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05 Dec 2017

Wood Banks: A Great Way To Give Back

Wood Banks: A Great Way To Give Back

Arborists possess many skills that make them valued parts of the communities in which they live and work. What better way to utilize those skills than for a good cause that involves helping people in need?

This is where wood banks come into play. Simply put, wood banks are programs that aim to help community members with life essentials by supplying firewood at little to no cost to those in need that rely on firewood as a heating source.

“Wood banks are similar to the idea of a food bank, but it’s for fuel wood for folks that are in need,” explained Matthias Taylor Nevins, a land conservation specialist with the Athol, Massachusetts-based Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, in an article from The Greenfield Recorder. “So, if [a] town had a wood bank that was open during the week, folks could go in and grab a little bit of wood to get them through a tough time or get them to their next shipment of oil or load of wood.”

There are over 65 wood bank programs in the U.S. in rural areas, cities and suburbs spanning 21 states. Many are in need of skilled arborists with knowledge of proper chain saw safety protocols and skills that would be useful in cutting, stacking and splitting wood. Wood banks are also always in need of volunteers and laborers (of any skill level) to stack and organize the wood, among other things. Arborists can even lend their tools and equipment to help in a wood bank effort.

Looking to get involved? Start at Woodbank.org, where you can find guidelines and basic information on the programs, including a map and directory of where they’re located across the country.

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20 Nov 2017

Take Time To EHampton Roadsoy The Great Outdoors

EHampton Roadsoying The Great Outdoors

Every fall I find myself crossing the largest lake in the world to vacation on a wilderness island. Reached only by seaplane or by boat, Isle Royale National Park is surrounded by hundreds of square miles of Lake Superior. Isolated, remote, and due to the long severe winters, the park is closed for seven months of the year. There are many years that Isle Royale is the least-visited national park in the lower 48 states. If you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, you’d be hard pressed to find a better location. As an added bonus, no Wi-Fi is available and cell phones register no bars.

This will be my 35th year vacationing on Isle Royale — I suspect the people I work with at my tree care company envy my annual sojourn to the wilderness. Every one of them hunts, fishes, hikes, bikes, gardens or is seriously engaged in some sort of outdoor recreational activity.

It’s safe to say that people who work in the tree care industry eHampton Roadsoy spending time outdoors, whether at work or at play.

Besides working outdoors, tree workers frequently look up. It’s kind of a job requirement. If you look up at trees as often as we do, you’re going to notice natural wonders that most people miss. We get to see interesting cloud formations on a regular basis. We notice raptors soaring on the thermals.

Then there are the trees themselves. Since we are outside so much of the time, because we’re looking skyward, and because of all the physical activity this job demands — despite its many hazards — I also believe we’re a healthier lot, which is terribly important benefit. As author Augusten Burroughs remarked, “If you can have your health you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.”

As a result, I’ve known several individuals in this trade who, when offered a so-called promotion, have turned the job down. And those who do accept new positions soon complain about how their waist lines are growing or about how they now breathe hard when climbing a flight of stairs.

We also work on crews, which keeps us on our toes. We don’t want to be that person who lets their crewmates down. More importantly, we want to make a positive difference in each other’s day.

And since we must work together, we must learn to communicate. We need to learn to speak quickly, clearly and often times, loudly. When someone needs direction and they’re running a saw or a chipper or hauling wood, you can’t hem and haw over your choice of words. It’s critically important that those working around you know what you’re doing and why. In fact, a good tree crew communicates so well that they often anticipate each other’s needs, handing that saw off just as he turns for it or having that line ready before it’s called for.

I return to Isle Royale each year because I love the wilderness setting. I’m literally outdoors 24/7 and I picked a good place to do that. The island park is so pristine that ecologists use its inland lakes and the air overhead for a barometer for what healthy water and air should look like. As such, Isle Royale was declared a wilderness area as soon as the Wilderness Act was passed in 1964. The research projects conducted here have grown so scientifically important that Isle Royale was declared an International Biosphere Preserve by the United Nations’ Science and Environment Panel, which is a sort of Hall of Fame designation for environmentally important sites.

