SCA at a Glance
December 2018

Happy Holidays from the SCA!
Season's Greetings!

As the year comes to a close and the season changes from Fall into Winter, we are reminded of all the great things we achieved this past year, and look ahead to the excitement soon to come. This year has been one of our best EVER, and we can't wait for all that 2019 has in store.

Stay safe out there!

-Your SCA Team

Our 2018/2019 Board and Staff

Give the Gift of the SCA!
SCA Membership Video

An SCA Membership Makes A Great Gift!

There are many benefits to SCA Membership, and it's the perfect gift for your crews and commercial friends this year! At only $35/year, a membership is the perfect way to invest in your crew's professional development. 

There are a variety of benefits to membership, including: 
  • Receive 4 issues annually of our timely and informative member magazine, SCA Today.
  • Be a part of a network of leading commercial arborists throughout the world.
  • Attend our annual meeting devoted exclusively to topics of concern.
  • Sponsor regional events throughout the US as a way to promote education and safety through education.
Or Consider Gifting an SCA Polo!

SCA members can purchase the official Society of Commercial Arboriculture Polo shirt, with our logo emblazoned on the sleeve so that you can have your company's logo embroidered on the chest. What a great idea! 

Show off your SCA Pride by choosing one of four colors. 

'Members Only' Section on Website

Have you visited the SCA's website,  recently? We've added a brand new section specifically for our members to  access some great features! In this section, you'll find past issues of SCA Today, recordings of all of our webinar series up-to-date, and there are plans to add more great items soon.

Logging on is easy - simply go to, select the "Members Only" tab, and type in the password: 2018commercial . It's that easy!

Is there something you'd like to see featured in this section? Feel free to send us an e-mail at with your ideas. We hope you enjoy this great new aspect of our website!

Industry News
TREE Fund's Annual Appeal

Dear TREE Fund Friends:

It's a simple fact: people need trees as an essential component of their healthy, sustainable communities. But like anything worth having, the trees we live with require special care. Trees did not evolve to coexist with people, buildings, roads, and modern community infrastructure, so if they are to thrive in our urban forests, they need the best care possible, provided by professional arborists, drawing on fact-based, replicable research. That's where TREE Fund comes in - with your help. 

TREE Fund has been a leading source for tree science funding since 2002, with hundreds of projects funded and countless valuable results shared across the global tree care community. As we write to you today, TREE Fund researchers are studying ways to mitigate the effects of root cut-back in the built environment, are working on techniques to enhance soil quality in vacant urban lots selected for afforestation, and are testing and documenting the integrity of trees under various rigging conditions to keep both personnel and property safe - to just cite a few examples from the two dozen research grants currently underway. 

Many practices in arboriculture and urban forestry will change in the years ahead as urban environments evolve. TREE Fund remains one of few organizations that supports ongoing applied research that can help today's tree care professionals anticipate tomorrow's burning questions and issues before they detrimentally impact our trees - and the people and communities who benefit from them.

Can we count on your help as we work together to sustain our urban forests and empower the skilled professionals who care for them? You may make a contribution to support our work at or by mailing a check to the TREE Fund address at the left. Your gift will truly make a difference, now and for years to come.


J. Eric Smith 
TREE Fund 
President and CEO


Brian Kane, PhD 
TREE Fund  Researcher  
Massachusetts Arborists Association Professor 
University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

P.S. Need some extra inspiration? Then check out the latest quarterly Research Report featuring Brian's work in the September issue of TREE Press at That's what it's all about. That's why we do what we do!
TCIA Winter Management Conference
  • February 11 - 15, 2019
  • St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino
Start planning now for a sun-drenched, island adventure... to St. Kitts! WMC 2019 will be held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort and Royal Beach Casino, February 11-15, 2019.

Join hundreds of like-minded tree care professionals for five days of sharing knowledge with industry peers, finding solutions for your business in today's complicated world, and celebrating successes and milestones with your colleagues. You deserve this - you work hard, but hopefully you play hard, too, so let's not forget the tours and fun recreational opportunities that come with being on a beautiful island!

This is a must-attend event for business owners and managers. You can't afford to miss out!

Attend our poolside forums, roundtables and receptions to network with some of the biggest names in the industry. The laid-back, island atmosphere is the perfect place to establish new connections and make new friends, as well as network with old friends!

Education and CEUs
Each year we focus on business topics that are relevant to you, and this year is no different! Join us as we welcome new speakers and bring back past favorites. Topics will include safety and leadership, business processes, brand messaging and more! We are glad to offer CTSP CEUs, and will be offering ISA CEUs. Please be sure to check the Education and Networking pages in the coming weeks for information about ISA CEUs.

Support the Industry
WMC is home to two important events - the Robert Felix Memorial Golf Tournament, and the Voice for Trees Political Action Committee Auction. By teeing up with a team or sponsoring the golf tournament, you'll be contributing funds which are earmarked to benefits students of arboriculture - the future of our industry! You can also positively affect the industry by attending the Voice for Trees Political Action Committee (VFT-PAC) event - funds raised are used to take direct action on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the tree care industry.
ASCA's 2019 Winter Academy
There's Only One Place to Get Started on the Path Toward Your RCA!
  • February 19 - 22, 2019
  • Hyatt Regency Lake Washington, Seattle, WA

Lots of conferences teach you how to be a great arborist. But there's only one conference where you can learn the essentials of being a successful Consulting Arborist AND begin the process of becoming a Registered Consulting Arborist® (RCA) - and that's ASCA's 2019 Consulting Academy.

During the Academy's three-day training you'll:
  • Learn from, and interact with, leading experts in the profession.
  • Form relationships with other attendees and coaches that you can use long after the Academy is over.
  • Take your first step toward becoming an RCA.
  • Increase your earning potential.

Pre-Academy Work
  • Pre-Academy Report: Once you've registered for the Academy, you will receive a scenario to use in preparing a written report, which you are expected to submit prior to the Academy. Your practice report will be reviewed but not graded. It is sent to your coach so that he or she can review it and understand your current report-writing skills. You will also use it during the report-writing session at the Academy and during your one-on-one conference with your coach.
  • Practice Management Webinars: Included in your registration fee! You will be provided access to three 1-hour online webinars that focus on important practice management topics: contracts, insurance, and determining your fees.

Graduation Requirements
You must pass:
  • An open-book written exam, given on the last day of the Academy.
  • A post-Academy take-home report.