2013 Tree Climbers International/NTS Event October 9-14

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Re: 2013 Tree Climbers International/NTS Event October 9-14

Post by Matt Markworth » Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:12 pm

Looks like an amazing lineup! This is only a 7 hour drive for me and I should be able to attend.

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Re: 2013 Tree Climbers International/NTS Event October 9-14

Post by pattyjenkins1 » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:59 pm

Hi Everybody,

The word is OUT and the website is READY! This is your formal invitation and summons (if I may be so bold) to the 2013 Tree Climbers Rendezvous. Everyone that I've spoken with about this is so very excited about meeting and spending time with you all (I could actually hear some people's eyes get bigger and bigger when I told them all about it) and the possibilities that will open up as a result of this gig. No kidding.

I wouldn't be surprised if we have a full house at 300 (yes, there is enough room and there are enough trees), which puts a premium on your registering early. All the details are on our website (http://treeclimbing.com/index.php/climb ... rendezvous). The page has been changed slightly since Ed posted it here (Ed, you beat me to the punch!), and there's now a link to the registration form at the bottom.

We can't wait to have you in Atlanta. Every first and last one of you.

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Re: 2013 Tree Climbers International/NTS Event October 9-14

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October 9-14, 2013
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Hosted by Tree Climbers International
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Simpsonwood Conference Center, Norcross, Georgia


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5 folks in treeboat

Tree Climbers Rendezvous, 2008
How many people are piled up on this treeboat?
If you think six, look again!

See more pictures from the 2008 Tree Climbers Rendezvous
at Simpsonwood in our Rendezvous Gallery.

TCI is very excited to invite you to the 2013 Tree Climbers' Rendezvous. This five-day event is going to be fantastic. We have BIG TREES to climb and GREAT THINGS planned for when you're on the ground.

The 2013 Rendezvous celebrates the 30th year of recreational tree climbing. There are plenty of stories to be shared by some of the first members of TCI and lots of others who have been climbing throughout the years.

You don't have to be a tree climber to attend, though you may have more fun if you are! This gathering is for anyone who is interested in trees and/or the research being done in and about them.

Come Climb With Us!

The trees at Simpsonwood are exceptional. There are specimen trees of many types. There are also very large trees of species common to the Southeast of the United States: oaks, pines, poplars, and other hardwoods. The grove of huge white oaks is perfect for "villages" of people sleeping in treetop hammocks. Opportunities abound for tree climbing adventures with old friends and new friends.

Educational Program: "Citizen Science for Tree Climbers"

During any Tree Climbers' Rendezvous, there is usually a variety of excellent programs taught by climbers with special skills. The 2013 Rendezvous will be no different; and many of the classes which are always enjoyed by Rendezvous participants, including Basic Doubled- and SIngle-Rope Technique Climbing Classes (these held before the Rendezvous starts), will be offered this year, too. However, TCI has also put together an extraordinary educational program which goes well beyond the traditional Rendezvous format.

The 2013 Tree Climbers Rendezvous has been organized with a distinct focus: "Citizen Science for Tree Climbers". "Citizen Science" is what it's called when non-scientists contribute data to scientific research. For example, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=1189 has an extensive data collection system to which amateur and professional bird watchers from all over the world can report their sightings. People in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network http://www.cocorahs.org/ measure local precipitation and report to a national database daily. We want tree climbers to be "citizen scientists." We're up there climbing around anyway, so why not? All it takes is inspiration, know-how, and a place where data can be stored.

Keynote Presentations

During the Rendezvous "featured presentations," participants will hear talks from professionals whose work centers around their love and fascination with trees and nature in a variety of ways. Check out our program and amazing line-up of speakers. This is a unique "first" for any Tree Climbing Rendezvous. TCI is honored and thrilled to be your host.

