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    About our 2021 Tree Climbing Competition

    For More Information

    Neil Norton,
    Executive Director, Georgia Arborist Association
    404.913.1422, neil@georgiaarborist.org

    For Immediate Release

    Best Tree Climbers in Kingston, GA!

    How long has it been since you’ve climbed a tree?

    The best professional tree climbers in the country will be in Kingston, GA, on Saturday, November 13, and Sunday, November 14, for the 23rd annual Georgia Tree Climbing Championships (GTCC). In addition to seeing some of the best climbers up close, there will be food trucks and a free family tree climb that will get you and your kids safely up in the trees to see what it’s like for the pros. The event is hosted by the Georgia Arborist Association and is free and open to the public.

    The GTCC gives public exposure to the professional arborist as climbers showcase their skill and agility in the treetops, competing for a spot at the International Tree Climbing Competition held by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

    The competition includes events that test a competitor’s ability to safely maneuver in a tree during timed events – from aerial rescue to work-related tasks such as limb walking. The event also provides an opportunity for working arborists to share new climbing techniques, knowledge of equipment and safe work practices.

    Prior to the tree climbing competition, GAA will host its first annual Trees Unite Us Conference for seasoned and aspiring arborists, Nov. 11-12. The events will be held at The Barn Under the Oaks, 463 Hall Station Road, Kingston, GA 30145.

    Schedule of Events:

    Friday, 11/12/21:

    7 pm – Aerial Ascent competition begins. Climbers go head-to-head in a “drag race up a tree” in this timed event in a magically lit 60-foot white oak.

    Saturday, 11/13/21:

    8:30 am – Preliminary Climbs begin. Male and female competitors vie separately in five different, timed events. Those with the highest scores from the preliminary events will compete in Sunday’s Masters Challenge.

    11 am - 4 pm -- Family Tree Climb

    Sunday, 11/14/21:

    9 am - 1 pm -- Masters Challenge (final rounds)

    About GAA
    The Georgia Arborist Association (GAA) was established as an organization to bring together tree care professionals and enthusiasts for the betterment and protection of Georgia's trees60. The GAA promotes fellowship, education, training and networking among Georgia arborists, while acting as an advocate for issues facing our trees and the arboriculture industry. Safe and proper tree care practices are the cornerstones of the GAA and its activities. For more information on GAA and ISA Certified Arborists, visit georgiaarborist.org.

    Georgia Arborist Association
    PO Box 2516, Decatur GA 30031
    www.georgiaarborist.org • 404-913-1422

     

    About our 2021 Trees Unite Us Conference


    For More Information

    Neil Norton,
    Executive Director, Georgia Arborist Association
    404.913.1422, neil@georgiaarborist.org

    For Immediate Release

    First Annual Trees Unite Us Conference

    Arborists of all varieties come together in November meeting.

    The Georgia Arborist Association (GAA) will host its first annual Trees Unite Us (TUU) Conference for seasoned and aspiring arborists, Thursday, November 11, and Friday, November 12, 2021. 

    The TUU conference allows arborists to engage in knowledge and safety practices while networking with tree professionals from throughout the Southeast United States. The conference will provide education for all arborists (including consulting, sales, municipal, utility, aspiring and climbing).

    TUU provides 10 continuing education units (CEUs) for attendees in an affordable series of workshops.

    Courses include a chance to learn about new business opportunities through credentialing and plant health care, identify pests and diseases while climbing, and discover electrical work safety from utility arborists.

    A highlight of Friday, Nov. 12, will be a crane workshop taught by Tierson Boutte, founder and co-owner of Boutte Tree, Inc. Arborists will focus on storm-damaged trees and extreme rigging, while operating a 70-ton crane.

    All TUU attendees have an opportunity to get in a tree, doing hands-on recreational and/or professional tree climbing, where experts will show techniques and how they apply to both arborists and enthusiasts. After the classes, this destination conference will offer time for networking, along with food and music.

    After the TUU conference, the best professional tree climbers in the country will be in Kingston, GA, on Saturday, Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14, for the 23rd annual Georgia Tree Climbing Championships (GTCC). In addition to seeing some of the best climbers up close, there will be food trucks and a free family tree climb that will get you and your kids safely up in the trees to see what it’s like for the pros. The event is hosted by the GAA and is free and open to the public.

    The GTCC gives public exposure to the professional arborist as climbers showcase their skill and agility in the treetops, competing for a spot at the International Tree Climbing Competition held by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).

    The competition includes events that test a competitor’s ability to safely maneuver in a tree during timed events – from aerial rescue to work-related tasks such as limb walking. The event also provides an opportunity for working arborists to share new climbing techniques, knowledge of equipment and safe work practices.

    All events will be held at The Barn Under the Oaks, 463 Hall Station Road, Kingston, GA 30145.

    Schedule of Events:

    Thursday, 11/11/21:

    9:30 am – Kick-off for the first annual Trees Unite Us conference, bringing together arborists from across the Southeast.

    10 am – 3 pm – Training & Tree Climbing Opportunities (Recreational and Professional)

    5 pm – Networking and dinner begin.

    Friday, 11/12/21:

    10 am – 3 pm – The Trees Unite Us conference continues, including a crane workshop.

    10 am – 3 pm – Training & Tree Climbing Opportunities (Recreational and Professional)

    7 pm – Aerial Ascent competition begins. Climbers go head-to-head in a “drag race up a tree” timed event in a magically lit champion tree.

    Saturday, 11/13/21:

    8:30 am – Preliminary Climbs begin. Male and female competitors vie separately in five different, timed events. Those with the highest scores from the preliminary events will compete in Sunday’s Masters Challenge.

    11 am - 4 pm – Family Tree Climb

    7 pm – Annual GAA Award Winners are announced.

    Sunday, 11/14/21:

    9 am - 1 pm – Masters Challenge (final rounds)

    About GAA
    The Georgia Arborist Association (GAA) was established as an organization to bring together tree care professionals and enthusiasts for the betterment and protection of Georgia's trees. The GAA promotes fellowship, education, training and networking among Georgia arborists, while acting as an advocate for issues facing our trees and the arboriculture industry. Safe and proper tree care practices are the cornerstones of the GAA and its activities. For more information on GAA and ISA Certified Arborists, visit georgiaarborist.org.

    Georgia Arborist Association
    PO Box 2516, Decatur GA 30031
    www.georgiaarborist.org • 404-913-1422

     



    Georgia Arborist Association


    Email:  info@georgiaarborist.org
    Phone:  (404) 913-1422
    Address:  GAA ~ P.O. Box 2516, Decatur GA 30031

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