Rep. Clyde: ODOT Partners With Kent Business To Offer Staff Trainings
Davey Resource Group to offer courses in roadside tree management
November 15, 2016
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State Rep. Kathleen Clyde today announced $49,000 in state funding for the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to contract with Davey Resource Group, a Kent-based company specializing in natural resource and utility consulting. Funds will be used to provide training courses on roadside tree management to ODOT staff.

“These training courses will allow ODOT to improve safety, cut costs and better protect the environment and our roadways,” said Rep. Clyde. “In partnering with Davey Resource Group, ODOT staff will receive the best training to turn theory into practice.”

The first course will train on the identification of hazardous trees, tree identification and making proper arboricultural cuts. A second course will be offered to ODOT staff preparing to take the International Society of Arboriculture's (ISA) certified arborist exam. The goal of both trainings is to equip ODOT staff to better evaluate and address tree issues along the roadway.

Today’s announced funding continues an existing ODOT initiative to evaluate the department’s current Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) process and provide recommendations to improve safety, cost effectiveness, environmental compliance and reduce labor hours. Courses are scheduled to begin this winter and extend into spring 2017.

Rep. Clyde represents the 75th Ohio House District, serving Kent, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Central and Southern Portage County.  

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