Measuring Big Trees and Forest Preservation

This year's Rendezvous has been combined with the annual Rendezvous held by members of the Native Tree Society . These are the "big tree hunters" who discover, measure, and document the tallest and biggest trees in the United States and many other countries. These three NTS people (in alphabetical order) will be giving featured presentations at the Rendezvous:

Will Blozan: Co-founder and President of the Eastern Native Tree Society (forerunner of the NTS) and of Appalachian Arborists; author of “Tree Measuring Guidelines of the Eastern Native Tree Society”. Will was the director of the Tsuga Search Project aimed at documenting the greatest of the eastern hemlocks before they succumbed to the hemlock wooly adelgid. He is currently part of the research team mapping the canopy structures of the giant sequoias, including the "President Tree" featured in the December 2012 National Geographic Magazine.

Robert ("Bob") Leverett: Co-founder and Executive Director of the Eastern Native Tree Society (forerunner of the NTS). Bob has been called an "Evangelist for Old Growth." He is the Co-founder and President of the Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest, a non-profit environmental organization; principal architect of the Ancient Eastern Forest Conference Series; and co-founder of the Forest Summit Lecture Series at Holyoke College, MA. Bob is also co-author of The Sierra Club Guide to the Ancient Forests of the Northeast and Eastern Old-growth Forests - Prospects for Rediscovery and Recovery.

Joan Maloof: Founder and Director of the Old Growth Forest Network (OGFN); author of Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests and Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest. Dr. Maloof is raising money for the OGFN with a special Rendezvous offer. See details.

Bob and Will and other NTS members will be teaching three graduated daytime workshops on tree measurement. See below and upcoming publicity for more information.

In addition, Monica Jakuc Leverett, a concert pianist, will be performing a new "nature" composition by NTS member and composer Michael Gatonska. TCI is honored by and looking forward to hearing Michael and Monica's contributions.

Canopy Research and Tree Biology

Most of the world's forest canopies have not yet been explored. Opportunities for study and collaboration are unlimited! The following people are all experts with long experience in tree climbing, canopy research and/or the study of tree biology.

Kim Coder: Professor of Tree Biology and Health Care at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia. Dr. Coder was elected President of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) by fellow professionals, has served as an appointed member of the USDA Secretary's National Advisory Committee on Urban and Community Forestry, and was President of the international Arboriculture Research and Education Association. For his dedication to trees and tree health care providers, he was awarded the top world-wide, peer selected professional awards (“Shigo Award for Excellence in Arboricultural Education,” “Harris Author Citation Award,” and the "Award of Achievement,") by the ISA. Dr. Coder is author of over 500 technical publications and articles. He is an international lecturer and consultant on tree health and structure, community forests, and urban ecology.

Margaret ("Meg") Lowman: Director of the North Carolina Nature Research Center (NRC) http://naturesearch.org/; Executive Director of the Tree Foundation http://www.treefoundation.org/; author of Forest Canopy Methods. "CanopyMeg" pioneered the science of canopy ecology. For over 30 years, she has designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to solve mysteries in the world’s forests, especially insect pests and ecosystem health. Recent activities have included documenting and working to preserve the unique church forest of Ethiopia.

Richard Preston: Author of The Wild Trees, The Hot Zone, and other books and New Yorker magazine articles too numerous to name. Was a member of the four-person climbing team which made first ascent into "Hyperion," the world's tallest tree; also climbed with Steve Sillett and Marie Antoine into some of the tallest redwoods in the United States and eucalyptus trees in Australia.

Cameron Williams: Graduate student in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Cameron researches water use and transport in California redwoods. Since 1999 he has climbed trees in pursuit of a deeper understanding of how trees work, a quest that has carried him aloft into trees of all shapes and sizes. Cameron also teaches research climbing to scientists. He also installs rigging for film crews and photographers to capture images from “birds-eye points-of-view” in old-growth forests.

Tropical Tree Climbing

No discussion of measuring tall trees or canopy research would be complete without someone talking about the tropical rainforests of South America. The following two people will describe their experiences and work.

