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M E M B E R & I N D U S T R Y N E W S People in the News ISA on the Move x Welcome Kristina Bezanson who joins the Arboriculture faculty at the University of Massachusets-Amherst. Her first day on the job is September 1, so we’ll have a more in-depth introduction in the next issue of the MAA newsletter. Many thanks to industry members who participated on the search committee, especially to MAA’s own Natascha Batchelor, MCA . The International Society of Arboriculture, currently based in Champaign, Illinois has announced its headquarters will be relo- cated to Atlanta, Georgia in 2019. The Board of Directors strate- gically determined that positioning the ISA global headquarters in Atlanta will allow for increased member services, more effi- cient travel, and partnership alignment. This relocation will also allow the organization to expand its reach and better support the ISA mission. The ISA, founded in 1924, now has a network of nearly 60 chapters, associate organizations, and professional affiliates around the globe. With the organization approaching its 100-year anniversary, this move will create new opportunities for ISA to build on current work and program offerings and set the organization up for continued success over the next 100 years. To learn more visit: ➜ x Kudos to Art Goodhind, MCA , who was recently named Pro- fessional Manager of the Year – Facilities and Grounds by the American Public Works Association. Art is Supervisor of the Land Facilities and Natural Resources Division for the Depart- ment of Public Works in Natick, MA. The award recognizes outstanding achievement, exceptional leadership and man- agement in the field of facilities and grounds. x Congratulations to Kent Warren, MCA , who retired this sum- mer from the Town of Wellesley’s Park Department after 24 years on the job. Well done and enjoy retirement! 100 Years! Stockbridge celebrates 100 years on October 5 & 6, 2018 in Amherst. Highlights are a welcoming reception on Friday, campus tours including a Tree Walk led by Michael Dirr, and Saturday Centennial Gala with farm-to-table dinner. Learn more at: ➜ agricultures-centennial-celebration Z133 Online Dennis Ryan, MAA’s Z1 33 representative, reports that the Z133 is now available in a digital format, so you can read the Standard straight from your phone, tablet, or desktop. The Z133 Safety Standard was developed for the arboriculture industry under the procedures of the American National Standards Institute. The 2017 revision provides the most current criteria in the United States for arborists and other workers engaged in arboricultural operations: • General safety • Electrical hazard • Use of vehicles and mobile equipment • Portable power hand tools • Hand tools and ladders • Climbing • Work procedures This publication provides an essential guide for federal, state, and municipal authorities in drafting regulations. For more information and to purchase a printed &/or digital copy visit: ➜ UMass Green School UMass Extension’s Green School is a comprehensive course for horticultural professionals who wish to gain an understanding of economically feasible and environmentally responsible plant and land care practices and the relation of those practices to the protection of the environment. UMass Green School will be held October 29 – December 13, 2018, twice weekly from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Milford, MA. Every two years, UMass Extension offers Green School, a comprehensive 12-day certifi- cate short course designed for landscape professionals, lawn care specialists, nursery operators, sports field managers, public and private grounds managers, arborists and others in the green industry. Both experienced professionals as well as those entering the green industries will benefit from this course. Preregistration is required. Early bird rate of $925 ends September 24, 2018 and the deadline for applications is October 15, 2018. For more information visit: ➜ green-school or call UMass Extension at 413-545-0895 Excellent Resource! Get the latest info on plant pests, pathogens & weeds from the Massachusetts Introduced Pest Outreach Project – a collaboration between MDAR and UMass Extension. To learn more visit: ➜ Follow @MassPests, or Contact Javier Marin, Forest Pest Outreach Coordinator at or (617) 626-1738. MAA NEWS / September 2018 7