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Chisholm Wins 16th Straight Title

Mark Chisholm won his 16th straight title at the tree climbing competition put on by the New Jersey Arborists Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. Chisholm competed against 20 participants and finished with an overall score of 192.60. He took first place in the secured footlock, aerial rescue and work climb events. He held his speed climb world record of 13.8 seconds and also took second place in the belayed climb event and third place in the throw line event, giving him the top overall score. The win allowed Chisholm to move on to the ISA’s International Tree Climbing Championship.

Chisholm, who works as a professional arborist with family-owned Aspen Tree Expert Co. in New Jersey, has been a spokesperson for Stihl, Inc. since 2001.

Emak Signs Keen Edge as Distributor

Emak USA signed Keen Edge Co. as a new distributor of Efco power equipment. Keen Edge is located in Lake Geneva, Wis., and will cover Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and northern Indiana.

Emak USA is the seventh worldwide division of Emak Italy, a multinational company distributing outdoor power equipment to more than 70 countries for over 30 years.

Sherri Koester

News from HMI

Horticultural Asset Management, Inc. expanded distribution of its Priority Tree Inspections, which include a visual inspection of the large trees and shrubs near homes or structures. The inspection is conducted by certified arborists who have received training on HMI’s data collection software and protocols. Following the inspection, property owners receive a TreeFacts Priority Tree Report.

HMI released an audio podcast on preparing large trees and shrubs for the annual storm season. In the podcast, HMI President and CEO Doug Cowles discusses how property owners can take actions to prevent loss of landscape assets and damage to other property by using the firm’s inspection and health assessment products and services. He describes how property owners and the insurance industry are affected by severe weather events and discusses the link between the health of large trees and their ability to withstand adverse conditions. The podcast is available for download at www.mmimarketing.com/podcast/loss-prevention-ahead-of-the-storm-season.

Bill George has joined HMI as director of field services. He will serve as a liaison between the firm and current and potential clients regarding the specific type, value and condition of their landscape assets. Prior to joining HMI, he held various positions in the American Express travel-related service division for more than 16 years.

Sherri Koester joined HMI as director of plant data and content. She will handle plant data collection and conduct research for new company products. She earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Texas Tech University and a master’s in product design from North Carolina State University. Koester previously owned a landscape design, installation and maintenance firm for more than seven years.

Left to right, Peter Murray, Greg Long and Matt Frank.

Long Recognized for Efforts with Invasive Species Issues

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Governor’s Council on Invasive Species honored Greg Long, a longtime Wisconsin Green Industry Federation and Wisconsin Nursery Association member. He was presented with an Invader Crusader award for his long-standing work and representation of the nursery and green industry with regard to invasive species. Long is co-owner of Needles and Leaves Nursery in New Berlin, Wis.

Mary Jane Clark

News from Thomas Equipment

Thomas Equipment, Inc. promoted Mary Jane Clark to director of European and Australian operations, from her previous position as sales administration manager. Clark will be responsible for directing activities of Thomas’ regional business managers and growing the business and dealer network throughout Europe and Australia. Clark has been with the company for 34 years.

Hewlett Equipment, the Thomas dealer for Australia and New Zealand, showcased Thomas skid steer loaders at CivEnEx Sydney, an Australian show for the construction, public works and open space management industries. Hewlett has headquarters in Brisbane and branch offices in Sydney and Newcastle, Australia, as well as a facility in New Zealand.

PECO Receives Tree Line USA Award

PECO received a 2008 Tree Line USA award from the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. The annual honor is given to utilities that demonstrate tree-trimming practices that protect and enhance America’s urban forests. Utilities are judged on three categories: quality tree care, annual worker training and tree planting and public education.

Banner Expands Distribution & Service Area

Banner Sales & Consulting, Inc. of Union Lake, Mich., has expanded its distribution and service area to Illinois and Wisconsin. Banner provides consulting services and sells insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, fertilizers, organic soil amendments, injection systems, spray equipment and other arborist supplies to the tree care industry.

