Qualification Guidelines (est. 1999)

Population  > 500,000

A.        Bachelor of Science Degree in Arboriculture / Urban Forestry or a related degree
B.        Certified Arborist
C.        Five (5) years supervisory experience in commercial or municipal tree care
D.        Massachusetts Pesticide License within 90 days of employment

Population  > 100,000

A.        Associate of Science Degree in Arboriculture / Urban Forestry or a related degree
B.        Certified Arborist
C.        Five (5) years supervisory experience in commercial or municipal tree care
D.        Massachusetts Pesticide License within 90 days of employment

Population  >75,000

A.        Associate of Science Degree in Arboriculture / Urban Forestry or a related degree
B.        Certified Arborist
C.        Three (3) years supervisory experience in commercial or municipal tree care
D.        Massachusetts Pesticide License within 90 days of employment

Population > 10,000

A.        Associate of Science Degree in Arboriculture / Urban Forestry or a related degree

Preferred but not required:
B.        Certified Arborist
C.        Three (3) years supervisory experience in commercial or municipal tree care
D.        Massachusetts Pesticide License within 90 days of employment

While the new law does not apply to municipalities under 10,000, the committee recommends the following:

Population  10,000

A.        Certified Arborist
B.        Three (3) years supervisory experience in commercial or municipal tree care

In addition, the committee also suggests that in some instances, particularly in the case of smaller towns, a consulting tree warden might be in order. The idea of a joint appointment might also be considered, i.e., a single qualified individual might be able to serve several small adjoining communities (Report of the Shade Tree Advisory Committee, 1987).

The committee further recommends that even the smallest communities should be inspected by a qualified person annually for hazards that could affect the safety of the public way or the health of the community forests.

H. Dennis P. Ryan, Arborist, University of Massachusetts, Dept. of Natural Resources Conservation
David J. Bloniarz, Urban Forester, USDA, Northeast Center for Urban & Community Forestry

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