Tour Des Trees
Since 1992, arborists and other tree-loving people have ridden in the annual Tour des Trees, organized by the International Society of Arboriculture.
The bicycling event raises public awareness and funds for urban forestry research. The bike ride usually covers 600 miles, ending at an ISA Conference and International Tree Climbing Championship. Private companies underwrite the cost of the trip, in addition to each rider raising at least $3,000 in pledges.
Each year, Dick Maloney, Tamke’s Vice President, rides in this special event. Contact Dick Maloney for more information at (800) 822-3537.
We have provided group presentations and consultative seminars to towns and municipalities, and the residents. We previously have provided such services for Somerset County Parks, Chester Township and Berkeley Heights. This is a casual forum in which we offer information about important risks and remediation techniques on current tree and shrub topics. It allows the public to ask questions and to provide feedback on their concerns as well.
Our sales representatives participate in community events in celebration of trees. These types of learning experiences are beneficial for our environment and to all those who participate. It is our goal to continue to share knowledge every year with all our customers, friends, and children in the community. We hope that by sharing our knowledge, the urban forests will be preserved for future generations.
The Watchung Junior Garden Club
We discussed proper planting and mulching techniques. The Junior Garden Club members assisted in the planting of several trees and they all left with a White Pine seedling to plant at home.
Cedar Hill School, Basking Ridge
During the Third Grade Building Fair representatives discussed arboriculture as a career. It was also an opportunity to share the importance of proper plant care. Various species of annual flowers were given to the children to plant at home.
The Hebrew Academy, Randolph
We gave the “trees are like people” speech. Explaining that a tree has bark like our skin, branches like our arms, and roots like our feet is an effective way to teach young children to appreciate and respect trees as living things.
Mendham Township Elementary School
We visited the kindergarten classes who were studying trees as part of their science curriculum. We brought samples of how plants smell, look and feel different. The children liked the hands-on approach from real experts.
Saint Phillips Academy in Newark
We assisted with a walk through the woods. The premise was to continue Arbor Day studies with a hands-on guided tour. The “woods” was a new experience for most of the children who attended. The concept of forest regeneration was discussed; and ticks, moss, and poison ivy were identified.