Due to the remote wilderness setting, several wildlife studies are conducted on Isle Royale, including the longest running predator-prey study in the world. Moose and wolves are the only large mammals that inhabit the island. The predator-prey balance between them is a living example of how important that relationship is. The 55-year-old study is often cited when explaining why predator-prey balances are so crucial. It’s a lesson arborists have learned well, for it certainly applies to growing healthy trees.

Places like Isle Royale, however, are important for more than just their scientific reasons. I had the privilege of spending an entire month here over my fiftieth birthday. I fished, canoed, hiked, camped and relaxed for an entire month without hearing the sound of any car or smelling the odor of exhaust. To say I felt inspired when I returned is an understatement. That month away spawned two books: “Naked in the Stream; Isle Royale Stories” and “Hidden in the Tree Service Hampton Roadss; an Isle Royale Sojourn.” The first became the official Great Lakes Region read for 2017 as chosen by the Michigan Center for the Book.

John Muir, a man who could honestly boast about spending much of his life outdoors and who would inspire the creation of the National Park System, once said, “I only went outside for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” Those of us who work in the tree care industry well understand how Mr. Muir came to that conclusion.

If you work for a tree service, there’s no question that working conditions can be rough. It’s often too hot or too cold. You’re often wet and miserable. We work hard — even harder during storms. After natural disasters, we may work seven days a week. Our bodies ache. Our muscles are sore. Most of us are nursing cuts and bruises. But we get up the next morning and do it all over again. We’ve learned from experience that we can. We know the hard way that we’re capable of working through pain. We also know how to pace ourselves.

That all strikes me as being extremely valuable.

Ours’ is a type of self-awareness I believe few people acquire. It’s a confidence in oneself that can be carried with you into whatever endeavor you choose, be it professional or recreational.

As with tree work, wilderness camping has its challenges, too. I’ve experienced a great deal of “education” over the 35 years I’ve vacationed on Isle Royale. I’ve learned how to better prepare, how to pack and what to avoid. I’ve reached the limits of my physical endurance. I’ve learned to maintain my equipment in good working order.

And with each passing year, I learn something new. I’ll bring an improved piece of gear or clothing or footwear. It may be something as simple as a headlamp versus a handheld flashlight. Or polar tech outerwear versus a wool shirt. Or a new fishing lure “guaranteed” to catch fish.

You never quit learning in this trade.

It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come. Our work crews now wear headsets in their hard hats so as to better communicate with each other. The new ascending devices dramatically improve that initial climb up a tree. Digital photography clarifies for customers, as well as for staff, what needs to be done. And I can’t remember the last time I didn’t email an estimate.

I’m sure future improvements will be just as big. Laser pruners? Jet packs? Holographic house calls? Chain saws and chippers so quiet they’re almost silent. New equipment that’s stronger and lighter than ever before, strong enough to lift tons of wood and yet do no damage to lawns.

I believe our trade will continue to be in demand for the foreseeable future. Given the many sharp minds at work in it, I think that future looks quite bright.

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16 Nov 2017

Take Time To EHampton Roadsoy The Great Outdoors

EHampton Roadsoying The Great Outdoors

Every fall I find myself crossing the largest lake in the world to vacation on a wilderness island. Reached only by seaplane or by boat, Isle Royale National Park is surrounded by hundreds of square miles of Lake Superior. Isolated, remote, and due to the long severe winters, the park is closed for seven months of the year. There are many years that Isle Royale is the least-visited national park in the lower 48 states. If you’re looking for a place to get away from it all, you’d be hard pressed to find a better location. As an added bonus, no Wi-Fi is available and cell phones register no bars.

This will be my 35th year vacationing on Isle Royale — I suspect the people I work with at my tree care company envy my annual sojourn to the wilderness. Every one of them hunts, fishes, hikes, bikes, gardens or is seriously engaged in some sort of outdoor recreational activity.

It’s safe to say that people who work in the tree care industry eHampton Roadsoy spending time outdoors, whether at work or at play.

