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New Feature Brings Tree Climbing Workshops to GIE+EXPO

Posted: Oct. 9, 2019

Louisville, KY – A unique feature on the lineup at GIE+EXPO will put a 40-foot tree inside the Kentucky Exposition Center and give attendees the opportunity to learn arborist techniques from a group of women who are experts in their field. The demonstrations, which are included with trade show registration, are open to all attendees. GIE+EXPO is set for October 16-18, 2019.

A sponsorship by The Davey Tree Expert Company, STIHL Inc. and support from SHELTER Tree bring attendees the opportunity to win prizes in addition to the valuable learning opportunity. STIHL is presenting a certificate for $250 in STIHL equipment each of the three days of the event to one lucky winner. Additionally, At Height has provided hitch cords to give away.

“Davey Tree is proud to present the ‘Climb Trees, Expand Your Horizons’ program at GIE+EXPO, in collaboration with The Women's Tree Climbing Workshop, sponsored by STIHL, with support from SHELTER Tree,” said Sandra Reid, vice president of corporate communications and strategic planning at Davey Tree. “This is a unique chance to highlight opportunities in arboriculture and spotlight some talented female arborists. It should be a great time for the attendees to learn from the best of the best, and we hope many arborists – new and experienced – are able to be there.”

Roger Phelps, Corporate Communications Manager, STIHL Inc., agreed with Reid. “Women are an increasingly important part of the arborist and tree care professions, and investing in their professional development is vital,” he said. “That is why programs like this one are so important, and why we at STIHL are so proud to join Davey Tree in presenting it.”

Five certified arborists, Melissa LeVangie, Bear LeVangie, Rebecca Seibel-Hunt, Alex Julius and Emmett Shutts, will provide climbing instruction while aloft in a tree set up within the expo center’s Freedom Hall. Attendees can expect to learn basic techniques and systems accepted within the industry to safely, efficiently and effectively perform tree care operations during eight sessions, which are included with tradeshow registration.

The LeVangies developed the Women’s Tree Climbing Workshop in 2009 with a mission “to create a safe, encouraging, and empowering learning environment for women to climb trees” and have hosted workshops across the country for both women and men.



Climb Trees, Expand Your Horizons

Free with tradeshow registration. All GIE+EXPO attendees are invited to watch and learn.


Wednesday, October 16

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Intro to Climbing: Job Briefing, PPE, Purpose and Approach

4:45 – 5:45 PM

Basic Climbing Techniques: Climbing Equipment and Systems


Thursday, October 17

10:00 – 11:00 AM

Tree Entry: Throwline, Rope Installation and Tie-in-points

12:00 – 1:00 PM

Access, Ascent (Closed vs. Open System) and Movement

2:00 – 3:00 PM

Movement & Work Positioning

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Safety, Descent, and Equipment Management


Friday, October 18

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Tools of the Trade

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Climbing Systems: Stationary and Moving Rope Strategies and Basics of Rigging

Freedom Hall will also be the location of the Mutt Madness pet adoption event and Food Truck Thursday. Both of these will take place Thursday, October 17, 11AM to 2PM.




GIE+EXPO is sponsored by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute, Inc. (OPEI), Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) and National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP).

Registration is $30 through Oct. 13, and parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center will be free this year. For more information and online registration for the trade show and education program: www.gie-expo.com.  Other contact points: Facebook, info@GIE-EXPO.com, Twitter @GIE_EXPO, Instagram @GIE_EXPO and 800-558-8767/812-949-9200.

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