September 1, 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 wanted to let you know that we will be transmitting a letter to DNR asking for a 6 month extension on LTE credits for 2020. We will let you know what happens.

MAA is moving forward with planning our Winter Seminar, normally scheduled for January, in the early spring of 2021 in order to provide more flexibility for outside instruction and social distancing in response to COVID-19. 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
2020 Day of Safety
Our annual safety day will be held virtually this year. Members receive complimentary tickets! Register for our event here. Learn more about the event here, where updated information will be posted as received.

  • SAF-CFE: 2.5 Category 2
  • CPH: 1
  • CTSP: 2.5
  • ISA: 2.5 in the following categories - Certified Arborist, Utility Specialist, Municipal Specialist, BCMA Management, TW Climber Specialist and TW Aerial Life Specialist.
  • LTE: To be determined
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 a list of online courses for individuals renewing December 2020 and December 2021 licenses (both even and odd numbered). A new list of webinars can be found online here.

If you have any questions, please contact Marian Honeczy via email or at 410-260-8511.
Webinar - Community Tree Management
Penn State Extension will have a webinar on September 16th starting at noon. The webinar involves a panel of Extension Urban Foresters and DCNR Bureau of Forestry personnel tackling participating-submitted questions and scenarios related to municipal and community tree management. Learn more 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.
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.

Staying hydrated when you work in extreme heat is critical. Hydrate before work, during work, and after work. Check out his infographic for more information.

When the thunder roars, it is time to head indoors or inside a vehicle. It is important to keep your team safe. Lighting can strike 10 minutes after the last thunder roar. More information can be found here.
According to the newest ANSI Z-133-2017 before commencing operations what communication protocol is acceptable between the arborist aloft and ground crew?
A: None - Ground crews should know to stay out of the drop zone
B: Verbal (Command and Response)
C: Hand Signals
D: Whistles
E: Radios
F: B,C, D, & E
According to the newest ANSI Z-133-2017 equipment shall not be operated within how many feet of areas where refueling has recently taken place?
A: 3 feet
B: 5 feet
C: 10 feet
D: 25 feet
E: None of the above
SAF National Convention

The 2020 SAF National Convention will take place virtually October 29th through 31st. Members can save 35% off when registering. Learn more about the convention and register here.
2020 Trees & Utility Conference
This year, the Trees & Utility Conference will host their conference virtually. The Arbor Day Foundation and the Utility Arborist Association will have their virtual event September 21st and 22nd. Learn more and register here.
TRAQ (Tree Risk Assessment Qualification) 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, consists of five fours of instruction followed by the exam. You can register here for the October 23rd class in Baltimore, MD at Cylburn Arboretum.
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 virtual meeting, information will be shared, CEUs will be available, prizes will be presented, and much more. Learn more here.
MAC-ISA Certification Course
From November 3rd to 5th, Alex Shy will help prepare you for the ISA Certified Arborist Exam or the MD LTE Exam in Beltsville. Larn more and register here.