June 15, 2020
Dear Members,

We hope that you and your companies and families are doing well. The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented time in recent history. MAA's goal throughout the pandemic has been to ensure that arborists are able to continue to do their essential tree work while also keeping their employees safe and healthy. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

MAA is moving forward with planning our Winter Seminar scheduled for January. We hope to provide an exciting line up of speakers. We will keep you updated on the progress of that event.

Thank you,
Lindsay Thompson
Executive Director
Being a Maryland Arborist Member provides a number of benefits to you and your business. A few benefits to highlight are discounted events, educational resources and up-to-date news and information.
Thank You to our White Oak Sponsors
Sugar Maple Sponsor
MD LTE - Online CEU's
To ensure all licensed tree experts are current in their knowledge of tree care and operating in a safe manner, Licensed Tree Experts are required to obtain 8 continuing education credits. For 2020, the Maryland Forest Service will accept this list of online courses for individuals renewing December 2020 and December 2021 licenses (both even and odd numbered).

If you have any questions, please contact Marian Honeczy via email or at 410-260-8511.
First Hatch of 2020 - Spotted Lanternfly
The Maryland Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first spotted lanternfly hatch of 2020. The hatch occured in the upper northeast corner of Cecil County. Businesses that require movement of any regulated item within or from the quarantine zone must have a permit . A Maryland permit can be obtained by taking a free online training course here . Read the full press release here .
Paycheck Protection Program
The Small Business Administration released the PPP loan forgiveness application and detailed instructions for the application to help small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. These loans have proved to be a key resource for tree care companies and are attractive because a large portion is forgiveable if spent on payroll costs. View the application and instructions here. Learn more about the PPP here.
Prepare Your Lawn and Landscape for Hurricane Season
Now is the time to prepare your yard, gardens, and lanscapes for bad weather. This hurricane season will be "above average" with an increase in the normal number of tropical storms or hurricanes.

Begin by inspecting your trees for dead branches, prune any plants close to the house or may fall on the roof. Keep waterways clear to restrict floods. Lastly, ensure gutters are clear of leaves, branches, or other debris so that water moves away from the house.

Read the full article here.
University of Maryland IPM Reports
The University of Maryland shared a weekly TPM and IPM report for arborists, landscape managers, and nursery managers. View recent reports here.
May 29th - View Here

  • Periodical cicada
  • Oak leaf blister
  • Lecanium scale
  • Oak treehoppers
  • Ash dieback
  • Bumble bees
  • and much more
May 15th - View Here

  • Velvet mite
  • Poison ivy
  • Scale insects
  • Spotted lanterfly nymphs
  • Giant Asian hornet
  • and much more
May 1st - View Here

  • Roseslug sawflies
  • Sapsucker damage
  • and much more
May 22nd - View Here

  • Ambrosia beetles
  • Euonymus caterpillar
  • Pine needle rust
  • Squirrell damage
  • and much more
May 8th - View Here

  • American hollies
  • Tick control in landscapes
  • Sycamore anthracnose
  • Crape myrtles
  • and much more.
April 24th - View Here

  • Woolly elm aphids
  • Pine bark adelgids
  • Sycanmore assassin bug
  • Boxwood blight
  • and much more
MAC-ISA is offering two $1,250 scholarships in memory of Dr. Frank Santamour. These scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students studying arboriculture/urban forestry or a related field who have a genuine interest in a career in arboriculture. The 2020 scholarship application is dye by September 11th and can be found here.
According to the newest ANSI Z-133-2017 field crews with 2 or more workers must be trained in what? (See Section 3.2)
A: Hazard Identification
B: Electrical Hardware Recognition
C: Plant ID
D: First Aid/CPR
E: None of these above
According to the newest ANSI Z-133-2017 what type of head protection shall be worn when working in proximity to electrical conductors? (See Section 3.3)
A: Class L
B: Class A
C: Class C
D: Class E
E: None of the above
Arborist Certification Course
The certification course is an opportunity to prepare for the certification exam or the Maryland Licensed Tree Expert exam. The course will be July 14 through 16th in Richmond, VA. Eric Wiseman, PhD and Greg Dahle, PhD will be teaching the course. Register now before it is too late, here.
TRAQ Course (Tree Risk Assessment Qualification)
The next TRAQ course will be August 4th through the 6th in Charlottesville, VA. After a two-day education course, you will have a 1/2 day assessment that will be taught by Bruce Fraedrich, PhD. Register here.
TRAQ Renewal Classes
TRAQ credential holders are eligible to take this class up to 18 months prior to their expiration date. This one-day course taught, conssits of five fours of instruction followed by the exam. You can register here for the August 7th class in Charlottesville, VA. Or register here for the October 23rd class in Baltimore, MD.
MAC-ISA Annual Meeting Going Virtual
The in-person meeting in Solomons, MD will be postponed until October 2021. For 2020, the meeting will be virtual on October 5th and 6th. Through the virutal meeting, information will be shared, CEUs will be available, prizes will be presented, and much more. Stay tuned for more information!
Day of Arboriculture
The 2020 Day of Arboriculture will take place on November 14th at the U.S. National Arboretym. The one day event will offer 8 ISA and MD LTE CEUs. More details will be posted soon.