll on woodlands in the Northeast, trees are more important than ever, and there is a greater need for more tree ‘doctors’ according to the New York Times.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is committed to training professionals in the care of trees. The Arboretum is a center for arboriculture education and continues to train new arborists as well as those that have been in the industry for many years. It offers more than 20 professional classes each spring and fall which earn CEU credits.

In September, after a decade without a Chief Arborist, Morris Arboretum was able to appoint a fully endowed position of Chief Arborist made possible by the McCausland Foundation and Janet and John Haas. Peter Fixler, the new Paul W. Meyer Chief Arborist has 20 years of experience, having worked for Bartlett, The Care of Trees (now Davey Tree), Longwood Gardens, and most recently has his own business as a Sub-contract climber. Peter has been actively involved in the Penn-Del ISA chapter since he started climbing trees and has been their Arbor Day Chair for 13 years. The Chief Arborist position will strengthen the Arboretum’s tree care program while also helping to advance arboriculture education and outreach programs.

This October, Morris Arboretum is hosting its 7th annual Tree Canopy Conference virtually, Tree Canopy Series: Building Environmental Resilience. This virtual conference focuses on preserving trees in our communities and examines important topics including tree equity, making the benefits of trees available to everyone. Participants will learn how forests respond to climate change, which tree species will do best as the climate warms, and the importance of planting diverse species. Participants will see how warmer temperatures change the geographic ranges of insect pests and what that means for preserving trees. Each session carries 1 CEU for International Society of Arboriculture certified arborists and costs $25. 

To register visit morrisarb.org/classes or call 215-247-5777, ext. 125. Sponsored by the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania and the Haverford College Arboretum.