North American Tree Climbers to Compete in Liberty Park

Posted: Oct. 16, 2017

CHAMPAIGN, Ill – Liberty Park in Salt Lake City is the site for this year’s North American Tree Climbing Championship (NATCC), which will take place October 20-22 where forty-six of the top professional tree climbers from the United States and Canada compete for the title of North American Champion while demonstrating their skills as professional arborists.

This event, organized by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and hosted by the Utah Community Forestry Council (UCFC), showcases arborists in action and helps educate consumers about proper tree work and safety.  The NATCC is free and open to the public.  

Presented by Husqvarna, the competition includes five preliminary events to be held Friday and Saturday in which competitors demonstrate the skills required to safely work in trees. The competitors with the highest scores during the preliminary events will move on to the Masters’ Challenge championship round sponsored by The Davey Tree Expert Company on Sunday, October 22.

Tree climbing competitions like the NATCC reproduce the real-life working conditions of arborists in the field. The competition, along with the Arbor Fair, helps provide the public with a better understanding of the skills it takes to properly climb and care for trees.  

In addition to the competition, events will include an Arbor Fair and Expo featuring family-friendly activities such as a fun tree climb and limb walk. Arborist-focused workshops are also being offered on Friday prior to the event.

The male and female champions earn the opportunity to compete at the 2018 International Tree Climbing Championship (ITCC) to be held in Columbus, OH, August 3-5 where they will compete with arborists from around the world. For more information on the NATCC and a full schedule of events, visit www.itcc-isa.com/natcc.

About ISA

The International Society of Arboriculture, headquartered in Champaign, Ill., is a nonprofit organization supporting tree care research and education around the world. To promote the importance of arboriculture, ISA manages the consumer education web site, www.treesaregood.org which fulfills the association’s mission to help educate the public about the importance and value of proper tree care. Also, as part of ISA’s dedication to the care and preservation of shade and ornamental trees, it offers the only internationally-recognized certification program in the industry. For more information on ISA and Certified Arborists, visit www.isa-arbor.com.

About UCFC

The Utah Community Forestry Council (UCFC), a chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, is a non-profit organization that advocates for proper management and care of Utah's community forests through partnerships, and public and professional education.

About Davey Tree

The Davey Tree Expert Company’s approximately 9,000 employees provide diversified tree services, grounds maintenance and environmental services for the residential, utility, commercial and government markets throughout the U.S. and Canada. Davey has provided Proven Solutions for a Growing World since 1880 and has been employee-owned for 38 years.

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