SCA at a Glance
July 2018

Happy American Independence Day!
G reetings members!

With the start of July, 2018 is already half over! Are you still sticking to the resolutions you made all the way back in January? Are you on track to meet your goals by the end of the year? Now's the perfect time to evaluate your strategies, and adjust them for success.

In this month's news, we have the latest issue of  SCA Today, chock-full of the interesting and educational content you've come to know and love. Read about Tree Galls, Managerial Accounting, Heritage Trees, and more! And if you're ever interested in contributing an article or photographs to the SCA Today, contact Kathleen at

Don't forget to sign up for our SCA Field Day, coming up in August! Stay cool out there and remember to hydrate.

-Your SCA Team 

Columbus Skyline at Night, © Jon Holiday 
SCA Today: Second Quarter
Available Now!
In This Issue
Read the latest issue NOW of SCA Today, the premiere industry magazine for SCA members and their crews.

Last year, the SCA Board voted to "go green" by switching to an E-version of our magazine. If you have trouble opening the attached, please let us know by contacting

In this issue, you'll see: 
  • Digging Into Plant Galls 
  • Managerial Accounting for Commercial Arborists
  • Strategies for Preserving Heritage Trees
  •  ... and so much more! 

We hope you enjoy this issue! Reach out with any comments to
Upcoming SCA Events
SCA Field Day 2018
Registration is OPEN for the 2018 SCA Field Day! We have an amazing itinerary scheduled for our trip to Columbus, OH this August. Take a look and register now! 

Date: Wednesday, August 8
Time: 9:15 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $58 Early Bird / $65 On-Site
Registration: ISA's Event Website

This year, we are honored to visit our own Chris Ahlum, SCA Board President, on his home turf! We will be touring the headquarters for Ahlum & Arbor Tree Preservation in Columbus. We will be highlighting the history of a family business that has been in operation for the last 40 years. Attendees will discuss the layout of the facility, built in 2012, and the operations of the company. Visiting local arborists has been a highlight of many past SCA tours, and we can't wait for you to visit our Board President's company!

Additionally, we will be visiting the Franklin Park Conservatory and getting a 'behind the scenes' look at the brand new (opening in May 2018) Children's Garden, discussing the focus on tree preservation throughout the development process. This discussion will include the garden design, building scopes, how construction was planned around trees, and the after care for both existing and new trees. Attendees will also have a chance to peruse the Conservatory either alone or on a guided tour.

We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an amazing tour! If you'd like more information, please contact us at, and don't forget to register today!

Register Now!

The World-Famous 
2017 RakeMaster Competitors
RakeMaster Challenge

Who will take 
this year's Rake and Golden Helmet?

Date: Saturday, August 4
Time: 4:30 PM
Cost: $100/Team of Six
Free for Spectators!
Registration: Online or Paper Form

ISA Chapters, Competition Judges, and vendors are all encouraged to enter a team of 6 to participate in this competition. Teams battle it out in an obstacle course of groundwork duties including raking, log-rolling, and knot-tying; the top team receives the ULTIMATE HONOR of taking home the coveted SCA Rake and Golden Hard Hat award!
All competitors receive a free RakeMaster t-shirt. This event is a great team-building experience that helps develop camaraderie among colleagues spread across great distances. 
There is a participation fee of $100 per team, and all proceeds from this event are donated to the Safe Arborist Techniques Fund, within the TREE Fund. The purpose of the Safe Arborist Techniques Fund is to support research focusing on the development and training of techniques and equipment used in climbing, rigging and working on trees in order to provide a safer working environment for tree care professionals.

Register now on our website, or download the paper form and submit it via snail mail to our office at: Society of Commercial Arboriculture, PO BOX 796, Orange, CA, 92856.

Wish to sponsor the RakeMaster Challenge? Contact Kathleen at !

'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!