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In this Issue: 2 Letter from the President

4 Calendar of Events

8 Nutrient Management for Turfgrass

10 Distracted Driving 14 What About the Cherry Trees in 2014

2 A Letter from the President Dear MAA Members and Green Industry Professionals: On September 8th, about 65 Orioles fans from the MAA and MNLA attended the Orioles vs. White Sox game. Unfortunately, the O’s lost, but it was a great time! Our seats were in the “picnic perch” in left field and included AYCE (allyou-can-eat) hotdogs, snacks and drinks. I hope it becomes an annual event! Thanks to Vanessa Finney and Chelsea Bailey for organizing the outing. In other news, the MAA board voted to support LEAD Maryland with a donation of $500. This is a great organization that offers a tremendous opportunity to all in the Green Industry to receive hands on education covering agriculture state wide. I am very pleased to announce that the board also voted to renew our relationship with the MAA’s current Executive Director, Vanessa Finney, for another two years. Several other inquiries for services and information were received in the association office, over the last few months, and were directed to the appropriate agencies. On the legislative front, HB 572 was signed into law on May 16 by Governor O’Malley. This law will eventually place a CEU requirement on the MD Tree Expert license. Moving forward, MAA will be working closely with DNR to develop the regulations for the law. I will pass on information as it becomes available. Also, indications are that legislation is being written to again address the issue of Licensed Tree Experts in Maryland “renting” their license. A bill was submitted and defeated during the last legislative session that would have made this practice illegal. I suspect a similar bill will be proposed in an upcoming session. Please check the event calendar for a list of upcoming events, including our Annual Winter Seminar at Turf Valley, to be held over three days – January 14th – 16th. I hope to see you all there! Finally, I wish everyone a safe and productive fall and winter season. Best, John Davis President – MAA ISA Board Certified Master Arborist Certified Pesticide Applicator MD Licensed Tree Expert

3 Tree Benefits Calculator The Maryland Department of Natural Resources sponsors a program called “Marylanders Plant Trees. This program offers consumers a coupon towards the purchase of a new tree. A really exciting tool unveiled with the launch of this program is a “tree benefit calculator,” which consumers or industry folk can use to quantify the benefits of planting a tree. Landscape contractors, arborists, and retailers, especially may want to be aware of this calculator, to further educate your customers on the benefits of trees. The calculator provides data on storm water runoff intercepted by a tree, impact of the tree on property value, energy conserved by the presence of the tree, contribution of the tree to air quality, and effect of the tree on the reduction of atmospheric carbon. To access the calculator, go to www.treebenefits.com, which is a separate page found within the Marylander’s Plant Trees website.

The Maryland Arborist Association

Thanks – to our generous sponsors. White Oak Sponsors Georgetown Insurance www.georgetowninsurance.com

IWIF www.iwif.com

Altec Industries, Inc. www.altec.com

Vermeer Mid Atlantic www.vermeermidatlantic.com Security Equipment Co. www.securityfnh.com

Dogwood Sponsors Rainbow Treecare Scientific Advancements www.treecaredirect.com

Winter Seminar Sponsors Air-Spade • Mid-Atlantic Stihl • Moran Insurance • Newsome Seed, Inc.

4 Calendar of Events 2013-2014

For a full and updated calendar of events, and to find registration information and event links, please visit the MAA website at www.mdarborist.com

October 8, 2013

CPH – Basic Exam

Must be pre-registered to attend Contact: www.mnlaonline.org, 410-823-8684 October 8, 2013

CPH–Specialized Exam: Advanced Plant Identification

Must be pre-registered to attend Contact: www.mnlaonline.org, 410-823-8684 October 13-15, 2013

MAC-ISA Annual Meeting

Location: Fredericksburg Hospitality House and University of Mary Washington Contact: Nancy Herwig www.mac-isa.org, 703-753-0499 execdirector@macisa.org October 14, 2013

EP Henry/ICPI Presentation

Location: University of Maryland College Park Contact: Diana Cortez or EP Henry dcortez@umd.edu or bford@ephenry.com October 23-25, 2013

Planet 2013 Green Industry Conference

Location: Louisville, KY Contact: PLANET, 800-395-2522 www.landcarenetwork.org October 13-25, 2013

Greater Chesapeake Damange Prevention Training Conference

November 6, 2013

December 13, 2013

Location: Delmarva Power Conference Center Newark, DE Contact: DSA, delmarvasafetyassn@ gmail.com www.delmarvasafety.org

