FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ – The New Jersey Arborists – International Society of Arboriculture Chapter will gather at Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park Arboretum, Parking Lot F, 156 Mettlers Road o Saturday, June 1for the 34th annual New Jersey State Tree Climbing Championship.

The competition will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m.

The event will include a Men’s Divisional Competition and a Women’s Competition. Winners will represent the NJ Arborists at The International Tree Climbing Competition.

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Tree climbing competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field. Male and female competitors perform five different events during preliminary rounds to qualify for the International Championship. Each event tests a competitor's ability to professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree-care tasks in a timely manner.

The 144-acre Arboretum, located in the western section of Colonial Park, is a living tree museum containing labeled specimens of flowering trees, evergreens, shade trees, dwarf conifers, and flowering shrubs.  Established to display ornamental trees and shrubs, which grow well in central NJ, the Arboretum is a valuable resource to homeowners planning to landscape their properties.