race mt. tree 4th annual career day!
Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.
Kristina used the acronym S.A.F.E.R which was coined by an urban forester named Midlos ‘Mik’ Lestyan to help communicate the Benefits of Trees.
Trees made people feel better by improving human mental health & well-being.
Tree are beautiful & are admired year-round for their various characteristic such as leaves, bark, flowers, fruit & branching structure.
Trees provide oxygen, shade, food, absorb storm water runoff & sequester carbon.
Properly planted trees improve values, help save on energy bills by cooling homes & blocking winds.
Outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting, birdwatching & canopy ziplines are among trees.
On Tuesday, April 30th, 2019, Race Mt. opened its doors for the four consecutive year to local high school students from Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington & Wamogo Regional High School in Litchfield, CT. Annually, we host an interactive career day for local high school students to demonstrate the importance of Arborists & the tree care industry. We host a variety of industry professionals in various fields of expertise that the kids hear from and an array of interactive demos taught by the Race Mt. team.
This year, our speaker was Kristina Bezanson. Kristina is a lecturer in Arboriculture & Urban Forestry at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. Kristina is an ISA board certified arborist who is “committed to connecting people with plants” and has served as President of the Virginia Urban Forest Council. Kristina spoke with the kids about the importance of trees & the benefits they provide us everyday.
KIERAN YAPLE—demonstrated a tie-in limb walk.
MARCO BENITEZ—demonstrated throw line and helped the students tie their own rope into the tree.
NATHAN REDMAN—helped the students get into a saddle & climb a Hemlock.
MATTHEW WRIGHT—helped the students hit a target with a rigging demonstration.
MICHAEL SCHMIDT—helped the students perform a trunk injection on a White Ash.