The Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship was tremendously helpful, enabling me to focus on my studies in Landscape Horticulture at Ohio State. Now I am enjoying success at Madison Tree Care & Landscaping, Inc. I feel extremely fortunate to have been awarded this scholarship and to be in such an important industry for our world. Thank you TREE Fund!
— Jon Butcher, ISA Certified Arborist, RCA, Master OCNT
While I neither do research nor receive funding from the TREE Fund, my work could not exist without it. TREE Fund-supported research into structural soils, tree staking, transplanting, pruning, and tree preservation all have influenced my work in developing better techniques for urban tree planting designs, and have given me the confidence to write, lecture about, utilize and recommend new approaches.
— James Urban, FASLA, ISA
The TREE Fund is invaluable to our research in the Morton Arboretum Soil Science (MASS) laboratory. A major goal of our lab is to perform research on managing urban soil quality with the intent of improving urban tree establishment and growth. The outcomes of the research have direct application to horticulture, arboriculture, and urban forestry. The TREE Fund is one of the only institutions in the world funding this type of research. Without the TREE Fund this research would not be conducted.
— Bryant C. Scharenbroch, Ph.D., Soil Scientist, The Morton Arboretum
Thanks to the TREE Fund, I am able to obtain a quality education and focus on my studies instead of on tuition bills. I greatly appreciate the support and reassurance I have received, knowing that there are professionals in the industry who care and support my education and success at Kansas State University. Thank you!
— Matthew McKernan, Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship Recipient
The TREE Fund makes it happen. I was awarded the Robert Felix Memorial Scholarship, and it has been one of the main reasons that I will be beginning my career in the arboriculture industry. Oh, and it can really help knock those loans down, too. I am honored to have been given an award that is named for the former executive VP of TCIA, Robert Felix. Thanks again!
— Frank Grano, Bartlett Tree Experts
We thank the TREE Fund for their continued support of arboricultural research. Without funds and an organization like this, conducting long-term tree care and establishment work would not be possible.
— Dr. Michael A. Arnold, Texas A&M, Professor of Landscape Horticulture
Bartlett Tree Experts co-sponsored a symposium with the Chicago Botanic Gardens that we called 'Trees as a Legacy in Design and Development.' We had world class speakers including Peter Walker, the co-creator of the 9/11 National Memorial. Three out of our five speakers cited research they conducted that was made in part due to TREE Fund dollars! It was amazing to hear Dr. Michael Raupp, Dr. Kathy Wolf and Dr. Kelby Fite all mention the TREE Fund as contributing to their work. This is applied research at its best. When research projects such as these funded by the TREE Fund are centerpieces of conference talks I know our fundraising efforts are in the right direction. What made this even better was that the audience was NOT arborists. TREE Fund dollars were talking to landscape architects, architects, planners and government officials. There is not better advertisement for the TREE Fund than to hear applied research education allied professions to make the world a better place through trees.
— Scott Jamieson, VP Corporate Partnerships & National Recruiting at Bartlett Tree Experts
Tree Research is important on so many levels. The TREE Fund supported part of my graduate studies and I feel it's time to do my part to keep research going.
— Julia Bartens, Researcher in Urban Forestry, UC-Davis
Trees are not an amenity that can be neglected when the economy gets tight. This is a way to provide for their care into the future, and to make sure that the safety programs that protect our workforce continue to evolve. I didn’t make this decision [to become a Heritage Oak Society member] because I was asked; I did it because it’s important. We all have a role to play in planning for the future of our trees.
— Rose Epperson, Heritage Oak Society member since 2010
We are so excited about the opportunity to expand the Arboriculture Education program at our Outdoor Education Science Camp. We truly appreciate the TREE Fund for all of its support with this wonderful opportunity.
— Emily Brady, San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Research and Grant Development Project Liaison