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RELEASE: 11/8/01

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They're 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 in 1940.

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 Program Coordinator.

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

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  


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