P R E S I D E N T ’ S Massachusetts Arborists Association, Inc. M E S S A G E Board of Directors Dear MAA Members, President Natascha Batchelor, MCA Davey Tree Expert Company East Falmouth, MA Vice President Trumbull Barrett, MCA Barrett Tree Service East Medford, MA Secretary/Treasurer Ray Rose, MCA Town of Wrentham DPW Wrentham, MA Past President Jay Ippolito, MCA , MCLP Olde Colonial Tree & Landscape Westwood, MA MCA Representative Max Ford-Diamond, MCA Boston Parks & Recreation Boston, MA Wow! Great things are happening at the MAA. I hope everyone who attended the first-ever Safety Saves and Demo Day had a great time learning, connecting and becoming more safety-minded. I enjoyed myself and saw some really innovative products. I also enjoyed face time with some of my favorite vendors. One of the many great things about our industry is the way our supplier members care as much as we do about providing exceptional arboricultural service. They want us to have the best information, products and services available. Thank you to the sponsors for their exceptional support of this event. Thanks also to the management team, my fellow board members and the presenters for their contri- butions. After the pressures of heavy backlogs and trying to accommodate the high market demand, we can all look forward to the holiday season. Hopefully we can all spend time with our loved ones and show appreciation for our coworkers. Keep safety in mind – not only at work but also on those ladders when hanging seasonal decorations. Directors Neal Reilly, MCA The Reilly Tree Company Plainville, MA We again think of those who have touched our lives in the past and the present, specifically our industry leaders who recently passed. It is a great honor to continue our professional pursuits while following the groundwork those leaders have laid for us. Kevin Cleveland, MCA Tree Tech Foxboro, MA Russell Holman, MCA , CTSP Hartney Greymont Concord, MA Keep it safe and do your best to make our professional industry strong. I believe in all of us! Natascha Batchelor, MCA President, MAA Executive Director M. Virginia Wood, CMP MAA NEWS is a publication of the Massachusetts Arborists Association, Inc. Management Team Peggy Benjamin Kristen Dreyer Carrie Martin Charissa Sharkey MASSACHUSETTS ARBORISTS ASSOCIATION, INC. 8-D Pleasant Street South Natick, MA 01760 (508) 653-3320 FAX: (508) 653-4112 Info@MassArbor.org MassArbor.org 2 MAA NEWS / December 2018 MAA NEWS is published four times a year for the Massachusetts Arborists Association (MAA) and is distributed free of charge to members. The purpose of the newsletter is to disseminate information to promote general standards and ethics in commercial arboriculture, as well as to foster research and share knowledge with its members. The MAA is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to communications between its membership and the industry. The MAA believes the information in this publication to be accurate as of its publication date and is not responsible for inadvertent errors. The MAA and Massachusetts Certified Arborist (MCA) logos are trade- marks of the Massachusetts Arborists Association, Inc. Qualified MAA members and certified members only are permitted to utilize the logos. Logos for MAA and MCA are available through the MAA office. EDITORIAL Readers are encouraged to submit articles, announcements, review of products, or letters. Please send to Newsletter Editor at mail or e-mail address listed at left. ADVERTISING For advertising rates and information, contact MAA at info@MassArbor.org, or at (508) 653-3320. Ads may be submitted as high-resolution pdf files. Discounted advertising rates are available to MAA members. DISCLAIMER The views and opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the MAA.