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State of the Marketplace – Insurance and the 2021 Tree Care Industry

The tree care industry saw tremendous growth last year and shows no signs of slowing down just yet. The “work from home” transition brought with it renewed excitement for home and yard improvements. Interviews with tree service companies are frequently revealing a 20-40 percent revenue increase from 2019 to present. Owners and operators are experiencing […]

Is Self-Esteem Intrinsic to Meaningful Work, and Vice-Versa

Doing what you love and loving what you do. Is this simply an inverse parallelism, i.e., stating the same idea twice? Well, not exactly. When it comes to meaningful work, is the work meaningful as a matter of our own valuation of it, or is the work, simply by its necessity, important? All tasks, roles […]

Virtual This & Digital That, Part 2

Last month in this column (“Virtual This & Digital That…”), I talked about TCIA’s virtual/digital events. Online learning is an equally critical area within TCIA’s virtual/digital strategy. As you read this, TCIA has already moved all itscertificate-course testing online, and this summer and fall it has an ambitious plan to bring at least five training […]


Job cleanup?I am a Certified Arborist and business owner with 52 years’ experience, and usually enjoy your magazine. Most of your safety articles are informative and helpful. When you include pictures such as the one in “Cold-Weather Work Safety Precautions,” TCI February 2021, page 72, you show an example of not working safely. If one […]

Change of hands at Carr’s Tree Service

Brad Carr, CEO of Carr’s Tree Service, a dual-accredited, 25-year TCIA member company based in Ottertail, Minnesota, stepped down from that position at the beginning of this year. Jacob “Jake” Carr, Brad’s son and the company’s chief operating officer for the last five years, stepped into his father’s spot as CEO. Brad spent 48 years […]

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