Arborists volunteer a day of tree service at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

This article with The Herald-News discusses the volunteer tree work that was done at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery as part of the Saluting Branches event. The volunteers at this event were just a handful of more than 50 Davey arborists from around the country who participated in this day of service. 

Posted: Sept. 21, 2016

By Bob Okon

ELWOOD – Arborists and helpers cut down dead trees, fertilized living ones and pruned others that needed it Wednesday at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

It was the second Saluting Branches event, a day of volunteering for arborists across the U.S. An estimated 1,400 volunteers helped out at 36 veterans cemeteries.

“It’s my ability with my skill to give back in a beautiful area that should be as beautiful as possible,” said Brandon Dobnick, a tree-climber for the Morton Arboretum and who was among 14 volunteers at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

The help is needed not just for aesthetic value, but also for safety’s sake because of the hazard that falling branches could pose, Jason Grizzle said. Grizzle is a gardener for the cemetery.

To read about Davey's involvement in the event, click here

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