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Tree Pruning Workshop a Prelude to Spring
Thursday, March 18, 2021


They say you should train up your child in the way he should go. Apparently, the same holds true for young trees, as well.

Learn how when the Hailey Public Library presents a virtual workshop titled “Pruning Young Trees with Purpose and Skill” at 5:30 tonight—Thursday, March 18.

The workshop will feature Linda Ries, chair of the Hailey Tree Committee, and Stephanie Cook, the City of Hailey arborist and parks supervisor. To tune in, RSVP to

A hands-on training will be offered later in the spring.

“Besides planting the right tree in the right place, the second most important key to growing resilient trees is to correctly prune them when they are young,” said Kristin Fletcher, the library’s programs and community engagement coordinator. “This class, taught by highly qualified arborists, will focus on the basics of how to properly prune young trees to create mature trees with strong branches.”

Linda Ries has a BS in Forest Biology from Colorado State University. She has been a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture since 1996 and has served on the Tree Committee since 2015.

She was a Community Forester for the Sawtooth National Forest and the Conservation Education Coordinator for the Forest Service’s Intermountain Region. In 1996, she established the BCRD Native Plant Arboretum, located near the intersection of the bike path and Fox Acres Road in Hailey.

Stephanie Cook is both an ISA certified Arborist and Municipal Arborist. She received a BA in Horticulture and Crop Science from Ohio State University.

She has worked for the City of Hailey for 5 years and manages trees in right of ways and city  parks. She also is the city’s liaison to the Tree Committee, which was established in 2008 to promote sound arboricultural practices and tree diversity and to promote public education of proper tree care practices.


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