WAA members have a long history of volunteerism and in 2008 initiated an organized volunteer Day of Service as another opportunity for members to join forces and assist in worthy projects.
WAA's Day of Service provides necessary resources to communities or organizations in need of the skills, talent, and equipment that our members are able to provide. Past projects have included clearing invasive species, providing pruning services, and performing tree removal.
WAA 2017 Day of Service Project - To be determined
WAA 2016 Day of Service Project
Check out all the wonderful pictures from the Milwaukee County Zoo Day of Service!
Lions, tigers, bears, and arborists – oh my! According to the volunteer registration form, 34 arborists were on hand to make this Day of Service event a success. Between high winds the week before, and rainy days after March 22nd, the weather cooperated and offered a brisk, 50-something-degree day. Without the sunshine, bystanders had a chill in their bones. For the working volunteers, it was great weather.
Ten different areas of the zoo were enhanced and made safer by the efforts that took place. Honeylocust trees in front of several exhibit pens were given a much needed crown clean. This particular work was observed by an awakening group of brown bears that had not been too active yet from their hibernation cycle, along with a curious moose that thought the branches would offer a more satisfying snack. Thousands of zoo patrons walked past the impressive fleet of four bucket trucks demonstrating safe work practices while pruning in this high traffic area. A group of climbing arborists removed large, hazardous deadwood and a hollow maple from a section of the railroad tracks to ensure safe travels for the Milwaukee Zoo Express. In the past year, two trees have failed and threatened the tracks in this area.
A main picnic area had over 25 trees pruned to remove deadwood by one of three tracked lifts at the event. Another area of future development displayed two other tracked lifts that were highly visible to zoo patrons walking past. This advanced equipment showcased improvements of technology within our industry, and increased the productivity of this event by leaps and bounds. These two lifts pruned deadwood from over 20 trees and removed the crowns of approximately 15 more trees marked for removal.
A row of linden trees and one locust tree in front of the zoo complex by the main parking lot were climbed and crown cleaned. This display was in front of all the visitors entering the zoo that day.
Among the volunteers were Kyle Babicky, Eliza Christopher, Thomas Cox, Joseph Crawford, P.A. Dalba, Peter Gailans, Mitch Golla, Dave Gust, August Hoppe, Brian Jachim, Sam Jarost, James Lahtl, Aaron Lehnert, Jacob Letendre, Aaron Lucente, John Menzol, Jason Morasca, Jake Palasz, Peter Rabenstine, Ben Reince, Gerardo Rodes, Steve Sahaysik, Luke Scheberl, Eric Siebert, Matt Siesco, Scott Smith, Lucas Strachura, Mike Talaska, David Vinzke Jr., Jerred Walsh, Patrick Walsh, and Zach Wintz. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day and made this a very successful event.
A special thank-you to Joe Crawford and Gerardo Rodes who were lucky enough to have the last chip truck on site and were willing to chip up three piles of debris that had been staged – all with smiles on their faces.
WAA 2015 Fall Day of Service Project
The second 2015 Day of Service was hosted by Camp American Legion located in Lake Tomahawk WI on Friday October 9. Over 12 volunteers from 5 different companies arrived to accomplish the many goals set up to achieve. The brisk early temperatures receded after a day filled with sunshine.
Over 2 dozen hemlocks were removed from around the property, several of these dying and dead trees were over structures. Some large deadwood was removed from oaks and a birch tree. Climbers and lift operators were used to accomplish these pruning tasks. Other trees were removed for future expansion of a playground area for families of veterans that visit the camp.
‘Thank you’ to all the volunteers that have helped with advice, suggestions, and sending representatives to the actual day of service. It was a very successful and fun event!
WAA 2015 Spring Day of Service Project
On Friday March 27, the Wisconsin Arborist Association held it's first of two Day of Service projects slated for 2015. This particular event was at Westlawn Woods in Cedarburg. This wooded area is owned by the city, a church and a school. It is on it's 6th year of removing buckthorn and replanting with native species. Unfortunately most of the overstory is ash trees and heavily declining due to the presence of EAB.
On Friday, 10 volunteers from the WAA including one prospective member representing 4 private tree care companies, a municipality, and a stump grinding business showed up on site to help out. Volunteers included Dan Blazer, Grant Smith, Justin Klut, Ryan Kelley, Kyle Babicky, Aaron Lehnert, Aaron Lucente, Luke Volbrecht, Troy Schreiner and Phyllis McKenzie.
Great effort was put forward by all individuals and we helped move this restoration project years ahead of schedule in just one day. A big thank you to the companies that donated their equipment and manpower for the day including ArborAce S Corp, ArborPro, Buckley Tree Service, Stump Grinding 4 Less, Wachtel Tree Science and the City of Waukesha.
Food and a shelter for lunch were provided by the church partner of the project. It was a great success. Thank you for everyone who helped make it go smoothly.
WAA 2014 Day of Service Project
Big Thanks to the 13 Wisconsin Arborist Association Members who volunteered time and equipment to provide much needed tree care at Bookworm Gardens in Sheboygan on April 9th. A special thanks to Goodland Tree Care, Wachtel Tree Science, Phoenix Tree Care, Hoppe Tree Service, and Trees on the Move. WAA volunteers provided tree pruning, treatment, and removals while working in classic children’s book areas (Little House in the Big Woods, Horton Hatches an Egg, Secret Garden and many more).
WAA 2013 Day of Service Project
The WAA 2013 Day of Service was held on March 21st, at the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens at the UW-Madison Arboretum. The event was coordinated by Bill Reichenbach with Edward R Hasselkus, UW Madison Professor Emeritus – Horticulture. Edward (Ed) is the volunteer curator at the Longenecker Horticultural Gardens. He has also been a WAA Member since 1965 and recipient of both WAA's Distinguished Service and Honorary Life Membership Awards. Ed is very appreciative of the volunteer arborists and companies who have provided equipment and expertise to get the job done, and looks forward to this year's Day of Service event.
Photos are now available in our photo gallery.
WAA was pleased to offer two Day of Service Opportunities in 2012.
The first WAA Day of Service was held at the Shalom Center in Kenosha. For more information, see the article (reprinted with permission) titled "Volunteers work to resurrect Shalom Center playground" from KENOSHA NEWS 3-29-12.
The second Day of Service was held at St Frances Cabrini Church and School in West Bend. In total, WAA volunteers pruned 53 trees, removed 2 trees, installed 1 cable and bolt system and ground out or removed 25 existing stumps. Many thanks to all the companies and individuals who gave their time, talent and equipment at both events!
Photos from both days are now in our photo gallery.
The 2011 WAA Day of Service Project was awarded to Woods National Cemetery, Milwaukee.
The project included overall tree preservation in this national landmark. Thirty-two WAA Members from eleven companies performed active duty by removing seven dead trees and providing crown cleaning on sixty trees. Thanks to all WAA Volunteers who supported this effort with their time, talent, and equipment! Photos of the event are posted in our photo gallery.
The 2010 Day of Service was awarded to the City of Muskego, please read the following.
The City of Muskego is very grateful for the Day of Service that WAA members provided last Wednesday at Engel Conservation Area in Muskego. With your valuable work in the removal of potential hazard trees and branches park patrons can more safely enjoy hiking the nature trails. It is remarkable that Wisconsin Arborist Association provides this generous volunteer service to the community and is evidence that WAA is truly a class organization.
Conservation Coordinator/ City Forester
City of Muskego