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Summer Program Faculty Focus: About Arboriculture and Urban Forestry with Professor Brian Kane

Posted by Lily Cigale on Jan 29, 2016 12:14:52 PM

Professor Brian Kane is an Associate Professor of Commercial Arboriculture here at UMass, Amherst. Professor Kane grew up in Long Island, NY and received his Bachelor's degree from Holy Cross College in Worcester and his M.S. and Ph.D. right here at UMass!kane04.jpg

Professor Kane’s Summer Program is titled Arboriculture and Urban Forestry and if you’re interested in trees, it’s the program for you! 

Professor Kane is a certified tree-lover and tree-expert. In college and afterwards, he worked for a tree care company. In his own words, “climbing trees is a great way to stay in shape and be outside AND have a good career”. And not only are trees loveable, they are also important! At this time, 80% of the U.S. population lives in cities and suburbs and the maintenance and care of trees in those areas (in city parks, on streets, and in people’s yards) can reduce pollution and improve living conditions for literally millions of people.

If you choose to join this Summer Program, you will attend lectures with lots of discussion and examples of good and bad tree care. In addition to lecture, you will have the opportunity to practice the tree-maintenance skills that you learn in class as you work hands on with the plants themselves. Everyone has trees growing in their yards and communities, and after you’ve taken this course you will understand the benefits that trees provide and how to properly care for them to maximize those benefits. This program will also help you prepare to come to college, because you will get an introduction to all the classes required for 2-year university students in the arboriculture program at UMass.

Professor Kane’s research focuses on helping people learn to “storm-proof” their trees and reduce the chance of trees falling due to pruning or cables. Trees offer many benefits, but they can also cause a lot of damage if they fall. Professor Kane hopes to reduce this damage and the incidence of trees falling through his research. He also does research to help arborists work more safely by testing pieces of climbing gear and climbing techniques. In this Summer Program, you will learn the importance of safe work practices and will have the opportunity to learn more about Professor Kane’s research.

 If you love trees, check out this article about people writing love notes to trees.

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Topics: UMass Amherst, 2016

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