August 29, 2019
MAA Members,

We hope that everyone has been busy this summer season! We at the Maryland Arborist Association have been busy as well, preparing for our upcoming events.

Join us and Maryland Occupational Health and Safety (MOSH) for our Day of Safety and Health, on September 11, 2019 at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD. Topics that will be discussed include Workplace Hazard Assesment, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance, Compliance and DOT Inspections, and First Aid for Working Out in the Field. Lunch will be provided. This is a great opportunity to get credits before the year end! Registration information is included under the “Save the Date” section of this newsletter. Members who register by September 4 will receive a discounted registration rate. Be sure to register ahead of time, tickets will not be sold at the door!

Also, mark your calendar for our 39 th Annual Safety and Pesticide Recertification Seminar. The 2020 event will be held on January 21 & 22 at the Turf Valley Conference Center in Ellicott City, MD. More details about this event will be available as we get closer to the date.

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Stay Safe!

Lindsay Thompson
MAA Executive Director
(443) 262-8491
Thank You to our White Oak Sponsors
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Spotted Lanternfly Now Under Quarantine in Delaware
The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) has enacted a quarantine for the spotted lanternfly in some New Castle County zip codes. This invasive species, which is originally found in China, India or Vietnam, is a destructive plant hopper that attacks many hosts including forests, ornamental trees, and orchards.

Adult spotted lanternflies are an inch long and about one-half inch wide. The front wings are grey with black spots and the hind wings are red with black spots. Its abdomen is yellow with black bands. Immature insects are smaller, black with white spots, and as they age red patches develop. Heavy populations may cause branch dieback, wilting or plant death.

To help keep this pest from spreading to other areas of the state or country, Delaware residents are asked, before moving outdoor items, to make sure all items are free from this pest. DDA offers a  compliance checklist .

To check if an area is under the quarantine, the Delaware Department of Agriculture has a spotted lanternfly quarantine  locator .  

Pennsylvania also has enacted a quarantine in many areas of the state. To date, only one spotted lanternfly has been spotted within the state of Maryland, in Cecil County last October.

Vermeer Mid Atlantic Announces Acquisition of Vermeer Northeast
Vermeer Mid Atlantic, an All Roads company, continues its expansion into the industrial equipment industry with the acquisition of Vermeer Northeast, a Pinnacle Award-winning dealer partner of Vermeer Corporation with locations in New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The addition of the three locations makes the combined entity one of the largest Vermeer dealer partners in the country with 15 locations covering a service area that includes South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.

In conjunction with the acquisition and as a reflection of the changing geographic footprint of the organization, Vermeer Mid Atlantic and Vermeer Northeast will adopt a new brand name – Vermeer All Roads. This change aligns the company’s branding to better represent the markets it serves, which now span the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and Ohio Valley.

Vermeer All Roads plans to invest in additional expansion locations, on-the-road service trucks, and customer service representatives in the Northeast to drive growth and better serve its customers in core industries including underground construction, surface mining, utility installation, tree care, equipment rentals, landscaping, and organic recycling.

Leave Ordinary Behind: Discover the Extraordinary Product Now
Security Equipment Company, MAA White Oak Sponsor, is announcing the arrival of AVANT range of articulated loaders to Maryland! An unobstructed 360-degree view from the cab, telescopic boom, and articulated steering, and lower operating costs.

Tree Companies                                            Landscapers

Snow Removal                                              Over 190 Attachments

Pesticide Container Recycling Program
The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s pesticide container recycling program is open through September at seven locations throughout the state to dispose of pesticide containers properly. The pesticide container recycling program is  FREE and open to all pesticide applicators. Those participating are asked to properly rinse their empty pesticide containers before handing them in.

