Tree Fund Update Spring 2017

2016 was a great year for TREE Fund research. Not only did we award a record-breaking ~$550,000 in new grants, we also saw several TREE Fund-supported projects published and presented around the world, getting new knowledge into the heads and hands of the tree care professionals who care for our urban forest.

Scholarship Opportunties

If you have a great research idea or a student heading off to college, consider applying for a TREE Fund Grant or Scholarship. The Spring Award cycle has just started, and below is a list of opportunities for our area.

Award Name




Hyland R. Johns Research Grant Up to $50,000 Supports research that directly affects the work of industry professionals. April 1
Safe Arborist Techniques Fund $15,000 Supports research focusing on the development and training of techniques and equipment used in climbing, rigging, and working on trees in order to provide a safer working environment for tree care professionals. April 1
Arboriculture Education Grant Up to $5,000 Supports the development of unique, creative, or innovative educational programs and materials to foster interest in and enthusiasm for urban and community forests. April 1
Robert Felix Memorial Scholarships $3,000 Supports college students studying arboriculture, urban forestry, or related fields with the intention of entering arboriculture. April 1
John Wright Memorial Scholarship $2,000 Supports high school seniors and returning college student pursuing careers related to arboriculture. May 15

2017 Tour des Trees

This year’s 25th Anniversary Tour will be a week of cycling through Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC on a mix of urban trails and country roads.  For the first time, the Tour will consist of a series of looped routes starting each day from the ISA Conference host hotel, the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center in National Harbor, MD. The ride will be concurrent with the ISA conference beginning July 30 – August 5, 2017. Registration closes May 31. Get details and register for the ride at

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