Get schooled

I said it before and I’ll say it again: never stop learning. Now matter how many years you’ve been in the industry, there’s always something new to learn. Continuing education can improve your technique, better your business, boost your credibility and increase safety. And, with the endless options available today, there’s really no excuse not to. On page 7 of this issue, we’ll take a look at some of the many educational opportunities available online. Prefer learning in person? Coming up February 6-8, 2013, in Boston is New England Grows, the green industry’s best-attended event in the Northeast. We are pleased to announce that New England Grows has chosen Moose River Media (publisher of this fine magazine) as its official media partner. In addition to a giant trade show and invaluable networking opportunities, New England Grows also offers education sessions that can earn you Certified Treecare Safety Professional credits and ISA Certified Arborist CEUs. Visit to learn more.

Just what you wanted

The holidays are just around the corner, and I bet I can guess what’s at the top of your wish list: a user-friendly, comprehensive guide to all of the companies providing products and services to the tree care industry, right? Lucky you, that is exactly what you’ll find on page 18 of this issue! It’s our annual All-Industry Directory, your go-to resource for product listings and contact information for the tree world’s leading manufacturers. Whether you’re looking to treat yourself to a new saw or update your insurance policy, you’ll find the information you need inside.

Closing the door on 2012

Another year is winding down, and an eventful one it was. Dominating the news in the U.S. this year was, of course, the presidential election. Now that the commander-in-chief’s seat has been filled, we can breathe a sigh of relief that the endless assault of political ads has ceased, and look toward the future: some of us with hope for the new year, some with fear, all with uncertainty. I prefer to embrace the uncertainty, the opportunity for change, the chance to make a new start and repair last year’s mistakes. We can’t predict the future, but we can each make an effort to improve it.

This issue wraps up our seventh year of publishing Tree Services. Thank you to our loyal readers for allowing us to serve this great industry. Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season. Cheers to 2013!

Katie Meyers