SCA at a Glance
March 2018

Save the Date! SCA Field Day 2018
The 2018 ISA Annual Conference is fast approaching, and the Society of Commercial Arboriculture is hard at work coordinating a variety of cool member functions while we are in Columbus! We hope you will join us for one or all of our events.

Below you will find some preliminary information about our Field Day, Member Happy Hour, and RakeMaster Challenge - all events that our members have come to know and love! Registration hasn't opened yet, but keep an eye on the monthly SCA member blast for updates. 

We hope to see you in Columbus! 

-Your SCA Team 

Columbus Skyline at Night, © Jon Holiday 
Upcoming SCA Events
SCA Field Day 2018
The time is now to begin planning for the 2018 SCA Field Day! We have an amazing itinerary scheduled for our trip to Columbus, OH this August. Take a look and save the date! 

Date: Wednesday, August 8
Time: 9:15 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $58 Early Bird / $65 On-Site

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 Facility 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 keep an eye on the ISA Annual Conference website for registration information. 
SCA Member Happy Hour
2014 SCA Member Happy Hour

Date: Saturday, August 4
Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost: TBD

Come join the SCA for some good food, good tunes, and great conversations! 

We are changing up our Member Happy Hour this year to coincide with the 2018 International Tree Climbing Championships, and we are inviting all participants, audience members, volunteers, and staff to join us for an exclusive SCA event. We will be providing a hearty meal, plenty of drinks, and a rockin' live band - all you have to do is show up!

Members of the SCA Board will be on hand to answer any questions you may have on "Who is the Society of Commercial Arboriculture?" and "What does the SCA do?". We love getting our members together for unique networking opportunities, and this is one cook-out you won't want to miss.

Keep an eye on the SCA website for more details in the next few months, and we hope to see you there!
The World-Famous 
2017 RakeMaster Competitors
RakeMaster Challenge

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

Date: Saturday, August 4
Time: TBD
Cost: $100/Team of Six
Free for Spectators!

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.

Be on the look-out for Registration details, coming soon!

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!