All in the Family

Jessica Cofer Blog

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 …

The Role of Chance in Production Arboriculture

Jessica Cofer Blog

First a definition: Chance: verb 1. do something by accident or without design – (chance upon/on) find or see by accident 2. informal do (something) despite its being dangerous or of uncertain outcome There are many ways to view chance or circumstance. Some may call it outright luck. After over two decades in this field, I fully admit that some …

Walk the Walk

Jessica Cofer Blog

One of the best ways to gauge the knowledge, skills and abilities of a crew is to perform individual assessments to determine in which areas they may be strongest, and where there may be room for improvement. NATS offers Competency Assessments that are customized to meet our clients’ needs, and are customized to work with crews of all sizes, from …

Skills Extravaganza – A Look Back

karen@natstraining.com Blog

In May, nearly 40 Arboriculture and Forestry Subject Matter Experts gathered in the lakeside community of Hume, California for Skills Extravaganza, a week-long professional competency assessment program we hosted in partnership with our colleagues from Arboriculture Canada Training & Education (ACTE). With more than 550 years of combined experience, these NATS-affiliated arborists came together from across the globe – from …