Location: Charlottesville, VA Contact: ISA Certification Department 217-355-9411, www.isa-arbor.com Cert@isa-arbor.com

November 7, 2013

January 7-10, 2014

Delmarva Safety Association Safety & Health Conference

MAEF Banquet

Location: Michael’s Eight Avenue Contact: MAEF, 410-939-9030 www.maefonline.com November 14-16 TCI Expo 2013

USDA Research Forum on Invasive Species

Location: Loew’s Hotel, Annapolis, MD Contact: Micheal McManus, mlmcmanus@fs.fed.us January 8-10, 2014

November 16, 2013

Location: Baltimore Convention Center Contact: MANTS, 800-431-0066 www.mants.com

Turning a New Leaf Conference

Location: Shepherdstown, WV Contact: Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council, 717-840-7408 www.chesapeakelandscape.org November 20, 2013

Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show

January 13-17, 2014

Mid-Atlantic Horticulture Short Course

Location: Downtown Silver Spring Hosted by: Montgomery Parks Contact: www.montgomeryparks.org

Location: Newport News, VA Marriott City Center Contact: MAHSC, 757-523-4734 www.mahsc.org

December 10-12, 2013

January 14-16, 2014

2013 Trees Matter Symposium

MAC-ISA Arborist Certification Course

Location: Abingdon, VA Contact: MAC-ISA, 703-753-0499 www.mac-isa.org December 11, 2013

November 2-6, 2013

Location: Carroll Community College Contact: UMD Extension 301-596-9413

Location: UGA Hotel Athens, GA Contact: IPPS, 803-743-4284


Location: Charlotte, NC Contact: TCIA

Location: Ocean City, MD Contact: GCDPTC International Plant Propagators Society, SR 38th Annual Meeting

ISA Certification Exam (Mid-Atlantic)

MD Lawn Fertilizer Law Review and Test Session

December 12, 2013

Pest Management Conference

Hosted by: University of Maryland Extension Location: Carroll Community College Westminster, MD Contact: 301-596-9413

MD Arborist Association’s Winter Seminar

Location: Turf Valley Conference Center Ellicott City, MD Contact: MD Arborist Association 410-321-8082 mdarboristassoc@aol.com January 21-24, 2014

Advanced Landscape Plant IPM PHC Short Course

Hosted by: University of Maryland Department of Entomology Location: College Park, MD Contact: Avis Koeiman 301-405-3913 akoeiman@umd.edu


6 Discover and Propose Ways to Get Qualified Potential Members to Join the Maryland Arborist Association The Maryland Arborist Association (MAA) provides members with various educational opportunities focused in arbor care, as well as access to a network of tree care professionals across the state. As members, we all share a passion for our trees. But passion alone is not the only ingredient to building strong membership. Membership recruitment is the job of everyone in the MAA. There is certainly a challenge associated with recruiting members, however through your own passion and persuasion it is easy to show others all of the great benefits the MAA has to offer. You might not realize it, but the fact is every day you somehow persuade others, and the most common way of doing so is showing them what’s in it for them. In fact, if you use these same persuasion principles and techniques to try and recruit new members, we’ll be well on our way to successfully increasing our membership levels. 1. Be prepared: You never know where you might meet a qualified prospective member, so it’s a good idea to always be prepared on how you want to promote the MAA to others. One of the most effective ‘sales pitches’ you can have is to be prepared with a positioning statement which defines what exactly what the MAA does in one or two short sentences. Short our mission statement, elevator speeches, a guest invitation card, brochures, and information about MAA events are all great essentials to be prepared with when you find yourself with someone genuinely interested. 2. Reflect on the primary reason you first joined: A personal story is generally very compelling. If you get a chance to communicate the value of membership through your own personal experience, it becomes easier to share the benefits of joining the MAA. Reflect on why you continue to remain a member, what you like about being part of the MAA, how it has influenced you and how it has helped you grow as an individual and a professional tree expert. When you are able to effectively share your story with true passion, it will become easier for you to generate interest among prospective members.

