Indiana Arborist Message Arborists who decline work that is ultimately
damaging show remarkable leadership. They are
By: Kris Medic,
Association IAA President
doing their best to educate in one of the most
challenging ways: one client at a time. In many
cases, the work is just being picked up by
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someone less ethical. What to do?
I was impressed recently when a fellow Probably every day, each of us has the
arborist did his darnedest to talk a neighbor
opportunity to talk with clients or others about
195 Marsteller Street of mine out of an unnecessary removal.
industry best practices, safety standards, or
W. Lafayette, Indiana I've known him to be ethical in his practice,
Arborist Certification. Many of us can remember
47907-2033 but here it was: him trying to decline a
a time when ANSI Z133.1 was very basic, and
Phone: (765) 494-3625 piece of work that would earn him and h2is ANSI tree care standards and Certification were
Fax: (765) 496-2422 crew more than a day's pay. Why? still in the offing. It's amazing to consider how far
Because he believed that questioning the
the industry has come, and I take every
www.indiana-arborist.org decision was the right thing to do. This
opportunity to talk with audiences – or anyone
client had his reasons, however, and this
else who will listen – about these advances.
arborist did the removal with regret, but I
Mission Statement admired that he tried to convince the client So how about you? Even when you're in the
The Indiana Arborist differently. trees all day, or running crews, there are
Association strives to What about topping, or fertilizing
opportunities to communicate that tree work – or
enhance the quality of life choosing an arborist - doesn't have to be as
unnecessarily? The ultimate damage
mysterious to clients as it used to be. Standards,
for Indiana residents by caused by topping is well-known in our best practices, and the ISA Certification program
using scientifically based business, and research has shown that too are outstanding tools for communicating about the
tree care practices. We much nitrogen fertilization is also harmful. work and helping clients to find qualified services.
endeavor to serve the Fertilizing a tree can increase growth and If you're certified, make full appropriate use of
needs of our members by those decals and logos. They can help to speak
can, under certain circumstances, help for you while you're busy.
fostering opportunities for reverse declining health . However, if the
training, education, and fertilizer is not needed or not applied If you're inclined to do a little
the exchange of ideas, correctly, it may not benefit the tree at all. more than letting your work
while encouraging high In fact, it may increase susceptibility to speak for itself, the ISA website
ethical standards. has great resources for putting
certain pests and accelerate decline. out information in the form of
Smiley, Lily, and Kelsey, Arborist News, news releases or client newsletters. In
April 2002 researching this, I did a quick brush-up on
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working with the media. I've always done it by the seat of consumer facts as well as IAA news, like outcomes of
my pants but there's actually an online Power Point that our Tree Climbing Championship. Getting it out there is
tells you what to do, and what NOT to do! There's more the first step in making sure that IAA and its members
there for me to learn, and I hope you'll check it out, too. are the go-to folks for the best and most current tree
care information. It takes all of us, and I hope you'll
Meanwhile, your IAA Public Relations Committee is consider what your part will be.
working on a media plan that covers the whole year with
Don’t want to
volunteer for life!!
Want only 1 job to do
Testing Opportunity and do it well.
Saturday, Here’s some ideas for
at Flower and Patio
9:30 edt Show Booth
in organizer—happens 1
Plymouth, IN week during the year.
Arbor Day at the
Deadline to register Indiana State
is 8/12/10 Museum—1 day
1 day a year.
involves 1 or 2 days a
Certified Arborist Training and Exam Contact Lindsey
Purcell to volunteer
CA Training and Exam
Indiana Arborist Association
DATE: 12/ 6-8/2010
LOCATION: Fort Harrison, Indianapolis
MORE: Details TBA
Cycle Illinois with the
2010 STIHL Tour des Trees
America’s Largest Fundraiser for Tree
Research Rides a “Chicago Loop” this July
July 18 - 24, 2010 “Chicago Loop Tour”
through northern Illinois
Join America’s largest fundraiser for tree research and education
More information/register at:www.stihltourdestrees.org
JULY 24, 2010
Ride for Research to
benefit the TREE Fund
Naperville • Fermilab • The Morton Arboretum
8 am – 2pm Saturday, July 24 // Rider check-in begins 6:30 am at Holiday Inn Select -
1801 N. Naper Blvd. (at Diehl Rd.), Naperville, IL 60563
Ride for Research
registration fee includes:
Lunch • T-shirt • Rider support •Admission to The Morton
Arboretum and the International Tree Climbing Competition on
Money does not grow on trees
Make your donation today to support
Doreen Crenshaw (captain)
Join us in Chicago on Monday, July 26 at the elegant Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers for a fun, fast-paced
evening of auction excitement to benefit the TREE Fund. . Doors open at 5:30 for hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and
Silent Auction bidding. Live auction bidding opens at 7:30, and this year’s offerings will include a wide array
of travel and excursion packages, professional equipment, artwork, fine handcrafted items and one-of-a-kind
Online bidding jump-starts the excitement in late June. Watch this space for a link to the online auction, and
get your bids in! Weekly updates via email will keep the energy level high and ensure maximum exposure for
TREE Fund Partners, Auction donors and auction sponsors.
