News & Opinions

The Tour des Trees Event Is Just Weeks Away

Several TCIA members are planning to take part in this year’s Tour des Trees cycling event to raise money for the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund). You can help by supporting their efforts. The Tour is an annual long-distance cycling adventure that serves as the primary public outreach and community-engagement event for […]

Charity (Tree Work) Begins at Home: An Uplifting Experience

June 2021 marked the 50th anniversary of my entry into the profession of arboriculture as an adult (next year, 2022, will be the 100th anniversary of my late father’s founding of M. Blair Tree Experts). So what better way to celebrate than to get hit with the strongest storm in decades at my home? In […]

APHIS expands sudden oak death quarantine in California

In June 2021, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) expanded the Phytophthora ramorum quarantine area in Del Norte County, California. APHIS took this action in response to the confirmation of P. ramorum in the county on September 19, 2020. The California Department of Food and Agriculture has established an intrastate quarantine for the […]

Letters & Emails August 2021

A Picture Is Worth … I have been going through the article “An Analysis of Wood-Chipper Nonfatal Injuries: Us Versus Them” (TCI, July 2021). The information is on point. However, the pictures are not. This is not the first instance of this, either. If we are to lead the industry in knowledge and technology, then […]

OSHA Revisits Enforcement

Federal OSHA recently revised its enforcement guidance for the tree care industry by withdrawing a compliance directive issued in 2008 and replacing it with an enforcement memo that in certain key sections is very similar to what it replaced. Here is a link to the new guidance: https://www.osha.gov/memos/2021-06-30/inspection-guidance-for-tree-care-and-tree-removal-operations Particularly disappointing to us is the fact […]

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