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Utility Arborist Research Fund

With a generous gift of more than $90,000 from Arizona Public Service and additional funding from UAA members, the UAA established the Utility Arborist Research Fund (UARF) within the TREE Fund. The UARF research focuses exclusively on utility arboriculture and vegetation management issues. The utility-led research funded by the UARF will enable utility industry professionals to continue to improve their understanding of best management practices and share these insights with managers and practitioners alike.  The research will help ensure the health of the urban forest, reliable energy delivery, and public safety.

Mike Neal, TREE Fund Past Chairman of the Board, and Manager of Forestry & Special Products believes that research provides long-term benefits to his company’s operations, the field of arboriculture and the environment in general. “The research that Arizona Public Service supports will hopefully help cities avoid making the mistakes of not planting the right tree in the right place, not having the resources to care for the trees, or not making scientifically-based decisions,” says Mike. “Planting millions of trees in cities will only be good if they live long enough to have a significant impact on pollution and heat. Research is still needed to make this tree-planting initiative effective.”

Please donate to the Utility Arborist Research Fund.

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Online applications for the John Z. Duling and Jack Kimmel International research grants are due October 1.

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.

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