Bart Bouricius: Arborist and Adjunct Professor of Biology at Hampshire College, Massachusetts, cofounder of Canopy Construction Associates, established to provide access to the forest canopy for biologists and for eco-tourism. Bart has designed and participated in the construction of 23 forest canopy walkways in Belize, Indonesia, Ecuador, Peru, Gabon, Madagascar and many locations in the United States. Bart has published articles ranging from canopy access techniques to the life history of amblypygids (tailless whip scorpions). In the last few years, Bart has been focusing on the documentation and measurement of tropical emergent trees (giant trees whose umbrella-shaped canopies grow above the forest).

Katherine Holden: Katherine Holden's life's purpose arrived, surprising her, on a warm desert breeze in Joshua Tree, California. "Climbing Trees at Seventy: One Woman's Quest to Save Wild Trees," she is known as "Wild TreeWalker". Katherine learned tree climbing from Tim Kovar ("Tengu") and this July will climb old growth mahogany trees with indigenous seed collectors in a remote portion of the Peruvian Amazon. She'll share her project and Peruvian experience at the Rendezvous.

"Treehab"

Our speaker has taken tree climbing to new "heights" with the use of tree climbing to help children with physical challenges.

John Gathright: Founder of Tree Climbing Japan and a founding member of the Japan Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. John's passion for helping physically-challenged children led him to write his own doctoral program in "Treehab" and then to become a Professor of "Treehab" at a local university. John has worked with thousands of children, written several peer-reviewed articles proving the therapeutic effects of recreational tree climbing, and now is beginning to show how tree climbing can help emotionally challenged children as well.
Now available! pdfSCHEDULE OF FEATURED SPEAKERS (downloadable .pdf file)

Daytime Workshops

Daytime workshops on a variety of subjects will also be presented. Here are some that are on the Rendezvous schedule: http://www.treeclimbing.com/images/stor ... hedule.pdf

Learn tree measuring techniques and gear in Beginner's, Intermediate and Advanced "Measuring Giant Trees" workshops, all taught by NTS experts Bob Leverett and Will Blozan. You'll also get to try out some very fancy equipment.

What do you know about tree biology -- how a tree grows, how it feeds itself, how it heals itself from wounds, and other questions? Learn the basics of tree biology, as well as what kinds of cutting-eduge research tree scientists are conducting now, in a series of workshops by ISA-certified arborist Dave Tukey.

Have you heard of the "Rope Wrench"? Its inventor, Kevin Bingham, an ISA-certified arborist, is coming to demonstrate this tool. He will also show another ascending/descending tool he's designed, the "Rope Runner".
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"Water Bear"
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Do you know what a tardigrade is? It's a "water bear," a very tiny organism that can survive more extreme living conditions than just about any other creature on the planet. Professor William ("Randy") Miller will talk about these amazing animals. Then he'll teach participants how to collect them in the treetops and examine them with microscopes. It's possible that hundreds of water bears could be collected during the Rendezvous — even some new species never seen before!

Do you know how to inspect a tree to see if it's safe for climbing? Eric Folmer, an ISA-certified arborist, will teach you how to inspect a tree for risks and hazards.

What about your gear? Have you selected the right equipment for your climb? Do you know how to inspect it properly? Tony Tresselt, another ISA-certified arborist, will review gear selection and inspection.

Tim Kovar will be your guide to "Tree Time" as you experience your love of trees and your connection with nature in a whole new way.

Rendezvous Location: Simpsonwood

Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center, Simpsonwood http://www.simpsonwood.org/


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This is the main lodge at Simpsonwood, where we'll eat and meet.

in Norcross, Georgia (just outside Atlanta), is a perfect place for a Rendezvous. The property is bordered on one side by the Chattahoochee River. Its trees are typical of a mature forest in the Southeast: big and tall red oaks, white oaks, poplars, hickories, loblolly pines … all these and more are plentiful. It's only about 45 minutes from the Atlanta Airport and easy to get to from major freeways. But when you're there, you'll feel like you're far away from a big city.