12th Annual “Raise Your Hand for Research” Gala Auction
Monday, July 26, 2009 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers
Hosted by International Society of Arboriculture
$20 per person before June 26th (with ISA conference registration), $25 per person thereafter. To donate an
auction item, sign up for a sponsorship or obtain more information contact our Fund Development Specialist.
Our Online Auction runs from noon July 5 to midnight July 24
Tour des Trees continued...
The TREE Fund has supported research that has led to important developments in:
• Understanding air pollution reduction and carbon sequestration by trees
• Quantifying the costs and benefits of urban trees
• Improving conditions for tree growth in difficult sites
• Implementation of strategies to manage diseases and pests that affect urban trees
For more information, visit www.treefund.org.
WHERE: Crestview Golf Course 765-289-6952
3325 South Walnut Street - Muncie, Indiana
WHEN: THURSDAY, AUGUST 26, 2010
TIME: Registration until 12:30 pm- Instructions at 12:45 pm with Shotgun start at 1:00 pm from your
assigned tee station.
FORMAT: Florida Best Ball
TEAMS: A B C D Team pairing will be used if possible.
A= 10 Handicap or less B= 10-17 Handicap C= 18-27 Handicap D= 28+ Handicap
Special pairing requests must be made upon pre-registration and will be filled if
fair to the rest of the teams.
PRIZES: There will be drawings for door prizes.
1st / 2nd Place Prize
Closest to pin #9
Longest putt #18
Longest drive in fairway #16
(Optional by team) $5.00 per man team skins -100% payoff
Ties will be backed up from 18.
REGISTRATION: Dinner will be served immediately following golf in the Crestview Pavilion. Golf
registration includes dinner and two drink tickets.
Early Bird Deadline: July 31, 2010, $50 per person (Payment must be sent with registration for discount.)
After July 31, 2010, $70 per person
Cancellation with refunds available until August 14, 2010
MAKE CHECK OR CREDIT CARD PAYMENT TO: SEND TO:
INDIANA ARBORIST ASSOCIATION INDIANA ARBORIST ASSOCIATION
C/O BETH HENRY
TOWNSEND TREE SERVICE COMPANY
P.O. BOX 128
PARKER CITY, IN 47368
QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO:
ERIC MELTON, E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org -812-989-2703
JASON SWOVELAND; E-MAIL: email@example.com 765-215-8079
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Had a incident here with 2 horses that I want to get out to ISA and members. Had a crew cut
down a red maple 3 ft outside a string fence in West Virginia. Homeowner was OK with
leaving wood and debris. 3 days later the local vet had to put down the horses because they
were in bad shape from the poison in the wilting red maple.
Apparently there is a list of trees that when in the wilting stage can be fatal to horses.
Here is a link I found that helps explain.
This should be included in any new contracts. I have not found anyone that knew this from some
friends at more than 10 different companys.
Also, try Indiana Plants Poisonous to Livestock and Pets
Indiana Arborist Association
Tree Climbing Championship
Forest Park, Shelter 5, Noblesville, IN
Saturday, September 25, 2010
(Rain date is September 26)
Registration ends Sept 10, 2010 and includes one t-shirt.
