Davey Tree Flipbooks

2016 Corporate Responsibility Report

The Davey Tree Expert Company provides residential and commercial tree service and landscape service throughout North America. Read our Flipbooks for helpful tips and information on proper tree and lawn care.

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31 BUILD A BETTER CAREER AT D.I.T.S. The Davey Institute of Tree Sciences (D.I.T.S.) welcomed 51 employees to Kent, Ohio, in January to attend the Davey Company's flagship training program in biological sciences, safety, tree and plant care and management techniques. The month-long intensive training program is among the industry's most rigorous and has graduated hundreds of students since its founding in 1909. D.I.T.S. has proven an important milestone for many employees. Many graduates move up within the Davey ranks following their experience in the program. D.I.T.S organizers say that over the years they have seen the program solidify employees' commitment to the company. "D.I.T.S. absolutely makes us the premiere tree company in the U.S. and Canada," said Mary Ann Schaefer, who has helped organize D.I.T.S. for 22 years. LEADING THROUGH SCIENCE The Davey Institute hosted the inaugural Field Operations Pollinator Day at the Shalersville Research Station in Shalersville, Ohio, to showcase the environmental and industry benefits of pollinators. For most environmentally conscious residential and commercial clients, the idea of developing pollinator-friendly spaces is just starting to gain popularity. The pollinator day aimed to educate Davey employees about this growing movement. Our pollinator-focused research includes trials aimed at evaluating seed stock, improving our planting techniques and evaluating the success of our plant health care initiatives for pollinator habitats. Davey employees showcased a thriving pollinator garden with 17 diverse pollinator plant species. After understanding what goes into a pollinator garden, attendees then learned what it takes to create one.

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