The leaves are gone, the first snowflakes have fallen and 2010 is winding down for Tree Services. This is the final issue for the year, and it also marks the closing of our sixth year of publishing Tree Services. Since our inaugural issue in 2005, everyone involved with putting this magazine together has strived to provide our readers with access to the information they need, and we hope that the innovations we’ve introduced over the past couple years have made that even easier for you.

We’ve upgraded our website so all of the content you find within the pages of the magazine is also available online at Remember a great article from a past issue? Search our archives by issue date or subject to revisit previous content. You can also search all of our advertisers’ great products using the FreeInfo button on our site. Search by company name or product category to track down that must-have piece of equipment you spotted in the latest issue. While you’re visiting our site, don’t forget to renew your subscription to guarantee you never miss an issue.

Another innovation we’ve developed is our online forum, This site allows you to meet, ask questions and trade information with other arborists and tree care contractors across the country. Over 4,000 members strong, it’s a great place to connect with your peers. Registration is free, so if you haven’t already, sign up and start chatting.

This issue contains yet another innovation to help you find all of the great gear you need to get the job done, our annual All-Industry Directory (page 21). This comprehensive guide features product listings for all the equipment you need, from rope to skid steers, hearing protection to chain saws. We’ve also provided you with contact information for all of the industry’s leading manufacturers, so finding exactly what you’re looking for is a snap. The All-Industry Directory will also be available on our website.

As we look toward 2011, we’re planning on bringing you even more great content in every issue and looking for new ways to help busy arborists and tree care contractors access the information they need quickly and easily. I love hearing from you, so please let me know how Tree Services can better serve you.

Enjoy the holidays; see you in 2011!

Katie Meyers