Send Tree Climbing Registration Info To:
Rick Patrick Competition Fee: $50.00
PO Box 402 (for a current IAA member)
Nashville, IN 47448
Phone: 812-988-8755 IAA Membership: $40.00
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (required to compete)
MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO:
Indiana Arborist Association
City, State, Zip:______________________________________________________________
Employed By: _______________________________________________________________
E-Mail Address: _____________________________________________________________
Please circle your shirt size: Small Med Large X Large XX Large
If competing, how many years have you climbed? _____________________________
Have you ever competed in a Tree Climbing Championship? ___Yes ___No
CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS: If you would like to make your payment thru a credit card, please
provide the following information. This information will be provided to Julie Rubsam, Rubsam
Consulting LLC. Julie is the bookkeeper for the IAA and will process all credit card payments.
______ Visa ______ MasterCard ______ American Express ______ Discover
Account number_______________________________________ Expiration date _____
Billing Address and zip code ________________________________________________
Authorized signature _______________________________________________________
On May 10th, 2010, IAA members came together at Forest
Park in Noblesville to donate their time, equipment and
expertise to prune trees in preparation for the September 24-26
2010 IAA TCC Event. In exchange for the tree work, Noblesville Parks & Rec
has graciously agreed to allow us free use of the park for both the TCC event
and a “Safe Climb” being held in August. The “Safe Climb” is being
organized by the IAA Commercial Rep. Brian Mann to familiarize climbers
with the nuances of participating in a Tree Climbing Championship. Many
thanks to Erin Hinshaw, Susie Davis and Kelly Funk of Noblesville Parks & Rec for all
their help in coordinating use of this excellent site! And many thanks to the following
volunteers who helped with the day of pruning...Hugo Torres, Charlie Baker, Victor
Villasenor and Andy Callahan of Wright Tree Service, Inc. Indianapolis. Matt Baldwin
and Levi Mainord of Baldwin Tree Preservation, Nashville. The “A Team” Grant Davis
and Brad Engle along with Lindsey Purcell from Purdue in West Lafayette. Many thanks
to Mark Poliak of Brickman Group for providing financial support. Last and in no way
least, more thanks than I could ever adequately express to Dena Patrick, the better half of
Rick Patrick Tree Care for
cooking and feeding the troops,
taking photos and “herding
cats” (i.e. keeping me focused)
- Rick Patrick, ITCC volunteer
Indiana Arborist Association
Tree Climbing Championship
Event to be held: Saturday, September 25, 2010 at Forest Park, Noblesville, IN, Shelter #5
Volunteers are also needed for set up day on Friday, September 24, 2010
There is no fee involved in being a volunteer for the Indiana Arborist Association’s Tree Climbing
Championship. The rewards are many!!!
A free t-shirt to each volunteer who signs up by Friday, September 10, 2010
Please select a t-shirt size: Small Medium Large X-Large XX-Large
(all shirts provided are adult sizes)
Judges who stay until the end of the day are eligible to sign up for 3 CEU’s!!!
Is there a specific assignment or event that you would be most interested in helping with:
We especially need assistance from those who want to help with judging, in tree techs, belayers, time
keepers, etc for each event.
There are five preliminary events: Throwline, Work Climb, Belayed Speed Climb, Footlock and
Aerial Rescue. The Masters’ Challenge (at the end of the day) will be the top 3 climbers from the
As the City Forester for Terre Haute , I am currently preparing a Street Tree Storm Response Plan for our community. As part of
the process, I decided it would be a good idea to attend a training workshop hosted by the Indiana Department of Homeland
Security focusing on FEMA’s and IDHS’s requirements for damage assessment and documentation in the wake of a major
disaster. Some of the key concepts that I learned were:
Understanding eligibility is key to getting reimbursement. Municipalities are usually understood by everyone to be eligible, but
even quasi-governmental agencies and some non-profits may be eligible for FEMA or State assistance, if they are providing
some form of government service.
There is a specific chain of events that needs to be followed from the Local to State to Federal level in order for an area to be
considered for disaster assistance. Knowing that process before a disaster hits will eliminate many delays and headaches
after the event.
Any damage that is desired to be claimed on an assistance request must be assessed with documentation sent to the State
IDHS within 72 hours of the event. This seemingly short time frame is necessary to allow the State to turn around their
paperwork for any possible Federal assistance.
Any road that has ever received Federal funding for maintenance or improvement may be considered part of the Federal
Highway System, and this may increase the chance of getting assistance.
Financial assistance from either the State or Federal governments is meant to restore facilities and infrastructure to “pre-
event” condition, not necessarily to “like new” condition.