Simpsonwood's dining room is huge, and the buffet-style meals offer choices for any type of diet. There is a big conference room for evening presentations; small meetings and indoor workshops can be held in break-out rooms. Participants can camp in or under trees, or stay in motel-style rooms onsite. We couldn't ask for a better venue.

Essential Information and Registration Details

We expect this Rendezvous to attract a very large number of participants. Register early to hold your place!

Dates

The Rendezvous starts on Wednesday, October 9 at noon with lunch, and ends on Monday, October 14 after breakfast.

Participants

The 2013 Rendezvous is open to anyone who wants to attend. We expect and look forward to hosting many international participants in addition to those from the States. We also hope to have a mix of recreational climbers, arborists, and research climbers. Non-climbers might be scientists and/or tree lovers of any sort.

If you are going to climb, you must be able to climb on your own safely and supply your own climbing gear. There are trees suitable for doubled- and single-rope technique climbing (DRT and SRT, respectively), so bring a 150- to 200-foot rope. (People who are taking a Basic DRT Tree Climbing Course immediately before the Rendezvous [see below] will be able to borrow gear from TCI during the Rendezvous.) All climbers will be required to wear a helmet and to use branch protection at all times. For safety purposes, climbers will be encouraged to use TCI's "Climber Above" banners on the tree that they are climbing. All participants will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability form.

Children are welcome if they are able to climb on their own. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times throughout the Rendezvous. There is special pricing for adults with children; please choose your registration options carefully.

Pets are not welcome! We'd love to meet your doggie or kittycat, but another time, please!

Food and Lodging

All meals are included in the cost of rooms and camping accomodations. There is a place on the Registration form for you to let us know if you are a vegetarian or vegan. Since there will a wide variety of food from which to choose at all meals, we ask that you manage food allergies on your own.

Camping: Participants at the 2008 Tree Climbing Rendezvous will remember the big campground with a firepit. This year we will also be using the large athletic field meadow for camping. If you want to camp in the treetops, the grove of white oaks behind the campground is perfect for numerous "tree villages" which can easily accommodate dozens of hammocks. Showers and restroom facilities for campers are available, but limited. Camping cost is $55 per night per person, which includes all meals and taxes.

Rooms: For people who want to stay indoors, there are lovely rooms for one ($150/night), two ($110/night/person), or three people ($95/night/person). Adults who are bringing children can stay in a room for $155/night (one adult plus one child) or $200/night (one adult plus two children). Again, room costs include all meals and taxes. Each room has its own bathroom. Wi-fi is available onsite, but rooms do not have a phone or TV. There is a place on the registration form for you to enter the name(s) of people you will be rooming or camping with. If you don't know anyone else who is coming, and want to stay in a double or triple room, we will assign you a roommate (of the same sex) in mid-September.

Transportation

Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center is located in Norcross, Georgia, northeast of Atlanta and outside the I-285 Atlanta Perimeter highway. If you're driving, pay close attention to the directions once you get off the freeway, as you'll pass through a residential neighborhood on your way into Simpsonwood. We suggest you print out GoogleMaps directions https://maps.google.com/maps?oe=utf-8&c ... IEBEPwSMAA to find it easily. Parking at Simpsonwood is limited, and we ask that you help minimize the number of vehicles onsite by traveling with others.

If you are flying in, your destination is the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. TCI will be arranging shuttles from the airport. You can also use our Rendezvous Forums thread to arrange with others to rent a car or van.

Weather

Atlanta weather in October is usually ideal for tree climbing. Average temperatures are in the ‘70’s during the day and in the ‘60’s at night. But just to make sure you're prepared, we suggest that you check the weather before you come.

What to Bring

TCI will send out a suggested list of items to bring as we get closer to the event. However, be prepared to bring your musical instrument! Late evening jam sessions and sing-alongs around a campfire are common at Rendezvous events!

