SMA Liaison Arthur Goodhind Massachusetts

Arthur Goodhind


agoodhind@natickma.org
 

State Coordinators: 

Julie Coop: Urban & Community Forester julie.coop@state.ma.us

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/conservation/forestry-and-fire-control/urban-and-community-forestry.html

Mollie Freilicher: Community Action Forester Mollie.Freilicher@state.ma.us

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/conservation/forestry-and-fire-control/urban-and-community-forestry.html

Welcome to the Massachusetts State Liaison Webpage for the Society of Municipal Arborist! Our goal for this webpage is to provide users information regarding state trends in Urban and Municipal Forestry, provide notifications of educational opportunities, and share opportunities to network and engage with State Co-coordinators and other industry peers.  Thank you for visiting our site stay tuned for more updates.

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Looking for Educational Opportunities? Need CEU’s? Check out these links.

Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Foresters’ Association

Need ISA, MDAR, or MCA CEU’s?  Check out the MA Tree Wardens and Forester’s website for 2018 events.  Events are also offered by the Western Massachusetts group and the South Eastern Massachusetts Tree Wardens.  Be sure to mark your calendar for a dinner event and keep an eye out for the announcement of the SE Tree Wardens annual picnic   If you are a Massachusetts Tree Warden by position, title or Massachusetts General Law default, check out this website and great network opportunities.

http://masstreewardens.org/

UMASS Extension, Landscape, Nursery and Urban Forestry Program

Most certainly spring is taking its time coming to New England.  Despite the cold weather, UMASS Extension continues to publish the Landscape Message.  This message provides a periodic synopsis of the regional weather conditions as well as plant and pest activity and includes direct observations of blooming and pest life cycles.

https://ag.umass.edu/landscape/landscape-message

Massachusetts Forest Health

As degree days begin to accumulate be sure to watch for populations of Winter Moth and Gypsy Moth.  Many updates can be found on the links provided on this webpage.  Also continue to monitor for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).  Consensus is that EAB is expected to be found more frequently and will spread throughout The Commonwealth.  If you haven’t already, you should consider developing a proactive EAB program for your most valuable specimens. If you do inspect Ash for removal be sure to check for borer damage and scrape back the bark to look for the EAB signature of zig-zag borer tunnels that enlarge from narrow to wide as the larvae increase in size.  If you suspect EAB in your community be sure to notify the state officials listed above.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/conservation/forestry-and-fire-control/forest-health.html

Spring Storm Damage and Utility Liaisons

If you are managing municipal trees and haven’t introduced yourself to the Utility Liaisons and Utility Arborists, be sure to do so.  A strong partnership with the Utility Liaison can be very valuable in storm damage situations and proactive storm potential mitigation.  Building a collaborative relationship is not easy but begin by aligning your goals as a Municipal Arborist with those goals of the Utility Arborist.  As a Municipal Arborist you have the Duty of Care in MA to care for the Public Trees and protect the travelers within the public way.  A Utility Arborist has the goal of minimizing to a reasonable extent damage to the electrical service equipment.  Tree failure both endangers travelers and has a high likely-hood of damaging electrical service equipment.  What a great place to start.

For emergency response to both clear the public way and to repair damage to electrical service equipment knowledge of electrical service equipment is a must.  Knowing the basics of electrical service equipment and translating what you see as a first responder to the Utility company can greatly improve response.  The Electrical Hazard Awareness Program is a great tool to learn this topic, but if a course is not available spend some time with your Utility Arborist.

The relationship with Police and Fire is equally as critical.  Police and Fire first responders may have less specific knowledge of electrical service equipment or maybe not.  Whether the call is from the Police Department or a resident, be sure to ask the right questions to turn a ‘branch in the wires’ call to a ‘branch in the three-phase primary conductor, phase to phase, pole to pole 238 over 5 to 238 over 6’.  Also helpful is to train others that may take this call for you to ask the right questions.  This information can be extremely valuable to help prioritize resources, clear the debris you can and identify where you will need help from the Utility.   

Links of Interest: 

Register Your Big Trees:
Find Contacts, Chapter 87 Fact Sheets, Grant Opportunities and more:

Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University
http://www.nrcc.cornell.edu/

Biography: I was born and raised in Shutesbury Massachusetts and hold a AS from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, a BS from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and an MBA from Bentley University.  I am a Massachusetts Certified Arborist and have the pleasure to serve on the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Tree Wardens and Forester’s Association, Treasurer of the New England Sports Turf Managers Association, and now the Massachusetts State Liaison for the Society of Municipal Arborist.  Currently I hold the position of Tree Warden for the Town of Natick Massachusetts, Department of Public Works.