3. Listen to the prospective members: The best way to connect with prospective members is to listen to their needs and wants and show them how you can help. Similarly, the best way to try to attract new members is to listen to them and uncover their objections or concerns. If you are constantly facing objections, you have to look at what the reasons are and whether there is something that can be done to overcome these barriers. You might just hear reasons such as “I don’t have the money” or “I don’t have the time”. Instead of dismissing these as excuses, provide more information and counter the reasons given with information about the different types of memberships or with the attendance statistics required. The point is not to pester the prospective member and negate their excuses/ reasons but it is to educate them more and then give them a chance to further contemplate the idea of joining. 4. Learn from the objections: The best way to attract new members is to learn from the reasons why people aren’t joining and then address those concerns. If you find that the majority of people are unable to attend meetings at a certain time or at a certain location, try to see if the MAA board can address those concerns. If you find that perceived membership costs are a trending reason for potential members not joining, think of solutions to address that. By showing prospective members that their concerns are taken seriously, you portray the MAA to be welcoming and caring – something that the prospective member will feel proud to be a part of. 5. Follow up with prospective members: Following up with prospective members will make them feel desired and important and will give you an opportunity to remind them of their interest. Generally you have to reinforce and reiterate the benefits of joining the MAA at least once to keep the idea of joining the MAA fresh in people’s minds. This is one of the most overlooked aspects of recruitment, but the first year is crucial to cementing the member into the MAA and getting them involved, so that they stay for the long-term. Have any other ideas? Share your thoughts and suggestions about attracting new potential members with any board member or myself. Robert Stanley, MAA Membership Chair Maryland Tree Expert 1715 410-770-9477 Adapted from the ASME Unit Leadership Resource Center


8 What Does the Nutrient Management Law for Turfgrass Mean? Back in 2001 farm operations, including nurseries and greenhouses, were required to develop nutrient management plans and run soil testing before applying fertilizer in field situations. Legislators felt that additional parts of the green industry needed to be involved if Maryland is to meet new nutrient reduction goals outlined in its Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) to restore the Bay. The Lawn Fertilizer Act was developed in 2011. Maryland’s new lawn fertilizer law affects fertilizer manufacturers and distributors, lawn care professionals, and homeowners. Why are turfgrass fertilizers being targeted? It is estimated that lawn fertilizer comprises 44% of fertilizer sold in Maryland and it application methods can impact the health of the Bay. The commercial industry had complained that homeowners were unregulated in fertilizer applications for lawns. So, in fairness, they included provisions to regulate homeowner application to lawn. Homeowners will be regulated by local jurisdictions while applications made by commercial companies will be regulated by the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Homeowners will not need to be certified or keep records but they will be required to: run a soil test if applying phosphorus; apply fertilizer at rate recommended by the University of Maryland; and not apply fertilizer during winter months just like commercial applicators. It is still being developed how local jurisdictions will deal with homeowner misapplications. You need to pay attention since starting on Oct 1, 2013 there will be changes in how you fertilize lawns in Maryland. Lawn care professionals must be certified in order to apply fertilizer in Maryland. The rules apply to professionals for hire as well as individuals responsible for turf management at golf courses, public parks, airports, athletic fields, businesses, cemeteries and other nonagricultural properties. Licenses will be required for all businesses engaged in commercial fertilizer applications. If your company applies fertilizer to turfgrass then at least one person per company must take and pass the MDA nutrient management test. If you wish to have multiple people certified at your company it would not be a bad

idea. Someone in the company must be certified or work under the direct supervision of someone who is certified for fertilizer applications. The manual to help you study for this test is available online at www. mda.maryland.gov/ fertilizer. In reading over the manual it is very well done and should not be difficult to negotiate. For the last couple of years fertilizer manufacturers have increasingly made turfgrass fertilizers available that lack phosphorus. New phased-in restrictions affect all lawn fertilizer products sold and distributed in Maryland. The changes are aimed at helping lawn care professionals and homeowners maintain healthy lawns without applying unnecessary amounts of nitrogen and phosphorus. Here are some of the highlights of requirement that must be in place by October 1, 2013: • Requires lawn fertilizer products sold in Maryland to include label directions to ensure that no more than 0.9 pound of total nitrogen is applied per 1,000 square feet; at least 20 percent of this nitrogen must be in a slow release form. The maximum amount of water soluble nitrogen in lawn fertilizer products applied per 1,000 square feet is capped at 0.7 pound. • Prohibits lawn fertilizer products from containing phosphorus with certain exceptions for specially labeled starter fertilizer and organic fertilizer products. • Prohibits labeling lawn fertilizer as a de-icer. • Requires lawn fertilizer products to contain the following statement: Do not apply near water, storm drains or drainage ditches. Do not apply if heavy rain is expected. Apply this product only to your lawn and sweep any product that lands on the driveway, sidewalk, or street, back onto the turfgrass. What will be restricted?

