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Harrisburg-area tree services celebrate Arbor Day with an 'Arbor Day of Service'
In celebration of Arbor Day, the PennDel Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) held an “Arbor Day of Service” April 21 at Harrisburg Cemetery, 521 North 13th Street in Harrisburg.

Arborists from local tree services donated their time and professional skills to prune some of the healthy trees on the historic cemetery grounds, and to remove a number of large standing dead trees. Tree work involving climbers, cranes, bucket trucks, chainsaws and chippers was under way into the afternoon. Volunteers also planted new trees on the grounds.

Participating in the Day of Service were the following companies that employ ISA certified arborists: Bartlett Tree Service, The Crane Man Inc., Cumberland Valley Tree Service, Custom Climber Services, Goods Tree Service, Greiner Crane Company, Moonlight Landscape & Tree LLC, York Tree Service, and the DCNR Bureau of Forestry’s TreeVitalize Program.

ISA certified arborists have successfully completed extensive arboricultural training and a written examination, and must regularly earn continuing education credits through additional training to maintain certification.

The Harrisburg Cemetery was selected as the site of this year’s Arbor Day of Service because of its fine collection of trees on a historically important site, and the tremendous need for tree care. The Cemetery was established in 1845 on a bluff overlooking the city, and was designed as a park-like setting.

It is the final resting place of many of the city’s most prominent citizens, as well as Civil War leaders and soldiers from both North and South. The board and staff of Harrisburg Cemetery Association have been working closely with Dauphin County Master Gardeners to establish the grounds as an arboretum, and to replant tree species that have been lost over the years.

The Day of Service event was organized by ISA members from the Bureau of Forestry and Bartlett Tree Service, working in partnership with the Harrisburg Cemetery Association. For more information about the Day of Service contact Ellen Roane, DCNR Bureau of Forestry at (717) 418-0751 or

Historical tours of the cemetery and its trees are being offered on Saturday, April 25. For more information contact the cemetery at (717) 635-8949 or

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April 22, 2015

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