2021 IAA Annual Day of Service


The IAA provides a Day of Service annually for charities, not-for-profit organizations, or green spaces in need of help in low-income areas that have a significant collection of trees, shrubs, and evergreens that they would otherwise be unable to afford to maintain. Member companies typically donate one or two crews and their associated equipment for this service. The IAA Day Of Service provides the opportunity for member companies to give back to in-need organizations while also gaining publicity. Below is a description of our next scheduled Day of Service.

Date: October 21, 2021, (weather date October 28, 2021)
Time: 7:30 – 3:30
Location: Busse Woods (Busse Lake Boating Center) – Registered as a Natural National Landmark, near Elk Grove Village, Forest Preserve District of Cook County. IL Route 72, 1/8-mile East of IL Route 53, South entrance.
Description of work: Large deadwood pruning (2” and larger), water sprout removal, crown elevating to 8-10’ of trees in picnic groves, shelters, restroom facilities, along roadways and walkways.
NOTE: There are an extremely limited number of removals, mostly tree pruning.
Personnel required: Climbers, groundspersons.
PPE required: Head protection meeting the ANSI Z89 Standard, eye protection meeting the ANSI Z87 Standard, work boots covering the ankle and providing ankle support, hearing protection, class 2 or equivalent Hi-Viz vest/shirt, leg protection while operating a chainsaw on the ground.
Equipment required: Aerial lifts (both truck mounted and tracked/wheeled units), trucks and chippers, small material handlers, 1 crane.
Most of the work, 95%, is tree pruning, so more climbers are needed than past Day Of Services.
The scope of the work is deadwood pruning of 2” and larger, removing major crossing limbs, hangers/broken limbs removal, basal and low trunk water sprout removal, crown elevating to 8 to 10’, and installing a few support systems (through bolts, ¼” EHS cable).
The Preserve WILL NOT be closed to traffic and pedestrians, so ‘work zone’ barricades will be needed.

This is one of Cook Counties most utilized preserves, so our highest priority is PUBLIC SAFETY.

All owners will receive a Certificate identifying their company as donating work to the 2021 IAA Annual Day of Service.

Lunch is being sponsored by The Mulch Center.

This is an annual event. If you think you qualify or know of an organization that might qualify, please fill out the application form below.

CLICK HERE if you are interested in volunteering.

CLICK HERE for the 2022 Day of Service Application.

Thank you to The Mulch Center for sponsoring lunch!