Have you ever heard of the children’s book, The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein? It’s a story about a tree that gives a boy everything it has, such as apples, wood and shade, to make him happy throughout his life. Every tree is a giving tree, isn’t it? Trees are wind obstructors, fresh air makers, pollutant reducers, shade producers, and block us from the cold. Trees entertain kids for hours with tree houses and swings.
Winter weather brings many dangers - low temperatures, heavy snowfall, and even sheets of ice, which can be particularly harmful to trees. Most ice-covered trees are susceptible to breakage from the added weight, but some are better equipped to deal with the cold weather than others.
TCIAF’s 17th Annual Student Career Days at TCI EXPO is coming up in November, in Charlotte, N.C., and I’m looking forward to seeing you at the show and, hopefully, at the competition at Freedom Park on Nov.15. Having competed in tree climbing competitions the last 22 years, my passion for climbing grows each year.