Tree board to host pruning seminar

Tree Board officers and landscape professionals Terry Rust, left, and Joe Whiteside will lead a seminar on pruning trees and shrubs Thursday evening at the Morristown Senior Citizens Center.

The Morristown Tree Board will host a seminar on pruning trees and shrubs on Thursday evening, Nov. 21 at the Morristown Senior Citizens Center located at 841 Lincoln Ave.

The main doors are to the rear of the building and will open at 6:15 p.m. for the 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. presentation.

The free class is open to the public of all ages who wish to learn more about proper tree and shrub care.

Tree Board officers and landscape professionals Joe Whiteside and Terry Rust will lead the session, provide demonstrations and answer questions. Light refreshments will be served.

The Morristown Tree Board was organized in 2001 to provide a mechanism for the management and care of trees within the city.

The 14-member body is composed of: five appointed citizens- at- large, a City Councilmember, representatives from the Forestry Division, Soil Conservation District, Keep America Beautiful and Morristown Utility Commission, and city staff members from Public Works, Planning, Natural Resources and Parks and Recreation.

The Tree Board’s main responsibility is to provide information to the community on general tree care, proper pruning and pest management.

The Tree Board also oversees the Legacy Tree program, organizes an Arbor Day event and evaluates public trees for tree health and public safety. All public trees are the Tree Board’s responsibility. When a concern is noted by staff, the board or the public, Tree Board representatives determine if the tree is hazardous, diseased or dead. Those so designated will be treated if possible or removed. In contrast, the Board makes every effort to retain those trees which are healthy and thriving, emphasizing the myriad benefits of a thriving urban forest, green canopy and beautiful public spaces.

A new program the Morristown Tree Board is just launching is a “Trees of Distinction” program to recognize those notable trees with interesting stories to share with the community.

Any special tree in the city of Morristown can be nominated for consideration. A Tree of Distinction will be denoted by an all- weather plaque and will be featured on an interactive story map on the City’s website. Anyone can then search for the awarded trees, see a photo and read its history.

The public is encouraged to nominate special trees by submitting a nomination form and any supporting photos, letters or other documents that tell its story. The nomination form can be found online at http://cms.revize.com/revize/morristown/Dev&Planning/Tree%20Board/Nomination%20form.pdf

For more information, visit the Tree Board page on mymorristown.com or call 423-585-1830.