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.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) have placed a call for public review of the revision draft for the current ANSI A300 (Part 10)-20xx Integrated Pest Management (IPM) standard, which recommends pest management procedures for trees, woody shrubs and vines; and the ANSI A300 (Part 11)-20xx Urban Forest Products (UFP) standard, which recommends procedures for using urban forest products on trees, woody shrubs and vines.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has suspended the license of a commercial pesticide operator based in Eugene following an incident that has left an estimated 1,000 bees dead at a north Eugene apartment complex this week. The action taken against Glass Tree Care and Spray Service comes as ODA continues to investigate violation of the Oregon Pesticide Control Law. The company must comply with specific conditions before the license will be reinstated.