The idea is to get the right amount of fertilizer on the turfgrass and not on non-target sites. A lot of the restrictions are just good common sense. For cool season turfgrass the most benefit occurs from fall applications

9 when the turfgrass is actively growing and the ground is not frozen. This will mean keeping records of applications. • Lawn care professionals are prohibited from applying lawn fertilizer to impervious surfaces or frozen ground. • No fertilizer applications within 15 feet of waterways. This setback is reduced to 10 feet if a drop spreader, rotary spreader with deflector or targeted spray liquid is used to apply the fertilizer. • No lawn fertilizer may be applied between December 1 and March 1. Between November 15 and December 1 only water soluble nitrogen (no slow release) may be applied to lawns at a maximum rate of ½ pound per 1,000 square feet. • Professionals must apply fertilizer using University of Maryland recommendations. • Soil testing of a new customer is required by the second application under the present regulations. MDA is considering that if you are just applying nitrogen and potassium then a soil test may not be not required. Soil tests must be taken before any phosphorus can be applied to a lawn. • A single application may not exceed 0.9 pound total nitrogen per 1,000 square feet and 0.7 pound of soluble nitrogen per 1,000 square feet, except when using enhanced efficiency fertilizer. • Professional applicators may continue to apply natural organic or organic products containing phosphorus, but beginning October 1, 2013, each application may not exceed 0.25 pound of phosphorus per 1,000 square feet with an annual maximum of 0.5 pound of phosphorus per 1,000 square feet. These products may not be applied when soils test at “optimum to excessive” for phosphorus levels. • Enhanced efficiency controlled release products may be applied at no more than 2.5 pounds per year, with a maximum monthly release rate of 0.7 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. Penalties

Violators are subject to civil penalties of up to $1,000 for the first violation and $2,000 for each subsequent violation. Once you take the MDA nutrient management test you will be required to attend and update session once a year to re-new your certification. There will be a training session on Dec 11, 2013 at the

Carroll Community College from 9:00 – 2:00 with Mark Schlossberg, Chuck Schuster, David Clement, and Stanton Gill. The cost for the training along is $20 with check made payable to the University of Maryland. This will cover lunch. This cost is just for the training session. (not the MDA exam). Contact Suzanne Klick at Sklick@umd.edu for registration information. If you plan to take the Exam you must pre-register with MDA and there is a charge for taking the exam. On Dec. 11 at 2:00 MDA will give the exam to those that pre-registered with MDA to take the exam. To sign up to take the MDA turfgrass nutrient management exam contact Judy McGowan at 410-841-5955. Stanton Gill, Extension Specialist, IPM and Entomology for Nursery, Managed Landscapes and Greenhouses, CMREC, University of Maryland Cooperative Extension and Professor with Montgomery College, Landscape Technology Program sgill@umd.edu www.IPMNET.umd.edu

Maryland DNR Tree Expert Exams The Maryland Licensed Tree Expert Exam schedule for 2013 is as follows: October 9, 2013 November 13, 2013 December 11, 2013 2014 testing dates are not yet know All tests are administered at DNR Headquarters in Annapolis. Pre-registration is required. Please call Ms. Romcesa Estep at 410-260-8531 or visit: www.dnr.state.md.us/forests/programspps/ newtreeexpert.asp, for an application. Note: You will need to sign in at the front desk in the lobby. Valid photo ID is required for entry. Directions and parking information can be found at: www.dnr. state.md.us/map.html


Distracted Driving This time of year is filled with lots of distractions – putting the finishing touches on those big jobs from the summer, kids back to school and school busses, new family schedules, driving to the job, from the job, meeting clients, going to meetings, talking on the phone, reading and sending emails are among a myriad of the tasks that we all do day in and day out to keep the family, business, and crews running on all cylinders. With the advancements in smart phone technology over the last several years most of the scheduling involved in keeping the family, business, and crews working can now be done on a smart phone. Now our once quiet sanctuary – our work vehicle – is inundated with these “distractions” that take our focus away from driving. Distracted driving is becoming an epidemic. In the past year nearly 18% of crashes where someone was injured, distracted driving was involved. Distracted driving involves any activity that diverts your focus away from driving. Distracting activities include texting, using a smart phone/cell phone, eating or drinking, talking with passengers, using a GPS, and adjusting the radio. Texting while driving is probably the most distracting of all these activities. Texting is dangerous because it does not involve only one form of distraction; it involves 3 distinct forms of distraction: • Taking your eyes off the road • Manipulating the device to read/send the text • Takes your mind’s focus off of driving Studies have shown that texting while driving increases the probability of having a crash by 23 times and decreases your brake reaction speed by 18%. To help put these figures into perspective imagine a football field. The average reading or sending of text with eyes diverted from the road takes approximately 4.6 seconds. If the car is traveling at 55 mph (80.7 feet per second), the car would cover the entire length of a football field before the driver’s eyes are back on the road. The same 4.6 seconds at 65 mph (95.3 feet per second) would find that the

