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Trimming Our Trees

Chris Roddick
Chris Roddick, senior arborist at BBG. Photo by Dave Allen.

If you walk around BBG often enough, chances are you’ll come across Chris Roddick—if you keep your gaze up toward the sky, that is. Roddick spends much of his time taking the danger out of trees, pruning for the tree’s sake and for our own safety.

An ISA-certified arborist at BBG, Chris is also the coauthor of the BBG handbook The Tree Care Primer. Pruning and cleanup are only two aspects of the job; it also involves planting, predicting growth, and sometimes even taking a few aerial photographs for earth-bound staff.

BBG's senior arborist was featured in New York Works on WNYC describing the precarious but rewarding nature of his work. The piece, "A Brooklyn Arborist", by Sarah Kate Kramer, is also available for download from the WNYC website.

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