Due to Hurricane Odile, which came ashore at Los Cabos in Baja California on Sunday and Monday, September 14-15, the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf Resort & Spa (site of WMC 2015) has sustained damage. The resort is currently closed while work is done to restore the property and although it is too soon to determine exactly when the hotel will be fully operational, they expect to re-open by November 1.
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will host a public meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. to address the implications surrounding the recent discovery of the invasive wood-boring Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Suffolk County. The meeting will be held at the Arnold Arboretum Visitors Center (Hunnewell Building).
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.
Effective May 22, 2014, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is declaring eradication of the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) in Suffolk and Norfolk Counties, Massachusetts, thereby releasing them from quarantine. Since 2010, APHIS has worked to complete extensive survey, control, and regulatory activities in these areas to eradicate ALB from Massachusetts.
Forty tree care professionals were trained at TCIA's Electrical Hazards Awareness Program (EHAP), in Elkhart, IN last week. The training, which was held in the Elkhart Environmental Center, covered how to recognize and avoid electrical hazards common to tree work and line clearance jobs.
The Voice for Trees (VFT) Auction and Gala, the highlight of TCIA’s annual Winter Management Conference (WMC), generated more than $96,000 for the Voice for Trees Political Action Committee (VFT-PAC) this year.
Representatives from the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA) are attending New England Grows next month. Tchukki Andersen, BCMA, CTSP and TCIA’s staff arborist, will be delivering her presentation “Plant Health Care Technician (PHC) Training” at the conference.
Andersen’s presentation is part of newest module of the Tree Care Academy Training Program, which provides best practices for Plant Health Care Technicians and details the properties they work with.