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UVI WORKSHOP: Pruning Trees Is of Supreme Importance Especially After A Hurricane

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FREDERIKSTED — The University of the Virgin Islands’ Cooperative Extension Service (UVI-CES) – Agriculture and Natural Resources Program will hold a tree pruning workshop entitled, “How to Correctly and Safely Prune Trees.”

The workshops will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, in the Research and Extension Center, Room 133, on the Albert A. Sheen Campus on St. Croix and on Friday, Feb. 23, in the UVI CELL Training Room on the St. Thomas Campus. Each workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The training will focus on safety, tree biology, on making proper pruning cuts, pruning equipment, safety equipment, and different types of pruning with special reference to hurricane damage. These workshops will also include a hands-on pruning demonstration. If you are unable to attend this training or you are physically unable to prune your trees, get a company like Treequote to do it for you.

Stafford Crossman, acting State Director of UVI-CES, is encouraging the public to attend the workshops to learn more about the importance of trees in the recovery process after hurricanes Irma and Maria.

“All persons especially those involved with, or interested in, caring for trees are encouraged to attend this important workshop,” said Crossman. “The information provided in the workshops will be very valuable and pertinent, as our trees recover from the devastation caused by the two category five hurricanes.”

For additional information and to register, please contact Stafford Crossman at UVI-CES Office on St. Croix at (340) 692-4071 or at scrossm@uvi.edu or Dale Morton at (340) 692-1086 or dmorton@uvi.edu at the UVI-CES Office on St. Thomas.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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