Shayne Bradford and Nicolette Eicholtz
Shayne Bradford and Nicolette Eicholtz

UMass Team in First Place

We would like to thank all who helped to make this year’s UMass / Stockbridge PLANET Team a success. PLANET 2015 was held in Raleigh, NC and your financial support is what helped to get us there.

This year there were 64 schools from across North America with over 800+ students taking part in the competition. The UMass team did very well, with six teams finishing it the top 12. The Arbor team again won first place for the third year in a row.

The Arbor team consisted of UMass BS Urban Forestry student Nicolette Eicholtz, MCA and Stockbridge Arboriculture & Community Forestry student Shayne Bradford. Shayne is graduating and will be working for a MAA commercial tree care company starting this spring and Nicolette, a MCA 2015, will be back next year for PLANET 2016 in Mississippi.

In addition to Arboriculture, Robert Coffman took second place in Compact Excavator Operation and Connor Reardon was third in Computer Aided Landscape Design. All in all, for a small team, we did extremely well and much of the credit should go to Prof. Mike Davidsohn who did a tremendous job in planning and organizing the team again this year.

Alumna placed in Tampa, FL competition

Alumna Marcy Carpenter took third place in the secured footlock event at the International Tree Climbing Competition in Tampa, FL.

On behalf of the UMass / Stockbridge Team we thank you and look forward to your continued support.