Beyond the Trees

Jessica Cofer Blog

The role of a professional arborist can be as diverse and the person in the role – tasks certainly include the care and maintenance of trees, and can be so much more. Take Glen Wilson, NATS Lead Instructor and arborist with the LSU AgCenter Burden Museum & Gardens, a 440-acre historic property in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Over the course of …

Show Your Skills in the Arena at TCIA EXPO

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We’re looking forward to joining our partner TCIA once again for its annual TCIA EXPO next month in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The EXPO, which will be held November 7 – 9, is considered the world’s largest tree care industry conference and trade show. For the second year, NATS will take to the trade show floor to host the Safety Skills Arena, …

A Closer Look at Train the Trainer

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In our industry, it’s important to keep learning and growing, both professionally and personally. That’s where our Train the Trainer program comes into play. Train the Trainer is the pinnacle training program offered to those professionals who have a passion for training others, who want to share their knowledge and expertise to help move the needle forward in our industry. …

Take Some Time for Self-Care

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As summertime comes to an end and the kids are heading back to school, fall is quickly upon us and time will seemingly fly as we race toward the end of the year. It’s likely no coincidence, then, that September has been declared Self-Care Awareness Month: “a time to remind us that taking care of ourselves, first and foremost, is …

All in the Family

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For Justin Hofmeister, NATS Lead Instructor and owner of Hofmeister Tree Service in Centralia, Washington, arboriculture and tree work runs in the family. In fact, Justin can trace his family’s roots in the tree industry back at least five generations. “My dad got started because his dad did it, and his dad did it,” explains Justin. “Nicholas (Justin’s son) is …