Pre-Rendezvous Classes

The following classes will be offered prior to the start of the Rendezvous:

Basic (Doubled-Rope Technique) Tree Climbing Course http://www.treeclimbing.com/index.php/c ... bingonsite for participants with no climbing experience. Two days, tuition $450.
Single-Rope Technique Climbing Course http://www.treeclimbing.com/index.php/c ... srt-course for people who can climb using doubled-rope technique. Two days, tuition $450.
Both courses will start at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 7 and run through noon on Wednesday, October 9.
Multi-pitch Rescue Course.http://www.treeclimbing.com/index.php/c ... top-rescue 1/2 day class starting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon. Tuition $100. Prerequisite: single-pitch rescue training.

All three courses will be taught by TCI-trained instructors. If you want to take one, you will need to stay for one or two additional two nights (Monday and/or Tuesday). Please call us if you have questions or to register. We will send you course registration forms separately. Course tuition also includes membership in Tree Climbers International.

Pre-Rendezvous Course Cancellation Policy: Registrants must cancel no later than September 8th in order to receive a refund on your tuition deposit. If you have to cancel after that, we will refund your deposit if we are able to fill your slot.

CPR/First Aid Class

A class in Adult/Child CPR and First Aid will be taught at Simpsonwood by a trainer from the American Heart Association (AHA) on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. - noon. The cost is $50, which includes AHA certification good for two years. Sign-up is on page 2 of the Registration Form.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

TCI will be applying for continuing education units (CEUs) for members of the International Society of Arboriculture and the Society of American Foresters as soon as we have all the details of our educational program. Watch this page for more information.

Price

The price of this year's Rendezvous includes a fixed registration fee of $100 plus a combined per day fee for meals and camping/lodging (pro-rated for local participants). The fees for accommodations also include the hefty 13% sales tax we are required to pay.

We are trying to keep the price of the Rendezvous as reasonable as possible for everyone who attends. We will also be supporting some participants who cannot afford the cost on their own. For these reasons, we will not be able to offer an early-bird registration discount.

Deposit: We require each participant to pay at least half of their total Rendezvous fee by August 4 unless you make different arrangements with us. We prefer payment by check or money order (in U.S. dollars equivalent, please!) made payable to Tree Climbers International, Inc. and sent to PO Box 5588, Atlanta, GA 31107, USA). If you must pay by credit card, you can call us with a card number or pay via Paypal (an account is not required for use of Paypal.) The balance of your payment (again, preferably by check) will be due at Rendezvous check-in.

Room Cancellation Policy: Simpsonwood has a strict room guarantee policy. After August 7, we will be charged for any rooms that we reserved ahead of time. Therefore, if you must cancel, please let us know as far in advance as possible. The following applies:

If you cancel prior to August 4, we will refund your entire deposit minus a $25 administrative fee.
From August 5 to September 22, we will have to deduct an additional $50 per night from your deposit.
Cancellations received on or after September 23rd will forfeit your entire deposit. However, we will refund as much of your deposit as we can if we are able to fill your slot from a waiting list.

Camping Cancellation Policy: Campers who cancel as of September 22 will be refunded your entire deposit minus a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations received on or after September 23rd will forfeit your entire deposit.

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Re: 2013 Tree Climbers International/NTS Event October 9-14

Post by pattyjenkins1 » Sun Jul 14, 2013 8:02 am

Thanks for re-posting this updated information, Ed.

TO NTS:

We are already getting registrations from Japan, Britain, Malaysia, Canada, and lots from the USA. Among these are the Malaysian Minister of Youth Sports and Recreation. I'm told the top man of the new ISA-Japan Chapter is coming along with ten other very enthusiastic Japanese climbers as well. Comments show how excited our community is about the educational program. So much so that I've had complete unknowns to TCI but very experienced and knowledgeable arborists call up volunteering to teach workshops. I've taken up every offer I've gotten.

What an extraordinary opportunity to spread NTS methods internationally! Come on down! Some of you may be called on to help Bob and Will in the three workshops they're teaching. If you know you're coming, please register! If you think you're not, please reconsider. From when I began organizing the Rendezvous 'til now, it has grown in size and scope, and promises to be an extraordinary five days.

