***** Please note: Kevin Smith from the USDA Forest Service was scheduled to speak, but unfortunately is not able to attend. We are thankful and pleased to announce that the first talk in the Clubhouse will featureR Dr. Neil Hendrickson of Bartlett Tree Experts and the Northeast Bartlett Tree Research Lab. Neil will be speaking on “Storm Damaged Trees – the Road to Recovery”. During this talk, Dr. Hendrickson will touch on a variety of topics of current interest in the light of recent weather in the state. Included among them will be the steps an arborist can take prior to a storm to lower the likelihood of damage and what he or she can do following a storm, once the damage has occurred. The importance of an initial tree risk assessment will be discussed. Once a storm hits, a tree must be assessed all over again, with a view towards what new safety issues might be of concern and, also, what health problems might arise with the tree. Mitigation will be discussed, as will those steps an arborist can take to help nurse a tree back to health. Neil is longtime friend of CTPA, having spoken at both Summer and Annual Meetings and at various workshops conducted by the Association. He is based in New Jersey and, as the Northeast Technical Researcher for Bartlett Tree Experts, he is deeply knowledgeable of the many tree health concerns and conditions that arborists face working throughout the region. Because of his connections with Bartlett’s Tree Research Lab in North Carolina, Neil provides an important link between the research conducted through that facility and the practitioners in the field.