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Reiland, Mark


Bachelor’s degree program in Arboriculture and
Urban Forestry (UMASS Amherst)


Associate’s degree program in Arboriculture and
Community Forest Management
(Stockbridge School of Agriculture)


Primary Interest:

My primary interests are tree biomechanics and arboricultural safety and training.  The tree biomechanics research is focused on determining the load carrying capacity and safe working load limits of tree stems and canopy parts.  This information is critical for field practitioners who must be constantly concerned with mitigating the risk associated with arboricultural field operations as well as managing the inherent risk associated with landscape trees in an urban environment.  The safety and training endeavors are focused on instructing current and future members of the tree care work force in safe work practices and sound arboricultural practices to raise the overall image and professionalism of the tree care industry.


Current Projects:

  • Establishing curriculum criteria for the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) Workforce Development Initiative
  • Collaborative research project to determine forces generated during arboricultural rigging operations
  • Continuing education and training opportunities for current tree care industry professionals
  • Initial pilot study on the mechanical properties of drought stressed evergreen trees in the western United States

Publications and Presentations:

  • Pruning Methods and Introduction to CODIT. UMASS Extension Green School program, Oct 2016.
  • Reiland, Mark et al. “The Effect of Cables and Leaves on the Dynamic Properties of Red Oak (Quercus Rubra) with Co-Dominant Stems.” Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 14 (2015): 844–850. Print.

Page updated: February 14, 2017