For those of you who are not tree climbers, we do have as many two-day basic tree climbing courses available before the event as there are students wanting to learn. Then you'll have several days to climb and advance your skills with some of the best climbers around (including Will!). I'll tell you about tree climbers ... there's nothing they like more than to share techniques, gear, and other information with "newbies". Generosity is their middle names.

Truly, we hope to see many of you in October.

All the best,
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Kudos to NTS

Post by pattyjenkins1 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 2:29 pm

NTS:
Read this all the way through. Hopefully you'll get as excited about it as Bob was when he called to tell me about it.

Yesterday, Bob got an email out of the blue from a man named D'Arcy Trask, President and Founder of Gauge Point Calibration, Inc. (http://www.gaugepoint.com) The email said, "Bob, Please call me when you have time. I have been HD scanning Redwood trees with Professor Steve Sillett and Bob Van Pelt at HSU and would like to participate in your research and organization." Of course Bob called him immediately, and learned that D'Arcy, who was instrumental in mapping the President Tree, now has permission from the National Park Service to map the General Sherman Tree [for newbies: the biggest tree in the world]. After some conversation, Bob suggested that D'Arcy consider coming to the Tree Climbers Rendezvous to talk about it; then he called me, and I called D'Arcy.

The bottom line here is that D'Arcy will be measuring the General Sherman tree in September and then will be coming to our October event with preliminary data. He will be speaking on Sunday morning. D'Arcy said he knows nothing about trees, but found himself standing in a forest one day wondering what he was doing there; he decided that among all the things he could use his equipment for, he wanted to use it on trees. So he then asked around and found his way to NTS. I encouraged D'Arcy to come to the entire Rendezvous so he can attend the tree biology lectures (among other things), but also so he can talk to the NTS members who will be there.

This is a BIG DEAL, for which I think all of you can be proud and take credit. Some of you have been working with NTS for years and years, and the much-deserved publicity will be a huge step forward for your organization. It's certainly a big deal for TCI, too. To have D'Arcy want to work with NTS, and bring this information to NTS and TCI, will give both organizations a huge boost in legitimacy, which can only benefit us big time in lots of ways.

So this is another GREAT REASON to attend the Rendezvous. How can you NOT come, when this is on the agenda?!

(Link to Registration Page at the bottom of the Rendezvous page: http://www.treeclimbing.com/Rendezvous)

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Re: 2013 Tree Climbers International/NTS Event October 9-14

Post by dbhguru » Fri Jul 19, 2013 7:51 pm

Ents

How can one resist the rendezvous? It is a guaranteed good time. Correction, a guaranteed great time! It will be a first for this type of event. We will break new ground. We hope more of our fellow and lady Ents will attend. As Patty has requested, please read completely through her last post. The big surprise comes near the end.

Bob
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Re: 2013 Tree Climbers International/NTS Event October 9-14

Post by dbhguru » Wed Aug 21, 2013 3:27 pm

Hello Lady and Fellow Ents,

I just finished talking with Patty Jenkins on registrations for the joint TCI-NTS Oct 2013 rendezvous in Atlanta. I was disappointed to learn that only a handful of NTS members have signed up or even indicated an intention to attend. I would hate to think that the reason for that is that we have done a poor job of getting the word out on just how stellar this event is. I know of no other NTS co-sponsored event with so many outstanding participants and with so much interesting activity. It raises the bar. I hope everyone has reviewed the agenda and recognizes what a onetime opportunity this is. I have attached the current list of speakers and workshops.

As of now, confirmed and tentative attendees with a primary NTS affiliation include:

1. Will Blozan (NC Ent)
2. Bob Leverett (MA Ent)
3. Monica Leverett (MA Ent)
4. Bart Bouricius (MA Ent)
5. Matt Markworth (OH Ent)
6. Eli Dickerson (GA Ent)
7. Andrew Joslin (MA Ent)
8. Brian Beduhn (NC Ent)
9. Larry Tucei (MI Ent)
10. Michael Spraggon (European Ent)

There are 2 or 3 others who are members of the NTS BBS, but whose primary affiliation are other organizations. For example, Dr. Joan Maloof, a member of the our BBS, will primarily represent her Old Growth Forest Network. And remember, D"Arcy Trask will give us a briefing on his mapping of the General Sherman tree. He will have just completed the project. We will be the first to get the details. Think of it, we'll learn about how he goes about mapping this possibly greatest of trees.

