Tops in Trees!
There's the Tree of Knowledge, and then
there's knowledge of trees.
Fifteen new Certified Tree Experts (CTE) recently received
their credentials from the state Division of Parks and Forestry's
New Jersey Board of Tree Experts after proving their knowledge
of trees, soils, tree diseases and pests, and tree planting
and maintenance. The certifications were awarded at the
Shade Tree Federation's 9th Annual Green Community Achievement
Awards held recently in Cherry Hill.
State Environmental Commissioner Bob Shinn
congratulated the new certified tree experts and commented
how fortunate New Jersey was in having a significant number
of tree professionals serving the state's 21 counties.
The Board of Tree Experts, in cooperation
with the New Jersey Forest Service, monitors credentials
and, if necessary, has the power to rev oke certification.
Less than 450 people have earned the prestigious title of
CTE since the state legislature created this designation
With the addition of 15 new tree experts,
there are now 266 active CTEs in New Jersey. These experienced
professionals had to pass a rigorous six-hour written and
field exam and demonstrate the highest ethical and moral
standards of practice while maintaining their expertise
in state-of-the-art techniques in arboriculture. Arboriculture
is the science of planting, care, and cultivation of trees
in community forests and other designed landscapes.
The CTE exam includes in-depth questioning
on everything from soil fertilization, pH, amendments, and
microorganisms to tree physiology and tree identification
using both the scientific Latin names and the common names.
Other sections include handling trees and their proper planting,
diagnosing scores of tree diseases, identifying tree pests
and their life-cycles as well as their treatments and control.
Structural repairs such as cabling, bracing, and wound repair
as well as proper pruning methodology and dealing with environmental,
chemical, and construction damage to trees are also covered.
The NJ Board of Tree Experts officers are
President Steven Chisholm of Aspen Tree Experts in Jackson,
Vice President Richard S. Wolowicz of PSE&G in Newark,
and Secretary/Treasurer David Johnson of the New Jersey
Forest Service in Trenton. John E. Perry of Jackson is the
A free directory of State Certified Tree Experts, maintained
and distributed by the New Jersey Forest Service, is available
by calling (609) 292-2532 or view the list online at www.state.nj.us/dep/forestry/community/cte.html
The newest Certified Tree Experts are:
|Robert Andreucci, Coopersburg, PA
||Devin Kirschner, Highland Lakes, NJ
|Stanley Bonczek Edison, NJ
||Steven Muench, New Providence, NJ
|Patrick Burke, New Hampton, NY
||Greg O'Neil, Somerville, NJ
|Chris Cochran, Collingswood, NJ
||Patrick Parker, Naugatuck, CT
|Wayne Dubin, Edison, NJ
||Thomas Purtell, Matawan, NJ
|James Ilgenfritz II, Teaneck, NJ
||Matthew Rodda, Manville, NJ
|Jeanne Kavinski, Fanwood, NJ
||Mark Savage, Englishtown, NJ
|Fred Yoos, Egg Harbor Twp., NJ