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 …

The Role of Chance in Production Arboriculture

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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

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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 …