Besides working outdoors, tree workers frequently look up. It’s kind of a job requirement. If you look up at trees as often as we do, you’re going to notice natural wonders that most people miss. We get to see interesting cloud formations on a regular basis. We notice raptors soaring on the thermals.

Then there are the trees themselves. Since we are outside so much of the time, because we’re looking skyward, and because of all the physical activity this job demands — despite its many hazards — I also believe we’re a healthier lot, which is terribly important benefit. As author Augusten Burroughs remarked, “If you can have your health you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.”

As a result, I’ve known several individuals in this trade who, when offered a so-called promotion, have turned the job down. And those who do accept new positions soon complain about how their waist lines are growing or about how they now breathe hard when climbing a flight of stairs.

We also work on crews, which keeps us on our toes. We don’t want to be that person who lets their crewmates down. More importantly, we want to make a positive difference in each other’s day.

And since we must work together, we must learn to communicate. We need to learn to speak quickly, clearly and often times, loudly. When someone needs direction and they’re running a saw or a chipper or hauling wood, you can’t hem and haw over your choice of words. It’s critically important that those working around you know what you’re doing and why. In fact, a good tree crew communicates so well that they often anticipate each other’s needs, handing that saw off just as he turns for it or having that line ready before it’s called for.

I return to Isle Royale each year because I love the wilderness setting. I’m literally outdoors 24/7 and I picked a good place to do that. The island park is so pristine that ecologists use its inland lakes and the air overhead for a barometer for what healthy water and air should look like. As such, Isle Royale was declared a wilderness area as soon as the Wilderness Act was passed in 1964. The research projects conducted here have grown so scientifically important that Isle Royale was declared an International Biosphere Preserve by the United Nations’ Science and Environment Panel, which is a sort of Hall of Fame designation for environmentally important sites.

Due to the remote wilderness setting, several wildlife studies are conducted on Isle Royale, including the longest running predator-prey study in the world. Moose and wolves are the only large mammals that inhabit the island. The predator-prey balance between them is a living example of how important that relationship is. The 55-year-old study is often cited when explaining why predator-prey balances are so crucial. It’s a lesson arborists have learned well, for it certainly applies to growing healthy trees.

Places like Isle Royale, however, are important for more than just their scientific reasons. I had the privilege of spending an entire month here over my fiftieth birthday. I fished, canoed, hiked, camped and relaxed for an entire month without hearing the sound of any car or smelling the odor of exhaust. To say I felt inspired when I returned is an understatement. That month away spawned two books: “Naked in the Stream; Isle Royale Stories” and “Hidden in the Tree Service Hampton Roadss; an Isle Royale Sojourn.” The first became the official Great Lakes Region read for 2017 as chosen by the Michigan Center for the Book.

John Muir, a man who could honestly boast about spending much of his life outdoors and who would inspire the creation of the National Park System, once said, “I only went outside for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” Those of us who work in the tree care industry well understand how Mr. Muir came to that conclusion.

If you work for a tree service, there’s no question that working conditions can be rough. It’s often too hot or too cold. You’re often wet and miserable. We work hard — even harder during storms. After natural disasters, we may work seven days a week. Our bodies ache. Our muscles are sore. Most of us are nursing cuts and bruises. But we get up the next morning and do it all over again. We’ve learned from experience that we can. We know the hard way that we’re capable of working through pain. We also know how to pace ourselves.

That all strikes me as being extremely valuable.

Ours’ is a type of self-awareness I believe few people acquire. It’s a confidence in oneself that can be carried with you into whatever endeavor you choose, be it professional or recreational.

As with tree work, wilderness camping has its challenges, too. I’ve experienced a great deal of “education” over the 35 years I’ve vacationed on Isle Royale. I’ve learned how to better prepare, how to pack and what to avoid. I’ve reached the limits of my physical endurance. I’ve learned to maintain my equipment in good working order.

And with each passing year, I learn something new. I’ll bring an improved piece of gear or clothing or footwear. It may be something as simple as a headlamp versus a handheld flashlight. Or polar tech outerwear versus a wool shirt. Or a new fishing lure “guaranteed” to catch fish.

