Urban Forestry (Arboriculture) is the art, business, and science of caring for trees in residential areas. Trees provide many benefits like shading houses and cleaning the air and water; they also improve our quality of life. Planting trees in our towns and cities is a great way to make them nicer places to live and work.
Students in the Urban Forestry program will learn the importance of and how to care for trees. Students will take a proactive approach to climate as they learn what they can do now and in the future to make their communities greener. Arboriculture and urban forestry are core aspects of environmental conservation.
This program covers a number of earth science-related topics including: botany, physiology, soil composition, run-off, and pollution. Students will also receive hands-on experiential training in: identifying trees, identifying disease in trees, climbing trees (knot tying, ascension, limb walking, tree worker safety), pruning, plant health care, and pest management.
Our 1-week intensive will balance academic study of the science and business of arboriculture while offering an introduction to the basic skills required to work in the field.
Arborists are in great demand in many towns and cities because it is important to properly plant and maintain trees. There are currently multiple career opportunities for graduates with either a two- or a four-year degree in Arboriculture at UMass Amherst.
Asst. Prof. Brian Kane, Department of Environmental Conservation
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