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May 19, 2014

The 2014 Midwestern Chapter Tree Climbing Championships (MW-TCC) will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the Missouri Botanical Garden on June 14. For the second year in a row the Missouri Botanical Garden will serve as our host and this fabulous facility promises to be just as wonderful and accommodating as last year. With many, many attractions for our members and guests this site is an ideal setting for our event. Please check out their Web site (http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/) to learn all about this beautiful arboretum.

All participants including competitors, judges and volunteers are reminded that they are required to register online for this event. To assure a spot in the contest, climbers must register prior to the competition and all completed and signed insurance forms must be submitted and postmarked by June 6th. Also, please note that climbers must be members of the Midwestern Chapter and reside within our seven member states in order to participate in the Masters’ Challenge.

The Hilton St. Louis Frontenac will once again be our headquarters hotel and this venue is conveniently located on Interstate 64 on the western edge of St. Louis. The facility is easily accessible from all reaches of the Midwestern Chapter and, if you are interested in extending your stay, downtown St. Louis is nearby with its many metropolitan attractions and entertainment opportunities.

As usual, all contestants will compete in five preliminary events to qualify as one of the competitor who earn the right to move on to the championship round, “The Masters Challenge.” The preliminary events include Secured Foot Lock, Belayed Speed Climb, Aerial Rescue, Work Climb and Throw Line. Prizes and plaques will be awarded to the top finishers in each preliminary event in accordance with the Midwestern Chapter MW-TCC Prize Distribution Policy. 

The winner of the Masters Challenge will be awarded a special prize package of state-of-the-art climbing gear as well as the peer recognition which comes with their victory. The champion also earns the right to represent the Midwestern Chapter at the International Tree Climbing Championships to be held in Milwaukee in early August. As always, ISA CEUs will be available for the climbers and judges.

Details for the event, including all the information needed to register, is available on the Midwestern Chapter Web site at www.mwisa.org. Please come join us for a spirited competition and a great chance to observe skilled tree climbers exhibiting all the skills and techniques that make them masters of their trade.

Rick Tagtow
Executive Director
Midwestern Chapter - International Society of Arboriculture


Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Courses Scheduled

About the course

The ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) program provides an opportunity for professionals in the arboriculture industry to expand their knowledge through education and training in the fundamentals of tree risk assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.

The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Course is a two-day educational course followed by a 1/2 day assessment that includes both a written and field component. The course prepares the participant to take the TRAQ assessment to become ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified. It is required that you attend the course and successfully complete the assessment in order to receive the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification.


December 1-3, 2014/St. Louis, Missouri
Registration deadline, November 1, 2014
View TRAQ brochure
Online registration for TRAQ St. Louis

February 24-26, 2015/Leawood, Kansas.
Registration deadline, January 24, 2015
View TRAQ brochure
Online registration for TRAQ Leawood

SAVE-THE-DATE! MW-ISA Conference and Trade Show, January 28-30, 2015 - Council Bluffs, IA

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