You never quit learning in this trade.

It’s easy to forget how far we’ve come. Our work crews now wear headsets in their hard hats so as to better communicate with each other. The new ascending devices dramatically improve that initial climb up a tree. Digital photography clarifies for customers, as well as for staff, what needs to be done. And I can’t remember the last time I didn’t email an estimate.

I’m sure future improvements will be just as big. Laser pruners? Jet packs? Holographic house calls? Chain saws and chippers so quiet they’re almost silent. New equipment that’s stronger and lighter than ever before, strong enough to lift tons of wood and yet do no damage to lawns.

I believe our trade will continue to be in demand for the foreseeable future. Given the many sharp minds at work in it, I think that future looks quite bright.

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03 Nov 2017

The Great Value Of A Good Leader

The Great Value of a Good Leader

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p class=”art”>I’m a leadership junkie. I’ve always been interested in why people follow the lead of certain others, both in the workplace and in everyday life.

Tree Service Hampton care, like any business, requires solid leadership in order to be successful. It starts at the top with the owner of the company. It then filters down to the crew leader on individual jobs. The fact is, strong leadership from crew leaders and managers will almost always result in increased safety and efficiency. Leaders inspire people to achieve great things. This can happen in any company, big or small.

So, what goes into good leadership? Do you have a leadership void at your company? Here are some general tips that could help at your operation:

Have a plan. And a backup plan. And a backup plan for the backup plan.

Keep documents, inventories and notes. It’s vital to document both good and bad incidents and behaviors, especially when it comes time for performance reviews. Well-organized records can help you track the progress of your business and prepare accurate financial statements and reports. How can you know what equipment to buy and when to do so if you don’t have a crystal-clear picture of your company’s finances? Also, ground everything with data. Back up all your decisions, opinions and thoughts with hard, objective facts and evidence.

Leadership is more work, not less. If you aspire to be a leader, understand that such a position should create more work for you, not less. Leaders lead by example. How can you expect someone to be inspired by you if you’re not the first person on the job and the last one to leave? (Depending on your situation, this may not always be practical or feasible.) The point is that if people see you slacking off, they’re likely to do the same. That’s the complete opposite of good leadership. Being a leader is a responsibility – expect and demand more from yourself than from employees. A leader’s foundation is strong and unbreakable.

Set standards and practice equal treatment. Say your best climber isn’t wearing the proper PPE – but this is the first incident for this person. Several of the people you supervise observe this break in protocol. What do you do? A good leader will reprimand the climber and ensure the proper PPE is present. A bad leader would give the climber a pass, since that person is your best and it’s never happened before. Treat everyone the same, regardless of skill or experience level.

Leaders live balanced lives. We cover the importance of proper work/personal life balance often in the pages of Tree Service Hampton Services. This isn’t on accident. For the long term, leaders don’t let work, or their job, define them. They have balance in their lives. Family, personal mental health and happiness are always the top priority. Professional success follows from there. At the same time, leaders exhibit a passion and love for their job while on the clock. Positive attitudes are contagious. If you don’t love it, who will?

An eye toward the future is critical. One of the more important traits for a leader, in my mind, is the ability to think one step ahead of everyone else. This goes back to having plans in place. But thinking ahead can also mean looking ahead. The future of a business depends on vision and a willingness to not become out of date or obsolete. Use this concept of forward thinking when hiring people or even purchasing equipment – how will this person/tool not only help me now, but three years from now?

Make your own copies. The worst boss I ever had was someone who didn’t know how to do anything in the office. This person couldn’t answer the phone, use the computers or figure out the printer. Instead of bothering to learn, this person had their employees do it all. Especially in a small company, this is the worst example of leadership. Have humility, roll up your sleeves and get dirty with your staff. Educate yourself. Step out of your comfort zone.

Know yourself and be honest. If you’re good at resolving disputes, step in and resolve them. If there’s something you’re not good at, admit it and work on it. Also, don’t make excuses. If you make a mistake, own it and don’t pass the blame.

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