May 24, 2018
Association Updates

Dear MAA Members,

The Maryland Arborist Association enjoyed a beautiful day in Federal Hill Park in Baltimore for their 40 th Annual Arborist Day Event! Over forty volunteers joined in to provide $52,400 worth of tree work for the park. Keep an eye out for details on next year’s event which will be held at Adkins Arboretum on the Eastern Shore. Local members please let us know if you are interested in assisting with the planning process.

Next month, MAA will hold their 2018 Election of Officers and Directors. The elections will establish the board of directors for the time period July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2018. As we did in the last election held in the spring of 2016, we will distribute an electronic ballot. Please check your email for more details in the coming weeks.   

Be sure to mark your calendars for our fall safety event, which will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship. This event is a great opportunity to earn any CEUs you may need before the year ends.

Stay Safe!

Lindsay Thompson
MAA Executive Director
(443) 262-8491
Thank You to our White Oak Sponsors
Sugar Maple Sponsor
MAA Thanks Arborist Day Volunteers
Thank you to all who helped out including: Nic Powell, Garrett Dickel, Jack Valenti, and Jeremy Lange of Bartlett Tree Experts; Jonny Argueta, Jorge Morales, Elmer Vasquez, Julio Portillo, Santo Cedillo, Nick Aldino, and Scott Malinowski of Lewis Tree Service; Steve Sprague, Dan Zaccagnini, Herbert Rodriguez, Naun Velasquez, Selvin Orellana, Cesar Diaz, Mario Mendez, and Boadmir Machado of Carroll Tree Service; Jose Xinie, Brian Anderson, Billy Smith, and William Rameriz of Excel Tree Expert Co; Matthew Anacker, Richard Anacker, Kaity Handley, Anthony Richie, Larry Acosta, and Kolby Corrigan of A & A Tree Experts; Chuck Munzert of Aberdeen Equipment Supply; Ron Muir of First Energy and his son Jack; Scott Bates (retired); Jason Davidov of J.D. Outdoors; Tom Mayer of T.D. Consulting; Lawrence Wynter and Eric Dihle of the City of Balitmore; Rich “The Tree Guy” Polan; and many more!
Bilingual Pest Poster Available
In cooperation with the Maryland Arborist Association and the Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association (MNLGA), University of Maryland has created a bilingual poster, in both English and Spanish, showing insects and diseases to keep an eye out for while working in the field. Always remember to report any suspicious pest or disease to the appropriate agency. Click here to download the poster, or contact Dr. David Clement of University of Maryland Extension for more information: 410-531-5558, 
Urban Forest Management Toolkit
CalFire and the U.S. Forest Service teamed up to create a free, online toolkit to help tree care professionals use proactive management to provide for maximum, long-term benefits and save money. The TOOLKIT is a guide that helps communities develop plans that are science-based and proactive. Through the website, users first develop a work plan, then the website helps guide through the process of urban forest management planning and adaptive management. Users are also able to draw ideas from other examples of both small and large areas given throughout the website and from other plans.

New LTE's - Congratulations!
Congratulations to the following individuals who passed the April exam:
David Cohen
Christopher Miller
Mavricio Soares
Ollie Hitchens
Edgar Trujillo
David McKindley-Ward
Anthony Ritchie

Katherine Ganley
Jerod Williams
John Bosse, Jr.
Andrew Teets
Adam Das
Kshitiz Bhandari

According to the newest ANSI Z-133-2017:
During pruning/removal operations, a hand saw  shall  be taken by the aerial device operator while working aloft.
CDC Warns of Tick-Borne Diseases
Tick populations across the U.S have skyrocketing in recent years, and the number of tick-borne diseases have too. "It's a big epidemic affecting the entire East Coast," said Alfaro Toledo, an assistant professor in the department of entomology at Rutgers University. While deer ticks are most likely to be the ones transmitting Lyme and lone star ticks, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, dog ticks and a new invader, the Longhorned tick, can also carry and transmit disease.

MD/DE Spring Meeting & PRS Guitar Factory Tour
Come to an interesting meeting on Maryland Forests and the markets we serve, AND, join us for a tour of the Paul Reed Smith guitar factory on Thursday, May 24 in Kent Island, MD. Paul Reed Smith is a manufacturer of top of the line instruments. See you there!

MAC-ISA Day of Safety
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture will hold their Day of Safety on June 16 at NOVA Community College in Sterling, VA. There will be CEUs offered for ISA, TCIA, and MD LTE. Registration is only $30 per person and includes morning refreshments, lunch, great give a ways and door prizes. A large turnout is expected so be sure to register early. Registration ends June 4. 

Upcoming LTE Exams
Maryland Licensed Tree Expert exams are administered on the second Wednesday of each month at the Department of Natural Resources Headquarters in Annapolis. Upcoming exam dates are June 13, July 11, and September 12, 2018. To register, please contact Ms. Romcesa Estep, 410-260-8531.