Arborist Appreciation Day 2022
Did you know that June 16th is Arborist Appreciation Day?
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Arborist Appreciation Day is all about taking some time to appreciate the hard work and sacrifices that those who are in the arborist trade contribute to the community. It can be an extremely dangerous job and the people who dedicate their lives to it often do not get recognized as the work of an arborists is often unseen, however that does not discount how vitally important the job is. There’s more to being an arborist than you might assume and Arborist Appreciation Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of these professionals.
History of Arborist Appreciation Day
Today, there are more than 8,000 professional arborists in the United States. The profession of Arboriculture is recognized as one of the most dangerous yet important jobs across the country. Arborist Appreciation Day is celebrated on June 16th of every year. It’s the time of the year when we show appreciation to these professional of tree cultivation, maintenance, and management — not to mention the important role they play in the logging economy and during natural disasters. Being an arborist is a dangerous job, as there are a lot of risks involved. It’s safe to say that these men and women put their lives on the line daily in the service of improving horticulture and dendrology. Arborists are there when there’s a heavy storm or some sort of natural disaster. Trees can be big, heavy and life-threatening, especially when there’s a disaster or storm which uproot them or swift winds cause large branches to break. The work of an arborists contributes to making sure that these trees don’t cause any unnecessary harm to members of the community. Today, we show our appreciation for what they do. Find out the ways you can celebrate and show support to arborists nationwide.
The origin of arboriculture traces back to ancient times. It was in the Fertile Crescent that the first trees were cultivated in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Owing to migration and trade exchanges, techniques in arboriculture were developed and the profession spread throughout Europe. The date palm tree was the first to be cultivated in the Middle East because of the popularity of its sweet fruit. By 6000 B.C., Asia began cultivating olive trees, which became so popular that they reached North Africa through trade. The discovery of olive trees as producing oil became a vital part of the Rome Empire and is a core piece of Greek and Italian identity today.
In the Middle Ages, fruits became a huge part of societies dietary intake, which contributed to the rise of orchards. By then, arboriculture became a prominent occupation for many locals. Arborists cultivated apple, pear, apricot, and plum trees, which boosted economies in European countries. By the 18th century, “Diderot and D’alembert’s Encyclopédie” introduced more advanced methods of arboriculture in the ‘Arbre’ (tree) section. These techniques were quickly adopted by arborists which contributed to modern-day arboriculture methods still practiced today.
In 1873, John Davey became the first official tree surgeon after planting hundreds of new trees throughout his community in Kent, Ohio. This mass-planting practice is known today as ‘tree surgery.’ By 1878, he built a greenhouse and created a monthly newsletter called ‘Davey’s Floral and Landscape Educator,’ which aimed to educate his community on the importance of tree planting and management.
5 Frequently Asked Questions about the Arborist Trade:
1. How many Arborists are there in the United States?
There is 8,000+ professional arborists and according to statistics, 92.6% of arborists in the United States are men, while 7.4% are women.
2. Is being an arborists dangerous?
According to analysts, the annual fatality rate for arborists is 30 per 100,000 U.S. workers.
3. What level of education do you need to become an Arborist?
To be a certified arborist in the U.S., you need to have a college degree specific to arboriculture and training in the field.
4. What services do Arborists provide?
Arborists offer a range of services: trimming, planting, treatment (pesticides, insecticides), and consulting.
5. Where do Arborists make the most money?
California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Dakota, and Rhode Island provide the highest annual salaries for arborists.
How to Celebrate Arborist Appreciation Day
Here are a few ideas for things that you might be able to do to participate in Arborist Appreciation Day:
Raise awareness on social media
Social media is the best platform to effectively and quickly raise awareness of certain causes or events. You can share different articles on the importance of arboriculture and how they help the economy. Use the hashtag #ArboristAppreciationDay, and make this an annual habit.
Participate in mass tree planting
While it’s unlikely for regular citizens to do the more dangerous aspects of an arborist’s job, you can still act as a tree surgeon for a day. Organize a mass planting with your friends and family around your community. It can be a simple shrub or a baby tree. This activity raises awareness about the nature of every arborist’s duties.
Prune your backyard
One of the simplest things you can do to experience a fraction of what arborists do is to prune your bushes in your backyard. A simple trimming and cutting will do the trick. It’s also a great opportunity to tidy up the growing plants and shrubs on your property and reduce the change that you will need a professional arborist to come in!