This poster is available from www.distraction.gov for displaying in the workplace.

...once quiet sanctuary – our work vehicle – is inundated with these “distractions” that take our focus away from driving.

11 vehicle has traveled 439 ft before the driver focuses back on the road.

Figure 1 – State laws on texting and cell phone use.

Nearly half of all teenage drivers have sent emails or texts while driving. For distracted teenage drivers involved in fatal crashes, 21% admitted that they were distracted by using their cell phones. Unfortunately, teenage drivers are often replicating learned behavior from their parents. In one study, 20 percent of teen drivers and 10 percent of their parents admitted to having extended, multi- message text conversations while driving.

Distracted Driving Laws by State

Most states have passed laws banning texting and driving. Figure 1 lists distracted driving laws by state in our region. It is important to stay up to date and current on these laws because the laws are frequently updated and new ones are being enacted each year.

West Virginia 1. Handheld ban for all drivers (Secondary law) 2. Ban on texting for all drivers (Primary law)

So, with the holiday season fast approaching, I know what my first resolution will be and one I think I can keep for a change– how about you, your family, and your crews? Ron Muir MAA Safety Committee Chair 540-431-9122 References National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Facts and Statistics. Available from http://www.distraction.gov/ content/get-the-facts/facts-and-statistics.html. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, September 2010. Publication no. DOT-HS-811-379. Available from http://www.distraction.gov/content/getthe-facts/index.html. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Policy Statement and Compiled Facts on Distracted Driving. Washington, DC: US Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2011. Available from: http://www.nhtsa.gov/. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Regulations. Available from: http://www.distraction.gov/ content/dot-action/regulations.html. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Limiting the Use of Wireless Communication Devices. Washington DC: US Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 2011. Available from: http://www. fmcsa.dot.gov/.

Maryland 1. Handheld ban for all drivers (Secondary law) 2. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers (Secondary law) 3. Ban on texting for all drivers (Primary law)

Virginia 1. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands- free) for school bus drivers (Primary law) 2. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands- free) for novice drivers (Secondary law) 3. Ban on texting for all drivers (Secondary law; Primary law for school bus drivers) District of Columbia 1. Handheld ban for all drivers (Primary law) 2. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for bus drivers (Primary law) 3. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers (Primary law) 4. Ban on texting for all drivers (Primary) Delaware 1. Handheld ban for all drivers (Primary law) 2. Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for bus drivers (Primary law) 3. Ban on all cell phone (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers (Primary law) 4. Ban on texting for all drivers (Primary law) Pennsylvania 1. Ban on texting for all drivers (Primary law)

22 12 We have answers when you have questions …


The MAA web site is designed for our members and is your single source for the answer to almost any question. The site is your: • Membership Directory with member search options • Up-to-date industry calendar • Classified ads which members can post and track resumes/ responses • Business resources • Shady Notes Newsletter (electronic issues) • MaGIC updates

• Industry calendar includes: – Event postings from organizations and educational institutions around the Mid-Atlantic region; – Resources for finding CEUs for pesticide recertification, nutrient management recertification, and general education in horticulture topics; – MAA events including the Annual Winter Recertification Seminar, Arborist Day, and more

Visit www.mdarborist.com today!


