Large tree care supervisor John Vanko takes a break trimming a tree at Saluting Branches Sept. 19 in Fort Logan National Cemetery.
South Suburban Parks and Recreation (SSPR) arborists participated in the Fourth Annual Saluting Branches event Sept. 19 at Fort Logan National Cemetery to honor America’s military servicemen and women. Throughout the country, arborists volunteered their professional skills to prune and remove trees to help keep veterans cemeteries safe and beautiful for visitors.
SSPR’s large tree care forestry’s crew had three veterans who took part in Saluting Branches: John Vanko, large tree care supervisor, (coast guard); Matt Morgan, lead maintenance specialist, forestry (marines); and Aaron Johnson, forestry parks maintenance worker, (army). Eldon Garcia, maintenance technician, forestry, also participated.
SSPR’s forestry crew manages and maintains more than 46,000 trees throughout the park district. Duties of the large tree care crew include tree inspection and monitoring, pruning, cable and bracing, tree risk assessment inspections and removal and stump grinding.
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