Local officials should expect to repeat the damage assessment process multiple times as additional agencies are added to
the process. In other words, you will have to do a joint assessment with the State to be eligible for State assistance, and
possibly another assessment with FEMA officials to be eligible for Federal assistance.
Financial assistance is rarely, if ever, 100% funding, and thus local governments should expect to provide up to 25% match
of the total assistance. Volunteer hours and donated time and manpower may count toward the local match.
Typically, forestry work after a disaster will fall into the “emergency work” category, either Category A – Debris Removal, or
Category B – Emergency Protective Measures (removing dangerous damaged trees). It should be noted that currently only
overtime work hours are eligible for reimbursement at either State or Federal levels. Other items such as fuel, equipment
use, and contract work are generally fully eligible with proper documentation.
Don’t spend time worrying about items that may be borderline eligible for reimbursement. The best approach for requesting
assistance is to FULLY DOCUMENT all costs and include everything that is reasonable on your application, and let the
reviewing agencies subtract the items that they feel do not qualify.
Having “storm response” contracts in place with private businesses such as tree service companies or debris hauling
companies will increase the likelihood of reimbursement. It is highly recommended to submit these contracts to IDHS for
review annually so that they can work out any problems prior to any event. Apparently FEMA is notorious for demanding
contract re-negotiation during post-event clean up, so working out the kinks ahead of time will save time and headaches in
the days following a disaster.
The wording of the narrative portion of your disaster relief application may make the difference in borderline situations where
reimbursement is in question. Applicants should speak in terms of the impact to the community and the resultant hardships
that may be faced. Speak in terms of dollar amounts, hours of work lost, lost productivity, and lost resources. Interestingly
enough, FEMA does not provide assistance for trees lost in disasters because they are seen as “site amenities”, not as
critical infrastructure. I think this means that our profession needs to advocate more with this Federal agency to explain that
a loss of canopy does represent a measurable, tangible loss of infrastructure and resources for communities. It is ironic that
another Federal agency, the USFS, acknowledges and in fact studies and supports the notion that trees, especially in urban
areas, have a definite financial impact on infrastructure in terms of reducing and slowing storm water, increasing longevity of
pavement, and cooling our built structures and therefore reducing energy needs.
I recommend that each municipality, non-profit agency, or institution in the State that is charged with the care and stewardship of
forestry assets contact their local Emergency Management Agency, and then work with the IDHS to better prepare themselves for
the possibility of having to respond to a disaster some time in the future. There may also be opportunities to attend training
workshops such as the one I’ve described here. In this time of tightening budgets and dwindling revenues, a little prior
coordination with IDHS may prove to be one of the most important steps in helping your
municipality or institution deal with a major disaster and move on
City Forester, Terre Haute
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) is a perennial wetland plant that grows in wetlands, ditches, around farm
ponds and in other disturbed habitat. Native to Europe, it was introduced into the northeastern United States and
Canada in the mid-1800s for ornamental and medicinal purposes.
Today, it can be found in every state, except Alaska and Hawaii, and across many parts of Canada. Readily
adapting to natural and disturbed wetlands, the plant’s highly invasive nature allows it to form dense, homogeneous stands that restrict native wetland
plant species and reduce habitat for waterfowl. As it establishes and expands, it outcompetes and replaces native grasses, sedges and other flowering
plants that provide a higher quality source of nutrition for wildlife.
Purple loosestrife reproduces prolifically by cuttings and offshoots as well as by seeds. A single plant may produce up to 300,000 seeds, which are
carried by wind, water and animals. Seed survival ranges from 60 percent to 70 percent, resulting in an extensive seed bank.
Mature plants can have 30 to 50 stems of magenta-colored flower spikes arising from a single rootstock. Purple loosestrife has almost no wildlife food
and shelter value, so where it invades, valuable wildlife habitat is effectively destroyed.
Because the weed typically grows in and around water areas, Garlon® 3A, Rodeo®, and Accord® Concentrate herbicides — all of which are labeled for
wetland and/or aquatic use — are excellent solutions to eliminate purple loosestrife. To control this invasive, use foliar applications of Garlon 3A at 6 to 8
quarts per acre. Treatments should be made at the bud to midflowering stage of growth.
