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  • 12 Sep 2013 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    SMA has recently developed a set of Urban Forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) for use by municipal arborists, planners, urban foresters, concerned citizens, green industry professionals, or anyone interested in creating and sustaining trees and green space in their communities. They are designed to be simple, easy to understand, and versatile for anyone wishing to explain, understand, or investigate the many ways in which green development makes good economic sense.

    The series of BMP documents utilize imagery to describe various management techniques and benefits. Each is supplemented with a list of internet links providing greater detail, applicable tools, examples, and other citations to reinforce each topic.

    Formatted into three main topics, the documents take a look at WHY trees are important to communities, WHERE trees fit into a community, and WHO works with and manages community trees. These colorful flyers are ideal for use at local events, as educational materials, or as support material for program development.

     

    The BMP documents are free to download and distribute from this page.

     

    These publications were funded in whole or in part through a Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Grant as recommended by the National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council. www.fs.fed.us/ucf

     

     

     

  • 05 Aug 2013 9:30 AM | Anonymous

    The 2013 Maine Tree Climbing Competition is coming right up! Saturday, October 19, 2013.  The MAA is eager to send a Maine representative to the New England TCC in May 2014. Competition registration forms can be downloaded here.  And the competitor release form can be downloaded here.

    REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 4, 2013.

    Competitors need to be current members of the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (NEC-ISA) and can join the day of the competition. All competitors receive a t-shirt, lunch and refreshments, and ISA CEU’s, as do judges and technicians.

    The MAA looks forward to a full compliment of climbers, and volunteers to make this competition a great one, and to send Maine’s two finest climbers to the NETCC.

    For more information contact Tom Hoerth at 751-7677 or thoerth@cityofbath.com.

    CANCELED DUE TO LACK OF PARTICIPANTS

  • 25 Jan 2013 9:47 AM | Anonymous
    The registration is now available for the meeting in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  August 3-7, 2013.  http://www.isa-arbor.com/events/conference/index.aspx 
  • 17 Jan 2013 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    The Farm Service Agency (FSA) developed the Microloan (ML) program to better serve the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche and the smallest of family farm operations by modifying its Operating Loan (OL) application, eligibility and security requirements....

    This factsheet is now available.  Click here.

  • 02 Jan 2013 10:15 PM | Anonymous
    Maine DOT changes the format of arborst service contracts... click here for the news release.
  • 16 Dec 2012 10:00 PM | Anonymous
    The ISA Board has been working with the International Tree Climbing Championships (ITCC) Committee to clarify various statements made by the ITCC Committee and/or any of the subcommittees working under it. Specifically, we wish to clarify that all ITCC qualifying events must comply with all rules printed in the most current ITCC Rule Book and any addendums sent out by the ITCC Committee relating to rule changes and equipment use. Rules changes are sent to component ITCC liaisons first for review and comment, and following that, the committee meets and reviews that feedback prior to making final decisions. The final decisions of the committee and any addendums are posted on the ITCC website at http://www.itcc-isa.com. All rule changes are also introduced and reviewed prior to the ITCC Championship with judges, technicians, and competitors.

    If a competition has been held where there is evidence these rules were not followed, there will be an investigation that may lead to climber disqualification if the violation is deemed negligent by the Board. The rules are in place to allow for a fair and equitable competition and also to manage the risk associated with holding tree climbing championships.

    The intent is not to be punitive; however, there is adequate opportunity for climbers, judges, and technicians to learn and understand these rules before a competition is held. The ITCC Committee also provides opportunity for climbers, judges, and technicians to suggest changes to the rules and format of the competition. ISA is an international organization influenced by multiple safety standards for the industry. The committee reviews recommendations based on compliance with these standards. This can take some time as consensus must be reached, and in keeping with a culture of safety, the decisions are made only when all are comfortable with the results.

    The ITCC Committee has been established by the ISA Board to provide guidance and oversight for this program. We appreciate and support their ongoing efforts to see that these events are run well and managed in compliance with industry safety standards and competition rules and regulations.

    If you have any questions about equipment or rules, the ITCC Committee can be contacted online via the ISA ITCC website. Or feel free to contact Sonia Garth (sgarth@isa-arbor.com) at the ISA office to purchase rule books or to ask for assistance.

    Thank you.

    Jim Skiera

    ISA Executive Director
  • 03 Dec 2012 4:33 PM | Anonymous
    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved a major revision of ANSI A300 (Part 7)-2012 Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM).   http://bit.ly/VgTbEG 
  • 29 Nov 2012 7:59 PM | Anonymous

    The Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA) and USDA-Forest Service are pleased to announce the 2013 SMA Intern Program is now accepting applications!

     

    Attached is an informational flyer and application form for Cities interested in hosting an SMA Intern during the summer of 2013.

     

    Please share this announcement with your networks and any municipal forestry programs that may be interested in this unique program.

     

    The application deadline is Monday, December 17, 2012.

     

    Click here for the Flyer

    Click here for the Application

     

    For more information contact Lance Davisson at 208-994-1135 or lance.davisson@gmail.com

  • 07 Sep 2012 7:10 AM | Anonymous
    The New England ISA 46th Annual Conference & Tradeshow is currently accepting registrations! We would love your help with getting the word out to your membership! You can help us by:

    1. Posting the dates on your webpage (November 11-13 2012)
    2. Including a link to our online registration www.necisaannualconference.eventbrite.com
    3. Send an e-mail to your members – 12+ ISA CEUs will be available and other CEUs will be offered including CTSP and Pesticide
    4. Here is a link to more information about the conference http://newenglandisa.org/annual_conference.html
    5. I have attached our registration form as well, in case folks are interested
  • 04 Sep 2012 8:41 AM | Anonymous

    Meet at the intersection of Maine's Economy, Environment and Communities!

     

    Tue, Oct 23, 2012

    7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

     

    The GrowSmart Maine-Brookings Report, Charting Maine’s Future, changed the way Mainers think about the state’s future. It reminded us of all the things that make Maine special and suggested ways in which we can improve Maine’s economy without sacrificing our unique qualities. It emphasized the necessary connection between the economy, our working and natural environment and our communities.

    Join us at Summit 2012 to learn what’s being done across the state to advance the vision articulated in Charting Maine’s Future and to discuss the priorities for the future.

    For schedule and breakout session descriptions click here.

     

    Event Location:

    Augusta Civic Center
    76 Community Drive
    Augusta, ME 04330
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