In the above list of 10, I really hope that I've missed some folks. A stellar event like this should draw more than 10 or 12 NTS members. So, please support us if you can. If you can't attend personally, I encourage you to make a donation to support the event. Any and all contributions will be mightily appreciated. The donations would be made to TCI. Patty can give the details. Alternatively, you can make the donation to Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest - ENTS Account. Again, donations would be greatly appreciated. Whatever you can afford.

I'll close by saying that NTS is first and foremost about quality. We have quantity. No problem there. And we do maintain quality. The TCI-NTS Atlanta event will raise the quality bar, if we can pull it off. Please help us make this event a success.

Bob
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Re: 2013 Tree Climbers International/NTS Event October 9-14

Post by pattyjenkins1 » Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:34 pm

There are seven days left to register for the 2013 Rendezvous. Can it be that only eight -- Bob, Will, Joan, Bart, Monica, Michael (UK) (all presenters), Matt, and Andrew -- are coming from the NTS? I’m thrilled that all these folks are coming, don’t get me wrong. But really, I was hoping for a much higher turnout from this organization. Can anyone help me understand the apparent lack of interest? I just don’t get it!

From reading these Boards, it’s been really clear to me that for lots of you, trees – and for some, measuring trees -- are your passion. Some of you have spent your lives amassing an incredible storehouse of information in your brains about trees. Do you not think it important to share what you know? A great many of the most experienced of you are in your fifties or sixties, yes? I seriously don’t mean to offend, but when age stops you from hiking out to find, write up or measure a big tree, does it matter to you if there are others who can or will do that work?

People are coming from all over the world (Chile, Sweden, Denmark, Britain, France, Japan, Malaysia!) to participate in our event. Many of them are so excited they can hardly stand it. They are passionate about trees. They are coming because they want to climb, they want to learn, and they want to teach. Nine are coming to Atlanta early to take a climbing class. What these novices, and even many of the experienced climbers, do with their tree climbing skills can be greatly influenced by you! They are eager to hear your stories, and they will be stimulated and challenged by their discussions with you.

I think it very possible that many of you don’t realize that your absence or presence will make a difference. To our participants, to TCI and the NTS, and to trees and forests. Please come to the Rendezvous.

patty
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Tree Climbers International, Inc.
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Re: 2013 Tree Climbers International/NTS Event October 9-14

Post by Will Blozan » Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:51 pm

Patty,

I kinda see and agree with what you are perceiving- but am not at all surprised. NTS events are generally poorly attended. There is a core group- and it is partially represented on your confirmation list.

And here comes the motto for the event: It is not how many NTS members come that is important- it is how many leave.

Will

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Re: 2013 Tree Climbers International/NTS Event October 9-14

Post by dbhguru » Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:06 pm

Patty,

Alas, Will is right. NTS events typically are poorly attended. The core group of dedicated tree measurers has remained small. Some folks discover us and become enthusiastic participants for a while, only to drift away or suddenly disappear. It seems to be the nature of the endeavor. In Will's and my case, no chance that the measuring demon can be exorcised.

To show our deep commitment to the rendezvous, at one point, I thought that to end the event, I'd strip off my shirt and flog myself with tree branches -pententa-style. Then I thought the better of it. Would be a spectacle though. Or, Will and I could stand on a stage and non-stop recite all the trees we have measured over the years. No? Hmmm, okay, maybe we'd just better stick to the current agenda. Anyway, we plan to have a rousingly good time.

Bob
Robert T. Leverett
Co-founder, Native Native Tree Society
Co-founder and President
Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest
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