Safe Tree Removal Training for Municipal Staff

Join Montpelier City Arborist Adam McCullough in this half-day workshop to learn an accessible and cost-effective way to improve safety when removing trees in public ways and places - using a rope to guide trees to the ground while keeping workers out of the strike zone. 

Dates and Locations

There is now only one option to attend this training.

July 21st, 8am-12pm: Hubbard Park, Montpelier

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for:

  • municipal road crews
  • public works departments
  • parks departments
  • any other municipal staff actively working with public trees.

All training will occur from the ground -- there is no tree climbing needed or expected during this workshop.

Workshop Summary

This will be a very hands on training! Pulling trees over with rope allows you to never have someone in the strike zone while you are applying force to the tree.

  • Learn a Bowline knot.
  • Learn a Girth hitch to attach and detach a throw weight from a throw line.
  • Learn how to use a rope bag and throw line cube.
  • Learn how to flake a rope.
  • Learn how to throw the throw weight.
  • Learn how to attach the rope to the throw line so it can be pulled into the tree.
  • Attach the rope about 2/3 up the tree.
  • Get clear of the drop zone before you pull.


Registration costs are $25 for a single attendee, $40 for a team of two or more from a single municipality. If registering for two attendees or more from a single municipality, select the appropriate ticket and enter "1" for the $40 ticket price. Participants staying on-site for the afternoon workshop on Tree Risk Evaluation Training for Municipal Staff and Volunteers should register for each half-day workshop separtely.

The first 13 registered municipalities in each workshop will take home a rope throwing kit valued at $265 containing the equipment needed to use rope throwing skills in your community. 

Minimum registration of 15 people is required by July 13th.

Register Now - Montpelier, July 21st, 2022