Bruce Smith, manager and lead instructor for North American Training Solutions, teaches safe chain saw techniques Thursday to Dunedin parks and public services employees during a two-day safety course at the future site of a city arboretum on Alt. U.S. 19 near Curlew Road. The city hired Smith, a certified arborist and tree worker from Sarasota, to train the employees, who will have to remove downed trees from roadways in the aftermath of tornadoes and hurricanes. The workers are practicing the techniques as they remove nonnative, invasive trees, including Australian pines, from the site scheduled to open as an arboretum in the spring. The arboretum will feature examples of more than 90 native trees in four groups — flowering, conifer, upland hardwood and wetland. The trees will be planted in phases over the next three years.
Douglas R. Clifford, Times staff writer