Two Late Season Oak Problems
The following was provided by Karen Rane, Plant Pathologist, University of Maryland

Two diseases of oak trees are commonly observed in late summer – bacterial leaf scorch and Tubakia leaf spot. Bacterial leaf scorch (BLS), caused by the xylem-inhabiting bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, causes leaves to develop brown leaf margins, often with a yellow or reddish “halo” between the brown and green leaf tissue. The disease is common on pin oak and red oak, but can also affect sycamore, elm, sweetgum and mulberry. Branch dieback occurs one to four years after initial leaf symptoms. The bacterium overwinters in infected trees and several weed species, and is introduced to the water conducting tissue by leafhoppers. There is no cure for an infected tree. Cultural practices that maintain tree vigor and reduce root stress issues can help slow the pace of symptom development. Symptoms of BLS can mimic leaf scorch from drought, root damage or other abiotic stress factors, but there are lab tests that can detect Xylella in symptomatic foliage. The best sample for diagnosis consists of small branches that have several symptomatic leaves still attached. Check out the UMD Plant Diagnostic Lab website for sample submission forms and contact information.

Tubakia leaf spot is a common late season disease, primarily found on species in the red oak group. The fungus causes dark brown or reddish brown leaf spots of variable sizes scattered across the leaf surface. Although the symptoms may be quite obvious, the disease usually has no significant effect on the overall health of infected trees, and chemical management is not recommended.

IPM Report
The University of MD Extension office continues to publish their the weekly IPM Report. Take a look at the bulletin for timely information. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, contact Suzanne Klick:

New LTE's - Congratulations!
Congratulations to the following individuals who passed the June & July LTE   exams:
Celso Galvez Bonilla
Jesus Cabrera
Ryan Clark
Katie Colvin
Douglas Marquez
Elizabeth Thomas
According to the newest ANSI Z-133-2017 field crews with 2 or more workers must be trained in what? (Clue – See Sect 3.2)

                               A: Hazard identification
                              B: Electrical Hardware recognition
                               C: Plant ID
                               D: First Aid/CPR
                               E: None of the above
Keep Your Cool in Hot Weather
Tips on how to stay cool and safe in hot weather from the Centers for Control and Prevention:

High temperatures kill hundreds of people every year. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet more than 600 people die from extreme heat every year. Take measures to stay cool, remain hydrated, and keep informed. Getting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. The main things affecting your body’s ability to cool itself during extremely hot weather are:

  • High humidity. When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly. This keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
  • Personal factors. Age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use all can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather.

Join the Maryland Arborist Association (MAA) and Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) for a day focusing on safety and health at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Topics that will be discussed include Workplace Hazard Assesment, Chainsaw Safety and Maintenance, Compliance and DOT Inspections, and First Aid for Working Out in the Field. Lunch will be provided.

Credits Available:
  • 6.5 MD LTE
  • 5.75 MAC-ISA (Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, BCMA – Management, TW Climber Specialist, & TW Aerial Lift Specialist)
  • 6.0 TCIA CTSP
  • 1.0 MD CPH
  • SAF pending

Be sure to register ahead of time, tickets will not be sold at the door!
Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance is an opportunity for tree care professionals throughout the country to unite and do what we do best – provide exceptional tree care – to keep our veterans cemeteries safe, beautiful places for all those who visit. Being held at more than 50 locations across the U.S., there is an opportunity to participate locally at Baltimore National Cemetery. 
Take advantage of registering early and select your top picks out of 21 unique Field Day sessions! Field Day sessions will take place on the beautiful campus of Virginia Tech. This meeting will include opportunities to hear from industry experts, earn CEUs, and visit the MAC-ISA indoor and outdoor trade show. Register by September 14 for the best rate. 
“A Day of Arboriculture” is an annual event planned and coordinated with the U.S. National Arboretum’s ISA Certified Arborist staff. The event takes place at the Arboretum towards the end of the year and will assist ISA Certified Arborists and MD Licensed Tree Experts earn 8 CEUs.
MAC-ISA’s three-day course has been designed to assist tree care professionals and other professionals who wish to become ISA Certified Arborists. It has been developed to help prepare individuals for the ISA certified arborist exam, which is usually scheduled the day after the course. The course content is consistent with the Arborist Certification Study Guide (2010 edition) and the domains of the exam.
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 September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11, 2019. To register, please contact Ms. Romcesa Estep, 410-260-8531.