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Morbark Adds Nortrax as Dealer
Morbark, Inc. has awarded Nortrax an exclusive dealership to serve Minnesota, Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan. Nortrax will carry Morbark’s complete industrial product line, handling sales, service and parts at its locations in Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Duluth, Minn.; Eau Claire, Ashland, Monico and Wausau, Wis.; and Escanaba, Mich.
Good News on Sudden Oak Death
According to a new study by University of California-Berkeley researchers, treating healthy trees with phosphonate can stem the spread of sudden oak death for up to two years. Trials involving the preventative fungicide showed that it provided protection for 18 months and in some cases up to two years. A separate examination of a commonly used treatment comprised of azomite soil amendments and a lime bark wash showed that it is ineffective at stopping the spread of the pathogen. Researchers did a direct comparison of the two treatments on potted oaks in greenhouses and did a field study using branches from infected trees in the lab.
H-2B Legislation Introduced
Sens. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., and Arlen Specter, R-Pa., along with 18 other senators, introduced “Save Our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2009” (S. 388) to extend the H-2B returning worker exemption for three years. Co-sponsors of the bill are Sens. John Barrasso, Richard Burr, Tom Coburn, Mike Enzi, Patrick Leahy, Jack Reed, Bob Bennett, Benjamin Cardin, Susan Collins, Orrin Hatch, Carl Levin, Olympia Snowe, Christopher Bond, Tom Carper, Mike Crapo, John Kerry, Joe Lieberman and Sheldon Whitehouse. Legislators can be reached through the congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121, and through the Professional Landcare Network’s Web site, www.landcarenetwork.org.
ISA Certification Launches Computer-Based Testing
Professionals interested in testing for an International Society of Arboriculture Certification credential now have the option to take the exam in a location of their choice. The ISA signed a long-term contract to provide authorized testing centers for computer-based exams. Applicants can view available testing locations at the ISA Web site, www.isa-arbor.com. The computer-based exams will be delivered exclusively through domestic and international Pearson Professional Centers, as well as Pearson VUE Authorized Test Center Select locations outside the United States.
Stihl Named Title Sponsor for 2009 Tour des Trees
Stihl, Inc. announced that it will be the title sponsor of the 2009 Tour des Trees, a cross-country cycling and education event to benefit the Tree Research & Education Endowment Fund. The event is America’s largest fundraiser to improve the care of trees through research and education. The Stihl Tour des Trees will travel primarily through New England, kicking off in New York City on July 19 and ending in Rhode Island on July 25. More information is available at www.tourdestrees.org.
Tolkacz Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Tom Tolkacz, CEO of Swingle Lawn, Tree & Landscape Care, received the Bob Cannon Award at the 2009 Excellence in Landscape Awards dinner for the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado. The Cannon award is given for longtime service, commitment and contribution to the landscape industry and ALCC.