Outlook

Finding a Balance for Trees and Profits

Recently, I was able to take a trip to some parts of the country I hadn’t seen before, including the coasts of Northern California and Oregon and back through Yellowstone National Park, most of which is in northwest Wyoming. We hiked through and camped in some wonderful forests, among massive trees and understories that were […]

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 […]

Saying Goodbye to Gene Bridges

This year marked a sad start with the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Gene Bridges, who passed away January 1 at the age of 62. National sales manager with Bandit Industries for the last 14 years of his 40-year career in tree care, Gene was a tremendous supporter of the tree care industry, […]

Employee Ownership Is a Great Way to Transition a Business Into the Future

Every business owner comes to that point in life when he or she has gotten older and needs to transition out of his or her business. It is inevitable. Recently, I turned 61. While I still love trees and love working in a company that cares for them, I know I cannot do it forever. […]

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 […]

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