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Randy Lidkea NPD '67 Scholarship

Who Is Randy Lidkea?

The Canadian TREE Fund honoured and acknowledged Randy Lidkea by establishing an award in his name in 2007 to recognize his long term devotion to the industry. He has made remarkable accomplishments, as a person, a mentor and a committed advocate of the arboriculture profession as well as the ISA organization.

Randy had a successful career with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation; was Executive Director of the Ontario Chapter for seven years and the chapter's ISA representative; Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian TREE Fund from 1996 to 2005;

and in 2007, was one of five ISA vice presidents. He has always been devoted to his family and volunteer activities. Randy would generally be described as generous, honest, devoted, dependable and never too busy to provide help or assistance to someone in need.Randy has been a role model and inspiration to many and is truly deserving of this distinction.

Randy graduated from the Niagara Parks School of Horticulture in 1967, so it is most fitting that his college of choice for this award be his alma mater. The award is presented to a third year student who achieves the highest cumulative marks in the following courses that align with the principles of arboriculture: soil science, tree identification and practical tree maintenance. Randy, or his designate, presents this scholarship at the graduation ceremonies in March of each year.

Courses Considered

The following are brief descriptions of the courses that were selected as criteria for this award:

Arboriculture I:
Introductory course in tree care including ropes, equipment, climbing techniques, pruning and types of cuts, cabling and bracing, cavity work, tracing and wound repair, tree removal, chain saw safety, tree diagnosis and value assessment.

Arboriculture II: This is a further study of trees including: tree selection process, planting techniques, tree care and pruning theory and techniques. Specific site considerations and site alterations and maintaining trees in urban conditions are also discussed.

Practical Tree Maintenance (non-credit compulsory course): This introductory level practical course for second year students is five consecutive days in duration and is intended to familiarize the student with two skill sets which are considered essential to arboriculture operations: tree climbing and chainsaw operation. The majority of this program will be dedicated to hands-on learning in the tree. Emphasis throughout is on workplace safety and proper techniques. The instructor, a certified industry professional, evaluates the students and their mark is reflected as a portion of their practical evaluation mark for the July to September practical term.

Soils I: An introduction to the origin and proper practical management of soil for horticultural purposes. Topics covered include nature, origin and classification of soil, mineral and organic soils, supply and availability of plant nutrients in mineral soils, soil components, physical properties, soil organism, organic matter, irrigation techniques, soil erosion and control.

Soils II: A further study of soils with emphasis on soil colloids, soil chemistry, macro and micro nutrients, as well as fertilizer calculations and general soil management for the landscape industry.

Plant Identification IV: This course in an intensive study of the identification culture and landscape use of conifers.

Plant Identification V & VI: These two courses focus on the identification and landscape features of deciduous trees based on morphological features in summer and twig and bark characteristics in winter.