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.
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.
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.
TCIA member Cleary Bros. Landscape, Inc., already one of Northern California's largest commercial landscape contractors, is preparing to expand its reach beyond the Bay Area, according to a recent press release. With several key appointments to its personnel infrastructure and new office locations added on a regular basis, Cleary Bros. is in a position to become a major regional player.
Congratulations to Ryan Hagadorn, who was randomly selected to win an iPad as thanks for his participation in TCIA’s 2014 Operating Cost Benchmark Survey! Hagadorn currently serves as the Vice President of TCIA member company ABC Scapes, Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona.
The landscape management firm Brickman Group is discussing the possibility of acquiring ValleyCrest, according to a report from Total Landscape Care. This acquisition would make Brickman Group and its backer, KK&R, the largest integrated landscape company in the United States.
Thanks to all the TCIA members who completed this year’s Wage and Benefit Survey, and congratulations to the two randomly chosen winners who are now the proud owners of iPad Minis … just for completing the survey!
TCIA member company Sam Hill Tree Care (Dallas, TX) and TCIA member company Wilson Tree Service (North Ridgeville, OH) were randomly chosen from the nearly 350 survey submissions and will now be reviewing the results of this year’s survey on their brand new iPad Minis. Congrats!