14 What About the Cherry Trees in 2014? It was July of 2012 when landscape managers started reporting leaf droppage on cherry trees. This snowballed in August when most ornamental cherry trees completely defoliated. Many people thought they were losing their cherry trees to a devastating new disease. The early defoliation was caused by several species of leafspot disease, which were encouraged by a wet spring followed by a wet July and early August. The spring of 2013 was cool and wet, which set up cherry trees for more trouble. Just after bloom time for cherry trees we started getting report of small branches dying back on cherry trees. At first it appeared we had a new disease attacking cherry trees. This “new disease� was really an old orchard disease of stone fruit called brown rot. In Maryland landscapes this new problem is caused by the fungus Monilinia laxa. We just had not seen this disease commonly cropping up on ornamental cherry trees. The first symptoms often seen are browning and collapse of the blossoms followed closely by death of the small twigs. The symptoms look like fire blight, but cherries are not susceptible to that disease. If infected blossoms do not drop off, the fungus may grow through the flower stem (pedicel) and into the twig below. Twigs develop elliptical cankers with profuse gumming at the margin between diseased and healthy tissue. Leaves on these infected shoots turn brown and wither, but remain attached. In

Brown rot on Kwansan cherry

some instances, twigs are girdled and killed. During wet weather in May and June, the fungus sporulates on the surface of infected twig cankers. Cankers enlarge from season to season, and sporulation may continue on large cankers for four years or more. Visible presence of the pathogen is easy under wet conditions and appears as powdery tufts of brown gray spores that are visible on the outside of infected flowers, and on infected fruit or twig surfaces. Life Cycle

Brown rot fungus over-winters on infected plant parts. In the spring during wet weather, masses of spores are produced that can infect the blossoms and young shoots. The disease will continue infection cycles during wet periods in the spring. What does this mean for 2014? If it is a wet spring and your customer had a problem with this disease in 2013 then you might wish to come up with a management plan. Management

A combination of cultural methods and treatments are needed to control this disease in our wet rainy northwest climate. Cultural

Sanitation is very important. Remove and destroy all

Brown rot on cherry

15 MAAWinter Seminar January 14 – 16th This year’s seminar will be a good one. On Day 1, Tuesday, January 14, 2014 we will be offering CTSP in conjunction with TCIA. MAA will be offering TCIA’s EHAP Training class also on Day 1. On Day 2, Wednesday, January 15, 2014, CTSP will conclude. We will be offering TCIA’s Aerial Rescue Training program along with climbing and rigging skills updates. We are also offering the Insect and Disease Lab we put on in years past. On Thursday we will offer the usual Recertification Training for Pesticide Credits and MDA Nutrient Management credit to meet the New MDA Fertilizer regulation of 2 hours credit per year.

IWIF launches new name,

new corporate structure as it becomes Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company

Brown rot on Kwansan cherry Photos by David Clement

infected twigs and branches. On large trees this may be very difficult to obtain. Organic

Use wettable sulfur or copper during periods of wet weather. Chemical

Apply three to four treatments of an approved fungicide (such as Captan, Manzate and Pristine) starting at bud break in the early spring and continue at regular intervals during the spring until dry weather. Thoroughly treat all leaf and twig surfaces. Treatments during blossoming are essential for good control. The wetter and rainier the spring, the worse the disease problem is. Let’s hope it a slightly drier spring in 2014. Stanton Gill, Extension Specialist in IPM and Entomology for Greenhouses and Nurseries, Central Maryland Research and Education Center University of Maryland and Professor, Landscape Technology, Montgomery College

(TOWSON, MD)--On October 1, IWIF, Maryland’s largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance, will launch a new name and corporate structure. As a result of legislation passed by the Maryland General Assembly in 2012, IWIF will become Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company and cease to be an independent state agency. Chesapeake Employers will become a non-stock, not for profit, private insurance company authorized to sell workers’ compensation insurance in Maryland only. The Governor of Maryland will continue to appoint the Board of Directors for Chesapeake Employers. IWIF’s preeminent role in the workers’ compensation market in Maryland is reflected in the 23% market share it holds for workers’ compensation insurance in the state, far ahead of its competitors. More than 20,000 Maryland employers insure with IWIF. The company, which has assets of more than $1.8 billion, employs more than 375 insurance professionals in Maryland and works with more than 1,400 independent insurance agents. Thomas Phelan, CPA, President and CEO of Chesapeake Employers, said: “Although IWIF’s name is changing, everything that Maryland employers and their employees have come to expect of us will remain unchanged, especially our expertise in workers’ compensation insurance and our commitment to creating safer workplaces. Looking forward, we will mark our steadfast commitment to Maryland employers and employees as we celebrate our 100th anniversary in 2014.”