For spot treatments, use a 1 percent to 1.5 percent solution of Garlon 3A. When using Rodeo to control purple loosestrife, best
results are achieved when application is made during the summer or fall months. Fall treatments must be applied before leaves
change color or a killing frost occurs. Applying Rodeo as a broadcast spray at 4 pints per acre is effective in controlling this invasive.
Spot treatments should be made at 1 percent to 1.5 percent solution.
With Accord Concentrate, apply 4 pints per acre as a broadcast spray or as a 1 percent to 1.5 percent solution using hand-held
equipment. Treatments work best when plants are at or beyond the bloom stage of growth. Best results are achieved when
applications are made during the summer or fall months.
In a non-aquatic setting, Garlon® 4 Ultra herbicide can be used to help eradicate purple loosestrife. While the weed is actively
growing, use a broadcast application of 1 to 4 quarts Garlon 4 Ultra in a total volume of 5 gallons or more per acre as a water spray
To effectively control purple loosestrife, annual follow-up spray treatments may be required until all missed plants and those originating from the seed
bank are eliminated. Timing is critical because seed set can occur if plants are in the mid to late flower stage when sprayed.
For more information on purple loosestrife or other invasive species, visit the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library or
visit invasive.org. More product information and labels can be found at vegetationmgmt.com.
®Trademark of Dow AgroSciences LLC State restrictions on the sale and use of Garlon 4 Ultra apply. Consult the label before purchase or use for full
details. Always read and follow label directions.
IAA 2010 Board of Directors
Kris Medic, President Area Representatives (E=Elected)
Groundsmith Consulting David Jay, Supplier (E-09)
Dow AgroSciences Awards—John Elsesser
1025 Tipton Lane 4201 North Oakwood Avenue
Columbus, IN 47201 7520 East Hendricks Co. Rd.
Mooresville, IN 46158 Muncie, IN 47304-1416
812/71-1031 Fax: 812-376-6379 765/286-5566; Fax: 765/744-0706
Mark Poliak, Vice-President Conference Exhibitors—Greg Ressler (see above)
Brickman Group Andy Callahan, Contractor (E-08)
8086 Wind Drift Circle Wright Tree Service
1230 N. Farrier St. Antrim Golf Classic
Brownsburg, IN 46112 Eric Melton
317/945-3640 Terre Haute, IN 47803
317/373-1826 2310 Kingsfield Street
email@example.com Jefferson, IN 47130
Pam Louks, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
IDNR-Community & Urban Forestry Marc Labrie, Utility (E-07)
5785 Glenn Road AEP
800 AEP Drive Newsletter Editor—Caryl Schwaller
Indianapolis, IN 46216 Arbormetrics Solutions
Phone: 317/591-1170 Lawrenceburg, IN 47025
812/532-7015 Fax: 765/482-5183 724 Hoham Dr
email@example.com Plymouth, IN 46563
Greg Ressler, Past-president firstname.lastname@example.org
Townsend Chemical Division Brian Mann, Commercial (E-10)
4325 W. 200 N. The Tree Mann, Inc
2367 N US Hwy 35 Indiana Tree Climbing Competition
Tipton, IN 46702 Rick Patrick
317/753-7740 Fax: 815/371-4134 LaPorte IN 46350
219/362-3988 Rick Patrick Tree Care
email@example.com PO Box 402
Nashville, IN 47448
Lindsey Purcell, Chapter Admin 812/988-8755 Cell: 812/320-0722
Purdue, For. & Nat. Res. Bill Kincius, Municipal (E-08/App 10)
195 Marsteller St. City of Terre Haute
West Lafayette IN, 47907-2033 17 Harding Ave., Rm 200
Mooresville, IN 46158 Business Manager—Julie Rubsam
765/494-3625 Fax: 765/496-2422; PO Box 5304
firstname.lastname@example.org 812/232-4028 Fax: 812/234-3973
Lafayette, IN 47903
ISA Chapter Representatives Julie@Rubsam.com
Lee Huss, ISA Chapter Rep.
City of Bloomington PSSA—Student Representative
P.O. Box 848 Brad Engle—Purdue University
Bloomington, IN 47402 email@example.com
TREE Fund Liaison—Tom Ordway
Rick Carter, ISA Certification Duke Energy
Liaison 451 N. Boehning St.
PO Box 423 Indianapolis, IN 46219
Lebanon, In 317/899-8971
Indiana Arborist Association
195 Marsteller Street
W. Lafayette, IN 47907-2033
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