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07/27/05

Free Program Helps Pros And Homeowners Work With Trees

Tree trimmers and electric company workers are used to working with chain saws. But even the pros don't know all the techniques when it comes to handling the powerful tool.

On Wednesday, representatives from the power tool company Stihl gave a tree cutting demonstration at the Orange Grove Community Center.

They explained "You don't ever want to cut directly beneath the limb. That's obvious. If there's not enough angle, there's potential you'll damage the saw".

Rodney Beech is a safety and training coordinator for Coast Electric.

"If you cut a tree the wrong way, you can injure it, rather than help it."

About 135 professionals, including landscapers and aborists, learned the proper and safe way to cut and trim trees.

David Barkley is the safety director for a tree service company in Laurel.

"It's dangerous work. That's why safety is so important to us, and that's one of the reasons we're here today to teach and train these guys to be safer on the job."

In the sea of men, Mary Rose certainly stood out.

"I went and bought me a chain saw and this is why I'm here."

The Biloxi homeowner is about to tackle a backyard that's overgrown with vines and trees.

"I've tried spraying it. I've tried pulling it. I don't know what to do. I went to the fire department to see if I can burn it. I can't do that, so I'm just up a creek here."

But after watching the demonstration, Mary seemed ready for the task. When asked if she was looking forward to it, Rose smiled and said, "It's just part of life. Just like childbirth. Part of life."

The "Working With Trees" program also focused on new techniques to help trees grow, how to know when a tree is dying, and tree ordinances. Coast Electric, the Professional Arborist Association of Mississippi, and state Urban Forest Council sponsored the free seminar.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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