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Arbor Age and its sister publications -- Landscape and Irrigation, Outdoor Power Equipment and SportsTurf -- have embarked on an editorial quest to provide you with information about the current economy, the stimulus package, and what it all means to the green industry. In this installment, we interviewed Derek Vannice, MBA, CAE, executive director of the Utility Arborist Association.

Stimulus impact on utility arborists uncertain

Arbor Age and its sister publications — Landscape and Irrigation, Outdoor Power Equipment and SportsTurf — have embarked on an editorial quest to provide you with information about the current economy, the stimulus package, and what it all means to the green industry. Our findings will be presented during the coming weeks on our Web sites, followed by in-depth articles in our upcoming hard copy issues. In this installment, we interviewed Derek Vannice, MBA, CAE, executive director of the Utility Arborists Association.


 


AA: What impact will the passing of the economic stimulus have on tree care industry professionals?


 


 

Trees will keep growing and there is a lot of research that shows that the costs of delaying pruning will have an even greater impact and increase costs in the long term.Vannice: I have been talking this week with our UAA members and right now, we are just not sure how the bill will affect our industry.


There is no question that the economy is having an impact on line clearance budgets. Utilities are looking where they can tighten their budgets in the short term.


Trees will keep growing and there is a lot of research that shows that the costs of delaying pruning will have an even greater impact and increase costs in the long term.


At the same time, utilities are facing the federal regulations on transmission vegetation management and some states are increasing the amount of requirements on the distribution side. This is putting the utilities in a very difficult position.



-John Kmitta reporting

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