Emerald Tree Care Expands Services

Emerald Tree Care LLC announced the expansion of its tree treatment services for emerald ash borer into the Chicago area. They have been treating ash trees for EAB in Michigan and Ohio since 2002. Emerald Tree Care serves homeowners, associations, commercial property owners and municipalities, specializing in EAB treatment, deep root fertilization, and insect and disease control.

New Web Site Highlights EAB Control

The successful control of emerald ash borer is highlighted in a video on the newly launched Web site www.TreeResearch.org. The video is hosted by Dr. Dave Roberts, specialist and district horticulture agent with Michigan State University Extension, who first identified EAB in 2002. The video provides details about the signs and diagnosis of EAB, as well as an overview of chemicals and fertilizers used to successfully treat ash trees.

Southeastern Michigan arborists demonstrate procedures for the survival and recovery of ash trees. The most effective method is to use trunk injections that do not require drilling. Annual applications of imidacloprid are recommended in areas with heavy infestations, and applications every other year as a preventive measure.

Michael Frank

Wisconsin Landscape Contractor Wins SIMA Awards

David J. Frank Landscape Contracting received national recognition from the Snow and Ice Management Association as the recipient of the trade organization’s 2008 Excellence in Business Award. The award is given annually to a company that has demonstrated success in business practices, customer satisfaction, community relations and accountability. It was presented, along with a national safety award, to Michael Frank, chief operating officer, at the 11th Annual Snow & Ice Symposium. Frank has managed the company’s snow fleet for over three decades.

David J. Frank Landscape Contracting is Wisconsin’s largest landscape contractor, providing a full scope of year-round design, construction and maintenance services for homes and businesses.

Wood-Mizer Opens Sales Center in Montana

Wood-Mizer Products, Inc. opened its ninth authorized sales center in the United States with its newest location in Basin, Mont. Rocky Mountain Wood-Mizer is managed by Sean and Debbie Sheehan. With this opening, Wood-Mizer will have a total of 20 locations in the United States and Canada. A grand opening celebration included sawmill demonstrations and education.

News from SavATree

SavATree was named a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Performance Track program, becoming the first in their industry to achieve this green credential. Performance Track recognizes facilities that have a strong record of environmental compliance, as well as three-year goals for environmental improvement, internal systems to manage their environmental impacts and community outreach programs.

SavATree committed to being a 2007-08 Audubon Partner for the Environment in cooperation with Audubon International. The company agreed to complete at least one environmental improvement project this year and document its results. Audubon International will provide educational and project information and staff support, as well as awards and recognition for completed projects. Maria Falkenberg will spearhead participation of all 18 facilities. The SavATree corporate office is certified in Environmental Planning by the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program, an international program designed to help landowners preserve and enhance the environmental quality of their property.

SavATree sponsored a rope-climbing event at the 19th annual Riverkeeper’s Shad Festival to help raise awareness of the health of the Hudson River and green living. The company gave out “Go Green” T-shirts to children and also a green edition of its “Timely Tips” newsletter for their parents.

SavATree arborists Stephen Skyer of Ramsey, N.J., and Steven Donald Mazza of Crompond, N.Y., recently demonstrated professional competency by successfully completing the certified arborist examination administered through the International Society of Arboriculture and the local chapter of the ISA.

Bryan Breaks Ground on New Warehouse

Bryan Equipment Sales, Inc., an exclusive distributor of Stihl products, has broken ground on a new 43,000-square-foot warehouse expansion scheduled for completion in fall 2008. This project is the third major warehouse expansion since the original building was completed in January 1986. The new facility will nearly triple the amount of warehouse capacity and include provisions for a new training facility.

Bryan will celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2008. A grand opening dealer celebration to include special guest Hans Peter Stihl is planned for October 9-11, 2008.