Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture announced the quarantine of four additional Pennsylvania counties because of the detection of Thousand Cankers Disease.
The affected counties are Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia. The disease was found in fields with black walnut trees in Franklin, London Britain, and Lower Oxford townships in Chester County. Samples were verified by the state and federal departments of agriculture.
Scott Prophett, an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist®, president and lead instructor at North American Training Solutions in Loganville, Georgia, is this year’s recipient of the International Society of Arboriculture’s (ISA) Award of Achievement. The award recognizes ISA members for outstanding work in advancing the cause of arboriculture.
PONTIAC, Mich. – Asphalt Specialists Inc. has been found in violation of the Surface Transportation Assistance Act by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for wrongfully terminating a foreman and two truck drivers. They had raised safety concerns after being directed to violate U.S. Department of Transportation mandated hours of service for commercial truck drivers.
In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide,U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms.
TCIA Crown PACT Partner Bandit Industries' website has been updated. A new blog, along with live feeds from the company's Facebook and Twitter accounts, now share space on the home page at www.banditchippers.com.
These improvements offer visitors to the chipper manufacturer's website the ability to see live social media updates, and interact directly with the company – all from a single online location.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Department of Agricultural Resources (DAR) announced Wednesday that the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been detected in Suffolk County, Massachusetts. The destructive beetle was detected in a trap at the Arnold Arboretum on July 16, 2014, and was confirmed by federal officials on July 18. Suffolk County is the third county in the Commonwealth to have a confirmed detection of EAB.
A recently released Health Hazard Evaluation Report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is raising awareness of the risks of working in extreme heat. The report, which is based on an evaluation of heat stress at a national park, provides recommendations that can be applied to other worksites where extreme heat may be a factor.
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) announced last week that the emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) (EAB) infestation, largely centered in New Haven County, has rapidly expanded into Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, and Middlesex Counties and has now been detected in a total of 38 towns.
Does your tree care company have an outstanding safety program? Or perhaps one of your crew members goes above and beyond to promote jobsite safety? Consider submitting to the TCIA Safety Awards, which recognize tree care professionals and companies who are committed to professional safety practices in the workplace.