16 Maryland Arborist Association Board of Directors July 1, 2012- June 30, 2014 President John Davis, jdavis@bartlett.com 410-526-6655 President-Elect Jeremy Baker jeremy@antietamtree.com 301-791-3500 Secretary Kirk Floyd k.floyd@landscapeprojects.com 301-652-8844

Executive Director Vanessa A. Finney mdarboristassoc@aol.com 410-321-8082

Maryland Green Industry Council Frank Dudek frank.dudek@arborvalleytreeservice.com 443-841-7222

Advisors Tom Rippeon grippeon@cityoffrederick.com 301-600-3860

Honorary Director Matthew Anacker matthewanacker@aatreeexperts.com 410-486-4561

Steve Sprague ssprague@carrolltreeservice.com 410-998-1104

OUR MISSION The mission of the Maryland Arborist Association, Inc. is to promote education in the field of arboriculture, to support the success of arboriculture and to promote the importance of tree care. The association will provide a forum for the exchange of information and will encourage professionalism through the collective efforts of the members.

Nicholas Valentine nvalentine@lewistree.com 410-987-4815

Treasurer Todd Armstrong todd.armstrong@davey.com 410-377-4002 Immediate Past President Steve Castrogiovanni scastrogiovanni@meadtree.com 301- 854-5990 Directors David Driver, mail@arborx.com 410-838-2999 Frank Dudek frank.dudek@arborvalleytreeservice.com 443-841-7222 Bob Mead, meadtree@meadtree.com 301-854-5990

Liaisons MAC - ISA Scott Bates, sbates@bartlett.com 703-550-6900 U of MD Dr. Michael Raupp, mraupp@umd.edu 301-596-3626 U MD Extension Stanton Gill, sgill@umd.edu 301-596-9413 MD Forestry Board Chris Klimas, chris.klimas@davey.com 301-829-6915

Maryland Arborist Association, Inc. P.O. Box 712, Brooklandville, MD 21022 Phone: 410-321-8082, mdaboristassoc@aol.com

MARYLAND ABORIST ASSOCIATION  LICENSE PLATES AVAILABLE The Maryland Arborist Association sponsors a special state-issued license plate that displays the MAA logo, featuring the Wye Oak. Your $50 contribution will cover the MVA fee of $25 and provide $25 towards the MAA education fund. If you are interested in purchasing this special plate, place your order through the MAA website, www.mdarborist.com. Near the bottom of the homepage you will find a link to the order form.

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Participants of the program must be members of the MAA prior to the inception date of the policy.

Rooted in Maryland since 1914, IWIF Workers’ Compensation Insurance works with businesses all over Maryland to provide safe workplaces that reduce the number of accidents, increase productivity, and save money along the way. To learn more about workplace safety and to see how IWIF can partner with your company, contact your agent, call 800-264-IWIF or visit us at iwif.com.

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19 New Members SavATree Kevin Kraft Rockville, MD

Potts Consulting Dennis Potts Bethesda, MD

Baker Tree Services, Inc. Glen Baker Thurmont, MD

Easy Tree, Inc. Katherine Holcomb Glen Rock, PA

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Instructions for Member Login The MAA recently launched its new website. In addition to its new design, the website also integrates the MAA membership directory. Members may access the membership directory by executing the following process: • Go to the website, www.mdarborist.com • In the upper right hand corner, enter your username and password, and select “Go.” (Since this is a brand new system, most of you will not know your user name and password. To retrieve your username and password, click on the text that says “Forgot your password? Click here.” Then enter your e-mail address and your user name and password will be sent to you. If you do not receive an e-mail within a minute, check your spam box. If you still do not have the password e-mail, then the system does not recognize the e-mail address you are using. Give us a call in the office and we’ll let you know what e-mail address we have on record for you.) • The next screen shows your company profile. On this page you can edit any information that you need to, including changing your username and password, if desired. • On this same screen, review the menu on the left. Select “Online Directory” to access the membership directory. • On the next screen, you can enter specific search criteria, or just hit the search button, and all members will appear listed on your screen. The site has two searchable membership directories. Members may search the full membership database, by logging in to the membership portal. Non-members

may view only members classified as Licensed Tree Experts, from the Consumers tab of the website. Also, please note that a full Maryland Green Industry Calendar is accessible from the homepage of the website. We update this calendar frequently and include many events sponsored by multiple Maryland organizations, as well as MAC-ISA and TCIA. So, if you are looking for events, remember to check this website. If you have any questions about the new website or membership directory, please let the MAA office know. The site is still brand new and we’ll be working to polish it off within the next few months. We can be reached at mdarboristassoc@aol.com or via 410-321-8082.



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