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I finally won the coin toss on who will use the computer. If only I can keep my husband from the computer, I will hopefully post more.
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Toni, do what I did...I bought him his own laptop!
I called up Dell and said I wanted to place an order. They asked what I needed...I said "I NEED my computer back!!!"
Hello all, I am Sylvia (S Mc) other half of David (D Mc). I am a Certified Arborist who has definitely caught the learning bug. It has been just the two of us and after years of simply being my husband's helpmate I gradually came to the realization that his profession had become my profession. (He has climbed for 40 years and I have been working with him in the field for 24.) But I was very intimidated to "go for" the certification as I am not a "climber". He is an extremely talented, very experienced high climber and there is no way I am suddenly going to replace that capability. But he did show me how to climb and when our schedule permits I practice.
Meanwhile I am the ground crew, liaison, bookkeeper, co-estimator (we collaborate on everything). I feel it is indespensible to have someone on the ground that can give knowledgable feedback on how a tree is shaping out from the viewpoint of the client PRIOR to the climber coming down. So I consider this an important asset.
I just gave a walking Tour of Trees for Arbor Day at a local historic mansion and found that immensely enjoyable. And hope to promote more events along that line for public education.
I am pursuing my education through Prof. Bob Underwood's online classes at the Univ of No. Dak. and hope to achieve the Urban Forestry Tech diploma they offer on my way to pursuing BCMA classification. As I am 55 years old I am hoping I have not left this too late.
I have been a BIG fan of the ladies here, Kathy H., Bermie, Kiah and Wenda among others and stand in awe of the ladies who do this type of physical work day in and day out (and feel their pain).
Looking forward to getting more vocal (it is a bit intimidating) and share my viewpoints on tree work.
I am constantly amazed at how much information is out there and David and I both benefit by these forums.
Dang... great stuff out there!! So I guess that officially makes me # ummmm?
Hey - I'm Melissa LeVangie, owner of Trees New England, a consulting arboricultural firm in the Northeast. My business focuses on the management side of trees (gps inventories, appraisals, hazard tree consults, management plans, planting recommendations, educational seminars & workshops, etc.) I am a certified ISA, MA and NH Arborist. I also am an ISA Tree Climbing Specialist. I have the pleasure of serving with outstanding Excutive Boards of Mass Tree Wardens & Foresters Association and of New England Chapter of ISA. I have recently become involved with North American Training Solutions and am thrilled to be collaboratively working with such an impressive group of arborists!
I've been in business for almost 7 years and I love our profession!
I have had the pleasure of climbing and competing with Kathy, Wenda & Kiah, all of which are amazing women (and excellent arborists).
Thank you Mark & Tom for creating the vessel for this communication to occur! It's been long overdue fellow Women of the Trees!
Till next time, climb safe, share knowledge & have fun!
My name is Marcy Gladdys and I am an arborist. I have 2 years experience in the tree care industry. Currently I am finishing up my BS in Urban Forestry at the University of MA, Amherst. When I am not at school I work for a company just outside of Boston, MA called Hartney Greymont. I love to climb so much. Before getting into tree work I was an avid rock climber. While getting my AS in Arboriculture I met this great guy Ed Carpenter. He taught me how to climb trees safetly and I haven't looked back. My work experience includes large tree, ornamental and shrub pruning, cabling and bracing, and removals. This past year I competed in my first TCC and enjoyed it so much. I look forward to many more!!!!
This WOTT is great and I want to thank everyone who has made this happen!!!
OH hells....the lurkers all have wonderful stories of what they are into and have done. Makes me feel like a lil less of a woman. LOL Im just kidding. I suppose I am still a lurker since I dont have time to get on here on a day to day basis.
My name is Jen. I reside in Cleveland OH. I was the first woman to compete in Ohio waaay back in 1999 and I competed against the guys that year cause the Ohio Chapter wasnt really prepared for a woman to sign up I guess. Then I didnt compete for a few years but then I started working for Rich H. He talked me into it. The year prior he had just gone to the Internation Comp (in Pittsburg) and was bragging about how beautifully awesome it was run. So I competed I think it was 2003?. Time flies when your having fun right?? Then I got hooked. Missed last years. Hawaii!! Of all years to miss right??
So anyway I have been climbing, pruning, and removing since 1996. I am currently on a break I work for a mow and blow company everyone knows so well. In sales even ... Its absolutely killing me. I am currently looking to get back in the tree industry. I'm such a tree nerd I cant stay away. I competed in KY last year with Anne from Missouri and we were the first to compete in that chapter. That kind of reinforced how much I need to be in the tree industry. Climbing baby.... its my passion. Well I think I might be rambling now. Just thought I had a moment I would formally introduce myself.
Oh one more thing just to refresh a few of the ladies minds that were at the International Comps a few years back. I was the one with the cowboy hat the first year I was there.... and then the next with the mohawk!!!! Glad to see everyone aboard here.
Having recently become a proud member of the temporarily unemployed, I now have a bit of time to get back to the Buzz.
My name is Terri, aka Mrsmorningwood. Don't be thrown by the screen name. We're all family here.
I, like Sylvia, got into arboriculture through my husband, via osmosis, I believe, the movement of matter from an area of greater concentration to an area of lesser concentration. I have a background in biology so it was an easy jump.
I am relatively new to the official industry as I just became certified a year and a half ago. Though I've been involved for years.
We've owned our own business for 9 years and I've done the obligatory office garbage which I despise and been the ground crew in large removals (etc. etc), which I loved. However, I hate farmer tan and the crampy way my fingers feel after running the ropes for too long. See, I paint, airbrush, as well, and I can't hold the brush when my fingers are crampy. I'm a Baby, I know.
Most recently I did consultative sales for a large tree company but don't like the pressure of the numbers game. I was never one to be financially motivated. What I found I really loved was teaching the people(consultative) I was selling(sales)to, so I am starting my own consulting business, which is kind of scary, so if anyone has some words of wisdom or advice...! But I'm continuing my education, first priority, and I know to whom I can refer people for things I don't feel comfortable with.
Oh, my husband (morningwood) and I have 5 kids (Littlewoods 1-5, thanks again EZ!) who love to climb when we can get them in the trees. We go to as many comps as we can get to. Some years that's quite a few, some years, like so far this year, not so much.
Great to hear from you! Everyone at the comps you attended will remember you with great fondness I am sure. You were a terrific competitor and a great laugh. Hope to see you climbing internationally again sometime soon!
I am semi-retired. I was a groundsman for years and finally to make more money (and have more fun) I started to climb. Most of the more impressive work I did was with a crane. I still do some easy tree work but because of age (42) and motherhood ( 2 boys 7&8) I do gardening jobs and deliveries with my 1 ton dump for my bread and butter. At one time I had wanted to start my own tree service and have only women employees. Not enough interested girls around here to pull it off. Keep up the good work ladies. <font color="green"> </font>
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i had that idea too, and have not found (yet) too many women who can handle full-time tree work and are interested enough to stick with it. still looking though
where are you located?
oh, and welcome to the buzz - hope to see more of you !