ACT Represented on National Tree Care Standards Committee

Washington, DC (February 4, 2010)- In the fall of 2009, the American Standards Committee A300 (ASC A300), the committee that writes the A300 standards, voted to provide the General Interest Consumer/Community seat on the committee to ACT. This is the first time in the history of the standards that nonprofit tree groups have been represented on the committee. ACT is being represented by Mike Galvin from member organization, Casey Trees, in Washington, DC.

Why ANSI Standards Are Important
The ANSI A300 standards are the national consensus standards for tree care practices. Per industry standard, ANSI must consider public comments before publishing standards. ANSI standards exist presently for the following tree care practices: Pruning; Fertilization; Supplemental Support Systems (like guying and cabling and bracing); Lightning Protection Systems; Management of Trees and Shrubs During Site Planning, Site Development, and Construction; Transplanting; and Integrated Vegetation Management on Electric Utility Rights-of-way.
How to Submit Public Comments
The Public Comment period for ANSI A300 standards will be open from February 5 through March 22, 2010). The two areas of particular interest to ACT members are: Part 2 (Fertilization) and Part 9 (Tree Risk Assessment). After downloading and reviewing the ANSI A300 Standards Draft, there are two ways to submit comment:
1. Submit it to ACT’s representative, Mike Galvin, who will compile the feedback into a position paper and submit to the committee on behalf of ACT and ACT members. Deadline: March 15, 2010.
2. Submit it as an individual directly to the committee via Bob Rouse. Deadline: March 22, 2010.
The next ASC A300 Committee meeting is March 23-25 in Baltimore, MD. We will report back to you following that meeting.
Related Resources:
ANSI A300 Standards Draft